Archive of Robert William Chapman, 1901-67

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Judith Priestman
1987, EAD version 2017



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Table of Contents

Introduction
A   Correspondence 1903-60
    A.1   Letters to Chapman 1903-60
    A.2   Letters to Chapman 1914-60
    A.3   Award of C.B.E. 1948-58
    A.4   Letters from Chapman to his wife Katharine Marion 1915-53
    A.5   Miscellaneous correspondence 1901-1967
B   Working Papers 1910-1959
C   Miscellaneous Papers 1933
D   Printed Books 1794-1952


Archive of Robert William Chapman

1901-1967

Abstract:
Correspondence and working papers of Robert William Chapman (1881-1960), editor of Jane Austen, Samuel Johnson and Anthony Trollope.

Extent: 4.8 Linear metres, 30 physical shelfmarks
Language(s) of Material: English

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. lett. c. 759-80; Eng. misc. b. 434 (R), c. 923-8; Photogr. c. 4, fols. 74-92

Biographical History

Robert William Chapman (1881-1960) studied at the University of St. Andrew's and at Oriel College, Oxford, where he was taught by Gilbert Murray. He subsequently served in Macedonia from 1915-1918. As well as various academic appointments at Oxford, Cambridge and Yale, Chapman held positions as assistant Secretary to Charles Cannan at the Clarendon Press, as Secretary to the Delegates of the Oxford University Press, and was a Council member of the Oxford Bibliographical Society and of the Friends of the Bodleian Library. He was also a founding member of the Society for Pure English and a prolific contributor to the Times literary supplement and the Review of English studies.

For a discussion of Chapman's involvement in the discovery of Boswell's papers at Fettercairn, see David Buchanan, The Treasure of Anchinleck (New York &c., 1974).

Scope and Content

Chapman's correspondence and working papers.

Arrangement

The papers are arranged as follows: (1) correspondence; (2) working papers; (3) miscellaneous papers; (4) printed books.

Given, with MS. Photogr. c. 4, fols. 74-92, and printed books Rec. d. 41-4, e.114-15; Vet. A5 c. 179; 3021 d. 160, by Michael Chapman, 1978-80. MSS. Eng. lett. c. 759-80; Eng. misc. b. 434 (R), c. 923-8.

Acquisition

Given by Michael Chapman, 1978-80.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark, e.g. MS. lett. c. 762, fols. 1-2].

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)

Chapman | Robert William | 1881-1960 | English Scholar and Editor

Subject(s)

19th century
20th century
Austen -- Jane -- 1775-1817
Editors -- 20th century
Johnson -- Samuel -- 1709-1784
Literature
Trollope -- Anthony -- 1815-1882 -- Novelist

A   Correspondence 1903-60

A.1   Letters to Chapman 1903-60

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.


Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. lett. c. 762-66

Adam - Gwyn
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 762
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 224 leaves

Halifax - Lubbock
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 763
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 186 leaves

Maas - Russell
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 764
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 218 leaves

Sadleir - Sutherland
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 765
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 154 leaves

Taylor - Young
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 766
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 117 leaves

A.2   Letters to Chapman 1914-60

Scope and Content

Concerning his work on Jane Austen, arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. lett. c. 759-61

Alcock - Knight
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 759
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 177 leaves

Lancashire - Powell
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 760
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 183 leaves

Rait - Young
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 761
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 143 leaves

Scope and Content

Includes

A.3   Award of C.B.E. 1948-58

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. Eng. lett. c. 767

Letters and papers
Date: 1948-58
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 767
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 118 leaves

Scope and Content

Relating to the award of Chapman's CBE, including

A.4   Letters from Chapman to his wife Katharine Marion 1915-53

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. lett. c. 768-78

Letters from Chapman to his wife Katharine Marion
Date: 1915
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 768
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 126 leaves

Letters from Chapman to his wife Katharine Marion
Date: Jan.-Aug. 1916
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 769
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 123 leaves

Letters from Chapman to his wife Katharine Marion
Date: Sept.-Dec. 1916
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 770
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 179 leaves

Letters from Chapman to his wife Katharine Marion
Date: Jan.-June 1917
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 771
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 143 leaves

Letters from Chapman to his wife Katharine Marion
Date: July-Dec. 1917
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 772
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 152 leaves

Letters from Chapman to his wife Katharine Marion
Date: 1918
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 773
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 53 leaves

Letters from Chapman to his wife Katharine Marion
Date: 1920-42
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 774
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 175 leaves

Letters from Chapman to his wife Katharine Marion
Date: 1943-7
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 775
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 160 leaves

Letters from Chapman to his wife Katharine Marion
Date: 1948-9
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 776
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 100 leaves

Letters from Chapman to his wife Katharine Marion
Date: 1950
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 777
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 164 leaves

Letters from Chapman to his wife Katharine Marion
Date: 1951-3, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 778
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 97 leaves

A.5   Miscellaneous correspondence 1901-1967

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. lett. c. 779-780

Letters from Chapman
Date: 1906-54, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 779
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 196 leaves

Scope and Content

Comprises letters to:

Letters to K.M. Chapman
Date: 1901-67, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. lett. c. 780
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 199 leaves

Scope and Content

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent, including

B   Working Papers 1910-1959

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. misc. c. 923-928


Drafts of essays
Date: 1915-18
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. c. 923
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 429 leaves

Scope and Content

Written in Macedonia, later published as The portrait of a scholar (London, 1920).

Working papers relating to Jane Austen
Date: 1922-59, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. c. 924
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 415 leaves

Scope and Content

Including

Working papers relating to Jane Austen
Date: 1922-59, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. c. 925
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 247 leaves

Scope and Content

Including

Working papers relating to Samuel Johnson
Date: 1937-55, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. c. 926
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 368 leaves

Scope and Content

Including

Working papers relating to Anthony Trollope
Date: 1940-50, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. c. 927
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 275 leaves

Scope and Content

Including notes on

Notes and drafts of published and unpublished essays and reviews
Date: 1910-52, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. c. 928
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 654 leaves

Scope and Content

Including

C   Miscellaneous Papers 1933

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Photogr. c. 4, fols. 74-91; Eng. misc. b. 434(R)


Photographs
Date: 1896-1947
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 4, fols. 74-91
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 19 leaves

Scope and Content

Comprises photographs of

Scroll of honorary doctorate from the University of St. Andrews

Shelfmark: MS. Eng. misc. b. 434(R)
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 item

D   Printed Books 1794-1952

Full range of shelfmarks:

3021 d. 60; Rec. d. 42-44; e.114-115 Vet. A5 c.179


R.W. Chapman's copy of Aristotle (Oxford, 1794)
Date: 1794
Shelfmark: Vet. A5 c.179
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Annotated: `This copy was owned by Ingram Bywater, Charles Cannan, and Henry Bradley, and was given by Mrs. Bradley to its present owner, R.W. Chapman, in June 1923'

Red morrocco binding by Roger Payne.

Restrictions on Access:

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Facsimile of the minute book of the Society for Pure English
Date: 1925-32, n.d.
Shelfmark: 3021 d.160
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Restrictions on Access:

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Lord Brabourne's edition of the Letters of Jane Austen (London, 1884)
Date: 1884
Shelfmark: Rec. e.114
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 2 volumes

Scope and Content

R.A. Austen Leigh's annotated copy of Edward, subsequently owned and annotated by Chapman in preparation for his edition of the Letters (Oxford, 1932)

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J.E. Austen Leigh, A Memoir of Jane Austen (London, 1886)
Date: 1886
Shelfmark: Rec. e.115
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

R.A. Austen Leigh's annotated copy of subsequently owned and annotated by Chapman for his edition of the Letters

Restrictions on Access:

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J.H. Hubback and E.C. Hubback, Jane Austen's sailor brothers (London &c., 1906)
Date: 1906
Shelfmark: Rec. d.41
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Annotated by Chapman for his edition of the Letters

Restrictions on Access:

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Plan of a novel (Oxford, 1906)
Date: 1926
Shelfmark: Rec. d.44
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

R.W. Chapman's copy of annotated by him for his index to the Letters

Restrictions on Access:

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Jane Austen's letters (Oxford, 1932)
Date: 1932
Shelfmark: Rec. d.42
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

Interleaved and annotated by Chapman in preparation for the second edition of the Letters (London &c., 1952)

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Jane Austen's letters (London &c., 1952)
Date: 1952
Shelfmark: Rec. d.43
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Scope and Content

With corrigenda and notes by Chapman.

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