MC:P233/3/MS2 Scrapbooks containing biographical information on Edward Chapman
MC:P233/3/MS2/1 1861-1915 (bound 1966)
This collection of documents relating to Edward Chapman is mainly biographical, but there are also documents and correspondence relating to Chapman’s death, funeral and memorials. At the end of the book are details of Chapman’s will and a research fund set up in his name. In an envelope attached to the back cover, Albert Gunther has placed 8 student lists (Michaelmas 1891 – Easter 1894). It is possible that on some, Chapman has marked his own students, while others list the performance of students in termly collections.
This commonplace book, compiled by Edward Chapman and then his successor, Robert Gunther, contains a variety of material relating to Chapman’s time at Merton and Magdalen Colleges. The notes relate to subjects of academic and personal interest to the men, such as extracts from the Presidents’ Book, anecdotes and stories, notes about fixtures and fittings in the College, humorous verse, family history, photographs, newspaper cuttings and postcards etc.
A typed note by Albert Gunther has been pasted into the front page, giving details of the book’s provenance. Chapman passed the book onto Robert Gunther, and it was found at Gunther’s house at 5, Folly Bridge where it had been put in storage during the Second World War.
Two page handwritten note titled, ‘In Memory of January 17th, 1895’, from Edward Chapman (address Hill End, Mottram-in-Longdendale, Cheshire) to his former pupils at Magdalen. He thanks them for the silver bowl they presented him with, and that he wishes to express his thanks for the occasion of his leaving party.
This manuscript was given to the Library in June 1964. Neil Ker (Librarian 1956-1968) placed it with Chapman’s Commonplace book (MC:P233/3/MS2/2) as it arrived in the same year, but no clear link of provenance can be found.
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