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Sams : 'Lighter moments in the I[ndian] C[ivil] S[ervice]'.

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Reference Code: GBR/0273/SAMS

Scope and Contents

Typescript of reminiscences copiously annotated, evidently for intended publication, in ink (black and green), in biro, in blue crayon and in pencil. Many passages struck through. The annotations decrease in frequency from the earliest to the latest pages, and those in green ink are perhaps in a hand other than Sams'.
Originally in four ring binders, continuously paginated.


  • Creation: 1934 - 1954

Biographical / Historical

Hubert Arthur Sams was born on 3 May 1875, son of J. H. Sams, and was educated at St Paul's School and at Peterhouse, where he was admitted on a classical scholarship in 1894, graduating B.A. in 1897. According to 'Who Was Who': he 'entered ICS, 1899; Punjab Commission, 1899; Assistant Commissioner, 1899-1907; officiating Deputy Commissioner, 1903-07; Postmaster-General Bengal and Assam, 1907-08; Bengal, 1908-11; Burma, 1911-13; Bombay, 1913-14; Central Circle, 1914-17; Director of Postal Services MEF Mesopotamia, 1917-19, Lt-Col RE (CIE, despatches thrice); Postmaster-General, Bombay, 1920-22; Deputy Director-General Posts and Telegraphs, 1922-27; Officiating D-G, 1922-23, 1924, 1926; Director-General, 1927-31; Member, Indian Legislative Assembly, 1923-31; Bursar and Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge, 1932-40, Emeritus Fellow, 1940; Bursar, Steward and Fellow of Selwyn Coll., Cambridge, 1941-44; Cambridge Borough Council, 1932-40, 1942-44; President, Cambridge YMCA, 1932-40; A Governor of St Paul’s School and St Paul’s Girls’ School, 1938-54.' He became a Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire (CIE) in 1919 and was knighted in 1931. ‘SAMS, Sir Hubert Arthur’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920-2016; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014 ; online edn, April 2014 [, accessed 14 Dec 2015] Editor of 'The Post Office of India in the Great War' (Bombay, Times Press, 1922) and author of 'Pauline and old Pauline' (privately printed at Cambridge University Press, 1933). Died 9 June 1957. See also references to him the 'The Sex' for Lent and Easter Terms 1902.


2 archive box(es) (2 boxes) : Paper

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

Pet MSS 530-533

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Sent to Peterhouse by C. W. Crawley, Tutor of Trinity Hall, 11 April 1956.


Sams, Sir Hubert Arthur (1875-1957) colonial administrator

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