Papers of Sir Marc Aurel Stein (1862-1943)

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Stein 1-458
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
      English, Hungarian, German, Chinese, and Sanskrit.
  • Physical Description
      458 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Stein's papers consist of:

  • Letters to P.S. Allen and Helen Allen, 1898-1943
  • Correspondence with F.H. Andrews, 1899-1943
  • General correspondence
  • Family correspondence
  • Notebooks, field diaries, personal diaries and 'personal narratives', 1889-1943
  • Miscellaneous and personal papers, including catalogue of Stein's library
  • Correspondence and papers concerning expeditions, mainly in Central Asia, and to archaeology and survey work in India
  • Drafts of, and papers and correspondence concerning, publications
  • Maps and photographs

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Marc Aurel Stein (1862-1943) was an archaelogist and explorer. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

The papers were bequeathed by Stein to the Indian Institute, Oxford, 1943


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. II, nos. 53042-520

A fuller description is available in the Library.

Related Material

Oriental manuscripts collected by Stein are in the Department of Oriental Collections, Bodleian Library.

The Bodleian Library also holds the Papers of P.S. Allen.


The biography by Jeanette Mirsky, Sir Aurel Stein, archaeological explorer (Chicago & London, 1977) is based partly on these papers.

Geographical Names