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Isaac Taylor papers

Ms. Coll. 261

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Taylor, Isaac, 1829-1901
Title:
Isaac Taylor papers
Date [inclusive]:
1864-1896
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 261
Extent:
2 Linear feet (9 boxes)
Language:
English
Abstract:
Isaac Taylor (1829–1901) was the canon of York as well as a philologist and toponymist. This collection contains manuscript copies of some of Taylor’s best-known works, including Greeks and Goths (1879),  The Alphabet (1883), and  Origin of the Aryans (1890). Other titles included are  Words and Places (1864), which first brought him to the attention of the public, and  Names and Their Histories ([1898]).
Cite as:
Isaac Taylor papers, 1864-1896, Ms. Coll. 261, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

Isaac Taylor (1829 May 2–1901 October 18) was the Anglican canon of York as well as a philologist and toponymist and is now chiefly remembered for his archaeological and philological studies, although he is also known for his inflammatory religious ideas and theological pamphlets.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains manuscript copies of some of Taylor’s best-known works, including Greeks and Goths (1879), in which he posited that Gothic runes were derived from some version of the Hellenic alphabet used in Greek Black Sea colonies circa the sixth century BCE;  The Alphabet (1883), a book on the origin and development of letters; and  Origin of the Aryans (1890), an account of prehistoric European ethnology with a particular focus on whether the Aryans originally came from Asia or Europe. Other titles included are  Words and Places (1864), a book on the relationship of etymology to history, ethnology, and geography, which first brought him to the attention of the public, and  Names and Their Histories [1890s], a work about historical geography and topographical nomenclature.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  2015 April 7

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Molly B. Hutt

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Source of Acquisition

Gift of John F. Lewis, 1912.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Manuscripts (document genre)
  • Manuscripts, English--19th century
Geographic Name(s)
  • Greece
Subject(s)
  • Alphabets
  • Authors, English
  • Ethnology
  • Geography
  • Goths
  • Indo-Aryans
  • Language and Languages
  • Linguistics
  • Names
  • Philology
  • Runes

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Collection Inventory

Box

Introduction to Names and their Histories, undated.

1

Greeks and Goths, undated.

2

The Alphabet, volume I, undated.

3

The Alphabet, volume II, undated.

4

Words and Places, volume I, undated.

5

Words and Places, volume II, undated.

6

Words and Places, volume III, undated.

7

Origin of the Aryans, volume I, undated.

8

Origin of the Aryans, volume II, undated.

9