Oral History Interviews [transcripts]

Scope and Content

Transcripts, partial transcripts and summaries of 205 oral history interviews relating to the Partition of India, including notes on interviews by interviewer and transcriber Andrew Whitehead. The interviews and transcripts were compiled by Whitehead for the BBC World Service series 'India: A People Partitioned' (1997; 2000); BBC Radio 4 programme 'An Incident in Kashmir' (2003); and Whitehead's book, 'A Mission in Kashmir' (Viking Penguin, 2007).

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"These notes were assembled not as an authoritative account of the interviews, but as a working tool as I put together the radio series. They were often written in some haste, and using some non-standard abbreviations. The transcripts should be used as an indication of the contents of the tapes and note as a definitive record", Andrew Whitehead, 1998.

Archivist's Note


Conditions Governing Use

Transcripts are available for consultation without restriction, and short extracts (up to 200 words) can be published with an appropriate acknowledgement. Any publication of longer extracts or use of interviews for broadcast requires the prior written permission of Andrew Whitehead.

Copyright held by Andrew Whitehead

Related Material

Sound recordings of these oral history interviews are available at SOAS Library. Reference OA3/01.