Scope and Content
Title: David Brainerd Spooner Papers ,
Identifier/Call Number: M0011
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Language of Material:
5.5 Linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1899-1925
Spooner, David Brainerd, 1879-1925.
David Brainard Spooner was born at South Vernon, Vermont, February 7, 1879. Educated at Stanford University, AB 1899, then
taught in Japan at the Prefectural College of Omi at Oatsu. Later he taught at the School of Foreign languages, Tokyo, and
then at the Imperial University. He was the first foreigner to graduate from the Imperial University with an Lit.D. Attended
the British Government College at Benares, 1901-02 and the Sanskrit College in Benares, 1902-03. He was attached to the Siamese
Legation at one time. Granted a fellowship by Harvard and was awarded a Ph.D. from King Frederick William University in Berlin,
Spooner went to India prior to 1908 as a member of the British Archaeological Survey. In 1910 he is credited with discovering
the remains of Buddha near Peshawar, India. In 1915 Spooner married Elizabeth Colton of Easthampton, Mass. He became head
of the British Archaeological Survey and did considerable work and writing in archaeology, Indian religion, Indian History,
languages, and linguistics. Spooner died at Agra, India, Jan. 30, 1925, and is buried there.
(For a more complete biography see Spooner Correspondence File)
Scope and Content
The Spooner Papers contain D. B. Spooner's correspondence from 1899 to 1922. The bulk of the correspondence was written between
1915 and 1918. The collection also includes manuscript, typescript, and printed copies of articles by D. B. Spooner. There
are many manuscript and typescript language notebooks and studies. Also included are booklets in foreign languages and a large
section of personal memorabilia.
Spooner's primary work was concerned with Indian Archaeology and Indian Religion. Of secondary importance are his works concerning
Indian History and various language studies.
[Identification of item] David Brainerd Spooner Papers , M0011, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries,
Gift of Mrs. Lawrence E. Norem, 1959.
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