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Archive of Emilie Savage-Smith


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Comprises mainly papers relating to celestial globes. There are also papers relating to other types of globe and astronomical instruments, along with some related correspondence.

Many of the globes are referenced in the following publications or collections:

  1. Islamicate Celestial Globes: Their History, Construction and Use, Emilie Savage-Smith, 1985
  2. Globes at Greenwich, Dekker, 2009
  3. Khalili Collections
  4. Ahuan Islamic Art

Annotated copies of the publications are available in MSS. 22700/48-49.

The globes have been listed with the following information, where known; reference number, globe maker, date (CE), date (AH), location.


  • Creation: 1955-2022, n.d.


3.30 Linear metres (49 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Conditions Governing Access

Some material is closed.

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 22700/1].

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MSS. 22700/1-49

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 22700


Papers of Emilie Savage-Smith, b. 1941, historian of science, relating to celestial globes.

Biographical / Historical

Dr Emilie Savage-Smith (b. 1941) is a historian of science specialising in Islamic celestial globes. She was professor of the History of Islamic Science in the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford from 2006 to 2019. She was a fellow and archivist of St Cross College, Oxford, 2004-2021.

Savage-Smith graduated from DePauw University in 1962 and completed her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1969. She has authored several books, including Islamicate Celestial Globes: Their History, Construction and Use, 1985. She was named a fellow of the British Academy, 2010, and the Medieval Academy of America, 2020.


Savage-Smith's original order has been retained as far as possible. The material is arranged in series according to globe type, with a series of general correspondence and papers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by Emilie Savage-Smith, Mar 2023.

Catalogue of the archive of Emilie Savage-Smith
Francesca Miller
Language of description
Script of description
Catalogued with the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation.
Edition statement
First edition.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom