MC:F41 Papers of Herbert Edward Salter
Herbert Edward Salter (1863-1951) is one of the most important figures in the study of the history and topography of Oxford. During a long career, he published almost three dozen volumes of transcripts and calendars, based on his researches in Oxford archives, for the Oxford Historical Society (including the three-volume Cartulary of the Hospital of St. John the Baptist (1914-16), which draws on documents in the archives of Magdalen College relating to the city of Oxford), and much else besides. All his transcripts and working papers are now held in the Bodleian Library. In 1918 he was elected to a Research Fellowship at Magdalen College, a post he held until 1939.
These documents came from the Archivist of Oriel College in April 2005 as Accession No. 05/66. They had been found in the archives there with no documentation or explanation for their presence, except for a note in MC:F41/MS1/1 ‘Material not identified by W .E. P. in 1988 – to be replaced uncatalogued pro tem.’ It became clear, however that they were in Salter’s handwriting, and emanated from him. They probably came to Oriel because, when Salter died in 1951, some of his unpublished papers ended up with Oriel’s then History Fellow, W. A. Pantin (who would edit Salter’s Survey of Oxford for publication in the OHS). Presumably these unpublished papers included the present documents, and Pantin, seeing that they weren’t part of Salter’s antiquarian work, put them aside. Pantin’s rooms were legendarily untidy, and presumably the files were then found among Pantin’s papers after his own death, and eventually made their way to Oriel’s archives.
Catalogued in June 2011.
MC:F41/MS1/1-2 c. 1931-9?
Two files of MS notes on the Fellows and the history of Magdalen College for 1911-31 in the hand of H. E. Salter. MS1/1 is a biographical register of Fellows and Honorary Fellows elected between 1911 and 1931, and MS1/2 is a detailed chronicle of College events for the same period.
It is clear that Salter was self-consciously planning a continuation of the eight-volume biographical register of Fellows of Magdalen College (which included a chronicle of College events) published between 1893 and 1915 by William Macray. Macray’s series stopped in 1910, and Salter’s therefore follows on immediately afterwards.
Although the chronicle appears in a fairly finished state, some of the entries for individual Fellows remain only as rough drafts. It is therefore clear that Salter chose to cease work on his continuation of Macray quite some time before he thought it ready for publication.