Centre of South Asian Studies


Handlist of Papers - W


Given by Miss E. Waddel

  1. One hundred and forty-five years at the Old or Mission Church, Calcutta, by Rev. E.T. Sandys. Calcutta, Valmiki Press, n.d. but c. 1915. Illustrated.


Given by Mrs. F. Wadsworth.

Bombay: 1932-34

  1. Three photographs (in Box 51):

  2. a) St. Peters School and church at Khandala (n.d.).
    b) Sister Josephine, Nursing Superintendent at Sir J. J. Hospital, Bombay, 1934.
    c) Sister Ethelburga of All Saints. Sister Superior of St. Peter's Girls' High School at Khandala with adopted Peter Nolan.1932.
  3. 3 Certificates issued by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate of Overseas Centres (in Box B2).

  4. a) Preliminary Examination 1928
    b) Junior Local Examination 1930
    c) School Certificate 1932


(Sir Sidney Wadsworth)

Memoirs - 'Lo, the poor Indian:' covering the area of the Madras Presidency, 1913-45:
Chapter 1. Survey of social life in Madras 1913, with an account of some of the characters who lived there.
Chapter 2. Nellore in 1913. Some inhabitants described including Dr. Ida Scudder and her family; Sir Norman Marjoribanks; Mohammed Habibullah; Sir Frederick Sayers; Vellore in 1944.
Chapter 3. Gudur, as sub-collector; Nellore coast; Venkatagiri; the Maharaja and Raja; description of the Rajah's installation; J.J. Cotton; hook-swinging ceremony by the Gollas; life in Gudur 1917-18.
Chapter 4. Secretariat at Madras. Discussion of policy and administration in I.C.S. (example: scheme for Cochin Harbour and consequences); personalities in Secretariat.
Chapter 5. Interludes. Private secretary for a month to Lord Willingdon; describes duties; private secretary to H.R.H. the Duke of Connaught on his visit to Madras.
Chapter 6. Madanapalle. Description of place and people and of the fundamental nature of a district officer's life; Arcot mission; T.B. Sanatorium; Theosophical college connected with Mrs. Annie Besant; Roman Catholic priest and Salvation Army at a criminal settlement at Bhumanagadda; account of the settlement; Indian residents; Peddappa Reddy and the consequences of litigation; irrigation; description of peons.
Chapter 7. Pungahur - description; Indian Christians; evidence.
Chapter 8. Godaveri. Politics - Gandhi and non-cooperation movement in Rajahundry and Antarvedi; description of an attempted take-over by Congress volunteers of religious festival; method of dealing with rebellious villages.
Chapter 9. Secretary of the Board of Revenue, Madras. Work in the Court of Wards; examples of cases; puts in for judiciary.
Chapter 10. Joins Middle Temple - bar examinations. Registrar, High Court in Madras under Sir Murray Coutts Trotter, and his consequent power in the ofice of the High Court. (This chapter gives a comprehensive description of the judges and members of the Madras Bar in 1925.)
Chapter 11. Chingleput District, as District Judge. Description of place and inhabitants; leprosy; various murder cases described; religious endowment cases.
Chapter 12. Scouting and Indian social attitudes in Chingleput and Madura.
Chapter 13. Madura. Law cases there; murder; court house and prison described; social life; contacts with Indians.
Chapter 14. Some criminals - various cases.
Chapter 15. Various sections of society; Kallars, kaval and tuppukuli; Jellicut or bull-baiting; Nattukottai chettis; business interests and marriage, appearance etc.; pamulas or snake-catchers.
Chapter 16. Kodaikanal - description and social life; Periyar irrigation system.
Chapter 17. Chittoor and Bangalore. Judicial work and description; civil appeals from Coorg; appointed to Madras High Court as a permanent judge.
Chapter 18. Madras High Court. Work there; case of Rajah Sir Annamalai Chetti; other cases; Madras Agriculturists Relief Act IV; Patanjali Sastri.
Chapter 19. Madras at war. Evacuation; floods.
Chapter 20. Gardening in South India.
Chapter 21. Farewell. Assessment of the L C.S. and British rule in India.
Books presented:
Thurston, Edgar. Castes and tribes of southern India. 7 vols. Madras, 1909. In archives W1 - W7.


(Brigadier R.D. Waghorn, C.B.E.)

  1. Illustrated handbook issued for the opening of the Khyber railway, 2 November 1925. In Box  L16.
  2. 'Construction of bridges on the Kangra Valley Railway', by L.T. Ewall, Bridge Engineer, N.W. Railway, 19 October 1928. Outline of the phases of construction, engineering data, etc. illustrated by photographs. TS bound, 26 pp. In Box  L16.
Books presented:
Punjab Engineering Congress. Minutes of the proceedings. Vol. XVIII. Lahore, 1930.


(George Edward Campbell Wakefield)

Given by Colonel J.H. Wakefield

Photocopy of book Recollections 50 Years in the Service of India by G.E.C. Wakefield, C.I.E., O.B.E. (Illustrated by M.G. Anderson). 212 pp. 1892-1942. Punjab, Rajputana (Tonk, Udaipur), Hyderabad Deccan, Jammu and Kashmir.
    An anecdotal account of a remarkably varied Indian career, primarily in princely states. A self-made man whose grandfather, father and elder brother also served the country, he worked successively as Assistant Engineer in Punjab .Irrigation Department, Special Duty Officer in the Great Rajputana Famine, 1899-1900, as Superintendent Land Revenue and Irrigation, Tonk State, 1900, as Boundary Settlement Officer, Superintending Engineer Irrigation, Tutor to Heir Apparent and Confidential Secretary to Maharaja of Udaipur, 1903-09. From 1900-21, in service of Nizam of Hyderabad, he was Irrigation Settlement Officer, Deputy Director-General of Revenue and Director-General of Commerce and Industries. From 1921-29 he held various posts in service of Raja and Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir: Chief Secretary to General Raja Sir Hari-Singh, as State Secretary to Maharaja, as Foreign and Political Development Minister, to name a few. Towards end of his life, during 'Quit India' Movement, he reflected on Britain's past mistakes in India and prognosticated the course of future events. '


(Herbert Comyn Walker, I.F.S.)

Given by H.M. Walker


  1. Xerox copies of three letters written to his mother, and one to his father, while at Rangoon in the Indian Forest Service 1910-1924. Tells of his life, people he meets and his work.
  2. Service Record from 5 Dec.1899 to (last entry) 19 April 1924.  Born 29 June 1877; died 1925. Additional letter to his mother and transcript of letter from his butler.
    Album of photographs taken while in the Indian Forest Service in both India and Burma. 1897-1925. (Box A133)


Given by Dr. Jennifer Monaghan (daughter).

  1. 5 Certificates of stock holdings in the India General Navigation and Railway Company Limited. They were bought in 1946/7 and are over-stamped with distribution rates after going into voluntary liquidation in the early 1970s.
  2. 6 notes relating to the above.


Major David B. Wallace served as an officer with the Royal Engineers in India and Burma in 1942 and 1943-44. In 1944 his section was attached to the 3rd Batallion, 4th Prince of Wales Own Gurkha Rifles, 30 Column.

Given by Dr M.E. Wallace (wife).

  1. Two memoirs on the re-conquest of Burma in 1944 evidently written for the1986 issue of Major Wallace's regimental newsletter:
  2. (1) 'With 30 Column 3/4 Group - 1944' by Major Wallace.
    An account of 30 Column's activities in Burma in the first half of 1944. The author describes training in India until January 1944 when the brigade moved to Cachar, Bengal. They then marched by the Bishenpur track to Imphal. On March 5/6 both 30 and 40 Columns were airlifted to the east side of the Irrawaddy river. For the next six weeks the column moved around the area between Wuntho and Pinlebu cutting the road and attacking reserve supply dumps.
    They were constantly on the move, supplied by air drops. At the end of April they moved north to support General Stilwell's advance into North Burma. The writer describes the difficulties of evacuating casualties - by air, boat and raft. The brigade was ordered to support the Chinese by thrusting down from the hills to the Mogaung river valley. Finally they had to take the high point  Pt. 2171. They succeded and held the ridge for a week until relieved on 19 July. After that the remnants of 30 Column withdrew to India. 6ff.

    (2) '40 Column in Burma 1944 - the lull before the storm' by Major Donald S. McCutcheon.
    The writer describes a three week period in March 1944 in the life of a Chindit column. Their task was to join up with 'Morrisforce' about which they knew little. Some 400 men and 140 mules and ponies made the journey east from the Irrawaddy river. He describes the difficulties of receiving supply drops and of carrying their 80lb packs. They had little contact with the enemy until 6 April when "our idyll was over". 7ff.

  3. Two diaries giving detailed accounts of Major Wallace's experiences as an officer of the Royal Engineers in wartime Burmese operations:
    a)Volume 1 covers the period 13 March-29 April 1942.
    b)Volume 2, entitled 'Chindit II - operation, "Thursday"', covers the period March-August 1944.
    Typescript 275 pp in continuous pagination.

  5. Exercise book, consisting of passages which were to be the basis of a revision to the text of Volume 1 in item 2. 21ff.


(Captain S.T.D. Wallace, V.C.)

  1. Department of Agriculture, Central Provinces and Berar. Report on the cattle-breeding operations in the Central Provinces and Berar for the year ending 31 March 1930. By S.T.D. Wallace, Deputy Director of Agriculture, in charge of animal husbandry, C.P.
  2. Report on the working of the Department of Agriculture in the Central Provinces and Berar for the year ending 31 March 1938. By J.C. McDougall, Director of Agriculture, Central Provinces and Berar.
  3. Report on demonstration work carried out in the Southern Circle together with reports on the seed and demonstration farms of the Circle for the year ending 31 March 1938. By G.K. Kelkar, Deputy Director of Agriculture Southern Circle, Nagpur.
  4. Typescript copy of letter from Captain Wallace to Sir Arthur Dash in reply to the circular of 24 April 1967. Outline of his work in India in cattle-breeding, and discourses on the principles of this; description of the work of his uncle who went out to India in the nineteenth century, and was also concerned with agriculture there.  20pp.


Given by Lady Eileen Waller

Xerox copies of diary kept by Colonel Waller, V.C., (Lady Waller's father-in-law) during the Indian mutiny, 20 August - 3 November 1858. Day to day account of military movements between the above dates. 23 pages.


Given by Miss M.B. Wallis

Burma 1926 - c1960.

"Inasmuch"  by Ethel M. Luce Chausen. 14 ff.
The story of the Rangoon Home for Waifs and Strays, Children's Aid Protection Society: its founding by a remarkable Burmese woman, Daw Tee Tee, in 1928, its vicissitudes during the 1939-45 war and its subsequent rebuilding. During the 30 years of its existence some 5,000 boys have passed through the Home.
Fifty-five photographs of groups etc, (some identified) taken in Burma between 1902 and 1929. (12 in box 51;  43 in box  A134)


Given by Mrs. M.F. Walsh

United Provinces   c. 1930s - 1940

Book: Yesterday's Harvest   Published by The Pioneer Press, Lucknow, 1940.  86pp plus 10 B&W photographic plates.
The author, wife of a police officer, gives an honest picture of the life of an English woman of her period in India. She recalls life in Camp, shooting and fishing parties, rented accommodation in hill stations. There are vividly described scenes of village life, customs and religious festivals.


(Colonel Sir Cusack Walton, D.S.O.)

Given by Lady Walton

  1. Large volume called 'The Hardinge Bridge over the Lower Ganges at Sara'. This book contains a selection of working drawings and progress photographs and has been compiled with the object of maintaining a record of the leading features of the construction of the bridge. Box G12.
  2. Popular commemorative album of drawings and photographs of the Hardinge Bridge over the Lower Ganges at Sara, opened 4 March 1915. Box L16.
  3. a)Photograph of train crossing the Khyber Pass, entitled 'Monument to the "End of all Romance" in the Khyber'. (Railway across, the Khyber completed in 1926.) Box G16.

  4. b)Two photographs of the North Western Railway Training School, Lahore, completed in 1929. (Walton Railway Training School.) Box 51.


(William Warburton)

Given by Miss Olga I. Warburton

  1. One letter from Robert Warburton (Sir Robert Warburton's father) in London, 24 July 1857, to James his brother referring to the rebellion.
  2. Twelve letters from William Warburton to his mother, father, and sisters, from S.S. Simla - Calcutta; Dharmsala; Jullundur; Lahore; Kapurthalah, 1866-77. Describing life of medical officers; visit of Emir of Kabul; meets his cousin Robert Warburton frequently; mentions the Melvills (q.v.) a daughter of whom he later married.
  3. One sheet (end) of a letter from William Warburton to his father.
  4. Two sheets of a letter from William Warburton to his mother from North Wales, 16 September 1864.
  5. Letter (one sheet) from William Warburton to his father from Southampton, 25 May 1866.
  6. Printed letter of application with testimonials from Colonel W.P. Warburton, candidate for the post of Superintendent Royal Infirmary Edinburgh, 1899. (twelve sheets).
  7. Xerox copy of Warburton family pedigree supplied by Miss Warburton.
  8. Two newspaper cuttings, recording death of Colonel W. Warburton, October 1911 and death of Captain Robert Warburton.
  9. One letter from William Warburton in Edinburgh to his father ?1861 (two sheets).
  10. TS copy of 'Super-detective of the Punjab',  (i.e. John Paul Warburton), an article published in Canada c. February, 1917. Copied by Olga I. Warburton, whose great-uncle, Robert Warburton, was the adoptive father of John Paul Warburton.

(John Paul Warburton)

Given by G.D. Martineau

    11. Controller of Devils: a life of John Paul Warburton., C.I.E. of the Punjab Police, 1840-1919. Written by G.D. Martineau. London, privately printed, 1965.
    12. Precis of "Controller of Devils" made by J.D. Scroggie, 1967.


(P.J. Warren)

N.W.F.P., Waziristan: 1926-1933

TS Memoir: "With a Mountain Battery in India" (1926-33) Illustrated with photos and maps, 53pp. 9 additional photos (in Box 51).


(Mrs. W.G. Waterfield)

Given by Mrs. Rankin

        Diaries and journals written by Mrs. W.G. Waterfield:

  1. Journal kept 12-19 December 1903 while on tour in Sholapur District.
  2. Journal kept of part of her mother's visit to India April-December 1906: Khandesh, and Satpura mountains; goes on tour with husband, mother and baby; Bhils; very vivid description of country, people, and domestic side of touring.
  3. Journal dated January 1912: an account of a journey from Honavar to the Gersoppa Falls.
  4. MS diary kept while travelling to India in World War I by E.H. Waterfield, L C.S., 31 March - 25 April 1916. MS 27 pp.
  5. Notebook in Mrs. Waterfield's handwriting of flora and fauna observed in Khandesh.


(J.O. Waterhouse)

Collection of photographs taken while in the P.W.D. 1912-25. They include the voyage to India and scenes etc. taken in different parts of India and Pakistan. (Box 52)


Given by Major F.W. Watkins

N.W.F.P. 1916-1928

  1. TS article by Lt. D.R. Gostling: History of 36th Jacob's Horse. 9pp.
  2. 5 photographs in Box 53; 1 photograph in Box L16
  3. Tape-recording of his life and experience in the Scinde Horse, in interview with Major F.W. Rawding. (MT26)


Donated by Carey Watt, September 2000.

1. A dream came true. Edited by Lakshmi Mazumdar. 2nd ed. New Delhi: Bharat Scouts and Guides, [1997?]
2. How scouting, or a short history of scout-movement. By Narendra Kumar Jain. Ghaziabad: Veer Sahitya Mandir, [1938?]


(S. Wauchope)

Given by Miss Ruth Dundas

Xerox copy of letter by Samuel Wauchope, the grandfather of Ruth Dundas, about his life in India in the Bengal Civil Service, c. 1844-1873. Mentions police service and dacoity.


Given by Mrs S McCallum.

Transcript of diary kept by Katherine Way between 2 October 1887 and 26 February 1889. Katherine Way, daughter of Colonel G.A. Way, was just twelve when she began this diary and her entries bear evidence of an intelligent and observant mind. The diary contains the following descriptions: her journey to India; the railway journey to Benares; the stay at Clark's Hotel, Benares in December 1888 and January 1889 and the sightseeing visits her family made; her impressions of the march during January and February 1889 between Benares and Saugor made in the company of her father's regiment.
        Xerox of typescript. 12 pp.


(F.R.G. Webb)

Report on the Jaffna Peninsula Lagoon Scheme, by F.R.G. Webb, M.C., B.Sc. Eng. (B'ham), M.I.C.E., F.R.G.S., Divisional Irrigation Engineer. Colombo, Ceylon Government Press, 1945. 35 pp. (Proof copy with sheet of MS corrections.) Includes 5 diagrams and 1 map of the peninsular.


Given by the Revd. P. Hartley

Amarmow (sic, Amarawa), Sagar, C.P.: 1924-1950

A 15 page autobiography: 'My Missionary Call', by H. Welch, a missionary of the Bible Churchmen's Missionary Society in the Central Provinces. Picture of his and his wife's life and work as evangelistic missionaries in forest country of Central Provinces (Madhya Pradesh). Acquired medical knowledge and skills through working with doctor in dispensary at Sagar.


Given by Mrs. P. Wentworth-Reeve

U.P., Ceylon 1857-1961

  1. Xerox copy (8pp) of a letter or copy of an article in MS entitled, An account of the Defence and Tragedy at Cawnpore, by one of the survivors. An account of an escape from Cawnpore by a soldier among a group of civilians. Description of troop movements and military defence. Escape by boat, ambush, and final rescue by friendly Rajah. List of the killed and wounded, both military and women, as far as could be remembered, and indicating the place where they were killed, and how they died. No date.
  2. TS copy (8pp) of a letter written from Pusselawa, Ceylon, 18 September, 1866, from a coffee planter, L.W. Daniell, to his mother in England, describing the tragic death of his three children, after eating a poisonous plant, or from cholera. (L.W. Daniell married Admiral Fisher's sister; Admiral Fisher was an ancestor of the present Lord Fisher of Kilverstone Hall, Bury St. Edmunds, who is related to Mrs. Wentworth-Reeve, who has the original letter).
  3. Xerox copy of single sheet of the letter.
  4. Xerox copy of a letter from Mr. J.R. Jayewardene, a journalist, to Mrs. Wentworth-Reeve, 15 March 1962, enclosing a cutting from The Times of Ceylon for October 8, 1961 in which he described the event at Pussellawa and the subsequent correspondence he had about it. 3pp.
  5. Xerox copy of a letter from a Mr. Rajiah to Mr. Jayewardene enclosing photographs of the children's graves in Pussellawa, and copies of the inscriptions. 3pp.


(A.R.C. Westlake, C.S.I., C.I.E., I.C.S.)

Given by Mrs. Flora Westlake

Madras: 1912 - 1947

  1. 'A Kaleidescope for Krishnan : Experiences of India', by Alan Westlake, illus., 177pp. (1978)
  2. Assisted by Florence, his second wife, he tells the story of his life from humble origins to winning his way into the Indian Civil Service in which he had a distinguished career. The book contains varied accounts of his work. In India, chiefly in the Madras Presidency, to the history of the British in India, and sees the full panorama of the British Civil Service from Viceroy to humble clerk. The chapter headings which include 'Rajahs', 'Missionaries', 'Servants', 'Memsahibs', 'Madras Notables' and 'Peoples of South India', indicate the kaleidoscopic nature of the book. It shows a pattern of Indian experience made up of colourful and varied fragments.
  3. 'It Wasn't Really Disobedience'; growing up in England and in India. Letters of Di Turner 1894 to 1910 introduced by Flora Westlake (Alan Westlake's second wife), illus., 100pp. (1981)
  4. A companion volume to Alan Westlake's autobiography, contains the letters of Di Turner, his first wife, written between 1894 and 1910. The first, from the N.W.F.P. where her parents were stationed, were to her grandmother in Scotland and give a lively view of her childhood in a large family. The letters of 1901 - 1906, to her parents in India, were written while she was at school in England. Those of 1907 - 1910 were to a school friend written after her return to India where she was 'learning to be a Memsahib' under her mother's tuition. References to her father's work as an 'Extra Political Assistant' in the Political Department on the Frontier reveal a life in which parents and children face difficulty and danger as every day occurrences and meet them with courage and humour.


Given by R.J.E. Whitworth.

  1. Map of India showing all railways, 1965.
  2. Road map of India, 1939.
  3. Catalogue of Fishing Tackle, Basu Bros., Calcutta. n.d.
  4. Printed paper on Indian Fish of Proved Utility, by R.B. Seymour Sewell and B.L. Chaudhuri, Calcutta, 1912.


(V.C. Whyte)

  1. Comments, notes and criticisms of evacuation scheme: Tamu via Mintha, Narum, Sita, Namtok, Heirok, Wangjing, Imphal; and Tamu Waksu, Limmlong, Sita. etc, A detailed description of the evacuation 19 March - 16 May 1942. TS 19 pp.
  2. Sketch map of the evacuation area.
  3. Two pages of accounts for part of the evacuation.
  4. Various notes and instructions to evacuation personnel. 5 pages.
  5. Eight newspaper cuttings dealing with the evacuation.
Books presented:

        Antrobus, H.A. History of the Assam Company 1839-1953. Privately printed T.& A. Constable, Ltd., Edinburgh, 1957. Archive BS7.

Presented to the Library of the Centre of South Asian Studies:

        Assam Survey Department. Road and railway map. Shillong, 1940. (Maps cabinet - D9)


Thomas Douglas Wickenden, I.C.S. Joined Service in 1925 and posted to Central Provinces. Deputy Commissioner 1929; District and Sessions Judge June 1932; Legal Secretary to Government December 1943.

Given by Dr Wickenden.

  1. (a) Copy of Report on the Disturbances 1942-43. Government of India Press, New Delhi, 1944. [Prepared by Mr Wickenden and known as the Wickenden Report.] 105pp.

  2. (b) Covering letter from Government of India, Home Department, dated 28 February 1944, sending Mr Wickenden a printed copy of the Report. Includes sentence: 'I expect you will since have received Government of India's "thanks": I think the Report undoubtedly produced a deep impression, though I am afraid I have not seen any conclusions as yet.' 1f
    (c) Cutting from the Statesman of 19 August 1976 announcing the publication of the text of the Wickenden Report. 1f.
  3. Personal papers relating to the termination of the Secretary of State for India's control over the Indian Civil Service, compensation, pension and annuity questions. 1945-48. 95ff.


Given by Mrs. Daphne Adams.

U.P. Kashmir: 1893-1919

Xerox copies of papers of J. P. Wildeblood, the donor's father, District Engineer, Almora, Garhwal, Manipuri, Jhansi and Naini Tal.

  1. History of a Maneater Panther (5 pages)
  2. Notes taken in Almora and Garhwal District, mainly on Hindu religion and ceremonies and encounter with a fakir. (15 pages)
  3. Photocopies of 6 Letters about shikar, health etc. to J.P.W's mother 1893-1911.
  4. 14 Photographs taken between 1893 and 1921: in Box 53.


(Sir Gilbert Wiles, K.C.I.E., C.S.I.) Given by Lady Wiles


  1. Petition for mercy of prisoner No. 4399 Joseph Albert Rodgers.
  2. Paper: 'Towards freedom in India 1917-1942.' I.D. 2797/42. 2 pp.
  3. Telegram sent to the New York Times by its special correspondent Herbert Matthews in Delhi, on 2 July, about the conclusions drawn by an American journalist on the state of India contrary to previous preconceived opinion. Written during the war. (5 pp.)
  4. Correspondence between Sir Gilbert Wiles, India Office, and K. de B. Codrington, Victoria and Albert Museum, about lectures. 1943-44.
  5. Notes for lectures - Sir Gilbert Wiles.
  6. Committee for Cultural Relations with India and Pakistan. Formation, agenda, minutes, relationship with Royal Society; Royal Asiatic Society of Bengal; Royal India Society - Art and Letters. Correspondence of K. de B. Codrington. Also papers on British schools in South Asia.
  7. File marked Bombay Battalion - No. 3 Company, No. 11 Platoon .... etc.:

  8. a) Undated letter from an Indian expressing regret on not seeing Sir Gilbert Wiles off. Very amusing.
    b) Envelope marked Covenant I.C.S. 1904, containing: covenant for I.C.S.; deed of covenant for the Order of St. John of Jerusalem; speech in Marathi with English translation.
    c) Form of service for National Day of Prayer 6 July 1947.
    d) Supplements to The Times on Mount Everest Expedition, 1951 and 1953.
    e) Amusing cartoons in 5 pp.
    f) File containing copy of The Statesman for Tuesday 10 July 1947, in which were produced special articles about India's N.W. Frontier, written by I.M. Stephens.
  9. Personal file of miscellaneous papers - outbreak of war:

  10. a) B.P.T. Dockman - September 1939. (1 p.)
    b) Envelope containing cutting from The Times of India Illustrated Weekly 28 October 1928 - page of sketches (cartoons) of some characters on the Bombay Legislative Council.
    c) Original pencil sketches of the same type (10 slips of paper).
    d) MS note by Sir Gilbert Wiles on Gandhi and Congress soon after going to the India Office. 7 sheets (14 pp.)
    e) Note in Sir Gilbert Wiles' handwriting entitled 'Sir Ibrahim Rahimtoola 1939'. It seems to be notes of an interview on 1 May 1938, about Hinduism and the Muslim League.
    f) Copy of H.M.H.D.'s minute by K.M. Munshi, dated 11 August 1939, on P.W.D. file 3605/36/1939. Subject - residential buildings; charges for specific services such as water tax, halalkhore and electric energy consumed; recovery of these. (3 sheets.)
    g) One sheet - the supplement to the Daily Hayat, Karachi 22 March 1940, entitled 'The Millat and the menace of "Indianism"'.
    h) Sapru Committee's proposals for a new constitution in India. Text of resolutions. 14 pp. (also duplicate copy with notes on it by Sir Gilbert Wiles.)
    i) His Excellency's speech at the annual dinner of the Rotary Club, Bombay. 20 February 1939. (TS copy, 6 pp.) (The Governor of ?Bombay.)
    j) Minutes of a meeting held at the Secretariat ... 7 June 1940, about setting up of District War Committees. Government of Bombay, Home Department.
    k)Confidential telegrams:
       1) from Viceroy, Simla, to Governor of Bombay, 1 June 1940, about setting up District War Committees (3 pp.) Civic Guard, A.R.P. etc.
       2) from Viceroy to Governor of Bombay about procedure for District War Committee in Bombay and other provinces; European Association to be dissuaded. 28 May 1940. (1 p.);
       3) Viceroy to Governor of Bombay 28 May 1940 - war situation and District Committees: categories of activity - beneficent and security;
       4) from Governor of Bombay, Srinagar, to Bombay Special, Bombay, (for Sir Gilbert Wiles) - special constables to be of all major communities. 27 May 1940;
       5) MS of telegram from Sir Gilbert Wiles to the Governor about consultation of leaders of communities and European Association, 25 May 1940, and cutting from Morning Standard, 27 May 1940.
    l) Secret note on 'Civil disobedience v. police' written by Sharp, sent by the Inspector General of Police in Poona to J.M. Sladen, (? Secretary to the Governor of Bombay). 7 December 1940. The note sets out present situation of possibility of new Civil Disobedience Movement; the Congress Campaign of 1930-32; police measures and criticism of those measures and tactics; outline of situation in 1940 and police measures and tactics which should be taken (6 sheets).
    m) Memoranda on Civic Guards, 4 October 1940 - purpose; training; duties. (6pp) Appendix 'A' - names and addresses of St. John Ambulance Association, Bombay Provincial Centre. Appendix 'B' - first aid to the injured - syllabus.
  11. File containing I.C.S. Family Pension Fund Rules. 1936-40.

    10. Three maps of India.


    13. 'India and the war 1939-45: the facts.' (very small)
    14. 'Buddhism in Burma' by J.A. Stewart. 1949.

    15. The Advent: a quarterly devoted to the exposition of Sri Aurobindo's vision of the future. Vol. II, No. 4. November 1945.

    16. 'A history of India' by Edward Thompson. 1929.

    17. 'Indian Muslims' views on Kashmir.' 21 July 1951.

    18. Government of Bombay Village Film Scheme. Bombay, 1941.

    19. a) The East India Cotton Association Ltd. Opening of the Cotton Exchange building at Mazagaon on Tuesday 1 December 1925. (Commemorative brochure.)
           b) Copy of the Resolution tendering thanks to G. Wiles on his retirement as Chairman of the Bombay Cotton Contracts Board.

    20. Guide book: - 'Gwalior Fort Album.' Archaeological Department, Gwalior State.

    21. Proceedings of the Sir William Jones Bicentenerary Conference. 1946. The Royal India Society.

    22. 'A picture of India: its history, people and government' by Edwin Haward. n.d.

    23. 'India and democracy: a summary of the book by Sir George Schuster and Guy Wint.' 1942.

    24. Reconstruction Committee of Council. Second report on reconstruction planning. Delhi, 1944.

    25. White Paper. Cmd 6350. India (Lord Privy Seal's Mission). Statement and draft declaration by H.M. Government', with correspondence and resolutions connected therewith. 1942. (Cripps' correspondence with Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and M.A. Jinnah).

    26) Pamphlets issued by India Office, Information Department:
           a) India. Announcement of the policy of H.M. Government. 14 June 1945.
           b) India. Policy of H.M. Government. Statements of policy and official speeches 1945. Revised December 1945.
           c)Burma. Policy of H.M. Government. Statements of policy and official speeches 1945.

    27) 'The British Colonial Empire and the British public', by Vincent Harlow. (June 1943.)

    28) Memorandum on the subject of social and official intercourse between European officers and Indian gentlemen. Bombay. n.d.

    29) Conference of British Orientalists held at Pembroke College, 20-22 August 1947.

    30) The study of Indian art: being an informal talk given before the Tagore Society on 9 March 1944 by K. de B. Codrington, with an introduction by George Catlin.

    31) Envelope containing four photographs of ceremony at Independence.


(Mr. F. C. Williams, tea planter, and Mrs.E. Williams).

Bengal; Assam; N.W.F.P.: 1927-1959 45 pp.

  1. Five letters to family in England from Elswitha and Fred Williams, written from: Calcutta and Kokrajar in 1934; from Murree and Deccan College Poona in 1944. Early ones are about shooting trips, later ones domestic.
  2. a) Miscellaneous letters from domestic servants and employees of F. C. Williams of Octavius Steel Co. Ltd. Calcutta and London.

  3. b) Two letters of 1944 from daughter of Williams' ayah requesting financial help to perform Muslim burial ceremony for her mother.
    c) Letter from Indian staff of Tea Estate, Sibsagar, Assam to 'Messrs. Octavius Steel and Co. London' sending Christmas and New Year's greetings.
    d) Various examples of 'Babu English' 3 newspaper cuttings, including obituary of Fr. Douglas of Oxford Mission to Calcutta.
  4. a) Letter from Elswitha and Fred to their family, 04/10/27, on a steamer trip from Calcutta to Goalundo.

  5. b) Five letters concerning Fred's resignation from the Board of Octavius Steel & Co. Ltd., Calcutta, in June 1969.
    c) 44 reports by Elswitha of interviews with (mostly) Anglo-Indians seeking help from the East India Charitable Trust, 1950-53.
    d) Photocopy of a note by J.A.R. MacDonald, 05/10/71.
    e) 3 sundry items - newspaper cutting; magazine cutting; training course practice problems.
  6. a) 3 letters (1 to Elswitha, 2 to James) from Gyles Mackrell [family friend]

  7. b) 3 newspaper cuttings about Gyles Mackrell.
    c) 1 letter to Fred from I.P. Goenka, former colleague at Octavius Steel.
    d) Elswitha's dance card for the Pageant Ball, Belvedere, on Friday, January 13th, 1933.

    See also 3 photo albums - Box  A136.


Given by Mrs. M.B. Williams

Photograph of the Khanewal Staff, British Cotton-Growers Association (Punjab) Ltd., taken on the occasion of the visit of Sir Colin Garbett, K.C.I.E., C.M.G., C.S.I., Director, B.C.G.A., Manchester, April 1948. The photograph is named.  In Box  L16.

(Violet Fulford Williams)

Given by Mrs. R. Robertson

        Under my Patch-Work Quilt by Violet Fulford Williams. Published privately by Mrs. Williams, 1968.

A very charming account of the life of a chaplain's wife in India 1913-35. Mostly on military stations - Dacca, Howrah, Sabathu; chaplaincy at Lebong 1919; at Patna and Bankipore 1921; an account of a 'mutiny baby' from Murdapur; Kasauli.


Given by Mrs. W. Williamson

  1. Final report of the fourth regular settlement of the Gujrat District 1912-16 by H.S. Williamson, I.C.S., Settlement Officer. Lahore, Government Press, 1916. (Amended by the author.) 40 pp. unbound and ix pp, appendices.
  2. Memorandum on the constitution, powers and duties of the Secretary of State in Council and his establishment, by Sir T.W. Holderness, K.C.S.I. 6 pp. n.d.
  3. European war. Financial adjustments with War Office. Review of general situation by W. Robinson. 16 October 1916. 9 pp.


(Major General Archdale Wilson, Bart., K.C.B., 1803-74)

Given by J.A.S. Steward

Xerox copies of TS and a short biography and notes on Major General Archdale Wilson's career in India, and the letters written to his wife during the Indian mutiny from 2 May 1857 - 18 March 1858. They contain a day to day account of the fighting and conditions generally and his own feelings. Appendix - general order which was read at the head of each division of the army just before the assault on Delhi, 6 September 1858. 118 pp. (The originals are in the possession of the Wilson family.)


Given by Mrs. I. Wilson


  1. Brohier, R.L. Land, maps and surveys. Vol. I. A review of the evidence of land surveys as practised in Ceylon from earliest known periods and the story of the Ceylon Survey Department from 1800-1950. Colombo, Ceylon Government Press, 1950.
  2. Vol. II. Descriptive catalogue of historical maps in the Surveyor General's office, Colombo ... with J.H.O. Paulusz. Colombo, Ceylon Government Pres 1951.
  3. Brohier, R.L. 'De Wolvendaalsche Kerk.' Colombo, 1938. (pamphlet)

     Ceylon Survey Department:

  1. Department survey regulations. First ed. by I.F. Wilson, with F.H. Gunesekera and L.G.O. Woodhouse. Colombo, Government Press, 1938.
  2. Technical instructions. First ed. by H.A.S. Smith, with L.G.O. Woodhouse. Colombo, Government Press, 1939.


Given by Mr. M. Pemberton.

India general: 1932

Xerox copy of a factual diary kept by M.Pemberton while travelling through India. Stay with Viceroy at Delhi (Lord Willingdon); at Bhopal with Rajah of Narsingarh; at Patiala for Maharajah's brother's wedding. All described in detail. Afterwards tour of India. Jaipur, Udaipur, Chitor, Ajmer, Delhi, Peshawar, Srinagar, Leh, Kabul, Bombay, Bangalore, Mysore, Ootacamund, Calicut, Cochin, Madura, Belgaum, Poona, Calcutta, Rangoon, Nicobar Islands, Colombo, Europe.
Interspersed with relevant documents.
The diary is a factual commentary on the films which Raymond Wilson took, and which are in the archive collection. 187 pp.
See: Films


(A. Wimbush)

'Life in the Indian Forest Service.' 1907-35. copyright

Early life and background in England; entry into the service and training in England and Germany; arrival in India in 1907; his life and work in India, management of forests, work with elephants, etc.; his appointment in 1935, by the Colonial Office, to investigate the forests of Jamaica and the other West Indian Islands. TS. 175 pp.


Papers of Sir Andrew Wingate, K.C.I.E., I.C.S.

Given by Mrs. Shaw-Zambra. (Miss Monica Wingate)

Memoir: 'The British Bureaucrat in India 1869-1902': Recollections of Sir Andrew Wingate. (On microfilm - MF62). (Material copied out by his daughter, Miss Irene Wingate.)
Chapter I. Poona to Satara where he took over as First Assistant.
Satara District. On tour 7 or 8 months. Detailed description, and philosophical considerations. Cases of village land disputes.
Chapter II. Eurasians - cholera - the plight of young Indian wives. Describes a village feud.
History of Satara Palace.
Chapter III. Famine 1876-78 - attitude towards visit of Prince of Wales 1875-76 (Edward VII). Attitude after the Mutiny.
Kaladji District, Bijapur
History. Dealing with famine through Mamlatdars. Relief works - how carried out under difficulty. Village relief work described. A Rajputana reminiscence - Durbar at Meywar by direction of the Maharana. Famine again: treatment of the emaciated; hoarding.
Chapter IV. The Mysore Famine 1877-78. Sent to Bangalore as Famine Officer; assesses and describes situation. Gratuitous feeding changed to work and cash payments. Viceroy arrives, and gives opinion and Wingate describes in detail his methods of change over, and apportioning of food. Incident of refusal of Chief Engineer to take on famine relief. Sketch of Lord Lytton's character, and examples of his sensitivity and acumen. Sketch of Sir Charles Elliott. Incident of R.C. nuns helping with night nursing, their help having been refused before - comment on R.Cs. More incidents regarding care of famine sufferers.
Allocation.of the Manscori House Fund. Sent as settlement officer, Meywar State, under the P.R. Colonel T. Cadell (V.C.) in employ of Maharana. Incident of recollections of the Mutiny and the tragedies in Neemuch. A small rebellion in Central Meywar among Jat cultivators. Panna Lalji the Prime Minister, quietens it. Not rebellion, alarm over land rights. Note on the Indian peasantry and rebellion - alarm easily taken.
Chapter V. Boundary disputes. Scraps of conversation from villagers indicating Wingate's deep interest in the mind and religious beliefs of the villagers and his knowledge of history and religion. The Briton abroad - his example, and the example of Christianity.
Precautions. Attitudes to village life to be cautionary about Death of MahaRana Sujjan Singhji, and the fear of Sati preparations for mourning and funeral.
Visit of The Viceroy Lord Dufferin in 1885. Notes on opium.
Announcement of first settlement at Chitor. Disputes resulting in no agricultural work. Wingate between cultivators and banerjees. Gets banerjees to agree to an assessment on fallow fields. Sketch of Dr. James Shepherd of Udaipur. Sketch of Maharana Fateh Singji. Bribery by the Hakim assisting Wingate.
Chapter VI. Transferred to Kashmir as Settlement Officer. Historical sketch. Assistant from Punjab - difficulties of setting up work. Situation difficult for work. Muslim cultivators v. Brahmins. Violent extortion methods of extracting revenue. C. H. Plowden and Wingate get no response to their pleas for the plight of the peasantry. Wingate's successor was Sir Walter Lawrence who carried the Settlement through. Influence of the Rev.Tyndale-Biscoe and the Neve brothers and C.M.S. Hospital.
Chapter VII. Return to Bombay Presidency as Collector of Salt Revenue. Russia in Central Asia. Hindu Moslem rioting in Yeola, Nasik District. His method of dealing with it. Riots in Dhalia and Goona.
Chapter VIII. Forest grievances. The Nasik Bridge - the various difficulties perpetrated by Brahmins. The Nasik mela. Miss Rose Harvey - a missionary - who founded a Veterinary Hospital and a Leper Hospital and a Babies' Home.
Chapter IX. Sind. Historical summary, and surmise on future development. Plague - plague camps in Sind - attitudes to measures taken.
Threatened resignation of Municipality on Governor's announcement that British would be employed as search parties for plague victims.
Chapter X. Plague in the Bombay Presidency - summoned to take charge in Presidency excluding the city. Research into the cause of plague eventually discovered. Help given by volunteer workers. Lord Sandhurst investigated housing conditions of the mill workers and finds them horrific. Introduces Bombay Improvement Act. No relief for those who were left destitute by the plague. Lord Sandhurst and Wingate approached Lord Elgin the Viceroy. The Finance Minister Sir James Wesland grants 4 lakhs of rupees.
Chapter XI. Calcutta. Bill to relieve Indian Christians from death duties. Discussion by Sir Charles Rivaz, Sir Harman Singh, etc. Lord Curzon asks Wingate to reconsider his decision to retire, as India needed patriarchs who felt for the people. Muslims prevented from experience of government by creation of Eastern Bengal and the opposition of Bengali Brahmins.
206 pp.


Papers, given by Idina Youle, of:

(1) James Winn. Joined the East India Company in the Bengal Establishment in 1842, aged 13. He served as an apothecary at various stations including Lahore, Multan, Dinapore, Dum Dum, Allahabad, Calcutta, Chunar. He was invalided out of the service at Meerut in July 1884.
(2) Gilbert Franklyn Winn. Son of James Winn. Started his career as a schoolteacher joining the Home Department Secretariat of the Government of India in 1890. He worked in the office of the Surgeon Major. From 1898 he served in the office of the Viceroy's Private Secretary. By 1922 he had become Assistant Secretary in the Home Department in Delhi.
(3) Idina Youle (née Winn), daughter of Gilbert Franklyn Winn.
WINN 1/1 Testimonials, statements of service, etc in connection with James Winn's work as an apothecary in the service of the Bengal Establishment, 1842-1884.  45 items
WINN 1/2 Papers concerning the purchase in 1876-77 of a property in Agra by James Winn from the District Grand Lodge of Bengal.  29 items
WINN 2/1 Envelope copy of baptismal certificate of Gilbert Franklyn Winn. Various references from school, college and early employment. 16 items
WINN 2/2 Receipts, papers, etc in connection with Gilbert Franklyn Winn's membership of the Freemasons. 37 items
WINN 2/3 Government of India lists, extracts from the Gazette of India, etc concerning Gilbert Franklyn Winn's career and award of the Imperial Service Order. Various testimonials and letters. 33 items
WINN 2/4 Album of photographs belonging to Gilbert Franklyn Winn c.1900-1915. (Box A137)
WINN 3/1 Extract from a newsletter of Aukland House School in which Idina Youle (daughter of Gilbert Franklyn Winn) describes her meeting with Sir Edwin Lutyens when they discussed the building and furnishing of a doll's house, a project which was later realised as the Queen's Doll's House at Windsor Castle. 2 ff


The Rev. J. A. Wood (missionary with C.M.S.).

Lent by Mr. E. Wood and Mrs. I. Price.

Punjab: 1898-1920

        Extract from the Rev. J. A. Wood's memoir of the period 1898-1919, when a C.M.S. missionary in N. India (Batala, Lahore and Peshawar).

        (On microfilm - MF51)

  • Sails for Bombay October 1898. Lahore in the Divinity School, St. John's College. Consecration of Bishop Lefroy - 1899. To Baring High School, Batala - students' hostel built. 1900 - has riding accident and is out of action for a year.
  • Helps in Elementary village mission schools.
  • Marries in 1901 and returns to Batala to teach in the school. Accounts of various outstanding people in the Christian world in the Punjab, both Indian and British. Hill station of Thaniani. Return to Batala. Nonsectarian schools. Well digging. Daily life and yearly round in the school. 1905 Dharmsala earthquake. Visit of Prince and Princess of Wales to Amritsar. Incident and court case over Hindu woman who wished to become a Christian. Leave.
  • Return to Lahore 1908, as Principal of Divinity School and Warden of Hostel for students in the Forman Christian College of American Presbyterian Mission. Rented house in hills at Kotgarh - accounts of various people there, and at Bishop Cotton School Lodge in Chota Simla and in Mussoorie: family life.
  • Head of Divinity School and Warden of the Hostel at St. John's College. Accounts of missionary methods, various students and staff. Mrs. Woods attacked and wounded. District Mission Councils set up in Punjab. Inauguration of three men to 'Brotherhood of the Imitation' - a group intending to live as Indian Sadhus. Account of their subsequent lives.
  • Punjab Religious Book Society. Editorship of Punjab Mission News. Leave January 1913-1914.
  • Peshawar 1914-19. Principal of Edwardes College. Sir George Roos Keppel Chief Commissioner of N.W.F.P. and deeply concerned with Islamia College. Officials and other Europeans in Peshawar. Description of Edwardes College: students and staff and the missionary activity. Other schools and colleges in the province.
  • The dangers of life in the province. 1919 The Third Afghan War and the uprising in the Punjab. C.M.S. hospital staff, staffing of Peshawar hospital during the war. Wood's own activities during the war. Account of the tension in the Punjab before General Dyer's action at Amritsar, and Woods comments. Appointed a Fellow of the University of the Punjab, and Canon of Lahore Cathedral. Goes on leave. Description of voyage home on a packed troopship. 1920. Remains in England as Warden of Hostel for training men candidates for the Mission field.


(Leonard Woolf)

Forty-six xeroxed copies of TS:

Letters to Leonard Woolf by E.W. Perera (member of Ceylon Legislative Council 1921) and D.B. Jayatilaka, (Minister for Home Affairs, Ceylon 1931), who were sent by the Sinhalese as representatives to London to try to get the Government to relax the repressive measures following the riots which took place in Ceylon in the 1914 war. They were helped by Woolf.
There is a full descriptive list of the correspondence in the first pages of the typescript; the file of correspondence with Woolf should also be consulted for further information.


A. Claud Wright. Had served in the Royal Flying Corps. Air Commodore, Royal Air Force 1937; attached to Air Forces in India in the early years of the second world war but had retired by 1943.

Given by Dr M.E. Wallace (daughter).

Diary written by Air Commodore Wright when he accompanied H.E. Lady Dorman-Smith on a holiday tour in Bashahr State, in the Himalayan foothills, October 1-25 1943. She was the wife of Sir Reginald Dorman-Smith, Governor of Burma 1941-46. From May 1942 to October 1945 the Burmese government continued, in exile, at Simla and it was from there that they set out on their journey . They were a party of four or five persons - and three dogs. By car they travelled to Thanadhar where they were met with mules and ponies. From there they continued, sometimes walking, sometimes riding. Covering about ten to fifteen miles a day they made a circular tour striking Northeast from Thanadhar, visiting Rampur, Sarahan, Sangla, Tiklik, Rohru, and back to Simla. Part of their route followed the Sutlej river and the changing and dramatic scenery is described. They passed through villages and small towns. At Sarahan they stayed at the State Rest House and were visited there by the Rajah of Bashahr who had his summer home in Sarahan. The diary is illustrated with 13 pencil sketches showing various places of interest - temples, the fort at Kamru and views of the high peaks of the Himalayas. The travellers themselves were more than once at heights of nearly 10,000 feet but they had spectacular views of much higher mountains. 12ff.



Given by M.W.G. Coldham

Microfilm Box 1 No. 6 (1) and (2)

(1) MS letters written by Wyndham Baker to his family 1836-54: his stay in London and arrangements for the journey to India, November-December 1836; has passed his examinations for 2nd Lieutenant in the Madras Artillery; his voyage to India in the Abercrombie Robinson, and his life there; his moves from station to station; trip to China in 1840-42; life in Bangalore, 1843; transfer to Kamptee and life there; holiday in South Africa, March 1854.
Part of letter written by Wyndham Baker to his mother and sisters dated 3 February 1852 (10 pp.): almost reached the end of his journey to Madras; thanks family for presents received; his time very much taken up with various appointments such as mess secretary etc.; very little time for himself; possibility of hostilities breaking out on the Burmese (?) frontier; comments on the hostilities in 1826; describes the Mount and the excellent facilities of the mess. Letter continues dated 12 February 1852 from St. Thomas's Mount: arrived here, and as there is no house is staying with his Commanding Officer; artillery show at the Mount.
(2) Letters to his family written while in China 1840-42: stationed at the island of Chusan; improved health after repeated attacks of dysentry; illness and death of many of the troops; Hong Kong, August 1841; survives a typhoon at sea and arrives at Macao; descriptions of actions against Chinese troops; fighting at Chapoo, description of country outside the town; signing of treaty.