Papers of Geoffrey Maw

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Materials relating to Maw's Hindu pilgrimages to the source of the Ganges, comprising a typescript account of his experiences on the pilgrimage in 1923, 1930, 1934 and 1948 and accompanying photograph album; incomplete notes and typescript materials for a book on the Narbada and the pilgrimage associated with it; manuscript of a journey at Maheshwar and Onkarjii and accompanying photograph albums, 1944; diary of a visit to Onkarjii, 1948; other photographs largely relating to India; miscellaneous papers relating to pilgrimages and Hinduism.

Administrative / Biographical History

Geoffrey Waring Maw, 1886-1959, was author of Paul: herald of a victorious faith (Sohagpur, India : Friends Service Council, 1950)

Reference: University of Birmingham, Online Archive Catalogue (http://calmview.bham.ac.uk/).  Accessed April 2002.

An autobiography of Geoffrey Maw was published posthumously under the title Pilgrims in Hindu Holy Land: sacred shrines of the Indian Himalayasedited by Gillian M. (Maw) Conacher and Marjorie Sykes York: Sessions Book Trust, circa 1997.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Access to all bona fide researchers. All papers held at the Orchard Learning Resources Centre will be viewed at the Birmingham University Information Services, Special Collections Department. Please contact the University Archivist for further information.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited with Selly Oak Colleges in circa 1960.

Other Finding Aids

The collection is uncatalogued. A brief description is available in electronic format on the Birmingham University Information Services, Special Collections Department website: http://calmview.bham.ac.uk/ and in paper format within the Department. A manuscript list of the collection is available on request within the department.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Custodial History

Following the merger of the Selly Oak Colleges and the University of Birmingham in 1999 the custodial ownership of collections belonging to the Selly Oak Colleges and held at the Orchard Learning and Resource Centre (OLRC) was transferred to the University. These collections now form part of the University's Special Collections Department and are available for consultation at the Main Library on the University's Edgbaston Campus.