India, uprising and reform 1879 to 1910: in the records of the Governor-General

The Indian papers of the 4th Earl of Minto

The Indian papers of the 4th Earl of Minto

This is a period of India's history which illustrates late colonial Indian high politics to dramatic effect, providing researchers with extraordinary insights into the delicate strategies of anti-colonial 'agitators', and colonial governors
William GoulUniversity of Leeds

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India under British rule, Curzon to Minto and the rise of nationalism, 1879-1910

Gilbert John Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, the 4th Earl of Minto, was the Viceroy of India between 1905 and 1910. This collection contains a diverse range of documents relating to Minto’s tenure in India. The documents shed light on a tumultuous period in the history of the British Raj, providing an insight into the partition of Bengal and the growth of anti-colonial sentiment. 

Note: This collection is accompanied by an online guide for the original microfilm version written by Dr William Gould. 


India, uprising and reform 1879 to 1910: in the records of the Governor-General...

Containing 43,764 pages belonging to 40 documents housed in 5 volumes...

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Selection from the non-Indian papers

A diverse collection of personal correspondence and diaries predominantly concerned with the period prior to the Earl becoming Viceroy of...

Printed papers from Lord Curzon's administration, 1899-1905

The following documents form a collective body of official printed material covering all aspects of British governance in India under...

Printed papers from the 4th Earl of Minto's administration

A vast collection of official printed material concerning the Home, Foreign, Finance, Commerce & Industry, Railways, Legislative, Army, Revenue &...

Correspondence, 1905-1914

The following series of documents comprise of both original and printed copies of letters, telegrams and correspondence both received and...


  • These items cover the administrations of two Viceroys of India, first Lord Curzon, then the 4th Earl of Minto. The Minto records are the most detailed as they include both printed papers and correspondence.
  • The Curzon papers include a report upon relations with the North-West Frontier tribes between 1897 and 1898. These relations often involved combat and victories.
  • The correspondence by Lord Morley to the 4th Earl of Minto extends from 1907 to 1913. Issues covered include opposition to the Anglo-Russian Entente of 1907 and the question of who should be the next Viceroy.
  • The papers that cover the 'Military Department, including Kitchener's administration of the Army in India' provide a history of the British Army in India and its reorganisation under Lord Curzon's time as Governor.
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