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Griffiths, Sir Percival Joseph

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0102 MS 380615
Held at: School of Oriental and African Studies
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Full title: Griffiths, Sir Percival Joseph
Date(s): 1948-1972
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Griffiths | Sir | Percival Joseph | 1899-1992 | Knight | colonial administrator, businessman and historian


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1899; educated at Peterhouse, Cambridge (MA); BSc, London; entered the Indian Civil Service, 1922; retired, 1937; member of the Indian Legislative Assembly, 1937; Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire, 1943; Leader, European Group, Indian Central Legislature, 1946; Knight, 1947; Central Organiser, National War Front, India, and Publicity Adviser to the Government of India; KBE, 1963; Honorary Fellow, School of Oriental and African Studies, 1971; President, India, Pakistan and Burma Association; died, 1992. Publications: The British in India (1947); The British Impact on India (1952); Modern India (1957); The Changing Face of Communism (1961); The Road to Freedom (1964); History of the Indian Tea Industry (1967); Empire into Commonwealth (1969); To Guard My People: the history of the Indian Police (1971); A Licence to Trade: the History of English Chartered Companies (1975); A History of the Inchcape Group (1977); A History of the Joint Steamer Companies (1979); Vignettes of India (1986).


Scope and content/abstract:

Typescript reports, 1948-1972, of Sir Percival Griffiths containing information gathered by him on politics, government and economic affairs in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, comprising tour reports, for the India, Pakistan and Burma Association, on India, 1948-1971, and on Pakistan, 1955-1972, and reports on the political scene in India (1950-1972), 1972, and in Pakistan (1950-1969), 1969, including some information on Bangladesh.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged in four files.

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

No publication without written permission. Apply to archivist in the first instance.

Finding aids:


Archival Information

Archival history:

The material was apparently deemed controversial, and had a limited circulation.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Acquired in 1994.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The British Library, Oriental and India Office Collections, holds papers, 1949-1976, of Sir Percival Griffiths (Ref: MSS Eur F 174).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Source: Who Was Who.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jul 2002

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