Archive of James Legge
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:
- papers concerning the raising of an endowment, 1875-1878
- letters relating to the foundation and maintenance of the Chair, 1875-1879
- letters to Legge, 1866-1894
- copies on tissue paper of letters from Legge, 1879-1892
- printed examination papers for the Davis Chinese scholarship, 1879-1892.
- Creation: 1846-1894
0.16 Linear metres (2 boxes)
Language of Materials
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Top. Oxon. c. 528, fols. 1-2].
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.
Other Finding Aids
M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. II, nos. 54648-54649.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Given to the Library in 1957.
- Legge | James | 1815-1897 | Missionary and Sinologist (Person)
- University of Oxford (Organisation)
- Catalogue of the archive of James Legge
- Collection Level Description by Susan Thomas; EAD version 2020 by Pauline Soum-Paris
- EAD version 2020
- Language of description
- Script of description