The papers of Samuel Weller Singer relating to the compilation of a dictionary of Old and Middle English

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The papers of Samuel Weller Singer mainly relating to the compilation of a dictionary of Old and Middle English, which, according to the  Dictionary of National Biography, was abandoned because of Joseph Bosworth's rival  Anglo-Saxon Dictionary [1838]. Some of the slip indexes for the dictionary are written on the reverse of torn scraps of Singer's official correspondence of the 1830s as Hon. Secretary of the Travellers' Club.

Administrative / Biographical History

Samuel Weller Singer (1783-1858) was an author. See the  Dictionary of National Biography for further details.

Conditions Governing Access

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk).

Acquisition Information

Given to the Library in 1984, in response to the Bodleian Exhibition The Douce Legacy.

Note

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

Other Finding Aids

A description is available in the Library, where there is also a card index to unpublished catalogues.