Dr Christine Ferdinand

College appointment: Emeritus Fellow


Academic Background

My first degree was in English Literature, from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1971). I have Master’s degrees in English Literature and Library Science (University of Iowa, 1973, 1974) and another in Bibliography & Textual Criticism (University of Leeds, 1975). Before coming to Oxford, I worked in the Rare Books Department at the British Library. My D.Phil. thesis (Oxford, 1990) was on the interconnected eighteenth-century newspaper and book trade. I am past-President of the Bibliographical Society, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquarians, and a Freeman of the Stationers’ Company. I have enjoyed fellowships at the Huntington Library, Folger Shakespeare Library, Beinecke Library, and Newberry Library. I became Magdalen’s Fellow Librarian in 1992, and, after seeing the new Longwall Library through to completion, retired in 2016.


My research continues to be based in the History of the Book and Newspapers, and I am currently working on the biography of James Rivington (1724–1802), renegade publisher, bankrupt, newspaper proprietor, and spy for George Washington. I will always be interested in the history of Magdalen College.

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