Papers of Major J.R. Cunningham

Scope and Content

This material contains a letter from major Cunningham describing the "Haram of Ali Raza" at Mashhad and a copy of the "Ziarat Nameh" said at the shrine. There is also further Royal Asiatic Society correspondence concerning what to do with this donated material.

Administrative / Biographical History

Major J.R. Cunningham was part of the Indian Government. In 1930 J.R. Cunningham, the then Director of Public Information of Assam, issued a circular imposing a blanket ban on any anti-British and pro-swadeshi activity by students. It seems he was stationed in Jabalpur in 1939 and also visited Mashhad in the same year. The membership list of the Society for 1947 has him listed as Lieutenant-Colonel Cunningham and living in Tunbridge Wells.


The material was divided into two series:

  • JRC/1 - Cunningham correspondence
  • JCR/2 - Allied correspondence

Access Information

Open. Please contact the archivist using the email address given here. The archive is open on Tuesdays and Fridays 10-5, and Thursdays 2-5. Access is to any researcher without appointment but it will help if an appointment is made via phone or email. Please bring photo ID.

Acquisition Information

The material was sent by Cunningham for the use of the Royal Asiatic Society.

Archivist's Note

This material was catalogued by Nancy Charley, RAS Archivist, in 2019.

Conditions Governing Use

Digital photography (without flash) for research purposes may be permitted upon completion of a copyright declaration form, and with respect to current UK copyright law.

Custodial History

The material was sent to the Royal Asiatic Society by Major Cunningham in 2019. The further correspondence was created in the discussion as to the future of the material.

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