Reports of Sir Percival Joseph Griffiths

Scope and Content

Typescript reports, 1948-1972, of Sir Percival Griffiths containing information gathered by him on politics, government and economic affairs in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, comprising tour reports, for the India, Pakistan and Burma Association, on India, 1948-1971, and on Pakistan, 1955-1972, and reports on the political scene in India (1950-1972), 1972, and in Pakistan (1950-1969), 1969, including some information on Bangladesh.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born, 1899; educated at Peterhouse, Cambridge (MA); BSc, London; entered the Indian Civil Service, 1922; retired, 1937; member of the Indian Legislative Assembly, 1937; Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire, 1943; Leader, European Group, Indian Central Legislature, 1946; Knight, 1947; Central Organiser, National War Front, India, and Publicity Adviser to the Government of India; KBE, 1963; Honorary Fellow, School of Oriental and African Studies, 1971; President, India, Pakistan and Burma Association; died, 1992. Publications: The British in India (1947); The British Impact on India (1952); Modern India (1957); The Changing Face of Communism (1961); The Road to Freedom (1964); History of the Indian Tea Industry (1967); Empire into Commonwealth (1969); To Guard My People: the history of the Indian Police (1971); A Licence to Trade: the History of English Chartered Companies (1975); A History of the Inchcape Group (1977); A History of the Joint Steamer Companies (1979); Vignettes of India (1986).

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

Acquired in 1994.

Custodial History

The material was apparently deemed controversial, and had a limited circulation.

Related Material

The British Library, Oriental and India Office Collections, holds papers, 1949-1976, of Sir Percival Griffiths (Ref: MSS Eur F 174).