Folder MSG 143 - Henry Ellis Fonds

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Henry Ellis Fonds

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  • 1828 (Creation)
    Ellis, Henry, 1777-1869

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3 cm of textual records

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Henry Ellis was born in London and educated at Oxford (B.C.L. 1802). While an undergraduate he was initiated into library work through an appointment as assistant at the Bodleian (1798). In 1800 he transferred to the British Museum, where in 1805 he became Keeper of printed books, and in 1812 Keeper of manuscripts. Under his direction, an organized catalogue of the British Museum library was produced in 1819. Ellis also used the resources of the Museum to produce a number of editions and studies of early texts, including an edition of Dugdale's Monasticon Anglicanum. He was named principal librarian of the British Museum in 1827, but proved a poor administrator, with the result that a Parliamentary commission (1835-1836) reorganized the Museum to give effective administrative control to the Secretary, Anthony Panizzi. Ellis retired in 1856.

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Ellis's 'Notes of my journey to France in 1828' is illustrated with engravings and plans.

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