The F.W. Thomas Collection

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Correspondence A-Z, 1893-1928; personal correspondence , 1899-1936; testimonial correspondence, 1891-1927; correspondence with contributors, 1918-1921; Old Edwardians Society correspondence, 1892-1985; diaries, 1902-1921; minutes of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1899-1925; notes on India; Nepal administration notes; miscellaneous notes.

Administrative / Biographical History

Frederick William Thomas (1867-1956) orientalist; educated at King Edward School in Birmingham and Trinity College, Cambridge where he obtained First Class Parts I and II Classical Tripos, 1887-1889 and First Class Indian Languages Tripos, 1890. Thomas was made a Fellow of Trinity College, 1892; assistant librarian at the India Office, 1898 and librarian, 1903-1927; Boden Professor of Sanskrit at Oxford, 1927-1937. He became a Fellow of the British Academy, 1927; was awarded Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire, 1928 and received honorary degrees from Munich, Allahabad and Birmingham. Thomas was a pioneer in Asian philology and an authority on Jainism.

Reference: Deposit information.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in 1956/1957.

Other Finding Aids

The collection is uncatalogued.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.


Further deposits are not expected.