Francis Crawford Burkitt: Papers

Scope and Content

The collection consists of letters (the majority to Burkitt); papers and lectures on various subjects; notebooks and rough notes; and newscuttings, mainly reviews of Burkitt's books. There is also material dealing with Burkitt's academic career, such as his Honorary Degrees and the Congresses he attended, and a number of papers and articles written by other scholars.

Section A

1-29. Letters by Burkitt to various correspondents.

Section B

1-1046. Letters to Burkitt from various correspondents, with some letters from various correspondents to others, in alphabetical order.

1047-1065. Unfinished or unidentified letters.

Section C

Papers by Burkitt, in manuscript or printed form:

I. Biblical subjects (Old Testament, New Testament and the Apocrypha).

II. Language, Text and Versions.

III. Early Christianity and Heresy.

IV. Franciscan Studies.

V. Miscellaneous Theological and Liturgical papers.

VI. Reviews and biological notices by Burkitt.

Section D

Notebooks and loose notes, mainly on linguistic subjects.

Section E

Newcuttings, mainly reviews of Burkitt's work, and some printed pamphlets, arranged chronologically.

Section F

Material from school, university, honorary degrees, congresses, and memoranda.

Section G

Material, other than letters, written by others, arranged alphabetically by author.

Section H

Miscellaneous: programmes, maps, photographs, and notes.

Administrative / Biographical History

Francis Crawford Burkitt (1864-1935) was educated at Harrow, before studying divinity at Trinity College, Cambridge. He became university lecturer in palaeography in 1903, and was Norrisian professor of divinity at Cambridge, 1905-35. His publications included 'Text and Versions' in the Encyclopaedia Biblica (1903); an edition of the old Syriac Gospels (1904); The Gospel History and its Transmission (1906); Eucharist and Sacrifice (1921); liturgical and Franciscan studies; and works on Mancichaeism and Gnosticism. He was practising member of the Church of England modernist School.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Burkitt in Concise Dictionary of National Biography, Part II, 1901-1970, p. 97 (Oxford University Press, 1982).

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue. There is also a card index to sections A and B of the collection.

Corporate Names