Catalogue of diaries of Sir Michael Sadler, 1899-1902

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2004

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Diaries of Sir Michael Ernest Sadler, 1899-1902

Abstract:
Diaries of Sir Michael Ernest Sadler (1861-1943), 1899-1902.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 7129-30, d. 3616-22

Extent: 9 shelfmarks

Biographical History

Sir Michael Ernest Sadler (1861-1943) was educated at Rugby and Christ Church, Oxford. In 1885 he was appointed secretary of the extension lectures sub-committee of the Oxford University Examinations Delegacy. During his tenure the quantity and scope of lectures increased enormously. In 1895 he was appointed director of the office of special inquiries and reports at the Board of Education, where he produced reports on educational policy and practice at home and abroad, and advised the government on the development of educational policy. In 1903 he accepted the post of lecturer in education at the University of Manchester. During this period he produced reports on secondary education needs for nine local education authorities. In 1911 he became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds, remaining there until 1923 when he accepted the mastership of University College, Oxford. See Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

These 'private' diaries of Sadler contain a mixture of intermittent journal entries on his daily activities, his family, politics, the Boer War, and longer passages on his reading, and his thoughts and doubts, on lectures given by him, and detailed accounts of meetings and discussions, mainly about educational policies, and on the Board of Education and his work there. The volume for 29 Jan.-2 Nov. 1900 is missing. In November 1901 he stopped writing the diary, being 'so much pressed' (MS. Eng. d. 3262, fol. 50), took it up again for two days (1-2 May 1902), and then left it until 1907, when he wrote a résumé covering 1902 to 1906.

Many papers loosely inserted in the volumes - including letters to Sadler, drafts of a few letters from him, newspaper cuttings, a few pieces of printed ephemera, and some substantial memoranda by him on education - have been removed to MSS. Eng. c. 7129-30.

The diaries may have been consulted by Lynda Grier, for her book on Sadler Achievement in education. The work of Michael Sadler 1885-1935 (London, 1952).

Arrangement

Chronological.

Custodial History

All except MS. Eng. d. 3628 and MS. Eng. c. 7205, found in the attic of Richard Sadler, grandson of Sir Michael.

Acquisition

Given in 2003 with the exception of MS. Eng. d. 3628 and MS. Eng. c. 7205, which were given in 2005.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. d. 3616, fols. 1-2].

Related Material

Descriptions of fifty-one commonplace books of Sadler, and of Sadler's papers, including diaries of 1932 to 1942, 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. 38722-73 (commonplace books), and nos. 44179-216 (papers). See also lecture notes and diary entries, 1910-40, MS. Eng. d. 3530 in miscellaneous papers acquired singly; the catalogue of papers relating mainly to education, MSS. Eng. hist. c. 1094, Eng. misc. c. 906; and the catalogue of copies of lectures and talks, correspondence and printed works, 1901-c.1961, MSS. Eng. c. 7116-18. Letters from Sadler are scattered through many other collections in the Bodleian.

Personal names (NCA Rules)

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

Subjects (LCSH)

Comparative education
Diaries
Education -- England
Education, Secondary

Descriptive List


'Private Diary', 1 Jan.-15 June 1899
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3616
Extent: 109 leaves
Binding: black cloth boards, calf spine mostly missing

'Private Diary', 16 June-18 July 1899
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3617
Extent: 139 leaves
Binding: marbled boards, cloth spine partly detached

['Private Diary' - label missing], 18 July (cont'd)-10 Nov. 1899
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3618
Extent: 139 leaves
Binding: marbled boards, cloth spine mostly detached, lower board detached and lacking marbled cover

'Private Diary', 11 Nov.1899-28 Jan. 1900
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3619
Extent: 138 leaves
Binding: marbled boards, cloth spine

'Private Diary', 29 Jan.-2 Nov. 1900
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3628
Extent: 140 leaves
Binding: marbled boards, cloth spine

'Private Diary', 3 Nov. 1900-9 Oct. 1901
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3620
Extent: 163 leaves
Binding: marbled boards, cloth spine

'Private Diary', 2 Aug.-13 Sept. 1901, mainly a holiday diary, Keswick (Lake District), 6-30 Aug. 1901
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3621
Extent: 27 leaves
Binding: marbled wrappers

'Private Diary', 10 Oct.-26 Nov. 1901, 1-2 May 1902; and résumé for 1902-6 (compiled 1907)
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3622
Extent: i + 68 leaves, 61-8 blank
Binding: marbled boards, cloth spine, lower board almost detached
Note: The holiday diary for 15-29 Oct. 1901 is in MS. Eng. c. 7130, fols. 136-47, below.

Loose papers removed from the diaries MSS. Eng. d. 3616-19, 1899-1900
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7129
Extent: iii + 268 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes letters to Sadler from

  • (fols. 1-2, 29-34, 72-3, 78, 220-5, 230-1, 236) R.L. Morant, 1899, with (fols. 224-5) draft letter from Sadler
  • (fol. 18) E.A. Sonnenschein, 1899
  • (fol. 155) C.E. Montague (photocopy), 1899

with

  • (fols. i-iii) conspectus of folio references (in the notebooks) from which loose leaves were removed
  • (fols. 129-33) draft letter from Sadler to J.B. Patton, with (fol. 133) reply, 1899
  • (fols. 3-17, 42-9, 53-8, 86-109, 162-8, 173-92) memoranda, and (fols. 162-8) draft letter, by Sadler, mainly on the organization and purposes of the Board of Education, 1899
  • (fols. 35-8, 137) annotated markers, one dated 1951, inserted by a reader, perhaps by Lynda Grier, for her book on Sadler Achievement in education (London, 1952)?
  • (fols. 112-25) Sadler's pamphlet Secondary education in its bearings on practical life (Newcastle-on-Tyne, 1899)

Loose papers removed from the diary MS. Eng. d. 3628, 29 Jan.-2 Nov. 1900
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7205
Extent: 98 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes letters to Sadler from

  • (fols. 47, 80-1) R.L. Morant, 16 Mar. and 9 Aug. respectively
  • (fols. 48-9) T.G. Rooper, 17 Mar.
  • (fol. 53) H.T. Gerrans, 28 May
  • (fols. 64-5) E.F. Sampson, 12 June
  • (fols. 78-9) Sir G.W. Kekewich, 9 Aug.

with

  • (fol. 4) article 'Mr. Michael E. Sadler on educational libraries' from The Practical Teacher, March 1900
  • (fols. 85-90) Paris exhibition, 1900. Catalogue of the loan collections and exhibits in the British Royal Pavillion
  • (fols. 38-46) material, mainly press cuttings concerning the Boer War and opposition to it.

Loose papers removed from the diaries, 1901-2
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7130
Extent: iii + 223 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes letters to Sadler from

  • (fols. 1-7) R.L. Morant, 1900, with (fol. 5) draft letter from Sadler
  • (fols. 8-18) Sir Halford Mackinder, 1900, with (fols. 14-18) copy of Sadler's reply
  • (fols. 156-61) J.A. Godley, 1901
  • (fols. 199-215) Spenser Wilkinson, 1901

with

  • (fols. i-iii) conspectus of folio references (in the notebooks) from which loose leaves were removed
  • (fols. 23-8, 50-5) papers concerning M.T.H. Sadler [later Sadleir] at school, 1901, including (fols. 50-1) a letter from him to his mother
  • (fols. 136-47) holiday diary, Hampshire, 15-29 Oct. 1901, written on folded sheets formerly pinned together, with (fols. 148-52) cuttings from the diary

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