India. Gardner-Waterman Kashmir Collection

Scope and Content

A collection of albums of diaries of Alan Gardner-Waterman containing, in all, 237 photographs, 2 watercolour sketches and 19 maps. The diaries record hunting trips with Mrs. Gardner-Waterman to Kashmir; the entries are mostly brief, but are supported by meticulous maps and many photographs, mostly of a high standard. Most were probably taken by Col. Gardner-Waterman or by Mrs. Gardner-Waterman though there are some exceptions. The captions given are those under the photographs, with some dates for adjoining diary headings; in a number of cases these are related to positions marked on the maps by letters, and fuller information can normally be found from the diary itself. The diaries are stored at RCMS 79.

Administrative / Biographical History

Alan Gardner-Waterman (1882-1953) was born in Ashford in April 1882, and educated at Uppingham, 1896-1899, and R.M.A. Woolwich. In 1900 he received a commission in the Royal Field Artillery. He served in India as subaltern and captain, and in France in the First World War, during which he was wounded twice. He volunteered to return to India for the Afghan War, and remained there until 1925, being promoted to Major and Lieutenant-Colonel. He retired in 1933.

Access Information

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (

Acquisition Information

Presented by Mrs E.M. Gardner-Waterman in 1975.


Includes index.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue of the collection can be found on ArchiveSearch.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Good condition.

Additional Information

This collection level description was entered by SG using information from the original typescript catalogue.

Waterman, Alan Gardner-, 1882-1953, Lieutenant-Colonel