The Periodical 1928

OUP’s in-house journal, The Periodical, commemorated the completion of the first edition of OED in 1928 with a special issue. A copy from the OED archives is reproduced below, including front and back covers, and is well worth reading in full. Some of the individual sections are linked to as follows: Opening statement, summary history, the volunteer workers, the editors and their staffs, how the dictionary is made, sundry observations, the record of words, Supplement in preparation, the longest sensational serial, “To Dr. Murray on Completing the Letter C”.

Opening statement

Summary history

The volunteer workers

The editors and their staffs

How the Dictionary is made

Sundry observations

The record of words

Supplement in preparation

The longest sensational serial

The value of quotations

“To Dr Murray on completing the letter C”

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