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Zoroastrian woman (RCMS.89.70)

Useful links in Cambridge University Library, beyond the Library, sites about the Commonwealth, Africa, Asia, Australasia and the Pacific, Canada and the Caribbean

  • Royal Commonwealth Society Essay Competition - an international collection of children's prize-winning essays from the RCS Essay Competition archive in Cambridge University Library.
  • Jardine Matheson Archive This includes papers of colonial governments and their officers and agencies, mainly regarding trade and commercial matters (JM/L1), but also maps and plans of cities, properties and regions in South-east Asia, as well as plans of steamships (JM/L7); and a wide range of photographs from China and Hong Kong (JM/L8).
  • Papers of Sir Harry Parkes (1828-1885) who spent much of his career working for the government in the Far East. The collection includes printed and manuscript material collected in Hong Kong, China and Japan throughout his career.
  • Collections of F.H.H. Guillemard (1852-1933), traveller, writer and naturalist, including photographs (MS Add.7957) and journals (MS Add.7783) made by Guillemard as part of the crew of the 'Marchesa' during its voyage to Japan, Malaysia and Indonesia during 1882-1884.

and beyond ...

  • Colonial Film: Moving Images of the British Empire - over 150 films are available for viewing online.
  • A glimpse of India - moving footage from home movies of India taken 1911-1956, held at the Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge
  • Royal visit to India 1905-1906. Images from the private collection of Maj. David C. Underwood.
  • The National Archives of Singapore photograph database enables you to search for pictures of Singapore and Malaysia from collections around the world. It provides low resolution images and names which collections hold the original images.
  • Africa through a lens provides access to thousands of images taken from a broader photographic collection of Foreign and Commonwealth Office images, held at The National Archives. The images date from the 1860s and span over 100 years of African history.
  • The British Diplomatic Oral History Programme (BDOHP) provides research material for the study of British diplomatic history. From its website at Churchill Archives Centre you can access to the transcripts of interviews with British diplomats.
  • Migration to New Worlds - online access to selected Colonial Office files on emigration, diaries and travel journals, ship logs and plans, printed literature, objects, watercolours, and oral histories
  • Dutch Colonial Maps Digital maps of the Dutch East Indies, the Dutch Antilles and Suriname from the former library of the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam, dating back to the time that KIT operated as a 'Colonial Institute'. About 15,000 maps and 150 atlases from the period 1850-1950.

A selection of URLs for locating information on Commonwealth countries:

Information on the Commonwealth:

For information on Africa:

For information on Asia:RCMS 89.70

For information on Australasia and Pacific:

For information on Canada and the Caribbean: