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Donated by Barbara Donaldson

Small Collections Box 8

U.P. 1920 – 1946

Memoir: ‘India Remembered’: an account written in 1982 by Barbara Donaldson of her life in the U.P. first as a child and later as the wife of an I.C.S. Officer (J.C. Donaldson, C.I.E., M.C.)

She recalls vividly childhood memories of the country, train journeys, people and servants and on her return, the background of her social and domestic life, and the changing patterns as she moved from district to district with her husband in his career. She knew numbers of Indians, and compares the change in attitude of the British towards Indians during the thirties and particularly during the war. Her evocation of the atmosphere of life in India through sight, smell and sound is very acute.