Records of the Indian Institute

Scope and Content

Minutes, accounts, correspondence and visitors' books

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1875 Sir Monier Monier Williams, Boden Professor of Sanskrit, launched a public appear for money, artifacts and books in order to establish the Indian Institute in Oxford. Monier Williams proposed that the Institute should form 'a centre of union, intercourse, inquiry and instruction for all engaged in Indian Studies'. It was to contain lecture and reading rooms, a library and a museum. The teachers were to be paid by the University or by separate endowments. It the future he hoped that 'it might combine applicances for the promotion of Semitic as to become a nucleus of development for a complete Oriental Schools at Oxford'.

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Acquisition Information

Received from the University Offices on 23 Mar 1987


Description compiled by Alice Blackford, Assistant Keeper

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