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A summary of Yale University Library's South Asia Collection, which includes material from and about Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Himalayan region, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
Autograph manuscripts relating to Whitney's research and translations of the Atharvaveda, including a copy in Sanskrit, with notes about source manuscripts; a transliteration, collated with manuscripts in Berlin, Paris, Oxford, London, and Tübingen; a draft for his Index Verborum; and unidentified drafts and notes, most apparently relating to his English translation. Drafts and notes include material by Rudolf von Roth and annotations by Charles Rockwell Lanman.
Includes papers of Edward Washburn Hopkins (1857-1932), professor of Sanskrit and comparative philology at Yale. The Edward Washburn Hopkins papers contain writings on religion in India and classical Greece.
In 1926 he became Salisbury Professor of Sanskrit and Comparative Philology at Yale University. In 1953 he wrote the Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Grammar and Dictionary, and earned the status of professor emeritus. From 1953 to 1954 Edgerton was a visiting professor of Indology at Banaras Hindu University; and in 1956 he was a state guest of the Indian government for the 2500th anniversary of the Buddha's death. A noted Sanskritist and linguistic scholar, he was a founding member of the Linguistic Society of America, and was elected president in 1934.
Lectures and research notes on Indian civilization, religion and philology. Included also are lecture notes taken while he was studying in Berlin (1867-1868). Several of the lectures were prepared for presentation at meetings of the American Oriental Society.
Notes and drafts of A. V. Williams Jackson for articles and speeches, largely on Sanskrit and Avestan grammar and literature and the cultures of India and Iran. Also included is a program for the Joint Meetings of a Philological Societies of the United States (1894).