Papers of T.W. Thompson

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Eng. misc. b. 342, c. 762-70, d. 1184-91, e. 1281-92, f. 721-58, g. 261-73
  • Dates of Creation
      19th-20th century
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      81 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Papers of T.W. Thompson relating to Gypsies, consisting of:  

  • Papers relating to European Gypsies, including French Gypsies, ca. 1911-37
  • Papers relating to Gypsy language, including a dictionary, 1874, n.d.
  • Papers concerning Gypsy folk tales, ca. 1910-43
  • Genealogical papers, including pedigrees of Gypsy families, ca. 1909-50
  • Printed items concerning Gypsies, 19th-20th century
  • Thirteen boxes of lantern slides, mainly of Gypsies and Gypsy life

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas William Thompson (d 1968) was a folklorist.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The papers were bequeathed to the Library by T.W. Thompson in 1968.


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. 43227-307.