fonds TAK - Takamiya Fragments Collection

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Takamiya Fragments Collection


  • [1000-1600] (Creation)

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0.04 cubic metres

3 boxes

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Biographical history

Professor Takamiya was born in Tokyo in 1944. He studied English at Keio University and achieved his doctorate in English at Sheffield University in 1998. He has taught at Keio University and the University of Cambridge where, as a graduate student in the 1970s, he began collection historic manuscripts. As of 2014 he was Professor Emeritus at Keio University.

Professor Takamiya was also a councillor on the board of the English Literature Society Japan, 1995-2004, trustee and later president of the Japan Society for Medieval English Studies, 1995-2009, trustee of the New Chaucer Society, 2004-2009, and director of The Humanities Media Research Institute at Keio University.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was donated to the Centre of Medieval Studies at the University of York in 2014 by Professor Toshiyuki Takamiya, and was subsequently deposited at the Borthwick Institute.

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Scope and content

28 manuscript fragments from the Phillipps Collection, 1000-1500; 3 Paston documents, 1564-1586; 10 manuscript fragments collected independently by Takamiya, 900-1600; 7 fragments of early printed books, 1450-1500.


Further accruals are not expected.

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Conditions governing access

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including data protection laws. 24 hours' notice is required to access photographic material.

Conditions governing reproduction

A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute for Archives' terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.

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  • English
  • French
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Latin

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Finding aids

A typescript finding aid, to file level, is available for consultation in the searchroom of the Borthwick Institute.

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GB 193

Rules and/or conventions used

ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Created by S. A. Shearn, 26.04.16.




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