Records relating to SOAS Library Book Exchange

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Correspondence and papers, 1912-1928, on the School of Oriental Studies (later School of Oriental and African Studies) Library book exchange, relating to arrangements concerning the disposition of books on Oriental studies between the School of Oriental Studies, University of London, King's College London, University College London, the Institute of Historical Research, India Office, and London Institution, including some named collections or items, among them the collections of Robert Morrison and William Marsden.

Administrative / Biographical History

The School of Oriental Studies (later the School of Oriental and African Studies) was founded as part of the University of London to address inadequacy of teaching in Asian languages in London - hitherto dispersed among various colleges of London University and other institutions - and to cater for the study of Asian history, geography, culture, law and literature, as well as including a library. It opened in 1917, occupying premises in Finsbury Circus formerly occupied by the London Institution (which had amalgamated with the Society of Arts in 1906). The School's Library received substantial collections of books transferred from other London institutions.

Conditions Governing Access

Open

Acquisition Information

Transferred to SOAS Library.