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Archives Collection

Collection Details

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

Description of Collection

Content description

The archive collections are mainly the personal papers of oriental scholars or travelers, many connected with Cambridge. Some papers are those of archaeologists, others of language specialists or missionaries. These collections contain a wealth of information on the lives and work of a number of eminent oriental scholars.

History and development

The collections of papers and offprints have been deposited in the Faculty Library over a period of many years. Some of these have arrived along with a bequest of a library of books, among which there was also archive material. Other collections are those of former scholars of the Faculty or sometimes of their friends and colleagues. Additions are made to the collection when the opportunity arises to acquire papers which are of interest to oriental studies, especially if there is a Cambridge connection.


Personal papers of Cambridge orientalists

General arrangement and access regulations

The archives are stored in pamphlet boxes or ring binders in the Library store. They have been sorted into boxes roughly by date and there is a project in progress at present to make a detailed contents listing available on the Library's website.

Subjects of the Collection

Regions of Asia

East Asia, Near & Middle East and North Africa, South Asia.


Agriculture, Anthropology, Archaeology, Communication and media, Development, Economics, Language, Literature, Travel.

Names relevant to the collection:

  • Herbert Thompson, F.W. Green, Charles Allberry, Gertrude Caton-Thompson, Bertram Thomas, Niyazi Berkes, Laurence Lockhart, T.W. Rhys Davids, I.B. Horner.

Collection Material and Size of Collection

Material Types

Archival materials (includes non-published & mixed material).

Total size of collection

150 pamphlet boxes

Collection Management Information

The collection is not being actively developed.

Annual intake

New additions to the collection are not actively sought but personal papers of individuals with a Cambridge oriental connection would usually be accepted.

Content date range

1880 to 1980 AD

Collection Catalogue Information


There is a handlist giving a brief description of each collection.

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