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Archive of Sir Mark Aurel Stein (1862-1943)


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Stein's archive consists of:

  1. Letters to P.S. Allen and Helen Allen, 1898-1943
  2. Correspondence with F.H. Andrews, 1899-1943
  3. General correspondence
  4. Family correspondence
  5. Notebooks, field diaries, personal diaries and 'personal narratives', 1889-1943
  6. Miscellaneous and personal papers, including catalogue of Stein's library
  7. Correspondence and papers concerning expeditions, mainly in Central Asia, and to archaeology and survey work in India
  8. Drafts of, and papers and correspondence concerning, publications
  9. Maps and photographs


  • Creation: 1854-1953


43.23 Linear metres (393 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • Hungarian
  • German
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Sanskrit

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Stein 1, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Stein 1-458

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13928


Archive of Sir Mark Aurel Stein (1862-1943).

Biographical / Historical

Sir Mark Aurel Stein (1862-1943) was an archaeologist and explorer. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Other Finding Aids

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were bequeathed by Stein to the Indian Institute, Oxford, 1943

Related Materials

See also Additional Papers of Sir Mark Aurel Stein, 1894-1944 (MSS. Eng. d. 3408-9, e. 3349; MSS. Photogr. c. 146, d. 32-4, e. 16-21).

Oriental manuscripts collected by Stein are in the Department of Oriental Collections, Bodleian Library.

Archaeological objects associated with Stein are Janitor's List nos. JL866a-d

The Bodleian Library also holds the Papers of P.S. Allen.


  • The biography by Jeanette Mirsky, Sir Aurel Stein, archaeological explorer (Chicago & London, 1977) is based partly on these papers.
Catalogue of the archive of Sir Mark Aurel Stein (1862-1943)
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2019 by Pauline Soum-Paris
EAD version 2019
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom