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Y3022WW Officers 44th Assam Light Infantry Kohima: Naga Hills, 1883
Y3022X Royal Colonial Institute Competition Album of Indian views
Y3022Y Agri-Horticultural School, Aurangabad, Deccan 1908
Y3022YY Tom Salkield Delhi Album 1905-1916
Y3022Z Margaret Best Indian Album 1919-1920
Y3022ZZ-MMM H.A. Douglas Indian collection
Y3022ZZZ-BBBB India. Gardner-Waterman Kashmir Collection
Y3024A Travels in South Asia and Australia
Y302592A Report on a Mission to Sikkim and the Tibetan Frontier, with a Memorandum on our relations with Tibet
Y3026A Edmund Stoneham collection
Y3029A Burma Campaigns 1889-91
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H.A. Douglas Indian collection

Title H.A. Douglas Indian collection
Reference GBR/0115/Y3022ZZ-MMM
Creator Douglas, Herbert Archibald, 1874-1941
Covering Dates 1890–1930
Extent and Medium 760 images in 14 albums; Many of the photographs are of very high quality, and the general condition, apart from Y3022ZZ, is very good.
Repository Cambridge University Library: Royal Commonwealth Society Library
Content and context

Herbert Archibald Douglas was born at Salwarpe on 2 April 1874, the son of Thomas and Janet Douglas. He was educated at Eton and was commissioned in the Wiltshire Regiment on 29 May 1895. On 14 September he was posted to India, returning home on 7 October 1898 and sent to India again in May the following year. He transferred to the Army Service Corps in January 1902 and thence to the Indian Supply and Transport Corps. His postings were: 1904 Mhow; 1905 Ambala; 1908 Chitral and Drosh (during which he served in the Mohmand Expedition); 1912 Lyallpur, when he was Commandant of the Grantee Camel Corp. He served with Indian troops in France 1914-1915 and was appointed Assistant Director of Supplies in the latter year. After service in Mesopotomia in 1916 he returned to India. He was promoted Lieutenant-Colonel on 29 May 1921 and retired 1 June 1922. On 4 December 1915 he married Marie Louise Dollez at the Embassy Chapel in Paris and in his retirement settled in France. He was a prominent member of the English community in Paris, helping and advising in the British consulate. He also organised the annual dinner for old Etonians in Paris. The last ten or twelve years of his life were overshadowed by illness, possibly arising from the long-term effects of a severe accident at polo in 1917. He died on 19 October 1941.

This collection spans the whole of Douglas's career, reflecting both his military service, his family and friends, and his hobbies. His son recalls him as a keen sportsman, joining in the 'Boys v Fathers' Match at his prep school, and reminiscing about the hunting trophies which hung on the walls of his house in Paris. He was an enthusiastic polo player, and an amateur actor in plays and the Gilbert and Sullivan operas. All these are reflected in the albums, as well as his activities as a Freemason. In addition to the professional work already mentioned, many of the pictures are good amateur photographs, which he presumably took himself. There is some mystery about Y3022ZZ most of which consists of photographs of a journey to Ceylon clearly dated between October 1890 and April 1891, when Douglas was still at Eton. The album was therefore presumably collected by someone else, but the latter portion includes some of Douglas's Indian photographs. The remaining volumes relate chiefly to India, though there are occasional scenes elsewhere, presumably taken during leaves, notably Y3022DDD recording a visit to Japan. Y3022MMM also has some domestic photographs after retirement. There is some duplication in the collection. The named photographers include Scowen and Co (Ceylon Y3022ZZ), Bremner and Holmes.

Presented to the [Royal Commonwealth Society] Library by James Douglas, son of the owner of the albums, on 18 November 1985.

Access and Use

Please cite as Cambridge University Library: Royal Commonwealth Society Library, H.A. Douglas Indian collection, Y3022ZZ-MMM

Further information

Further notes on H A Douglas's career and correspondence with the donor are filed at Y3022ZZ.


This collection level description was entered by PJ using information from the original typescript catalogue.

Index Terms
Douglas, Herbert Archibald (1874-1941)
RCS/Y3022ZZ-MMM contains:
Y3022AAA Album 1898-1901. Contains albumen and collodio-chloride prints, mostly captioned and the majority professional work, many by Frederick Bremner. The album is lettered 'H.A.D. 1898-1901' on the cover . The images relate to sporting, theatrical and some social events. In addition to India, there are 5 photographs of Egypt (16-20) and 4 of Malta (21-24).
59 images in 1 album; The photographs are generally in good condition, but some of the mounts are very brittle. Some are stuck in, others inserted in corner slits.
Y3022EEE-LLL Group of albums all relating to 1909-1911 in the Chitral area.
8 albums; All prints are in good condition unless otherwise stated..
Y3022ZZ Album 1890-1891. Contains albumen and collodio-chloride prints, with dates written under in three groups. 19 relate to a visit to Ceylon via the Suez Canal and Aden 1890-1891 (1-18, 24) and all appear to be professional photographs. It is not known whether these relate to a journey undertaken by Douglas, who was 16 at the time. Secondly, there are 5 professional photographs of Durham (19-23) and finally, 7 photographs of India of a later date (25-31), 3 of which are duplicates of photographs in other albums.
31 images in 1 album; The album is in a loose binding with some dust stains on the edges of pages. Most of the first group of photographs are described as being in good condition apart from fading at edges..

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