R. E. D. Rawlins Collection of British and Indian Autographs

Collection Summary

Title: R. E. D. Rawlins Collection of British and Indian Autographs
Call Number: MS 90-08
Size: 1.0 linear feet
Acquisition: Purchased from Sotheby’s, London, 1986
Processed By: LTM, 3-23-1990; JEF, 3-26-1998; MN, 12-6-2013
Restrictions: None

Literary Rights

Literary rights were not granted to Wichita State University. When permission is granted to examine the manuscripts, it is not an authorization to publish them. Manuscripts cannot be used for publication without regard for common law literary rights, copyright laws and the laws of libel. It is the responsibility of the researcher and his/her publisher, to obtain permission to publish. Scholars and students who eventually plan to have their work published are urged to make inquiry regarding overall restrictions on publication before initial research.

Content Note

The R. E. D. Rawlins Collection of British and Indian Autographs contains letters, autographs, and photographs of various British and Indian officials serving in India during British rule. The collection dates from 1806 to 1954. Many of these items contain brief biographical sketches written by Rawlins, the original collector, of various maharajas, viceroys, governors, administrators and others, including some signed photographs.

Detailed Description: Series Listing

Series 1 Box 1 FF 1-7 British and Indian Officials Materials. Contains letters, autographs, and photographs of various British and Indian officials serving in India during British rule, 1806 to 1954. Brief biographical sketches written by the collector Rawlins are included with some of the materials.

Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing

Series 1 ‒ British and Indian Officials Materials

Box 1 FF 1 Contains two letters written in 1820 and 1825. These letters contain autographs of British officials serving in India during the above dates.
Box 1 FF 2 Contains four letters written by British officials dated 1848, 1849, 1856, and 1868. These letters contain the autographs of the governor-generals that served in India during the above dates. Lord Canning served during the India Mutiny in 1856-1857.
Box 1 FF 3 Contains several letters and autographs dated 1871-1881 written by British and Indian officials serving in India during British rule.
Box 1 FF 4 Contains five letters and autographs dated 1880-1887 written by British and Indian officials serving in India during British rule.
Box 1 FF 5 Contains several letters and autographs dated 1892-1899 written by British and Indian officials serving in India during British rule.
Box 1 FF 6 Contains several handwritten and typed letters plus various autographs dated 1902-1954. They were written by British and Indian officials during and after the time of British rule. There is one autograph dated January 11, 1947 of Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India.
Box 1 FF 7 Contains various undated letters and autographs written by British and Indian officials serving in India during British rule. Many of these letters contain brief biographical sketches of these people written by the original collector.
Box 1 FF 8 Contains various photographs and engravings of British and Indian officials, two of which are dated 1937 and 1944. Some of these photographs contain brief biographical sketches written by the original collector.
Box 2 FF 1 Contains a document concerning the appointment of the said Thomas Miller, Gentleman Lieutenant, to the rank of Captain in the King's Army in the East Indies only, January 8, 1832. It contains the autographs of British officials.
Box 2 FF 2 Contains various letters, autographs and photographs written by various British and Indian officials serving in India during British rule. They are still mounted on numbered pages and contain brief biographical sketches written by the original collector. This information dates from 1806 to 1951.