Papers of Sir Michael Cavanagh Gillett

Scope and Content

These papers consist of two manuscripts written by Gillett during his time as Consul in Kashgar. They are "Some Notes on the Blue Turkish Tongue" and "A Practical Introduction to Turki, Part I & Part II".

Administrative / Biographical History

Michael Cavanagh Gillett was born on 12 July 1907. He joined the Consular Service serving in China from 1929-1953 being stationed at Peking, Canton, Hankow, Nanking, Kashgar, Tengyueh, Chungking and Shanghai. He also served in Los Angeles 1954-1957, and Afghanistan 1957-1963. He was awarded a CMG in 1951 and KBE in 1962. He contributed articles to the Journal of Royal Asiatic Society (North China Branch). He retired in 1963 and died on 20 January 1971.


The material was catalogued as the individual manuscripts.

Access Information

Open. Please contact the archivist using the email address given here. The archive is open on Tuesdays and Fridays 10-5, and Thursdays 2-5. Access is to any researcher without appointment but it will help if an appointment is made via phone or email. Please bring photo ID.

Acquisition Information

The Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (1950), p. 224, notes the donation under Presentations and Additions to the Library , "Gillett, M.C. Notes on the Blue Turkish Tongue (MS). Practical Introduction to Turki. Presented by M.C. Gillett Esq.". In the Council Minutes for 13 October 1949, the donation was noted.

Archivist's Note

These Papers were catalogued by Nancy Charley, RAS Archivist, in 2018.

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 Material was the possession of Sir Michael Cavanagh Gillett until its donation in 1949.

Related Material

In the RAS Library collections is a copy of Afghanistan: a study of political developments in central and southern Asia by W.K. Fraser-Tytler (1967). This is a 3rd edition revised by M.C. Gillett.

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