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||Church Missionary Society photograph collection
||Central Office of Information photograph collection
||Fisher photograph collection
||Modern Commonwealth photograph collection
||Malcolm MacDonald photograph collection
||The Queen Mary photograph collection on India
||Diaries and papers of Frederic Williams
||Portraits of the Cabul prisoners
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Modern Commonwealth photograph collection
||Modern Commonwealth photograph collection
||Royal Commonwealth Society
||circa 1936-circa 1980 (Date range represents the earliest and latest photograph, as dated, within the collection. Some images may fall outside this scope.)
||Cambridge University Library: Royal Commonwealth Society Library
|Content and context|
This broad heading has been used to cover a substantial collection of loose prints, dating chiefly from the period 1960-1982, but including a few of earlier date. The majority come from the files of the RCS journal known successfully as 'United Empire,' 'Commonwealth Journal,' and 'Commonwealth,' in which some were published, but there are also items obtained for inclusion in the exhibition 'Commonwealth in Focus' in 1982 and these are indicated by CIF and the catalogue number in the original typescript catalogues held at Cambridge University Library. A few photographs of non-Commonwealth countries and individuals have been included here for convenience.
There are three major groups: Commonwealth and General; Geographical; and Portraits. The first of these has material on the Commonwealth as a whole, Conferences (other than those of Heads of Government, for which see Y3011JJJ), Commonwealth-wide organisations, welfare and educational bodies. There is also a section for the United Nations and other international groupings, especially in their Commonwealth context. The Geographical section is arranged under broad areas, subdivided alphabetically by country. It should be noted that independence conferences appear with the country to which they relate, and not with more general Commonwealth Conferences. Portraits fall into five main subdivisions: the Royal family; Heads of State and Government, including State and Provincial Premiers form Australia and Canada; other political and administrative figures; academic, media and miscellaneous; historical.
Any such classification is bound to be somewhat approximate - the extent to which an individual is prominent enough in a group to justify inclusion under portraits rather than the country concerned is one example, and the Royal Family section includes scenes from Royal visits to individual countries. Numerous, but not exhaustive, cross-references have been included to counter the problem; to take one case, many of the U.N. photographs relate to Commonwealth participation, and where they show leading Commonwealth figures, these have been cross-referenced from the portrait section, but less important officials have not been so indicated.
Most of the photographs were supplied by agencies, by the Central Office of Information, or by the organisation depicted, though there are a few unattributed, and this should be borne in mind in relation to copyright permission.
It was intended that there should be scope for additions to this collection, but at the time of compilation of the list, completed in June 1988, the total, excluding exact duplicates, was 1292.
Access and Use|
Please cite as Cambridge University Library: Royal Commonwealth Society Library, Modern Commonwealth photograph collection, MC
'Commonwealth in focus: 130 years of photographic history' (1982), Sydney: International Cultural Corporation of Australia.
This collection level description was entered by WS using information from the original typescript catalogue.
|North and Central America|
|Trinidad and Tobago|
|Papua New Guinea|
|Royal Commonwealth Society|
|RCS/MC contains: |
||Britain and the Commonwealth. A miscellaneous collection of official, agency and commercial photographs illustrating aspects of the Commonwealth under topics:. 1-6 Agriculture. 7-20 Commonwealth citizens in Britain. 21-38 Cultural activities. 39-48 Defence. 49-61a Education. 62-68 Health. 69 Local Government. 70-79 Media. 80-111 Not used. 112-114 Philately. 115-141 Scenic (Britain, including items of Commonwealth interest). 142 Sport (see also Commonwealth Games, B38-B44). 143 Telecommunications. 144-149 Transport. 150-160 Trade and Industry.
|circa 1960-circa 1972
||Commonwealth Conferences etc. Photographs show individuals and groups at Commonwealth professional and other specialised conferences, but not Heads of Government Meetings (see Commonwealth Conferences photograph collection). Independence conferences are listed with the countries concerned in the geographical section: E. (See also Central Office of Information photograph collection). Items B38-44 relate to the Commonwealth Games, 1966.
|circa 1965-circa 1976
||Commonwealth Expedition (COMEX). Photographs relating to the first six COMEX journeys 1965-1974.
||United Nations and other international organisations. Photographs of meetings of the U.N. 1957-1972 (D1-28), some specialised activities (D29-34), WHO (D35-50) and two photographs of the EC (D51-52).
||Geographical. Arranged by area, then by country (including a few which are not members of the Commonwealth):. The Mediterranean 30. Cyprus 11. Gibraltar 3. Malta 16. Middle East 3. Jordan 1. Palestine 2. Indian Sub-Continent 81. General 1. Bangladesh 4. Bhutan 2. India 51. Nepal 1. Pakistan 16. Sri Lanka 6. South East Asia 58. Brunei 5. Indonesia 1. Malaysia 43. Singapore 9. East Asia 33. China 3. Hong Kong 29. Korea 1. Africa 272. General and miscellaneous 13. Angola 2. Botswana 18. Ghana 15. Kenya 47. Lesotho 8. Malawi 15. Mauritius 10. Nigeria 50. Seychelles 2. Sierra Leone 4. South Africa 1. S.W. Africa (Namibia) 1. Swaziland 14. Tanzania 14. Uganda 18. Zambia 26. Zimbabwe 14. North America 27. Canada 23. Mexico 1. U.S.A. 3. Caribbean and South America 98. General 10. Antigua 1. Bahamas 2. Barbados 4. Belize 4. Bermuda 7. Cayman Islands 1. Cuba 5. Grenada 5. Guyana 26. Jamaica 23. St. Christopher 1. St. Vincent 1. Suriname 1. Trinidad and Tobago 7. South Atlantic 7. Falkland Islands Dependencies 1. St. Helena 4. Tristan da Cunha 2. Australia 85. New Zealand 17. Oceania 45. General 1. Fiji 27. Papua New Guinea 5. Tonga 9. Vanuatu 2. Western Samoa 1.
||Portraits: Royal Family. Arranged in chronological order of monarchs and their consorts, followed by the Prince of Wales and other members of the Royal family. In each case separate portraits precede a chronological sequence of events.
|circa 1936-circa 1969
||Portraits: Heads of State and Government. Includes Presidents, Prime Ministers and other heads of Government of Commonwealth countries (and a few others), premiers of Australian States and Canadian provinces. Governors and Governor-Generals are in list H. Individuals appear under the country in which they held authority, and in chronological order of assuming office, as in the list below. Separate portraits of whatever date precede photographs of events involving that person. Africa 2. Australia 17. Bahamas 1. Bangladesh 1. Barbados 1. Botswana 1. Canada 10. Cyprus 3. Dominica 1. Egypt 1. Fiji 3 . The Gambia 2. Ghana 11. Grenada 1. Guyana 1. India 7. Jamaica 2. Kenya 1. Lesotho 1. Malawi 2. Malaysia 9. Mozambique 1. New Zealand 6. Nigeria 3. Pakistan 3. Papua New Guinea 2. Seychelles 2. Sierra Leone 1. Singapore 2. Solomon Islands 1. Sri Lanka 7. Swaziland 5. Tanzania 5. Trinidad and Tobago 1. Uganda 3. United Kingdom 15. USA 2. Vanuatu 1. Zambia 3. Zimbabwe 1.
||Portraits: other political and administrative figures. Arranged in alphabetical order of subject, but the following list indicates the country with which the individuals are chiefly associated (excluding the U.K.). . Australia. Casey, Lord & Lady. H20-22, 42. Downer, Sir Alexander. H37. McKell, Sir W.J. H67. Snedden, B. H110. Throssel, R. H121. Bangladesh. Syed Abdul Sultan. H113. Bermuda. Bean, Dr Marjorie. H14-15. Martonmere, Lord. H48. Canada. Chretien, Jean. H28. Kidd, G.P. H58. MacGuignan, M.R. H66. Roberts, J. H99. Ryan, C. H101. Smith, A. H108-109. Fiji. Maraj, Dr J.A. A70. Ghana. Adu, A.L. H5. Attafua, A.B. H9. Gardiner, R.K.A. H39. Sekyi, H.V.H. H104. Guyana. Ramphal, Sir S. H89-94. Hong Kong. Trench, Sir D. H122. India. Pant, A.B. H73. Patnaik, B.K. H79-80. Israel. Comay, M. H37. Jamaica. Sangster, D. H103. Kenya. Kibaki, M. H57. Malawi (Nyasaland). Jones, Sir G.S. H53. Skinner, J.J. H107. Malaysia. Abdul Jamil. H1. Abdullah bin Ali. H2. Sambanthan, V.T. H102. Shafie, M.G. H105. Tan Siew Sin. H115. New Zealand. Cobham, Viscount. H30. Poananga, Maj-Gen. B.M. H83. Talboys, B.E. H114. Nigeria. Adebo, S.O. H3-4. Akinyemi, O.I.A. H7. Anyaoku, E. H8. Awolowo, O. H10. Doherty, R.A. H36. Njoku, R.A. H75. Robertson, Sir J. H100. Pakistan. Qureshi, Z.J. H86. Papua New Guinea. Guise, Sir J. H42. St. Lucia. Thomas, C.C. H117. Sierra Leone. Lynch-Shyllon, H.M. H56. Nicol, Dr D. H74. Singapore. Rajah, A.P. H87. Rajaratnam, S. H88. South Africa. Buthelezi, Chief F. H19. Mandela, Nelson, H67A. Matanzima, Chief K. H19. Sri Lanka. Corea, G. H33. Gooneratne, T.E. H40. Gunawardena, C. H43. Swaziland. Loyd, Sir F. H61. Tanzania. Kambona, O. H54. Meek, C.L. H72. Trinidad and Tobago. Constantine, Lord. H32. Uganda. Byagagaira, J.M. H21. Zambia (Northern Rhodesia). Hone, Sir E. H51. Kapwepwe, S. H55. Matoka, P.W. H71. Skinner, J.J. H107. Zimbabwe/Rhodesia. Beadle, Sir H. H11-13. Soames, Lord. H111.
|circa 1961-circa 1978
||Portraits: Academics, writers, media figures. Arranged in alphabetical order, but the following list indicates the country with which the individuals are chiefly associated (excluding the U.K.). Australia. Blakeney, B. I.7. Rutherford, Anne. I.34. Canada. Anton, F.R. I.3. Hart, G.A. I.17. Turner, J.H.F. I.40. Malaysia. Kennard, A. I.25. New Zealand. Caughley, G.J. I.10. Nigeria. Achebe, C. I.2. Soyinka, W. I.37. South Africa. De Villiers, R. I.14. Sri Lanka. Seneviratne, G. I.35.
|circa 1966-circa 1972