Papers of Wallace Martin Lindsay

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Lat. misc. c. 77-90; Facs. a. 11-14
  • Dates of Creation
      20th century
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      18 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Lindsay's notes on and photographs of early Latin manuscripts. This material forms the mass of 'necessary statistics' on which were based Lindsay's Notae Latinae; an account of abbreviations in Latin MSS. of the early minuscule period (c. 700-850) (Cambridge 1915), and his contribution towards D. Bain, A supplement to Notae Latinae (Abbreviations in Latin MSS. of 850 to 1050 AD) (Cambridge 1936). The collection is particularly valuable since it presents the abbreviations manuscript by manuscript, rather than abbreviation by abbreviation as in the published works.

Administrative / Biographical History

Wallace Martin Lindsay (1858-1937) was professor of humanity at St. Andrews University. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Conditions Governing Access

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Acquisition Information

The notes were transferred between 1945 and 1954 from Balliol College Library, where they had been deposited. The photographs may have arrived in the Bodleian somewhat earlier.


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

Other Finding Aids

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