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Lattimore Collection

Collection Details

Lattimore Collection held at University of Cambridge Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Library [Institution record]

Description of Collection

Content description

The collection contains books concerning Mongolia and Central Asia including publications in Mongolian, other central Asian languages and in Russian. The subject content includes grammars and dictionaries, history, geography, economic and political development, anthropology and travel in Mongolia. The collection's range also includes parts of Siberia, China, Tibet and the languages and cultures of the native peoples of these areas. There are also publications concerning arts and religion. This is a reference collection only and publications may not be removed from the Faculty Library.

History and development

The collection is the personal library of Owen Lattimore (1900-1989) the scholar and traveller in Mongolia. The collection has been on permanent loan to the Cambridge University Mongolian and Inner Asian Studies Unit which has an office in the Oriental Faculty building. The collection has been housed permanently in the Faculty Library since 1990 and is classified using an in-house system. The collection lacks any regular funding support and therefore few new items have been added to the collection since 1990.


The major strengths of the collection lie in the areas Mongolian history and culture and that of surrounding peoples in Siberia, Central Asia and Tibet. The collection reflects the scholarly interests and enthusiasms of the original collector.

General arrangement and access regulations

The Lattimore collection is shelved in a separate stack in the East Asian section of the Faculty Library.

Subjects of the Collection

Regions of Asia

Central Asia and the Caucasus.


Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.

Languages of material

Mongolian, Russian, Uighur.


Agriculture, Anthropology, Archaeology, Development, Economics, Geography, History, Language, Literature, Politics and government, Religion, Travel.

Languages as linguistic focus

Mongolian, Uighur.

Names relevant to the collection:

  • Owen Lattimore

Collection Material and Size of Collection

Material Types


Total size of collection

1,650 volumes

Collection Management Information

The collection is not being actively developed.

Content date range

1800 to present

Collection Catalogue Information


Included in the Departmental and College Libraries Catalogue which is part of the Cambridge University Library on-line catalogue

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