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James Tait Papers

Date range: c.1881-1944.

Papers of James Tait (1863-1944), Professor of Ancient and Medieval History at the University of Manchester, 1902-1919.

Like T.F. Tout, James Tait was a prominent member of the 'Manchester History School'. Indeed, after gaining a first in modern history at Oxford, he spent his entire academic career in Manchester.

His publications included Medieval Manchester and the Beginnings of Lancashire (1904) and The Medieval English Borough (1936), and he also edited several important medieval texts.

He served as the first president of the English Place-Name Society from 1923 until 1932.

Tait’s papers include correspondence, original manuscripts, notebooks and printed matter.

Finding aids

Provisional list of correspondence only.


The John Rylands Library

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