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Gypsy notebook: transcript of the 'Norwood manuscript'

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.7010

Scope and Contents

This volume comprises rotographs and transcripts of the ‘Norwood Manuscript’ [by Reverend Thomas Wilkinson Norwood] published in the Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society [New Series, Vol. III, pp. 204-224] relating to the compilation of a Gypsy vocabulary. The original Norwood manuscripts form part of the Gypsy Lore Society archive, now held at the University of Liverpool Special Collections and Archives, having been presented in 1939 by Lady Arthur Grosvenor. This volume did not form part of the original collection and was bequeathed to Cambridge University Library by Robert S. Macfie.


  • Creation: mid to late 19th century

Conditions Governing Access

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Biographical / Historical

Rev. Thomas Wilkinson Norwood (died c. 1908) collected a large Gypsy vocabulary and compiled a grammer of their language in the 19th century. His paper 'On the Race and Language of the Gipsies [sic]' was read at the Leeds meeting of the British Association in 1858.


1 volume(s)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented to Cambridge University Library in Jun. 1940 by Miss Dora E. Yates, Honorary Secretary of Gypsy Lore Society, as per the wishes of Robert Macfie. Yates' letter is pasted to the front of the volume.

Related Materials

See also GBR/0012/MS Add.8418, John Roberts: Copies of his letters to Francis Hindes Groome, scholar of Gypsy life.

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Revision Statements

  • 4th April 2022: This catalogue was revised by Sally Kent as part of the 'Democratising Description' pilot project to review the use of historic language in catalogue descriptions.

Repository Details

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