Papers of William Richard Morfill

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 F. Arch. Z. Morf. 1 (1-35); Arch. Z. Morf 1-3, 4 (1-2), 5; O. Arch. Z. Morf. 1
  • Dates of Creation
      late 20th century (including copies of original material dating 1885-1909)
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      English Russian French Polish Church Slavic or Old Slavonic or Church Slavonic or Old Bulgarian or Old Church Slavonic, Latin Sorbian languages Bulgarian
  • Physical Description
      7 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

The archive consists mainly of photocopies, transcripts, or microfilms of William Richard Morfill's correspondence, 1885-1909, located in libraries outside Oxford. The recipients of these letters include: Stanislaw Belza, Stefan Buszczynski, Valery Yakovlevich Bryusov, Ivan Evstatiev Geshov, Arnost Mucke, and Aleksandr Fedorovich Onegin. There are also letters to Gerald Charles Stone regarding the above correspondence, 1970-1, n.d.; notes concerning material in the Morfill library; lists of publications by, or about, Morfill; and two obituaries of Morfill.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Richard Morfill (1834-1909) was the first Oxford Professor of Russian, and Curator of the Taylor Institution. See Who Was Who for details.

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

Some items in the collection were given by Gerald Charles Stone, others by John Simmons.


Collection level description created by Susan Thomas, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

Descriptions of individual items may be found on SOLO (, and in a card catalogue, arranged by shelfmark, at the Taylor Institution Library, Slavonic and Modern Greek Library.

Custodial History

This collection was transferred from the Taylor Institution to the Bodleian Library in 2016.

Related Material

W.R. Morfill's library of c. 4500 volumes was placed on loan at the Taylor Institution Library by Queen's College, Oxford, in 1936.