Papers of Alan Charles Trott

Scope and Content

These Papers consist of:

  • A Letter from Stephen Gaselee, Librarian and Keeper of the Papers at the Foreign Office, to The Secretary, Royal Asiatic Society, to send copies of the title page and preface to a translation of certain correspondence of His Imperial Majesty Nasir-ud-Sin, Shah of Persia from 1848 to 1896, made by Mr. A.C. Trott, formerly Oriental Secretary to his Majesty's Legation at Tehran. These are supplied for scholarly use only. He informs that the original volume of the Shah's letters and the accompanying translation are to be presented to the British Museum. Typed letter, 2 pieces, dated 30 June 1938.
  • A handwritten title page stressing the use for students and scholars only. 1 piece, handwritten.
  • Copy of Preface and Title Page for "Correspondence of His Imperial Majesty Nasir-ud-Din, Shah of Persia from 1848-1896, collected by Mirza Abd-ul-Wahhab Khan Nuri, Nizam-ul-Mulk, a grandson of Mirza Aga Khan, Itmed-ud-Dauleh, Chief Minister of Nasir-ud-Din Shah from 1851 to 1858, and a son of Mirza Kazim Khan, Nizam-ul-Mulk, the holder at different times of various ministerial appointments, and translated by Mr. A.C. Trott, Oriental Secretary to His Majesty's Legation at Tehran from 1931 to 1937." 6 pieces, typed.

Administrative / Biographical History

Alan Charles Trott was a British diplomat. He was educated at Exeter School and St John's College, Cambridge. He served in WWI before being employed in the Levant Consular Service from 1920. Postings included Tehran, Resht, Ispahan, Casablanca. Shiraz and Jedda. He served at Consul-General in at Ahwaz, Persia, 1945-47, and Ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 1947-51. He resigned in December 1951 but subsequently became the Director of the Middle East Center for Arab Studies, Shemian, Lebanon, from 1953-57. He was interested in the birds and flowers of the area. He died on 6 July 1959.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The material was sent to the Royal Asiatic Society from the Foreign Office in 1938.

Archivist's Note

These papers were 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 Papers originated from the Foreign Office as a copy of original documents created by Alan Charles Trott.

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