RepositorySpecial Collections Archives (GB 0029)
Ref NoEUL MS 261
Extent126 microfilms, two boxes of photocopied materials
TitleAnglo-Saxon manuscript microfilm collection
DescriptionThis collection contains microfilms and photocopies of approximately two-thirds of the manuscripts listed in Neil Ker's 'Catalogue of manuscripts containing Anglo-Saxon' (1957, rev. 1990).
Admin HistoryNeil Ripley Ker (1908-1982), palaeographer, was born in Brompton, London, son of Robert Macneil Ker and his wife Lucy. He was educated at Eton and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he switched from philosophy, politics and economics to English language and literature on the advice of C.S. Lewis. He was appointed lecturer of palaeography in 1941, was elected as a Fellow at Magdalen in 1945, and subsequently to Reader in Palaeography in 1946. He was also librarian for Magdalen between 1955-1968. He is probably best known for his work on Anglo-Saxon manuscripts and his compilation of manuscript catalogues and handlists, including 'Medieval Libraries of Great Britain' (1941), 'Catalogue of Manuscripts containing Anglo-Saxon' (1957, amended reprint 1990), 'Medieval Manuscripts of Great Britain' (1969 onwards), and 'English Manuscripts in the Century after the Norman Conquest' (1960). He died in Foss near Pitlochry, Scotland, in 1982.
LanguageOld English, Latin
Access StatusOpen
Related MaterialPapers relating to Neil Ripley Ker (1908-192), palaeographer and bibliographer, are also held at: Birmingham University Information Services: Special Collections Department; Lambeth Palace Library; Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts; Cambridge University Library: Dept. of manuscripts and university archives; London University Library; and Somerset Archive and Record Service.
Access ConditionsUsual EUL arrangements apply.
ArrangementThe microfilms are arranged approximately according to holding institution, although not in a systematic fashion.
Finding_AidsDetailed handlist is available, compiled by Susanna Guy, 2004.
Creator_NameUniversity of Exeter Library
Mgt_GroupHistorical papers
Literary papers
Language and culture papers
DS/UK/261University of Exeter Library
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