Vishwa Nath Datta: Letters to him

Scope and Content

Letters, postcards and other items, mostly from senior members of Cambridge University:

Noel Annan, 2 letters, undated.

Christopher Bromhead Birdwood, 1 postcard, 1952.

Christopher Brooke, 1 letter, 1993.

Sir Herbert Butterfield, 16 letters, 1952-1978.

Lady Pamela Butterfield, 3 letters [1979-1980].

Maurice Cowling, 1 letter, 1988.

Duncan Forbes, 3 letters, 1958-1983.

Edward Morgan Forster, 8 items, 1953-1958.

B.G. Kher, 1 letter, 1952.

Nicholas Mansergh, 1 letter, 1980.

Jawaharlal Nehru, 3 items, 1952-1953.

Hugh Redwald Trevor-Roper, 1 letter, 1985.

Sir John Adam Thomson, 1 letter, 1982.

George Macaulay Trevelyan, 2 letters, 1953-1958.

Administrative / Biographical History

Vishwa Nath Datta was born in Amritsar, India, on 20 March 1926. He matriculated as a research student at Fitzwilliam House in November 1950, and received his M.Litt. in February 1954. After lecturing in History at Kirori Mal College, Delhi, and Delhi University between 1954 and 1958, he was editor of the Indian Gazetteers for the Ministry of Education, Government of India, 1958-1962. Datta was subsequently appointed head of the History Department at Kurukshetra University, where he was Professor of Modern History and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and became Professor Emeritus in 1986. He held numerous visiting professorships and fellowships, and in 1998 was a Resident Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. His publications include Jallianwala Bagh (Ludhiana and Kurukshetra, 1969), Madan Lal Dhingra and the revolutionary movement (New Delhi, 1978), Sati: a historical, social and philosophical enquiry into the Hindu rite of widow burning (New Delhi, 1988) and, as editor, New light on the Punjab disturbances in 1919 (Simla, 1975).

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Professor Datta, June 2000 and September 2002.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

There is a detailed description of the collection in the Additional Manuscripts Catalogue, available in the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Related Material

Cambridge University Library holds three letters from Datta to Sir Herbert Butterfield, 1972-1976, MS Butterfield 531/D1-D3.

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