Catalogue of the Indian States Enquiry Committee Papers of John Colin Campbell Davidson, 1931-9

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

P. J. Bull
1973, EAD version 2017



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Table of Contents

Introduction
A   Correspondence and general papers 1931-1939
B   Miscellaneous files 1932
C   Files on particular Indian states 1932
D   Blue Books 1930
E   Miscellaneous


The Indian States Enquiry Committee Papers of John Colin Campbell Davidson

1931-1939

Abstract:
Indian States Enquiry Committee Papers of John Colin Campdell Davidson, (1889-1970) politician.

Extent: 5.17 Linear metres, 47 Physical shelfmarks
Language(s) of Material: English

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. hist. b. 219-222; c. 557-587; d. 344-355 See also under MS. Eng. hist. a. 18, fols. 17-22

Biographical History

John Colin Campbell Davidson, 1st Viscount Davidson (1889-1970) was Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster from 1923 to 1924, Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty, 1924 to 1927, and Chairman of the Unionist Party from 1927 to 1930. From 1931 to 1937 he was again Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and it was during this period that he went to India as chairman of the Indian States Enquiry Committee (Financial), one of the committees set up under the Indian Round Table Conference.

Scope and Content

These papers relate specifically to the work of the Indian States Enquiry Committee, both in India and after its return to England, but they also include a number of items of more direct relevance to British domestic politics.

Acquisition

This collection of papers was given to the Bodleian Library in 1971 by the Dowager Viscountess Davidson. The bulk of Davidson's papers are in the House of Lords Record Office, London. It should be noted that the papers of John Sankey, which also contain material on the Indian Round Table Conference, are in the Bodleian.

Related Material

The archive of John Sankey, Viscount Sankey of Moreton, also contains material on the Indian Round Table Conference. See MSS. Eng. hist. a. 19, c. 502-56, d. 313-40, e. 242-303, f. 21.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. hist. c. 557, fols. 1-2].

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)

Davidson | John Colin Campbell | 1st Viscount Davidson | 1889-1970 | politician

Corporate name(s) (NCA Rules)

Indian States Enquiry Committee | Indian Round Table Conference

Place name(s) (NCA Rules)

India

Subject(s)

20th century
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 20th century

A   Correspondence and general papers 1931-1939

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. hist. c. 557-562


Correspondence and papers
Date: December 1931-June 1932
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 557
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 162 leaves

Scope and Content

Including:

Correspondence and papers
Date: July-December 1932
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 558
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 213 leaves

Scope and Content

Including:

Correspondence and papers
Date: January-July 1933
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 559
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 145 leaves

Scope and Content

Including:

Correspondence and papers
Date: August-September 1933
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 560
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 160 leaves

Scope and Content

Including:

Correspondence and papers
Date: 1934
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 561
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 227 leaves

Scope and Content

Including:

Correspondence and papers
Date: 1935-1939
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 562
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 174 leaves

Scope and Content

Including:

B   Miscellaneous files 1932

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. hist. c. 563-570


Typescript titled "Indian Diary: 1932 - January 14th-12th May"
Date: 14 Jan 1932-12 May 1932
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 563
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 111 leaves

Scope and Content

A record of the Davidsons' activities in India in connection with the investigations of the Indian States Enquiry Committee (Financial) and comprising:

Miscellaneous papers relating to the work of the Indian States Enquiry Committee (Financial)
Date: [1931-1932]
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 564
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 269 leaves

Scope and Content

Comprising

Miscellaneous memoranda, mainly printed
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 565
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 95 leaves

Scope and Content

Including:

Miscellaneous papers concerning the work of the Indian States Enquiry Committee (Financial)
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 566
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 267 leaves

Scope and Content

Including:

Papers relating to the representation of the Indian states in a federal legislature
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 567
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 181 leaves

Scope and Content

Including:

Miscellaneous papers
Date: 1932
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 568
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 184 leaves

Scope and Content

Comprising:

Miscellaneous papers
Date: [1931-1932]
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 569
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 153 leaves

Scope and Content

Comprising:

Proceedings of the meetings of the Round Table Conference Consultative Committee
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 570
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 352 pages

Scope and Content

A body set up to co-ordinate the work of the three committees functioning in India and to keep the machinery of the Round Table Conference in operation between its sessions in London, January-March 1932.

C   Files on particular Indian states 1932

Scope and Content

These papers consist of notes compiled and papers received in the course of the work of the Indian States Enquiry Committee (Financial) in India during the first half of 1932. As well as printed and typescript submissions made to the committee by the governments of various states, they include the minutes kept by the committee of discussions with state representatives and notes and memoranda compiled with reference to certain points arising from the discussions with the states. The submissions from particular states often include detailed reports on features of state economic structures and memoranda detailing the history and particulars of agreements between the states and British India. The detailed description of the Baroda papers in MS.Eng.hist.c.571 provides an example of the type of material for other states.

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. hist. c. 571-84


Papers relating to Baroda
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 571
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 88 leaves

Scope and Content

Including:

(fols. 29 and 80) are all official printed papers of the government of Baroda State, dated between January and March 1932 and bearing the name of sir Vangal Thiruvenkatachari Krishnama Chariar, chief minister of Baroda state.

Papers relating to the following states of Central India
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 572
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 151 leaves

Scope and Content

Papers relating to the following states of Central India
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 573
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 148 leaves

Scope and Content

Papers relating to the following states
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 574
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 309 leaves

Scope and Content

Papers relating to the Punjab States Agency
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 575
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 186 leaves

Scope and Content

Consisting of:

Further papers relating to the Punjab States Agency
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 576
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 167 leaves

Scope and Content

Consisting of:

Papers relating to the following states in Rajputana
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 577
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 151 leaves

Scope and Content

Papers relating to the following states in Rajputana
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 578
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 228 leaves

Scope and Content

Papers relating to the states of the Western India States Agency
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 579
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 243 leaves

Scope and Content

Further papers relating to the Western India States Agency
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 580
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 196 leaves

Scope and Content

Comprising:

Papers relating to states
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 581
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 179 leaves

Scope and Content

Papers relating to the following states in Bombay
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 582
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 255 leaves

Scope and Content

Papers relating to the states in Bombay
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 583
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 201 leaves

Scope and Content

Papers relating to states
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 584
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 111 leaves

Scope and Content

D   Blue Books 1930

Scope and Content

A collection of Blue Books kept by Davidson, almost all relating to the matter of Indian constitutional reform in the early 1930s. Some items have been annotated or have in them loose manuscript notes.

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. hist. c. 585, d. 344-53, d. 356-7


Joint Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform
Date: 1932-34
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. d. 344
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 3 items

Scope and Content

Including:

Joint Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform
Date: 1932-1934
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. d. 345
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 2 items

Scope and Content

Including:

Joint Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform
Date: 1932-33
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. d. 346
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 2 items

Scope and Content

Session 1932-33:

Joint Committee on Indian Constitutional Reform
Date: 1932-33
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. d. 347
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 2 items

Scope and Content

Session 1932-33:

Indian Round Table Conference
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. d. 348
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 4 items

Scope and Content

Including:

Indian Round Table Conference
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 585
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 2 items

Scope and Content

Including:

East India (Constitutional Reforms)
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. d. 349
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 2 items

Scope and Content

Including:

Indian Statutory Commission
Date: 1930
Shelfmark: MS. Eng.hist. d. 350
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 3 items

Scope and Content

Including:

East India (Statistical Abstract)
Date: 1930, 1935
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. d. 351
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 2 items

Scope and Content

Including:

East India
Date: 1929-32
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. d. 352
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 9 items

Scope and Content

Including:

Blue Books relating to India bound into volumes for official use and annotated
Date: 1933
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. d. 357
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 3 items

Scope and Content

Including:

Miscellaneous Blue Books unrelated to India
Date: 1933-1936
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. d. 353
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 4 items

Scope and Content

Including:

Duplicate copies of certain of the above Blue Books.
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. d. 356
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 6 items

Separated Material

The following official publications relating to India have been removed from the collection to the Indian Institute Library and have been given the shelfmarks indicated:


E   Miscellaneous

Related Material

See also MS. Eng. hist. a. 18, fols. 17-22, for a series of articles on various Indian States, from The Morning Post, December 1932.


Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. hist. b. 219-222, c. 586-587, d. 354-355


Miscellaneous printed items
Date: [1930-1933]
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. d. 355
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 6 items

Scope and Content

Including:

An album of unlabelled Indian photographs, probably of Kolhapur
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. b. 219
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 25 leaves

Portfolio of photographs of several Indian rulers and two photographs of banquets
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. b. 220
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 8 leaves

An album of photographs of various gatherings and scenes in Hyderabad
Date: [1932]
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. b. 221
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 24 leaves

Scope and Content

With inscription by Kishun Pershad Yamin us Sultanat, 1932.

An album of Indian photographs.
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 586
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 16 leaves

An album of "Views of Baroda".
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. d. 354
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 50 leaves

An album of "Glimpses of Baroda".
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. b. 222
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 53 leaves

Duplicate copies of various typescript items in the collection.
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. hist. c. 587
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box


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