Centre of South Asian Studies


Handlist of Papers - U-V


Given by Mrs. Uzielli

Madras, C.P. Orissa 1920-1930


  1. -1. Riding gymkhana at Lascelles, 1920

  2. -2. Tat picnic to Dodabetta, June 1920
    -3/4. Dongria Khonds, Nilgiri Hills.
    -5/6/7/8. Koyas dancing: Malkanagiri Taluk East Coast.
    -9/10. Malkanagiri Taluk. Tribe called Bonda Porojas.
    -11. Malkanagiri Taluk. Bonda Poroja dance.
    -12. Malkanagiri Taluk. Bonda Poroja girl.
    -13. Brinjari women.
    -14. Antavedi: pilgrims arriving for car festival. 1925-26.
    -15. Antavedi: pilgrims going to bathe.
  3. -1. Ootacamund Hunt: Opening meet - breakfast - group on steps of the Club - including Lord and Lady Willingdon when he was Governor of Madras. 1921.

  4. -2. Ootacamund Hunt: Opening meet - general view of the field before moving off. 1921.
    -3. Group after golf tournament - outside Club. n.d.
    -4. Maharaja of Vizianagram's Pondur Duck Shoot. View of boats leaving shore of lake. It was a very dangerous proceeding. c. 1927/28.
See also: FILMS


(M.N. Varvill)

Note on the Karachi Extension Railway Survey, 1912-13. MS 2 pp., written 1967, plus twenty-three photographs (with notes on reverse).


Given by Mr. Veasey

Note from A.J.Pringle to T.W.Arnold, on Govt. of India Record Dept. headed notepaper and dated 4 April 1898, naming four Indian architechture and antiquities books that he (Arnold) could consider as his own.


(A.H. Vernède ICS and R.V. Vernède ICS)

Given by R.V. Vernède

Bengal, Bihar and Orissa 1896 -1920, U.P. 1928 -1947

Arthur Henry Vernède arrived in India in 1896 to take up his first appointment in Bengal where he served until 1912 when he was transferred to Bihar and Orissa. He retired from India in 1920. (A summary of his postings and home leaves during that career is included in Box 1, Folder 1

Raymond Veveysan Vernède, son of A.H. Vernède, arrived in India to take up his appointment in the U.P. where he spent his entire service. 1928-1947.


Folders 1 & 2 - Letters: From A. H. Vernède to his wife Katherine, 1906 - 1920. The first were written from their station in Bengal while she was in the hills. The second, beginning in 1912, were written from Bihar and Orissa while she was in England with the children, or in the hills. The letters are mainly of a domestic and personal nature and contain a number of remarks about other members of the station. The earlier ones contain a few references to his work as a magistrate. The letters of 1913 contain several references to the wiliness and intriguing disposition of Indian advocates and their boycott of himself. The letter of 1.4.1913 mentions an anarchist attempt at insurrection. The letter of 2.7.1913 refers to the newspaper 'Amrita Bazaar Patrika'.
Folder 3 - Letters: To A.H. Vernède from his wife Katherine, 1907, 1908, others undated. Domestic and personal.
Folder 4 - Miscellaneous letters: Four from Harold Braidwood to A. H. Vernède 1942 - 1945, written in England. One from A.H. Vernède to his mother 17.11.1903. Five fragments of letters from A.H. Vernède to his wife. No date. (847pp.)
Diaries kept by A.H. Vernède 1898-1904; 1906-1908; 1910-1920. Entries are largely about his daily routine at work and in the home.
  1. Letters:

  2. From Mrs. R.V. Vernède, formerly Nancy Kendall, to her mother Lady Kendall, widow of Sir Charles Kendall, ICS, Judge of Allahabad High Court, in England. Those of 1937 - 1939 written from Benares and Lucknow. Those of 1941 - 1946 written from Garhwal. One of 1936 and one of 1938 from R.V. Vernède to Lady Kendall. The letters are about personal and domestic matters. 176 pages.
  3. a) A Short History of All Saints' Cathedral, Allahabad by the Rev. A.G. Davies-Leigh M.A. 1929.

  4. b) Womens' War Work in the U.P. 1939 - 1945
    c) Victory Record of the War Effort of Garhwal District 1939 - 1945
  1. Scrap folder of newspaper cuttings about social events in the U.P. 1921-1934; newspaper article of Dec. 15, 1933 entitled 'A Warning to Muslims - A Muslim Plea for Communal Peace, Social Service and Conversions'. Newspaper article 'Hill Stations Past and Present'. No date. Newspaper article of 1934, 'A Middle Aged Memsahib'. Invitations to Govt. House, etc. kept by Miss Nancy Kendall, later Mrs. R.V. Vernède.(73pp)
  2. Letters: From 'Kathleen' in Kashmir to her mother and her sister 'Gracie' on the plains. No date, but probably about 1910. Kathleen Brookes was a girlhood friend of Mrs. R.V. Vernede's mother. Scrap folder: Newspaper cuttings, snapshots and photographs listed below. (74 - 219 and 233 - 235pp; 14 photos held separately in Box 51)
  3. Three elephants carrying passengers across river
  4. Kneeling elephant with four riders
  5. Three elephants carrying shooting party
  6. Two elephants with passengers
  7. An elephant walking through forest carrying four passengers
  8. Three elephants with passengers
  9. Boat with passengers being poled across river
  10. An official's bungalow and grounds. Four servants standing under palm trees
  11. Three Englishwomen, two Englishmen sitting on verandah, probably of a club
  12. Englishwoman with a dog
  13. Secretariat building. Group of English and Indian people standing beside it.
  14. S.S. 'Oceani" Oct. 1909
  15. Lake at Naini Tal with sailing boats. Photograph by 'Mistery' Naini Tal.
  16. Lake at Naini Tal by 'Mistery', Naini Tal.

Copies of Onlooker Nov., Dec. 1939; Jan. Feb. May June July Sept. 1940; Jan. 1941.

Copies of Times of India Annual for 1927, 1928, 1932, 1933, 1936.

India's Pictorial Magazine for Jan. 20 1928

India Christmas Number, 1930; Dec. 1935

The Madras Mail Annual one copy, undated

See also Films: Kendall


(Frederick Verney (father of Sir Ralph Verney); Sir Ralph and Lady Verney)

Lent by Sir John Verney. (Now held on microfilm no.67)

India general; Burma; Siam. 1891-1918

Sir Ralph Verney was Military Secretary to Lord Chelmsford 1916-21.

  1. Exercise book containing edited copies of letters written by Frederick Verney who accompanied Prince Damrong of Siam on his tour of India, Malaya and Burma in 1891-2. Throughout he gives accounts of his conversations with the Civil Service Administrators he meets.
  2. Egypt - gives accounts of conversations with Sir Evelyn Baring, Sir Francis Grenfell and Sir Colin Moncrieff, and the Khedive of Egypt.
    On board S.S. Carthage to India 1892. Accounts of conversations with other passengers about India. Constant references to self-government and attitudes towards it. Opinions and attitudes of Anglo-Indians towards Indians. Opinion of Lord and Lady Harris. Conversations with Gaekwar of Baroda, Sir Raymond West. Describes Hyderabad - comments on vulgarisation of native dyes and crafts by European influence.
    Poona. Meets people connected with Deccan College, and former private secretary to Sir Bartle Frere. Further comments on Indians and government. Comments on Forestry Department and policy of Sir Richard Temple.
    Continues to meet people in Khandala and Poona, including President of Savarjanic Sabha and continually asks them their opinion of the possibility of Indians governing themselves.
    Describes Baroda, villages, talks with Patel and discusses how improvements can be made. Comments on temples; Mount Abu; Jaipur where they see an elephant fight.
    Talks with Sir Auckland Colvin I.C.S. on local self-government - village rents and zemindars.
    Benares described.
    Gaya - meets Collector G. A. Grierson and reads his paper on land tenure, zemindars and ryots - comments.
    Calcutta and Darjeeling described.
    On board the S.S. Bengal on the way to Rangoon, he reads Blue Books on Bengal Local Government given him by Mr H.J.S. Cotton, I.C.S., the Secretary. Comments. Meets Burmese (Mounghpo Mhyin) who comments on village administration and British rule. Comments on Lord Ripon's reforms.
    Rangoon - stays with Sir Alexander Mackenzie and discusses with him Bengal Tenancy Act, and the practicality of State  Banks.
    Comments on survival of indigenous village administration in Burma. Meets E. S. Symes, I.C.S. Further talks with Mounghpo Mhyin and Sir Alexander Mackenzie on village administration in Burma.
    Across Malay Peninsula to Renong (sic).
    Describes journey and bamboo hut construction, and elephant ride through jungle.
    Goes to Siam at the invitation of Prince Devawongse and stays in Bangkok. Describes work and life of Prince, and the city - returns.

    The book has the itinerary for the tour in the front and maps with places visited, and at the end a map, and Siamese visiting cards stuck in.
  3. Exercise book containing Mrs. Ralph Verney's journal in Rawalpindi 1 January 1913; home alone 5 April 1913, London, their son's birth September 1913, and return to India in October 1913.
  4. TS copies of letters from Sir Ralph and Lady Verney (Nita) to their parents and to one another January-December 1916, from Viceregal Lodge in Delhi and Simla, and from Mashobra, etc. Social life described in detail, Viceregal activities, characters, etc., nothing political.
  5. MS diary written by Lady Verney, 13 January-11 June 1916 (including newspaper and magazine cuttings, invitations, etc. relevant). Detailed personal diary of voyage to India, and life in Government. House. Describes in detail her husband's appointment as Military Secretary to Lord Chelmsford.
  6. TS copies of letters as (3), January December 1917.
  7. TS copies of letters from Ralph Verney to his wife, a few to his mother, January-December 1918.
  8. Miscellaneous letters, mainly from Otto Lund to Mrs. Verney, and including some from Lord Cromer; Lord Willingdon, Aubrey Metcalf, A. D. Drummond, Leslie Wilson, Maharajah of Jaipur S. Madho Singh, Jack Maffey and Lord Birdwood, also photos, invitations, etc.


Given by F.R.P.Vinter.

"The Pattern of Economic Development in India". 73 typed pages, dated Nov.1951, with covering letter from Peter Vinter at the Ministry of Materials, Whitehall, to "Austin" - Professor E.A.G.Robinson at Siney Sussex College, Cambridge. The study, under chapter headings of Population, Agriculture, Industry, Govt. Development Expenditure and Financial Resources, covers aspects such as presnt (1951) difficulties, scale and composition of potential investments, arguments for more industrial investment, etc.


Given by Mr. Vosper

  1. Brief notes (6 pages) "...on the geography and political aspect of India to give some idea of why it was necessary to have a military outpost in the NWFP." [Chitral - 1926]. Written by Vosper jnr. from notes made at the time by his father.
  2. Two shooting trips in the Himalayas, 1926/7. 8 and 10 pages.