Oriental manuscripts of H.J. Murray

Scope and Content

Oriental manuscripts of H.J.R. Murray, 20th century, including manuscripts in Arabic (majority), Persian, Turkish, Sanskrit, Marathi, Urdu, Hindi.

Administrative / Biographical History

Harold James Ruthven Murray (1868-1955) was a chess player, and a historian of chess and board games. He was the author of A history of chess (Oxford, 1913) and A history of board games (Oxford, 1952).

Access Information

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

The manuscripts were given to the Library, with a collection of printed books and papers relating to chess and board games, in 1955.


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

Other Finding Aids

The six Turkish manuscripts are described in Gnay Kut Supplementary catalogue of Turkish manuscripts in the Bodleian Library : with reprint of the 1930 catalogue by H. Eth (Oxford, 2003).

Related Material

Murray's papers in western languages are classed separately, and held by the Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts (MSS. H.J. Murray 1-168; MSS. Eng. c. 2817, d. 2370, e. 2719-21).