Catalogue of Records of the General Electric Company of India Ltd

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Michael Hughes

2009

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A    Annual reports, accounts, meeting and other papers
B    Administrative and technical papers concerning production and sales of equipment, especially fans
C    Papers relating to staff
D    Company publications
E    Personal papers of P. Ghosh relating to his employment with the GEC of India Ltd.
F    Professional papers of P. Ghosh


Papers of the General Electric Company of India Ltd, with personal papers of P. Ghosh, 1945-98

Abstract:
Papers of the General Electric Company of India Ltd, with personal papers of P. Ghosh (b.1926), Indian electrical engineer.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 7388-7402, d. 3811-12

Extent: 17 shelfmarks

Biographical History

Panchu Gopal (P.) Ghosh was born in 1926 at Simla, India, the son of Niharbala and Rai Sahib Ashutosh Ghosh, Assistant Deputy Director-General of Posts and Telegraphs for the Government of India. He was educated at the Modern High School at New Delhi and the Presidency College, Calcutta. Between 1948 and 1951 Ghosh initially worked in the railway industry, resigning as a Junior Electrical Chargeman to join the GEC of India Ltd as a trainee in the Contracts Department. He was to remain with this company for the rest of his working life, transferring to the Fan Sales Department as an assistant in 1955, then becoming an increasingly senior manager in successive reorganisations of the fan-making operation, culminating as Deputy Head of the Fans Division by the time of his retirement in 1984.

Ghosh was an active member of several professional organisations: the Institution of Electrical Engineers, London; the Institute of Standards Engineers, India; the Indian Standards Institution, representing the fan making industry; the Fan Makers Association of India, representing the Company and serving as chairman 1963-5; and the Indian Engineering Association. In 1975 Ghosh was the Indian delegate to the International Electrotechnical Commission's meeting at the Hague, Netherlands, and in 1977 he served on the Indian Government's Working Group on Reliability Engineering in India.

Scope and Content

The papers comprise papers of the GEC of India Ltd., together with personal papers of P. Ghosh, a senior executive of the Company, relating to his professional career.

Arrangement

The papers have been arranged in series of reports, administrative and technical papers and publications relating to GEC of India and associated companies, and papers of P. Ghosh relating to his career and professional activities.

Custodial History

The material was generated and collected by P. Ghosh in the course of his career with the GEC of India Ltd.

Acquisition

The papers were given to the Bodleian Library by P.G. Ghosh (through the good offices of his nephew, Ayan Ghosh) in 2005.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 7388].

Related Material

Records of GEC of India's parent company in the United Kingdom, the General Electric Company, are included in the Marconi Archives.

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Ghosh | Panchu Gopal | b.1926 | Indian electrical engineer

Corporate names (NCA Rules)

GEC of India Ltd

Subjects (LCSH)

Electric engineering

A   Annual reports, accounts, meeting and other papers

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 7388-90


The GEC of India annual reports and meeting papers, 1956-92
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7388
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises:

  • Annual reports, 1969-92
  • General meeting papers, 1956-92

GECAlsthom India, GENELEC and AEI (India) annual reports and meeting papers, 1982-95
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7389
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises:

  • GECAlsthom India reports and accounts, 1993-5
  • GECAlsthom India general meeting papers, 1993-5
  • GENELEC annual reports, 1987-95
  • GENELEC general meeting papers, 1982-4
  • AEI (India) general meeting papers, 1968-9

Miscellaneous papers including a brief history of the GEC of India Ltd. 1931-46, administrative papers and circulars and blank forms on personnel matters, 1959-82
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7390
Extent: 1 box

B   Administrative and technical papers concerning production and sales of equipment, especially fans

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 7391-4, d. 3811-12


Correspondence and papers relating to production and sales, 1952-76
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7391
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises:

  • Circulars and administrative papers on technical matters, with some papers concerning specific contracts, 1952-5
  • quotations and other papers concerning contracts for supply of equipment, 1952-4
  • departmental trading reports, accounts and sales statistics, mainly for the Engineering, Supplies and Ventilation Department, 1952-76

Advertising leaflets, brochures, price lists and descriptive leaflets for various equipment, 1967-83
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7392
Extent: 1 box

Correspondence and papers concerning advertising and sales of fans, especially ceiling fans, 1951-75
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7393
Extent: 1 box

Technical papers on fans, 1961-75
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7394
Extent: 1 box

Abridged catalogue and price list, 1954
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3811
Extent: 2 vols

Papers for the Branch Managers' Conference 1968, with some minutes and papers for other Branch and Regional Managers' Conferences, 1968-73
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3812
Extent: 1 box

C   Papers relating to staff

Shelfmarks: MS. Eng. c. 7395


Staff lists and directories and Staff Club records, 1955-83
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7395
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises:

  • Staff list, 1955
  • Staff directories, 1964, 1979-83
  • Overseas Club membership list, 1974
  • Staff Recreation Club magazine, programmes and invitations, 1973-82

D   Company publications

Shelfmarks: MS. Eng. c. 7396


Company publications, 1968-83
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7396
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises:

  • Topic (GEC-AEI Newspaper), June 1968
  • GEC Indian News, Oct. 1973
  • GEC Today, 1978-82
  • Magnet (both English and Bengali editions), 1982-3
  • Topic (GEC Newspaper), Sept. 1986
  • GEC Naini Samachar (house magazine of Naini works), Sept. 1981

E   Personal papers of P. Ghosh relating to his employment with the GEC of India Ltd.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 7397-8


Correspondence and papers about Ghosh's employment with and retirement from the GEC of India Ltd., 1951-90
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7397
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises:

  • Correspondence and papers about Ghosh's appointments within and eventual retirement from the GEC of India Ltd., with general staff circulars about appointments, reorganisations and conditions of employment, 1951-85
  • Correspondence and papers about pension arrangements, provident fund, life insurance and welfare schemes, 1965-88
  • miscellaneous correspondence and papers, 1964-90

Further correspondence and papers concerning Ghosh's work for the company, 1951-90
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7398
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises:

  • correspondence and papers about business travel and expenses, 1977-84
  • miscellaneous management and technical papers, 1974-84

F   Professional papers of P. Ghosh

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 7399-402


Correspondence and papers concerning the Fan Makers Association, including drafts and copies of Presidential address by Ghosh at its AGM,1956-87
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7399
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes:

  • drafts and copies of Presidential address by Ghosh at the AGM, 1965
  • photographs of and press cuttings about Ghosh addressing the AGM, 1966

Correspondence and papers concerning the Institute of Standards Engineers, 1968-84
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7400
Extent: 1 box

Correspondence and papers relating to other professional organisations, 1945-98
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7401
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Comprises papers concerning:

  • the Institution of Electrical Engineers, 1945-98
  • the International Electrotechnical Commission General Meeting at the Hague, Netherlands, 1975
  • other professional matters, 1975-82

Miscellaneous professional publications and reports, 1960-79
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7402
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content:

Includes:

  • Electric Fans Industry (All-India) Report by the Development Commissioner (Small Scale Industries), 1960
  • Indian Standards Institution Bulletins, 1978-9
  • Issues of Engineering Times, 1968

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