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Sir Henry Norman Far East collection

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y302E

Scope and Contents

Original glass negatives measuring 164 x 122 mm by Sir Henry Norman. Some of the negatives are accompanied by handwritten captions. Views shown are of French Indo-China [Vietnam], China, Malaya [Malaysia], Siam [Thailand], Korea and Japan.


  • Creation: c. 1890


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Biographical / Historical

Norman was educated privately in France and at Harvard University, where he obtained his B.A. For several years he worked on the editorial staff of the Pall Mall Gazette and later joined the editorial staff of the News Chronicle, being appointed Assistant Editor of the latter in 1895. He retired from journalism in 1899. During this time he travelled widely in Canada and the United States and in Russia, Japan, China, Siam, Malaya and Central Asia. Much of the material included in the two volumes mentioned in the description was amassed during these tours. He was appointed Assistant Postmaster-General in 1910 and his interest in international communications led to a number of appointments related to wireless and telegraphy, among them Chairman of the War Office Committee on Wireless Telegraphy 1912, and Chairman of the Imperial Wireless Telegraphy Committee of 1920, the latter convened to draw up a complete wireless scheme for the Empire. He was Liberal M.P. for South Wolverhampton 1900-1910 and for Blackburn 1910-1923. Among his publications are The preservation of Niagara Falls (1882), All the Russias (1902), and a play, Will no man understand (1934).


2 archive box(es) (30 glass plate negatives)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Generally in fair condition.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Probably presented by Priscilla, Lady Norman.

Existence and Location of Copies

Contact prints have been made of four of the photographs.


Many of the photographs are reproduced in: Norman, Henry (1895), The people and politics of the Far East, London : T.F. Unwin. Page references are noted against each photograph record. Several of the Japan views probably appear in his The real Japan (1892), London : T.F. Unwin but this work has not been examined.


This collection level description was entered by PJ using information from the original typescript catalogue.


Norman, Sir, Henry

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