File 8/8 1931-34 Bahrain Agency Administration Reports and Related Papers

IOR/R/15/2/297

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The record is made up of 1 volume (151 folios). It was created in 20 Jan 1932-20 Jul 1935. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.

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The volume contains correspondence relating to the collation and submission of the annual Administration Report of the Bahrain Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. , as well as the reports themselves.

Present within the volume are the reports for the years 1931-1934. Each report contains a prose statement and sometimes statistics on all or most of the following subjects: Personnel; Ruler of Bahrain and the Al Khalifa Family; Local Government Officials; Bahrain State; Bahrain Police; Local Affairs; Oil Concession; Artesian Wells; Agriculture; Customs; Municipalities; Public Works; Education; Trade; Industry; Athletics; Boat Building and Shipping; Electric Light/Electric Department; Royal Navy; Royal Air Force; Aviation; British Interests; Post Office; Medical; Judicial; Visits of Government (British) Officials; Movement of Foreigners; Visits of Arab Notables; Nejd (from 1932, Saudi Arabia); The Qusaibis; Qatar; Slavery; Climate; General. Each subject comes under its own sub-heading. Each report is signed by the officiating Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. at the time of submission to the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. at Bushire.

Preceding each report is correspondence between the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. and the institutions and offices that provided reports and statistics for the final Administration Report. These include: Charles Belgrave, Advisor to the Government of Bahrain; the Director of Customs and Port Officer; the Head Munshi A secretary or political assistant working in the British administration in the Gulf, often also providing linguistic interpretation. ; the Postmaster; and doctors and other employees of the American Mission Hospitals (men's and women's) and the Victoria Memorial Hospital.

There are internal office notes following some reports, concerning their collation and submission.

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1 volume (151 folios)
Arrangement

The volume is arranged chronologically.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside of the front cover, and terminates at the inside back cover; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. An additional foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 6-148; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and can be found in the same position as the main sequence.

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English in Latin script
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British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers
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Unrestricted

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IOR/R/15/2/297
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8/8

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20 Jan 1932-20 Jul 1935 (CE, Gregorian)

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