Ref NoPP MS 32
TitlePapers of Professor Sir Thomas Walker Arnold
Date(s) of Creation1888-1930
Level of DescriptionCollection
Extent11 boxes
Name of CreatorArnold; Sir; Thomas Walker (1864-1930); Knight; Professor of Arabic
Administrative & Biographical HistoryThomas Walker Arnold was born on 19 April 1864 and educated at the City of London School. He entered Magdalene College, Cambridge University in 1883. From 1888 he worked as a teacher at the Mahommedan Anglo-Orient College, Aligarh. In 1898, he accepted a post as Professor of Philosophy at the Government College, Lahore and later became Dean of the Oriental Faculty at Punjab University. From 1904 to 1909 he was on the staff of the India Office as Assistant Librarian. In 1909 he was appointed Educational Adviser to Indian students in Britain. From 1917 to 1920 he acted as Adviser to the Secretary of State for India. He was Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the School of Oriental Studies, University of London, 1921-1930. He was made Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire in 1912, and in 1921 was given a Knighthood by the Crown. He married Celia Mary Hickson in 1892. He died on 9 June 1930.
Held at:SOAS University of London
Source of AcquisitionDonated in 1965.
DescriptionThe collection comprises Sir Thomas Walker Arnold's correspondence (1894-1930), personal material, articles and notebooks relating to his work in India and his interest in Arabic and Persian languages and Islamic culture. The collection also contains a selection of Urdu Material (c.1874-1904).
System of ArrangementThe collection is divided into the following sections: correspondence; personal material; articles written by Thomas Walker Arnold; notebooks and other reference material; Urdu Material. Material within each section is arranged chronologically.
Access StatusOpen
Conditions Governing ReproductionFor permission to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library in the first instance
Language(s) of MaterialEnglish
Urdu
Other Finding AidsUnpublished handlist
Access Points - SubjectAcademic teaching personnel
Philosophy
Arabic
Indic languages
Islamic culture
Persian
Urdu
Indian history
Access Points - Places
Place CodePlace Name
1279017Aligarh
7729895Southern Asia
1269750India
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