Hallam's Dialect Collections

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Eng. lang. c. 1-4, d. 1-64, e. 1-5, g. 1-53, g. 55-70
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      142 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Collections relating to the dialects of England, to a large extent written (partly in shorthand) by Thomas Hallam, including 79 dialectical notebooks, which are the basis of much of Hallam's work and are notes of dialects taken on the spot.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Hallam (d 1895) of Manchester was a member of the English Dialect Society.

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.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/specialcollections).

Acquisition Information

The collections were presented to the Library by the executors of Hallam in 1895.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. VI, nos. 32059-207.