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Arnold, Sir Thomas Walker

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0102 PP MS 32
Held at: School of Oriental and African Studies
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Full title: Arnold, Sir Thomas Walker
Date(s): Created 1888-1930
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 13 boxes
Name of creator(s): Arnold | Sir | Thomas Walker | 1864-1930 | Knight | Oriental scholar


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.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers, 1888-1930, of Sir Thomas Walker Arnold, comprising 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 (c1874-1904).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English and Urdu

System of arrangement:

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.

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

No publication without written permission. Apply to archivist in the first instance.

Finding aids:

Unpublished handlist.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated in 1965.

Allied Materials

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Date(s) of descriptions:
16 May 2000

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