Banks Photograph Collection
Name of creator(s): Banks | Alexander L | fl 1897-1949 | missionary
Administrative/Biographical history: Rev. Alexander L. Banks was a missionary with the Regions Beyond Missionary Union, based at Siwan, Northern India. The Regions beyond Missionary Union is an inter denominational union, formed in 1899 to carry on the work begun by the East London Institute for Home and Foreign Missions in 1872 - especially in areas beyond those already evangelised. Their field included work in India, Africa and South America.
Immediate source of acquisition: The material was donated by the Andover United Reformed Church in 1983, and an additional donation was made in February 1999.
CONTENT AND STRUCTURE
Scope and content/abstract: Papers, c1897-1949, of Alexander Banks, comprising photographs taken chiefly by Alexander Banks showing groups of missionaries, including the Banks, Hicks and Hodge families, Indian Christians, including the Das family, Hindus and Muslims, local festivals, buildings and views. Also included are copies of circular letters (1900-1902) and letters (1903-1906) from Alexander Banks; his diary (1899-1900); a record of orphanage children in India (1906) including photographs; and publications of the Regions Beyond Missionary Union.
System of arrangement: Albums are in broadly chronological order.
ACCESS AND USE
Conditions governing access: Unrestricted.
Conditions governing reproduction: No publication without written permission. Apply to archivist in the first instance.
Finding aids: Unpublished handlist.
Related material: The School of Oriental and African Studies also holds scanned photographs of Alexander Banks and Ethel Banks in Siwan and Almora (Ref: MS 380682).
Date(s) of descriptions: 15 May 2000