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Jenkinson, Francis John Henry, 1853-1923 (librarian)



  • Existence: 1853 - 1923


Francis John Henry Jenkinson (1853-1923), librarian and bibliographer, was born Forres, Moray in 1853. He was educated at Marlborough College before going up to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated in the first class of the classical tripos in 1876. Jenkinson became a fellow of Trinity in 1878 and was college lecturer in Classics from 1881 until 1889. It was at this time that he was introduced to Henry Bradshaw, the University Librarian, who would have a great influence on Jenkinson's future, both in his bibliographic work and his eventual career. Jenkinson became University Librarian in 1889. During his time as Librarian Jenkinson oversaw the gift of Lord Acton's library, the largest single collection ever received by the Library, and the donation of 140,00 hebrew fragments from the Cairo Genezah. From 1915 Jenkinson spent much time collecting literature, especially ephemera, of the war, an archive, still held in the Library and called the War Reserve Collection, which would eventually prove to be both extensive and important. He was married twice: first, on 6 July 1887, to Marian Wetton (d. 1888), fifth daughter of Champion Wetton of Joldwynds, near Gomshall, Surrey, and sister-in-law of Charles Villiers Stanford; and second, on 2 April 1902, at Crowborough to Margaret Stewart (1859–1933), daughter of Ludovick Charles Stewart. He had no children. He died on 21 September 1923 at a nursing home, The Nook, Hampstead, following an operation, and was buried at Trumpington.

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Notes by C.E. Sayle, B.F.C. Atkinson and A.E.B. Owen for a catalogue of medieval manuscripts, 1903 - 1960

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/ULIB 7/3/72
Scope and Contents Descriptions in draft of medieval manuscripts in the collection at Cambridge University Library by C.E. Sayle, B.F.C. Atkinson and A.E.B. Owen, produced between 1903 and 1960.In 1903, Charles Sayle began work on producing descriptions of recently acquired manuscripts in the Additional classmark sequence, supplementary to the printed catalogue published between 1856 and 1867. By 1911, his remit was broaded to include manuscripts in the Two-Letter classmark sequence, ‘examining...
Dates: 1903 - 1960
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Records of governance and finance are restricted for 50 and 30 years respectively by order of the Library Syndicate. Records containing personal data restricted for 80 years under data protection legislation. Restrictions are clearly indicated in catalogue entries.

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