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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies


The library holds a number of archive collections, comprising records of institutions and papers of individuals connected with the Middle East and Asia. The collections date mainly from from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Archives are only available to researchers in the reading room of the library during normal opening hours by prior appointment. Please note that we are unable to provide copies of any of the archive material. 

Enquiries about access and the details of the contents of each collection should be addressed to the Librarian.

The Archive Collections

John Brough was born in Dundee, 31 August 1917. He was educated at Dundee High School; Edinburgh University, MA, 1939, DLitt, 1945; and St John's College, Cambridge, BA, 1941, MA, 1945. He worked in agriculture, 1940-4.

Stanley Cook was born in King's Lynn, Norfolk, 12 April 1873. He was educated at Wyggeston School, Leicester, and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, BA, 1894, MA, 1899. He was a member of the editorial staff of the Encyclopaedia Biblica, 1896-1903, and an editorial adviser to the Encyclopaedia Britannica on Biblical subjects. He also edited the publications of the Palestine Exploration Fund, 1902-32.

Isaline Horner was born in Walthamstow, 30 March 1896. She was educated at Prior's Field, Surrey, and Newnham College, Cambridge, BA, 1917, MA, 1934. She remained at Newnham College as Assistant Librarian, 1918-20, and Acting Librarian, 1920-1. She gave up her post to travel in Ceylon (Sri Lanka), India and Burma (Myanmar), where she became interested in Buddhism, 1921-3.

Laurence Lockhart was born in London, 9 July 1890, and brought up in South Africa. He was educated at Charterhouse; Pembroke College, Cambridge, BA, 1913; and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, PhD, 1935. He worked for the Foreign Office during the First World War and the Anglo-Persian Oil Company in Mexico, 1919-26, and Persia (Iran), 1926-30.

Thomas Rhys Davids was the son of Thomas William Davids, an ecclesiastical historian and pastor of Lion Walk Congregational Church, Colchester, Essex.

Henry Stumbles was born in Lewisham, ca. 1873. He joined the Tibetan Pioneer Mission, established by Annie Royle Taylor, and was based in Kalimpong, 1894-5. He was educated at Edinburgh University, MB and Chb, 1902, and MD, 1910; Durham University, Bachelor of Hygiene and Diploma of Public Health, 1910; Strasbourg and Paris. He practised as a doctor at Amble, Northumbria, 1902-11, and Hove, Sussex, 1911-15. He died in Hove, 2 October 1915

Bertram Thomas was born in Easton-in-Gordano, near Bristol, 13 June 1892. He was educated privately and was a fellow commoner at Trinity College, Cambridge, PhD. He worked in the Civil Service, 1908-14. He served with the North Somerset Yeomanry in Belgium, 1914-15, and the Somerset Light Infantry in Mesopotamia (Iraq), 1916-18.

The collection, housed in two boxes, mainly comprises drafts of a book, articles, lectures, notes and correspondence from 1929-61.

PT Pali Text Society