Papers of Sir Michael Ernest Sadler

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      GB 161 MSS. Eng. misc. c. 542-52, d. 742-54, e. 702; Eng. lett. c. 315-16; Top. Oxon. a. 77, c. 625-34
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Scope and Content

Papers of Sir Michael Ernest Sadler, consisting of:

  • General correspondence, 1921-31, 1933-9
  • Fragments of diary entries, with letters and newspaper cuttings, 1912-25, 1926-35
  • Diary, manuscript and typescript, with letters and newspaper cuttings inserted, 1932-42
  • Typed copies of extracts from the diary, 1932-9
  • Exercise book containing newspapers cuttings concerning Sadler's appointment as director of special inquiries and reports at the Department of Education
  • Letters and papers, 1885-1903
  • Letters and papers concerning education and Sadler's resignation from the Department of Education, 1896-1903
  • 'Comments on the history of education in England', by Sadler, 1939, manuscript and carbon typescript copy
  • Papers relating to the Oxford Preservation Trust, 1925-41
  • Papers of Sadler as Curator of the Bodleian Library, 1924-40
  • Portfolio of drawings and maps, including designs by A.S.G. Butler for the New Bodleian Library, ca. 1927, and maps relating to work of the Oxford Preservation Trust

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Michael Ernest Sadler (1861-1943) was an educational pioneer and art patron. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

The papers were given to the Library in 1948 and 1953.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other 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. 44179-216.

Related Material

See also Commonplace Books of Sir Michael Ernest Sadler (MSS. Don. b. 30, d. 153/1-29, d. 154/1-22) and Papers of Sir Michael Sadler (MSS. Eng. hist. c. 1094; Eng. misc. c. 906).