C. R. (Charles Ralph) Boxer (1904-2000)

Collection of offprints written by C.R. Boxer, 1946-1996.

Consists of offprints of articles written by C.R. Boxer, including book reviews.  The collection is from C.R. Boxer's library; many items include his annotations or corrections.

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The collection is organized into five series: I. Offprints collectively bound (43 items); II. Offprints not collectively bound, organized chonologically (86 items); III. Book reviews, organized alphabetically by author of the book reviewed (32 items); IV. Miscellaneous items, including bibliographies of C.R. Boxer's works (6 items);  V.  Items accessioned at a later date, including general offprints, organized chronologically (57 items), and  book reviews, organized alphabetically (18 items). Many of Boxer's contributions to books or periodicals have been individually cataloged, and are included in the Lilly Library's on-line catalog (IUCAT).

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Charles Ralph Boxer
Doctor of Laws

C.R. Boxer enjoyed an extraordinarily prolific and varied career as a soldier, historian, and university teacher. He was born in Sandown on the Isle of Wight in 1904, and was educated at Wellington College and the Royal Military College at Sandhurst. From 1923 to 1946, when he retired with the rank of Major, Boxer served in the British army. He was wounded early in World War II, and spent four years as a P.O.W. of the Japanese.  Starting in the mid-1920s, Boxer published over 270 books and articles on varied and far reaching research, a scholarly production which earned him high distinction in his academic career.

Professor Boxer's research and writings deal with European overseas expansion and colonization of various parts of the world: the Far East, Latin America, and Africa. His studies of the European maritime empires are so comprehensive that Boxer was considered as much a specialist in Portuguese history as in African history.  His substantial scholarly research and writings in the field of East Asian studies, particularly those dealing with Japan, China, and Macau, constitute a major contribution to our understanding of that region's culture and history.

Boxer moved into academia at its most prestigious levels. In 1947 he was appointed the Camoens Professor of Portuguese at the University of London, Kings College, a Chair he held almost continuously until his retirement in 1967. The brief interruption in this tenure occurred in 1951 when Boxer served for a year as Professor of History of the Far East at the School of Oriental and African Studies, part of London University. He was a Visiting Professor in the history department of Indiana University for a number of years.  From 1969 to 1972, Boxer held the apointment of Professor of the History of the Expansion of Europe at Yale University, and subsequently Professor Emeritus. The University of London has also so honored him.  Boxer was recognized with honorary degrees from the Universities of Lisbon, Utrecht, Bahia, Liverpool, and Hong Kong. He was awarded the Order of Santiago da Espada, the Grand Cross of the Order of the Infante Dom Henrique (both from Portugal), and Knight of the Order of St. Gregory the Great.

Indiana University was especially fortunate in its association with C.R. Boxer. His comprehensive and wide ranging knowledge, together with the interdisciplinary nature of his understanding, greatly benefited not only students of history but also those in the African Studies Program and the department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.  Indiana University was even further endowed by the Lilly Library's acquisition of Boxer's extensive private library. The entire university community, as much as the wider world of scholarship and international understanding, will continue to derive a rich and endless benefit from the career and works of C.R. Boxer. 

In 1947, Boxer married the well-known writer Emily Hahn (1905-1997), with whom he had two daughters.  At the time of his death in 2000, Boxer lived in England.

Series I:  Works by C.R. Boxer, collectively bound

Box 1

Series II: Works by C.R. Boxer, not collectively bound

Box 2


Box 3




Series III: Book reviews by C.R. Boxer

Box 4

Series IV:  Miscellaneous

Box 4

Series V:  Later accessions

Box 5

Box 6

Book reviews by C.R. Boxer

Box 6