Material concerned with the Asiatic Society (formerly Asiatic Society of Bengal) and their interaction with the Royal Asiatic Society.
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- ReferenceGB 891 RAS ALL1
- Dates of Creation1897 - 2008
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description1/2 archival box
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The Asiatic Society was founded by civil servant Sir William Jones on 15 January 1784. At the time of its foundation, this Society was named as "Asiatick Society". In 1825, the society dropped the antique k without any formal resolution and the Society was renamed as "The Asiatic Society". In 1832 the name was changed to "The Asiatic Society of Bengal" and again in 1936 it was renamed as "The Royal Asiatic Society of Bengal". Finally, on 1 July 1951, the name of the society was changed to its present one. The Society is housed in a building at Park Street in Kolkata (Calcutta). The Society moved into this building during 1808.
The Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland was founded by the eminent Sanskrit scholar Sir Henry Thomas Colebrooke on the 15th March 1823. It received its Royal Charter from King George IV on the 11th August 1824 'for the investigation of subjects connected with and for the encouragement of science, literature and the arts in relation to Asia'. It continues as a forum for those who are interested in the languages, cultures and history of Asia to meet and exchange ideas.
The material was arranged chronologically into 23 series.
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The material is part of the institutional records of the Society from its dealings with other organisations.
The matterial was catalogued by Nancy Charley, RAS Archivist, in 2019.
Conditions Governing Use
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These papers were sent and received by the Royal Asiatic Society in the course of its business.