India, Raj and Empire
Manuscript Collections from the National Library of Scotland
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Nature of the Material:
Original manuscript material, comprising diaries, letters, maps, sketches and official and private papers.
Scope of the Collection:
In 1615, Britain signed a treaty with the Mughals to permit the East India Company to establish "factories" or trading posts in cities such as Mumbai (Bombay) and Kolkata (Calcutta). Over the next 240 years this trading relationship became a political relationship as the "Company" gained control over Bengal and other territories as a result of successive wars. The rebellion of 1857 prompted a further change, as India came under direct rule from the British Government and this situation lasted until 1947 as - after a prolonged nationalist struggle - India and Pakistan were granted independence.
This complex and fascinating history is brought to life through the large and diverse South Asian holdings of the National Library of Scotland. The 18th and 19th centuries are especially well represented in manuscript sources which look at:
- Social history
- Urban history
- Travel and antiquities
- Indian and Imperial politics
There are records of doctors and diplomats, civil servants and army officials, tea planters and natural historians, travellers and traders.
Some of the highlights include:
- Papers of Henry Dundas including extensive correspondence with Marquis Wellesley and Lord Cornwallis, governor-generals of India
- Accounts of daily life in Agra, Bombay, Lahore, Madras and other areas
- A diary of a trip down the Ganges in 1826
- An account of life in the Madras army, 1768-1777
- Records of the Mahratta wars, the Sikh wars, the war against Tipu Sultan, the Burmese war and other conflicts
- Papers of an official of the East India Company
- Records of Arbuthnot & Co, traders in Madras
- The diary of a hunting expedition
- An account of a duel, court martials and of the murder of a servant
Papers of Andrew Hunter, coffee planter, 1860-1870
- Illustrated accounts of tea-planting in India, 1780-1855
- Reminiscences of an indigo farmer
- Discussions of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s
This collection provides scholars with a rich array of documents with which to explore the history of India - and will provide the basis for countless research projects.