Royal Asiatic Society Collections: Engagement

Scope and Content

Collections contains material that showcases the various types of engagement that the Society has used to help promote its collections. This mainly consists of publications but there is also information about events/exhibitions that have been held.

Administrative / Biographical History

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 Library has existed since the Society's creation with material being donated by many early members of the Society.


The collection is arranged as follows:

  • RAS COLLENG/1 Event Information
  • RAS COLLENG/2 Publicity Material

Access Information

Open. Please contact the archivist using the email address given here. . The archive is open on Tuesdays and Fridays 10-5, and Thursdays 2-5. Access is to any researcher without appointment but it will help if an appointment is made via phone or email. Please bring photo ID

Acquisition Information

These are part of the institutional records of the Royal Asiatic Society which have been accumulated throughout its history. Many of these were retrieved from staff filing cabinets.

Archivist's Note

Catalogued by the Society's Archivist Emma Nelson: 12/11/2021

Conditions Governing Use

Digital photography (without flash) for research purposes may be permitted upon completion of a copyright declaration form, and with respect to current UK copyright law.

Appraisal Information

Appraisal was conducted in accordance with the Society's disposal and retention schedule. Some duplicate material was disposed of.

Custodial History

These records are part of the Royal Asiatic Society's Institutional Records and therefore part of the historical records of the Society.


Accruals are ongoing.

Related Material

Other Collections material including: acquisition/disposal records, Library Committee minutes and policy documentation can be found on the Society's Archives Hub page.