Charles Talbut Onions (1873–1965), a native of Birmingham, came to work for the "New English Dictionary" (later the "Oxford English Dictionary") in the 1890s, and in 1914 became its fourth principal editor. As such, he edited the final volumes of the OED, and also the Supplement which was published in 1933. He also edited the "Shorter Oxford English Dictionary", was honorary director of the Early English Text Society, and edited "Medium Aevum", but his final major work was the "Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology" (1966), which went to press before he died.
Onions was elected as a Research Fellow of Magdalen in 1923, succeeding Henry Bradley, the second principal Editor of the OED, who had just died, and retained his post until his death. He played an active role in the College, serving as Fellow Librarian at Magdalen from 1940–55.
The papers relating to Magdalen College Library contain several correspondence files and other documents dating from the period of Onions’s Librarianship; otherwise the only personal documents relating to him are these three newspapers - and even then only MC:F45/N1/2 is explicitly linked to him.