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Coll 28/46 ‘Persia. Who’s Who, and Leading Personalities in:’ [‎47r] (93/352)

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The record is made up of 1 file (174 folios). It was created in 26 Feb 1929-7 Jul 1947. 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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British Legation,
February 21st,1931
Y<ith reference to tuy despatch Ho. 11, Confidential,
of January l&th, I have the honour to transmit to you
herewith four additions to the list of Biographies of
Persian Hot ables.
I have the honour to be with the highest resoect,
Your most obedient,
humble Servant,
(Signed) R.C.PARR.
The Foreigi Office

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Printed copies of reports entitled Biographies of Leading Personalities in Persia (also referred to in the file as Who’s Who in Persia , and Report on Personalities in Persia ). The reports were compiled by officials at the British Legation in Tehran, and updated periodically. The file contains copies for the years 1929 (ff 5-14), 1930 (ff 24-34), 1931 (ff 37-45), 1932 (ff 53-62), 1943 (ff 69-100), and 1946 (ff 106-124). The last report in the file is entitled Personalities in Persia: Military Supplement. This report is typescript rather than printed, and dated 1947 (ff 133-174).

The reports for 1929 and 1930 arrange Persian notables in order of importance, beginning with the Shah and Minister of Court, Mirza Abdul Hussein Khan Taimourtache [Abdolhossein Teymūrtāsh]. The remaining reports arrange individuals alphabetically by their family name. All reports contain biographical notes, such as background, family, and career. Many also include an assessment of their character and demeanour, their disposition towards the British, and foreign languages spoken. The 1947 report specifically concerns individuals in the Persian military, with their biographies restricted to their military careers.

The file also includes some correspondence, covering: the distribution of the reports; biographies submitted by the British Legation in Tehran for inclusion in future editions of the reports; the resignation and reconstitution of the Government in 1946, with biographies of those making up the new cabinet (ff 129-131).

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.

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1 file (174 folios)

The file’s contents are arranged in approximate chronological order, from the earliest item at the front to the latest at the end.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 176; these numbers are written in pencil 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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