Coll 30/52(3) 'Bahrein Intelligence Summaries 1946'

IOR/L/PS/12/3769B

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The record is made up of 1 file (233 folios). It was created in 29 Jan 1948-14 Feb 1950. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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The file contains fortnightly intelligence summaries produced by the Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. at Bahrain for January 1948 until January 1950 (not for the year 1946 as the title suggests). The reports, marked as secret, were sent to the Government of India, the 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. , and numerous British diplomatic, political, and military offices in the Middle East.

The reports are divided into short sections that relate to a particular subject. Contained within the file is intelligence on the following topics:

  • Shipping
  • Visits of British and foreign notables
  • Economic and commercial matters
  • Local news and affairs, as well as that of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, and the Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates.
  • The work of Bahrain Petroleum Company, and the oil industry more generally
  • American interests in the region
  • Local reaction to international events such as those in Palestine and Syria
  • The activities of the Royal Navy
  • The supply of electricity, water and telecommunications
  • Aviation
  • The work of the Middle East Anti-Locust Unit
  • The traffic of slaves
  • Quarantine and medical matters
  • Weather and meteorological data.

There are occasional hand-written comments in the margins of the reports.

In addition to the reports, the file contains a copy of a letter sent from the Government of Pakistan's Foreign Affairs and Commonwealth Relations Department in Karachi to British officials in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain concerning the alleged kidnapping and enslavement of girls in Baluchistan by 'Arab traders in dates', 9 March 1949 (folio 91).

The file includes a divider, which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

Extent and format
1 file (233 folios)
Arrangement

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 235; 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.

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English in Latin script
Type
Archival file

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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 Documents collected in a private capacity.
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Unrestricted

Archive reference
IOR/L/PS/12/3769B
Former external reference(s)
Coll 30/52/3

History of this record

Date(s)
29 Jan 1948-14 Feb 1950 (CE, Gregorian)
Places
Bahrain
People & organisations
Bahrain Political Agency

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