H.H. Davies collection on India
||H.H. Davies collection on India
||Davies, Herbert Howel, 1872-1910
||circa 1902-circa 1910
|Extent and Medium
||481 images in 2 albums; The albums are in poor condition; the general state of the photographs is fair, and more details are given under each volume.
||Cambridge University Library: Royal Commonwealth Society Library
|Content and context|
Herbert Howel Davies was born in Wrexham on 3 December 1872, educated at Grove Park School, Wrexham and St John's College, Cambridge. He taught for some years at Framlingham College, Suffolk, and thus came into contact with Sir Auckland Colvin who had settled at Framlingham on his retirement from India in 1892. Colvin appointed him Principal of the Taluqdars School in 1902. Here he remained until his death at Mussoorie on 17 May 1910, of meningitis following enteric fever. He had played an active role in hockey, football and other sports in Lucknow; was a member of the Oudh Light Horse and founder of the school's mounted Cadet Corps. Prominent in freemasonry, he was also Hon. Secretary of the Lucknow Station Library, a member of the Municipal Board and an amateur actor. His obituary, which originally appeared in the Mussoorie Echo and was reproduced in the Wrexham Advertiser, praised his educational work; 'With wonderful energy Mr Herbert Howel Davies threw himself zealously into all the duties of his very responsible position and made himself not only a teacher but the guardian, friend and comrade of those entrusted to his care. From the very beginning he gave himself wholly to his work, identifying himself completely with its fortunes, and under his care the school developed wonderfully'.
Two albums containing prints collected by Herbert Howel Davies (HHD), Principal of the ColvinTaluqdars School, Lucknow. It includes a number of professional photographs of places visited by HHD (notably Lucknow, Delhi, Benares, and Agra) and also many smaller amateur prints, presumably taken by him, of his life at the school and his travels, particularly to Kashmir. Y3022Q/52-60 are non-Indian photographs, presumably taken on leave.
Sir Auckland Colvin (1838-1908) was appointed Lieutenant Governor of the North West Provinces and Chief Commissioner of Oudh in 1887. At his urging, the taluqdars, a group of estate holders in Oudh whose status had been recognised under British Rule, but who were regarded as needing improved education, set up a committee to raise funds for a school. In 1880 Colvin laid the foundation stone, on a plot donated by the Government, and the school began classes two years later. It was named the Colvin Taluqdars School, and its first Principal was Henry George Impey Siddons, the posthumous child of a Captain in the Indian Army, who graduated at Oxford and returned to India to teach. From 1875 to 1884 he had been first headmaster, then Principal, of the MAO College, Aligarh, subsequently holding other teaching posts in India. His successor at the Colvin School was HHD. A copy of HHD's obituary is held within Y302Q.
Presented in 1968 by Herbert Davies' nephew, Colonel John Smith.
Access and Use|
Please cite as Cambridge University Library: Royal Commonwealth Society Library, H.H. Davies collection on India, Y3022Q-R
For a history of the Colvin Taluqdars School (now Colvin Taluqdars' College) see: Metcalf, Thomas R. (1979), 'Land, landlords, and the British Raj', Berkeley: University of California Press, pp.322-40.
For more information on Henry Sidons see: Bhatnagar, Shyam Krishna (1969), 'History of the M.A.O. College', Aligarh, London: Asia Publishing House; Lelyveld, David (1978), 'Aligarh's first generation', Princeton: Princeton University Press.
This collection level description was entered by SG using information from the original typescript catalogue.
This collection is available on microfiche: South Asia, fiche number 39-44.
|Area Disputed by India and Pakistan|
|Davies, Herbert Howel (1872-1910)|
|RCS/Y3022Q-R contains: |
||Photographs. H.H. Davies [Davies Indian Album I]. An album, labelled on the spine, containing prints of various sizes. The numbering is sequenced from 1 to 131, but 101 is omitted. 14 of these prints are loose (118-131) , and are kept in a separate envelope in the album. Some of the prints are good quality professional work. Some of the photographs are captioned in ink; in other cases the titles have been derived from duplicate copies in Davies' other Indian album or from other photographs of the same scenes.
130 prints in 1 album; The album is in poor condition, with 14 being loose prints. Most of the larger prints are stuck in only at the centre, and in some cases this has resulted in damage to the edges..
|circa 1902-circa 1910
||H.H. Davies, M.A. Principal C.T.S. Lucknow [Davies Indian Album II]. An album, labelled on the spine, containing prints of various sizes. The prints are of two types; large professional photographs, chiefly of Benares, Delhi, and Agra, and smaller amateur prints. presumably by Davies, relating both to these places and to Kashmir - river and mountain scenes. These are chiefly on left hand pages, with professional photographs on the right, and are captioned. Towards the end of the album, after a series of Agra scenes, there is a group of interesting photographs of Indian people and occupations, and also further photographs by Davies. Very few of these latter items are captioned.
351 images in 1 album; The album is in poor condition, the photographs themselves are poor to good condition..
|circa 1902-circa 1910