Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)MS85
TitleCharles Talbut Onions letters
Extent476 items
DescriptionLetters in this collection are mainly written to Dr Charles Talbut Onions. The letters concern philological matters and academic work; the meanings of words for the Oxford English Dictionary and other works; and some letters also relate to the running of various colleges within Oxford University.
ArrangementThe letters are arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
Access ConditionsAccess to all registered researchers
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Access StatusOpen
Physical DescriptionSome letters are multiple pages and have minor damage to them.
Administrative HistoryCharles Talbut Onions (1873-1965), lexicographer and philologist. Education: King Edward VI School, Camp Hill, Birmingham; Mason College, Birmingham BA (London) 1892, MA (London) 1895. Work: Worked for the Oxford English Dictionary from 1895 and was co-editor for the period 1914-33. He was appointed as Lecturer in English at the University of Oxford, 1920-1927 and then Reader in English Philology, 1927-1949. He served as Honorary Director of the Early English Text Society from 1945 until 1957.

Awards, honours and offices: He was awarded various honorary degrees from Oxford (Hon MA, 1914 and Hon DLitt), Leeds (Hon. Litt.D) and Birmingham (Hon. LLD, 1930). He was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1928; and served as President of the Philological Society, 1929-1933.

Publications include: An Advanced English Syntax (1904 and five subsequent editions); editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, A Shakespeare Glossary (1911); the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary (1933); The Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology (1966); Shakespeare's England: An Account of the Life and Manners of His Age, Volumes 1 & 2 (edited with Sir Sidney Lee); The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles (1944)

Reference: Who Was Who Vol VI, 1961-1970 (A&C Black).
AcquisitionThis collection was purchased in 1969.