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Series 1. Correspondence


Subseries 1.1 : Letters of D. B. Spooner Feb.1899 - Jan. 1922

Arrangement note

arranged chronologically
box 1

Outgoing Feb. 1899 - Dec. 1916

Physical Description: 27 Folders
box 2, folder 28 - 44

Outgoing Jan. 1917 - Jan. 1922


Subseries 1.2 : Letters concerning D. B. Spooner, letter notes, letter fragments

box 2, folder 45

Outgoing letter fragments

box 2, folder 46

Miscellaneous letter notes

box 2, folder 47

Letters concerning D. B. Spooner

box 2, folder 48-52

Subseries 1.3 : Letters to D. B. Spooner

Arrangement note

Arranged alphabetically by author and chronologically under each.

Series 2. Articles and Poems

box 3, folder 53

Subseries 2.1 : Distribution List for Spooner Articles

box 3, folder 54-93

Subseries 2.2 : Articles arranged alphabetically by title


The American Boarding School


Analytical Index to the Legends and Devices on Indian Seals


A Critical Study of Mallinatha's Commentary on the Meghadula


The Bodh Gaya Plaque


Bricks in India


The Buddha Relics in Japan


Buddhism and Parseeism


The Charbinda


The Dasyavah of Behar


The Dedarganu Image now in Patna Museum


The Discovery of Kanishka's Vihara


The Field of Indian Archaeology


The Fravashi of Gautama


The Hindu Saturnalia


Indian Archaeology


Indian Linguistics


The Indian Reform Scheme in


Its Relations


The Indira of Bankim Chandra


The Iranian Element in Ancient India


The Iranian Element in Early India


The Kiratarjuniya of Bharavi Magh Mela


Merv and Meru


Mauna, Mauni and Maunindra


The Mrigadava at Sarnath


On a Houseboat in Kashmir


Origin of Indian Art


A Plea for the Bandit


Quaint Stories from the Japanese


Reply to Professor Keith


Review of the Household Troops


Short Discription of work in India


Short Guide to the Archaeological Galleries in the Indian Museum, Calcutta


Some English Speaking Birds in India


Stanford University


Mr. Tatan Tata's Excavations at Pataliputra


The Triarchic Faith


Varieties of the Visnu Image


Vedic Notes


Who Were the Prasioi?


Subseries 2.3 : Fragments of articles, notes on books, poems

box 4-5, folder 94 - 107

Fragments and single pages of articles by D. B. Spooner

box 4-5, folder 108

Gazatteer Appendix to the Index

box 4-5, folder 109 - 111

Notes on Books

box 4-5, folder 112 - 123



Series 3. Research Material


Subseries 3.1 : Notebooks and typescript copies of Spooner's works on Buddhism and Indian Religion

box 5

Four notebooks with typescript annotated by hand on “Gautama the Archi-Magus”

box 5

Two sheafs of typescript on “Gautama the Archi-Magus”

box 6

Selections from the Poet Hali, Pearls and Cowrie Shells (poems by D. B. Spooner), Kiratarjuniya of Bharavi (prose translation and blank verse) manuscript, Manuscript Register of Dated Indian Images, Dr. Lee's Career by Miles Chapin

box 7

Three notebooks typescript and manuscript entitled “The Gods of Hindustan”


Subseries 3.2 : Notebooks, also typescript copies of Zoroastrian Period of Indian History

box 7, folder 124

Manuscript on Zoroastrian Period of Indian History

box 7, folder 125

Manuscript on Zoroastrian Period of Indian History

box 7, folder 126

Temple Types in Tirhut


Subseries 3.3 : Research materials in notebooks

box 8

Manuscript copies of a chronological history of India


Subseries 3.4 : Notebooks and studies of Asian Languages, booklets in various languages

box 9

Language Notebooks

Scope and Contents note

Six notebooks and two folders containing smaller notebooks on Asian, especially Indian languages
box 10

Language Study Notes

box 10, folder 129-133

Studies of Asian languages

box 10, folder 134

Booklets in Japanese

box 10, folder 135-137

Booklets and Documents in Indian Languages

box 10, folder 138

Register of Chinese Characters as Used by the Japanese


Series 4. Newspaper Clippings

Scope and Contents note

Large scrapbook filled with clippings. Also loose clippings in the front of the scrapbook.
box 10


Scope and Contents note

Scrapbook filled with newspaper clippings. Most clippings pertain to the discovery of the remains of Buddha

Series 5. Memorabilia

box 11

Subseries 5.1 : Personal papers and documents of D. B. Spooner and Mrs. D. B. Spooner. Memorabilia

Scope and Contents note

Personal Papers and documents of D. B. Spooner and Mrs. Spooner. Diaries of Spooner which were kept while he was at Stanford and while he was in Japan. Container consists of folders 139-155

Subseries 5.2 : Buddhist Sermon, Chinese Scroll

box 11, folder 156

Satipatthana Buddha's Sermon on Meditation written on wooden strips


Framed picture of D. B. Spooner. Framed picture of Ronald Shay?

box 11, folder 157

Burmese horoscope (jātā) manuscript recording the birth of a son in 1879, incised on palm leaf 1879

box 11, folder 158

Chinese scroll, rolled, contains writing in Chinese


Subseries 5.3 : Photographs of Japan and India

Physical Location: Oversize material has not been assigned box and folder numbers. Contact department for access details.

Photographs of Japan and Japanese students


Photographs of Indian archaeological remains, religious edifices, D. B. Spooner, Mrs. Spooner, and various collegues of D. B. Spooner


Oversized photos of Japan and India. One photo of the Dali Lama holding the casket containing the remains of Buddha

Physical Location: This container is stored in file case for oversized material.

Subseries 5.4 : Chinese Scroll

Physical Location: Oversize material has not been assigned box and folder numbers. Contact department for access details.

Chinese Scroll

Physical Location: This scroll is filed in the case for oversized material.