The collection comprises the reports, articles and notes dated c.1919-1947 of Anthony John Arkell. The collection chiefly concerns the archaeology, history and ethnology of the Sudan, together with some administrative papers.
The material of the first deposit was originally sorted and listed by Professor P. M. Holt in 1967. The second deposit was listed by Dr. R. O'Fahey and checked by Professor Holt in 1972. The material from both deposits has been amalgamated according to the original arrangement of the first deposit. It is listing in the following sections: PP MS 71/1 Personal Papers PP MS 71/2 Administrative Papers PP MS 71/3 Material on White Nile Province PP MS 71/4 Material on Genealogy PP MS 71/5 Material on Sennar PP MS 71/6 Material on Darfur PP MS 71/7 Material on Archaeology and Anthropology in the Sudan in general PP MS 71/8 Material on Peoples of the Sudan.