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British soldier's photograph album of India

Ms. Coll. 1165

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Title:
British soldier's photograph album of India
Date:
circa 1920s-1930s
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 1165
Extent:
08 linear feet (1 volume)
Language:
English
Abstract:
This collection is composed of several hundred photographs taken in India and Egypt, probably by a British soldier during the 1930s.
Cite as:
British soldier's photograph album of India, circa 1920s-1930s, Ms. Coll. 1165, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

This collection is composed of several hundred photographs taken in India and Egypt, probably by a British soldier. It’s possible the soldier was part of the 2nd Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment which was on garrison duty in India and the Sudan from 1921 to 1939.

Scope and Contents

This collection is composed of several hundred photographs taken in India and Egypt, probably by a British soldier. It’s possible the soldier was part of the 2nd Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment which was on garrison duty in India and the Sudan from 1921 to 1939. The album is undated but probably captures the 1920s and 1930s. A very small number of the photographs are captioned directly on the photograph, but most are entirely uncaptioned. A few photographs are missing from their mounts.

Most of the photographs are of various sights, buildings and locals. Researchers will find views of Baghdad, Port Said, Kamptee, Mangalore, and Nagpur as well as harbors, cities, rural villages, street scenes, temples, a Mohamedan [sic] Mosque, several Churches of England, and monuments. This volume also documents the military scene with photographs of men in uniform, an arsenal (name illegible), a detention hospital, army lodgings (barracks and mess), sporting events, and British and Indian soldiers drilling and in transport. In the photographs, there are signs for the St. Joseph' Convent, the VI Royal Warwickshire Regiment, the Army Signal School, the Willington Soldiers' Club, A'Nagard L.B. Offices, and the Office of the Ahmednagar Wing, Small Arms School. The last pages contain photographs of riots.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  2016 February 12

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Clémence Scouten

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Great Britain. Army.
Form/Genre(s)
  • Photograph albums
  • Photographs
Geographic Name(s)
  • India--History--British occupation, 1765-1947--Photographs
  • India--Photographs
Subject(s)
  • Armed forces
  • Voyages and travels

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Collection Inventory

Volume

Photograph album.

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