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Francis John Henry Jenkinson (1853-1923), Librarian to the University of Cambridge 1889-1923: correspondence concerning the Sandars Readership in Bibliography

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.7623

Scope and Contents

The Sandars Readership in the University of Cambridge was established under the will of Samuel Sandars (1837-94) [son of George Sandars MP] who was educated at Harrow and Trinity becoming MA in 1863. Sandars was called to the bar from the Inner Temple 1863. He became a JP and High Sheriff for Buckinghamshire and in addition to benefactions to Great St. Mary's, Cambridge, and the University Library, he. left £2,000 for the endowment of an annual lecture or course of lectures in the fields of 'Bibliography, Palaeography, Typography, Bookbinding, Book Illustration, the science of Books and Manuscripts, and the Arts relating thereto'. The electors to the Readership were the Vice-Chancellor, the Master of Trinity and the University Library Syndics. The first lectures were given by Sir Edward Maunde Thompson in 1895 and an appointment was made each year to 1915, after which the Readership was suspended until 1921. This collection consists mostly of letters to Francis Jenkinson from successive Sandars Readers; several have been annotated by Jenkinson himself.


  • Creation: 1895-1917


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1 collection (paper) : paper

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The correspondence forming this collection was found in the Library at some date after the death of Francis Jenkinson in 1923.

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