Sources for Asian biography

Heroes, barbers and campaigners for Indian independence all appear in the India Office Records at the British Library:  a rich source of biographical information about people from Asia and the Middle East c 1600 – 1947.
South Asian heroes of the world wars are documented in the military records. The barber, together with many students, medical practitioners, merchants, agriculturalists, ayahs and people from a wide range of professions can be found among the duplicate passports 1932 – 1948.
Campaigners for independence appear in many places in the archives, including the Politico-Criminal “Who’s Who” of the Bengal Presidency (1930).

The India Office Records team is using the Explore Archives and Manuscripts catalogue and the online India Office Family History Search to highlight sources for Asian biography.

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More information can be found here.


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