Archives and Special Collections
Collection C0161 - B. Rowell's Military collection
ACU GBA C0161
B. Rowell's Military collection
- 1716-1919 (Creation)
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Extent and medium
5 cm of textual records. -- ca. 635 photographs. -- 6 posters
Name of creator
B. Rowell, ca. 1900-ca. 1970, of South Ruislip, Middlesex, England, was a collector of artifacts, art, photography, autographs, publications and papers relating to British military history.
The collection was purchased from B. Rowell by the Riveredge Foundation in 1969 and 1970.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Gift of Riveredge Foundation, 1979.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
The collection consists predominantly of autographs of British military and naval leaders, statesmen, nobility, and other famous people. Many of the autographs are accompanied by portraits. It also includes a collection of British military documents from the Napoleonic Wars: recruiting instructions issued by the commanders of two regiments; an oath of allegiance; a notice of reward for apprehension of a deserter; proceedings of a court-martial; a circular letter from the War Office regarding payment of men; and a pay sheet for officers. Includes photographs of the South African War and the First World War, including some depicting Winston Churchill as a young officer. Includes British First World War propaganda posters, and a poster issued by the Allied occupation forces in Jerusalem.
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Conditions governing access
No restrictions on access.
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Language and script notes
The material is in English.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
An item-level list is in M 4843/203.
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Title based on contents of collection.
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Dates of creation revision deletion
Thursday, August 25, 2016