East India Company Manuscript Collection
One of the unique and interesting collections housed at the Cleveland Public Library is the East India Company Manuscript Collection. The Collection is roughly composed of 250 manuscripts and includes documents, letters, memoirs, accounts, inventories, and other primary sources. There are materials dated from the late sixteenth century, but the majority of the items are from around 1750 to 1850. Topics covered include rebellions, mutinies, public scandals, Company policies, Indian customs (from a British perspective), and political and military activities.

The Flickr collection highlights a ciphered letter, a journal of the siege of the Fort of Onore, a letter discussing the expeditions to Rodriguez Island and against the pirates in the Persian Gulf, and a journal of an officer in the Indian army.

Other material of interest in the Collection includes items covering conflicts with Hyder Ali, Tippo (Tippu) Sultan, and Cheyt Singh, accounts of the Sepoy Rebellion (Indian Rebellion or First War of Indian Independence) of 1857, the activities of Hyder Ali and Tippoo Sahib, the Pindari Wars of the early nineteenth century, Napoleonic designs on India, and the administrations of Wellesley, Moira, and Bentinck. British Officials’ correspondence and writings are also a large part of the Collection; the Officials include Clive, Hastings, Lord Macartney, Bentinck, Henry Dundas (Lord Melville), Elphinstone, Macleod, Robert Orme, Sir William Jones, Henry Malcolm, Wellesley, Prinsep, Cornwallis, Lord Moira and others.

For more information or questions, contact Special Collections at special.collections@cpl.org or 216-623-2818.
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