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Archive of James Legge


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Papers of James Legge comprising a notebook containing thoughts on Legge's aims and achievements in China, 1846-1847, with a list of expenses, 1869; and letters and papers relating to the Professorship of Chinese at Oxford, 1863-1894, including:

  1. papers concerning the raising of an endowment, 1875-1878
  2. letters relating to the foundation and maintenance of the Chair, 1875-1879
  3. letters to Legge, 1866-1894
  4. copies on tissue paper of letters from Legge, 1879-1892
  5. printed examination papers for the Davis Chinese scholarship, 1879-1892.


  • Creation: 1846-1894


0.16 Linear metres (2 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • French
  • Chinese

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Top. Oxon. c. 528, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Top. Oxon. c. 528, Eng. misc. e. 556

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 9954, 9956


Archive of James Legge (1815-1897).

Biographical / Historical

James Legge (1815-1897) was the first professor of Chinese at Oxford, 1876-1897; he was also a missionary and sinologist. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given to the Library in 1957.

Related Materials

See also an earlier deposit of James Legge's papers (MSS. Eng. misc. c. 863-865, d. 1252-1265, e. 1377-1381).

Catalogue of the archive of James Legge
Collection Level Description by Susan Thomas; EAD version 2020 by Pauline Soum-Paris
EAD version 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom