Dr Stephen Turton and Professor Charlotte Brewer (Oxford) launch Murray Scriptorium

Image credit: The Scriptorium, Oxford. © Murray Family, held by Bodleian Libraries.

Dr Stephen Turton and Prof Charlotte Brewer (Oxford) have launched MurrayScriptorium.org, an open-access edition of the correspondence of James Augustus Henry Murray (1837–1915), first chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. The edition is in its pilot phase and currently holds transcriptions of 88 letters that showcase the range of Murray’s correspondents: authors who explained the use of particular words in their works (e.g. George Eliot on adust, William Gladstone on dogmatization, Thomas Hardy on tranter), scholars who gave information on specialist subjects (botany, regional English varieties, slang), advisers who offered opinions on what the dictionary should and shouldn’t contain, and members of the public who wrote to the editor for guidance on spelling and pronunciation. The pilot has been funded by a grant from the British Academy and Leverhulme Trust.