Catalogue of papers of Sir Michael Ernest Sadler, 1897, c.1938

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Papers of Sir Michael Ernest Sadler, 1897, c.1938

Notebooks and correspondence, 1897, of Sir Michael Ernest Sadler (1861-1943), educational pioneer, with a memorandum ascribed to him, c.1938.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. hist. c. 1094; Eng. misc. c. 906

Extent: 2 shelfmarks

Biographical History

Sir Michael Ernest Sadler (1861-1943) was educated at Rugby and Trinity College, Oxford. In 1885 he became Secretary of the extension lectures sub-committee of the Oxford University examinations delegacy. This was the start of a career in the study and promotion of education. From 1895 to 1903 he was the director of the office of special inquiries and reports in the Department of Education and was responsible for researching and reporting on educational policy and practice in Britain and abroad. He made a special study of the German education system. For further details of his career see the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

Notebooks and correspondence of Sir Michael Sadler relating to a visit to Germany to study the educational system, 1897, and an anonymous memorandum, ascribed to Sadler, relating to German colonial ambitions in Czechoslovakia, c.1938.


Given by Professor Jack Sislian, 1986.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. hist. c. 1094, fols. 1-2].

Related Material

A description of Sadler's papers can be found in 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. 44179-216. See also lecture notes and diary entries, 1910-40, MS. Eng. d. 3530 in miscellaneous papers acquired singly; the catalogue of copies of lectures and talks, correspondence and printed works, 1901-c.1961, MSS. Eng. c. 7116-18; and diaries, 1899-1902 (MSS. Eng. c. 7129-30, d. 3616-22).

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Sadler | Sir | Michael Ernest | 1861-1943 | Knight | educational pioneer and art patron

Place names (NCA Rules)


Subjects (LCSH)

Education -- Germany
Germany -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945

Descriptive List

Three notebooks containing notes made by Sadler on visits to schools in Hamburg and Altona, Germany, written in English, with related correspondence in German, 1897
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. c. 906/1-4
Extent: 42 pages, 43 pages, 42 pages (25-42 blank) and (item 4) 21 leaves
Binding: (items 1-3) marbled wrappers, detached

'Memorandum concerning the relationship of German incitement in Czechoslovakia to the international colonial problem and the public order of the world', anonymous duplicated typescript, c.1938, with typescript comments by Professor Jack Sislian, 1978, ascribing it to Sadler
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 1094
Extent: iii + 46 leaves
Binding: Paper wrappers, round ticket on upper cover, '411 a 8'

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