Collection Level Description: Papers of James Legge
Reference: MSS. Eng. misc. c. 863-5, d. 1252-65, e. 1377-81
Title: Papers of James Legge
Dates of Creation: 1873-1951
Extent: 22 shelfmarks
Language of Material: English and Chinese
James Legge (1815-97) was a missionary and sinologist. He was the first Professor of Chinese at Oxford
University, 1876-97. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.
Scope and Content
The collection consists of:
- Papers relating to his role as Professor of Chinese, including lectures delivered, notebooks,
translations, drafts of a Chinese-English phrase book and dictionary
- Papers of Legge and his family, consisting of a copy of a 20th-century journal kept by Hannah Mary
Johnston before her marriage to Legge, autobiographical notes by Legge, and miscellaneous Legge family papers.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were given to the Library in 1983.
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Chinese language | Dictionaries | English
Chinese literature | Translations into English
Legge | James | 1815-1897 | Missionary and Sinologist
University of Oxford
China | History
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