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Collection Level Description: Papers of James Legge

Reference: MSS. Top. Oxon. c. 528; Eng. misc. e. 556
Title: Papers of James Legge
Dates of Creation: 1846-94
Extent: 2 shelfmarks
Name of Creator: James Legge

Language of Material: English, French, and Chinese

Administrative/Biographical History

James Legge (1815-97) was the first professor of Chinese at Oxford, 1876-97; he was also a missionary and sinologist. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

Papers of James Legge comprising a notebook containing thoughts on Legge's aims and achievements in China, 1846-7, with a list of expenses, 1869; and letters and papers relating to the Professorship of Chinese at Oxford, 1863-94, including:

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given to the Library in 1957.

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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. 54648-9.

Related Units of Description

See also an earlier deposit of James Legge's papers (MSS. Eng. misc. c. 863-5, d. 1252-65, e. 1377-81).

Access Points


Legge | James | 1815-1897 | Missionary and Sinologist

University of Oxford


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