Correspondence of Sir George Abraham Grierson

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Correspondence and papers, 1920-1931, largely typescript, concerning the possible acquisition of Sir George Grierson's library on Oriental languages and culture by the School of Oriental Studies and other matters relating to the School; letters concerning Sir George's death, 1941.

Administrative / Biographical History

The philologist Sir George Abraham Grierson (1851-1941) joined the Indian Civil Service in 1873 and was in charge of the Linguistic Survey of India from 1898. He was a Fellow of the British Academy and member of several Asiatic, Oriental and linguistic societies. His numerous publications on the languages of India included The Linguistic Survey of India.

Conditions Governing Access

Open

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the School of Oriental and African Studies Library in 1988.

Related Material

The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) holds papers on the SOAS Library book exchange, concerning arrangements with other institutions for disposition of books on Oriental studies (Ref: MS 226830). Further correspondence and papers of Sir George Grierson are held at the British Library, Oriental and India Office Collections; Liverpool University: Special Collections and Archives; Oxford University, Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.