Catalogue of papers of The Society, University of Oxford

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

C. Parker

June 2002

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Papers of The Society, University of Oxford, 1880-1980

Minutes, correspondence and related papers of The Society, University of Oxford, 1880-1980

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 7022, d. 3529

Extent: 2 shelfmarks

Organizational History

The Society was founded by J.R. Magrath and was sometimes referred to as Magrath's Society. The exact date of its formation is not known but it seems to have been in existence from at least 1871 (see note in MS. Eng. c. 7022, fol. 19). The Society met once a term for a dinner, at which the host presented a paper relating to the administration of the University. Membership was restricted and there were usually no more than 13 members present at a dinner. The last meeting of The Society was in Michaelmas Term, 1980 and at some stage after this dinner, it was considered to be defunct.


Given by Dr. K.H. Segar, 1994.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. d. 3529, fols. 1-2].

Corporate names (NCA Rules)

The Society | student society | Oxford

Subjects (LCSH)

Universities and colleges -- England -- Oxford -- Societies

Descriptive List

Minute book, 1910-80
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3529
Extent: 155 leaves
Binding: Dark blue cloth boards, gilt edges, lettered on the front cover, 'The Society Minutes'. Volume rebound after 1924 for R.W. Chapman (note by him on fol. 1)

Scope and Content:

Includes (fol. 71) entry written by J.R.R. Tolkien

Correspondence and loose papers, 1880-1980, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7022
Extent: 203 leaves

Scope and Content:

Comprises invitations to dinner and replies; resignations and acceptances of new members; lists of members, hosts and attendees. Includes (fols. 67-8, 104) letters from J.R.R. Tolkien

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