Banks Photograph Collection

Scope and Content

Papers, c1897-1949, of Alexander Banks, comprising photographs taken chiefly by Alexander Banks showing groups of missionaries, including the Banks, Hicks and Hodge families, Indian Christians, including the Das family, Hindus and Muslims, local festivals, buildings and views. Also included are copies of circular letters (1900-1902) and letters (1903-1906) from Alexander Banks; his diary (1899-1900); a record of orphanage children in India (1906) including photographs; and publications of the Regions Beyond Missionary Union.

Administrative / Biographical History

Rev. Alexander L. Banks was a missionary with the Regions Beyond Missionary Union, based at Siwan, Northern India. The Regions beyond Missionary Union is an inter denominational union, formed in 1899 to carry on the work begun by the East London Institute for Home and Foreign Missions in 1872 - especially in areas beyond those already evangelised. Their field included work in India, Africa and South America.


Albums are in broadly chronological order.

Access Information


Acquisition Information

The material was donated by the Andover United Reformed Church in 1983, and an additional donation was made in February 1999.

Other Finding Aids

Word processed handlist available

Conditions Governing Use

For permission to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library in the first instance

Related Material

The School of Oriental and African Studies also holds scanned photographs of Alexander Banks and Ethel Banks in Siwan and Almora (Ref: MS 380682).

Regions Beyond Missionary Union archives held at The Centre for the study of Christianity in the Non-Western World, The Mound, New College, Edinburgh, EH1 2LU.

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