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Rye, William Brenchley

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS 802
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Rye, William Brenchley
Date(s): 1865-1892
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2 volumes
Name of creator(s): Rye | William Brenchley | 1818-1901 | librarian
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Administrative/Biographical history:

William Brenchley Rye was born on 26 January 1818. He was educated at the Rochester and Chatham Classical and Mathematical School. In 1834 he came to London and entered the office of a solicitor, where he met John Winter Jones, principal librarian of the British Museum. After working at several posts in the British Museum, he became the supernumerary assistant in 1844. Rye was responsible for supervising the removal and subsequent arrangement of the Thomas Grenville Library at the British Museum. In 1857, Rye became the assistant keeper in the department of printed books, where he remained until his retirement in 1875. Rye's principal published work was England as seen by foreigners in the days of Elizabeth and James I, 1895. This work comprised of a collection of narratives by foreign visitors. Rye died on 21 December 1901. Rye's younger son, Reginald Arthur Rye became the Goldsmith's Librarian at the University of London.


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The published work England as seen by foreigners in the days of Elizabeth and James I, 1895 with MS corrections and annotations and a volume comprising of press cuttings, notes and letters.

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Access to the items in the collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the controlled environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room Uncatalogued material may not be seen. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

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Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

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1999-09-03 Simon McKeon

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