Charles Edward Sayle: Diaries and papers

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 12 MSS.Add.8501-8513, 8547-8549 and 8674
  • Dates of Creation
      c. 1864-1924
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      12 volumes, 3 boxes, 1 folder and 1 portfolio

Scope and Content

MSS.Add.8501-8510: Diaries

Volumes 1-10, 1864-1924, with inserted items, including newscuttings.

  • MS.Add.8501: 1864-1896
  • MS.Add.8502: 1897-1900
  • MS.Add.8503: 1900-1905
  • MS.Add.8504: 1905-1908
  • MS.Add.8505: 1908-1910
  • MS.Add.8506: 1910-1914
  • MS.Add.8507: 1915-1919
  • MS.Add.8508: 1919-1921
  • MS.Add.8509: 1921-1923
  • MS.Add.8510: 1923-1924

MS.Add.8511: 'Musica Cantabrigiensis'

'A chronological account of all music in Cambridge from the earliest times', 1892, 1 volume.

MS.Add.8512: 'Vatican Library'

A history of the Vatican Library, 1914, 1 volume.

MS.Add.8513: Cambridge performance of The fairy queen

Material relating to a performance of Purcell's The fairy queen, 10-14 February 1920, 1 folder.

MS.Add.8547: General correspondence

Correspondence, A-Z, 19th-20th century, 1 box.

MS.Add.8548: Letters to C.E. Sayle

Letters from Ernest Dix, E. Gordon Duff, Lionel Johnson, F.F. Madan, A.W. Pollard and W.A. Wright, 19th-20th century, 1 box.

MS.Add.8549: Papers on Ximénès Doudan and Caspar van Kinschot

Material for editions, 19th century, 1 box.

MS.Add.8674: Collations of Reyner Wolfe

Collations of books printed by Wolfe, 1914, 1 portfolio.

Administrative / Biographical History

Charles Edward Sayle (1864-1924) was born in Cambridge on 6 December 1864. He entered New College, Oxford, in 1883 (B.A., 1887; M.A., 1890), and St John's College, Cambridge, in 1890. He joined the staff of Cambridge University Library in 1893, and was assistant librarian, 1910-1924. He died on 4 July 1924.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Presented by C.E. Sayle, 1924.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Charles Sayle in J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, part II, vol. V (Cambridge University Press, 1953), p. 431.

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Related Material

Cambridge University Library holds other papers relating to Charles Sayle, MSS.Add.6166 and 7467.


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