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William Edgar Pringle Harrison photograph album

Ms. Codex 1793

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Harrison, William Edgar Pringle, 1892-
Title:
William Edgar Pringle Harrison photograph album
Date [inclusive]:
1918-1919
Call Number:
Ms. Codex 1793
Extent:
1 volume
Language:
English
Abstract:
A photograph album kept by William Edgar Pringle Harrison who served as a Leiutenant in the India Army Reserve in Pakistan. The album provides a pictorial record of Harrison's sevice in Pakistan with photographs spanning from late-1918 to mid-1919.
Cite as:
Ms. Codex 1793, William Edgar Pringle Harrison photograph album, 1918-1919, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

Harrison was born November 11, 1892 in India. He served as a Leiutenant in the India Army Reserve in Pakistan. Harrison appears to have lived in British Columbia, Canada occupying himself as a rancher.

Scope and Contents

Written in white on the cover of this green cloth volume is "W. E. Pringle Harrison in India." The volume contains 100 black-and-white photographs of Harrison's military assignment in British India. The album provides a record of Harrison's service in Pakistan spanning less than a year from late 1918 to mid-1919. There are two photographs mounted in each page measuring approximately 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches with handwritten captions in white ink. A heading on each page indicates a town or district. Harrison was chiefly in the Pakistan districts of Jhelum and Mardān. The photographs record other soldiers, camp sites, local people, customs, landscapes, architectural sites, and animals. Sites include canals, mosques, a bazaar and other places of interest. The images also recorded Harrison's life in British India including fellow soldiers, platoons, sporting events, bungalows, and gardens. Pictures of animals include geese, cows, dogs, and captured alligators. Other photographs captured images of the Khattak Platoon, Gurkhas, and the Depot QR Guard. One page has a picture of an Afghan shell exploding dated May 1919, probably during the Third Anglo-Afghan War. Four photographs are pasted on the inside back cover.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  February 2017

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Donna Brandolisio

Access Restrictions

This codex is open for research.

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.

Source of Acquisition

Sold by Kevin Jackson (Izmir, Turkey), 2016.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Codices (bound manuscripts)
  • Manuscripts, English--20th century
  • Photograph albums
  • Photographs
  • Snapshots
Geographic Name(s)
  • India--History--British occupation, 1765-1947--Pictorial works
  • Jhelum District (Pakistan)--History--20th century--Pictorial works
  • Mardān (Pakistan)--History--20th century--Pictorial works
Subject(s)
  • Soldiers--Great Britain--20th century--Pictorial works

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Collection Inventory

Volume

William Edgar Pringle Harrison phtograph album, 1918-1919.

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