Papers of Professor Sir Thomas Walker Arnold

Scope and Content

The collection comprises Sir Thomas Walker Arnold's correspondence (1894-1930), personal material, articles and notebooks relating to his work in India and his interest in Arabic and Persian languages and Islamic culture. The collection also contains a selection of Urdu Material (c.1874-1904).

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Walker Arnold was born on 19 April 1864 and educated at the City of London School. He entered Magdalene College, Cambridge University in 1883. From 1888 he worked as a teacher at the Mahommedan Anglo-Orient College, Aligarh. In 1898, he accepted a post as Professor of Philosophy at the Government College, Lahore and later became Dean of the Oriental Faculty at Punjab University. From 1904 to 1909 he was on the staff of the India Office as Assistant Librarian. In 1909 he was appointed Educational Adviser to Indian students in Britain. From 1917 to 1920 he acted as Adviser to the Secretary of State for India. He was Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the School of Oriental Studies, University of London, 1921-1930. He was made Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire in 1912, and in 1921 was given a Knighthood by the Crown. He married Celia Mary Hickson in 1892. He died on 9 June 1930.


The collection is divided into the following sections: correspondence; personal material; articles written by Thomas Walker Arnold; notebooks and other reference material; Urdu Material. Material within each section is arranged chronologically.

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Donated in 1965.

Other Finding Aids

Unpublished handlist

Conditions Governing Use

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