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Skeat and Furnivall Collection

14 May 2020

The Skeat and Furnivall Collection comprises books from the libraries of English scholars Walter William Skeat (1835-1912), Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Cambridge, and Frederick James Furnivall (1825-1910).

Skeat and Furnivall worked together in the Early English Text Society and their libraries were presented to the Department of English at King’s in 1911 and 1913 respectively. The departmental library was subsequently named the Skeat and Furnivall Library. 

The main strengths of this collection are in the areas of Old and Middle English literature and Elizabethan literature but with some linguistics and philology.

  • Number of items: 1,325
  • Largely uncatalogued

Using Library Search

Records from all collections are available through King's Library Search.

Being signed in to Library Search gives the best functionality for searching and the homepage gives advice on how to narrow down your searches by using scopes and by filtering searches you have made. For full instructions please see both the Library Search homepage and also our 'Catalogues' webpage, available by scrolling down to the menu on the Special Collections homepage.

Using scopes

You can limit your search to Foyle Special Collections Library items by using scopes.

If you select the ‘Library Resources’ scope, only the print and ebooks, audiovisual material and journals held by the campus libraries and Foyle Special Collections Library will be retrieved in your searches.

Using filters

For finding material related to specific collections or former owners, use the ‘Library Resources’ scope in the drop down menu and then filter by ‘Former owner’ in the Advanced search criteria to display records from a specific collection.

You can also use the Location drop down menu on the left hand side of the screen to identify items from specific named special collections.

Please do contact us for further advice on identifying material which will assist you with your studies.

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