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.