Knoop Far East Photographic Collection

Ref: SLI 5

Title: Knoop Far East Photographic Collection

A collection of photographic images assembled by Douglas Knoop on a world tour in 1913-14

Dates: 1913-1914
Level: Fonds
Extent: 3 boxes; about 1600 images (some duplicated)
Name of creator: Douglas Knoop

Administrative / biographical history:

Douglas Knoop (1883-1948) was appointed Lecturer and thus Head of Department in the new Department of Economics, University of Sheffield, in 1909; at that time the Department was part of the Faculty of Arts. In 1920 he was appointed Professor, a position he retained until his retirement in 1948, when he was awarded the title Emeritus Professor.

The collection is a photographic record (consisting of slides, photographs, negatives and postcards, and amounting to some 1400 images, including some coloured) of places visited during a "world tour" undertaken by Knoop in the academic session 1913-1914, mainly in the Far East. The Universitys Annual Report for the Session 1912-13 states: "Mr. Knoop, having been elected to an A.K. Fellowship, is now, under the terms of the Trust, undertaking a voyage round the world". A report repeating these words appeared in the Sheffield Daily Independent for 12th November 1913, and arrangements to appoint a temporary Lecturer for the session are detailed in the Faculty of Arts Board Minutes. The fellowship referred to was an Alfred Kahn Travelling Fellowship.

The images cover natural features, human interest such as street scenes, and major events such as earthquakes, in the countries visited, as well as incidental events on the tour (e.g. on board ship). The countries recorded include India, Ceylon, Singapore, the Dutch East Indies, China, Korea and Japan, but there are also some images of other places visited on the journey, including the Russian Far East, the USA and elsewhere.

The collection was donated to the Library circa 1993 by the Department of Geography, and at first was thought to be the work of Professor R.N. Rudmose Brown, Professor of Geography 1931-45, in whose possession it had formerly been. However, given that the photograph albums are inscribed D. Knoop, and there is no evidence that Rudmose Brown ever undertook a similar tour of the Far East, it seems reasonable to conclude that the collection was given by Knoop to Rudmose Brown at some point because of its geographical interest.

  • Related collections: None
  • Source: Department of Geography
  • System of arrangement: As received
  • Subjects: China - Description and travel - 1901-45; East Asia - Description and travel - 1901-45; India - Description and travel - 1901-46; Indonesia - Description and travel - 1800-1945; Japan - Description and travel - 1901-45; Korea - Description and travel - 1900-53; Sri Lanka - Description and travel - 1901-46; Photographs
  • Names: Knoop, Douglas (1883-1948)
  • Conditions of access: Available to all researchers, by appointment
  • Restrictions: None
  • Copyright: According to document
  • Finding aids: Outline list