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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: David Brainerd Spooner Papers
    creator: Spooner, D. Brainerd (David Brainerd)
    Identifier/Call Number: M0011
    Physical Description: 5.5 Linear Feet 11 boxes, plus oversize material
    Date (inclusive): 1899-1925

    Biographical / Historical

    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, 1906.
    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 Contents

    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.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item], David Brainerd Spooner Papers (M0011), Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    Gift of Mrs. Lawrence E. Norem, 1959.

    Publication Rights

    While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

    Separated Materials

    Much of the published material (articles, reprints, booklets, etc.) have been transferred to the library's general catalog. Eight photographs of Stanford University were transferred to University Archives.


    Folders were numbered consecutively across boxes.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    India -- Antiquities
    Buddhism -- Study and teaching
    India -- Languages
    Asia -- History
    Spooner, D. Brainerd (David Brainerd)