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Collection Level Description: Journal of Sir Frederic Madden

Reference: MSS. Eng. hist. c. 140-82; Eng. misc. c. 96, d. 99-100, f. 35
Title: Journal of Sir Frederic Madden
Dates of Creation: 1819-72
Extent: 47 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English and Middle English

Administrative/Biographical History

Sir Frederic Madden (1801-73), Keeper of Manuscripts, British Museum, 1837-66, was an antiquary and palaeographer. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

The journal of Sir Frederic Madden, with some papers and correspondence, including a fragment of an early 13th-century homily for Palm Sunday in Middle English.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were bequeathed to the Bodleian in 1873, on condition that the box containing them should remain unopened until 1 January 1920.

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Further Information

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. I, nos. 39761-807.

Related Units of Description

See also Hampshire Collections of Sir Frederic Madden (MSS. Top. Hants. e. 1-7).

Publication Note

The journal was published on microfilm by World Microfilm Publications in 1973.

Sir Frederic Madden at Cambridge : extracts from Madden's diaries 1831, 1838, 1841-2, 1846, 1859 and 1863, ed. T.D. Rogers (Cambridge : Cambridge Bibliographical Society, 1980).

Robert William Ackerman, Sir Frederic Madden : a biographical sketch and bibliography (New York : Garland Pub, 1979).

Access Points



Madden | Frederic | 1801-1873 | Sir | Knight, Antiquary, and Palaeographer

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