Collection AR29 - Addiscombe College Photograph Album

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Addiscombe College Photograph Album


  • c1859 - c1872 (Creation)

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1 vol

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(1600 - 1873)

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The East India company was granted its charter by Queen Elizabeth in 1600. It established the Addiscombe Military Seminary at Addiscombe Place in 1809, for the training of its officer cadets. In 1858, the Company's interests were transferred to the Crown, and the Seminary was renamed the Royal India Military College. It closed in 1861.

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Formerly held by the Local Studies Library. Donated by Mrs R Foster, October 1960. It previously belonged to the late Ivor G Foster ARIBA.

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Accession Number: A29

Addiscombe College Photograph Album

Album containing 98 photographs of Addiscombe Military Seminary buildings, staff, and cadets, etc

Item date: c1859 - c1872

Accession date: 27/10/1960

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Photography was included in the curriculum from 1855 (taught by Aaron Penley, professor of civil drawing). The album includes group photographs and individual portraits of cadets and staff, and a few photographs of the College buildings and grounds, etc, mainly with pencilled captions. The photographs are mainly undated, but two are dated 1859, and most certainly date from around the same period. At the end of the album are several later group photographs etc (one dated 1872), including three apparently taken in India.

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The album pages (and therefore the captions) appear to be rather later than the photographs themselves. The album has been rebound, probably around the time it was donated to the Library.

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Copies of all photographs in AR29 are held in the Museum of Croydon photographic collection.

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The official archives of Addiscombe Military Seminary, including admission registers of cadets, are held among the records of the India Office at the British Library (Asia, Pacific Africa Collections), 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB, reference numbers L/MIL/9/333 - 357. The records are summarised on pp113 - 123 of Anthony Farrington, The Records of the East India College Haileybury and other institutions (HMSO, 1976), a copy of which can be viewed in the Museum of Croydon research room.

Croydon Archives Service holds further non-offical archive materials relating to the Addiscombe Military Seminary at AR30, AR55, AR64, AR65 and AR85.

For a detailed history of the College, see Col. H.M.Vibart, Addiscombe: Its Heroes and Men of Note (1894) held by the Local Studies Library at S70 (355) VIB. This includes a list of cadets.

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