Oriental manuscripts formerly held at the Indian Institute, Oxford, now in the Department of Oriental Collections at the Bodleian Library. The collection includes many mauscripts collected by Sir Monier Monier-Williams in Persian, Turkish, and Arabic, though the bulk are in Sanskrit, or other Indic languages. Monier-Williams' interests lay in classical Sanskrit, and the manuscripts he collected comprise a considerable number of the sacred poems called Tantras, a series of Jaina books in Prakrit, and an important collection of Indian bazaar paintings of the Kalighat school which flourished in 19th century Bengal. Another important item in the Indian Institute collection is a copy of the Shikshapatri, 19th century, given by Lord Swaminarayan to Sir John Malcolm, Governor of Bombay, in 1830.
The full shelfmarks of the collection are as follows: Arch O. f. 3, MSS. Ind. Inst. Arab. 1-28; Beng. 1 (R), 2-3; Burm. 1-5, 6-7 (R), 8; Copt. 2-11; Hindi 1-9; Misc. 1-19, 20 (R), 21-31, 32 (R); Pali 1-13 (R); Panj. 1-4; Pers. 1-127; Sansk. 1-74, 75-138 (R), 139, 140-218 (R), 219, 220-1 (R), 222-31, 232-7 (R), 238-9, 240-3 (R), 244-250; Sinh. 1-11 (R); Tamil 1-15, 16-18 (R); Tel. 1, 2-3 (R), 4-7; Tib. 1, Turk. 1-28, 30; Urdu 1-24.