Palm-leaf manuscripts of W.Y. Evans-Wentz

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. PLU 1-21, 23-36, 38, 40, 42-5, 49-62, 64-6, 69-88, 93, 98-9, 104-24; MSS. Sinh. b. 24 (R), 26-7 (R), c. 23-5 (R), d. 12-65 (R), e. 1-8 (R), f. 2-4 (R), g. 4; MSS. RU 1-4
  • Dates of Creation
      mainly 19th century
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      Oriya, Sanskrit, Sinhalese, and Tamil.
  • Physical Description
      178 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Palm-leaf manuscripts of W.Y. Evans-Wentz, mainly 19th century. Languages represented include Oriya, Sanskrit, Sinhalese and Tamil.

Administrative / Biographical History

Walter Yeeling Evans-Wentz (1878-1965), Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, was an anthropologist.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Acquisition Information

The manuscripts were bequeathed to the Library by Evans-Wentz, with his papers (now in the Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts, Bodleian Library) and artefacts (now on loan to the Ashmolean Museum) in 1965.


Collection level description created by Susan Thomas, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

The manuscripts are summarily described in the card catalogue, arranged by language, located in the Oriental Reading Room.

Related Material

The Tibetan manuscripts of W.Y. Evans Wentz are also held by the Department of Oriental Collections (MSS. Tibet b. 29-32. c. 25-59, 60 (R), 61, d. 19, 25, 29, e. 12). Papers of W.Y. Evans-Wentz are held by the Department of Special Colections and Western Manuscripts (MSS. Eng. misc. b. 393, c. 841-5, d. 1238-47, e. 1349-67, f. 799-832; Eng. lett. c. 577-8; Eng. poet. d. 232, e. 180-3, f. 40-1).