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Archive Collection description: BRO

BRO

Bromhead Collection (1915-1918;1972)

An online catalogue for this collection is available.

Alfred Claude Bromhead (1876-1963) worked before the First World War as the British representative of the French film projector company belonging to Leon Gaumont. This led to him also becoming involved with the showing and distribution of films. Bromhead was also a territorial officer in an infantry battalion of the Queen's Regiment. After the outbreak of the First World War he was chosen by the British Government to undertake a mission to Russia to show British propaganda films to Russian troops. The aim was to impress upon Russian troops the scale of the British war effort in order to keep up morale and to encourage pro-British sentiment.

Contents

BRO/1 Bromhead's diaries (1916-1918)
BRO/2 Bromhead's correspondence and related papers (1915-1918)
BRO/3 Bromhead's photographs taken during his mission (1916-1917)

2 boxes containing 21 envelopes

(Languages) (mostly) English & Finnish & French & Italian & Russian & Swedish

Unrestricted access

See also: the University of London Library has a collection of Bromhead's books and manuscripts including the original ms diaries (ref MS 817/1-2), however this collection is mostly unrelated to his work in Russia. The Imperial War Museum has copies of the diaries and photographs as well as copies of some of the films shown by Bromhead during his mission.



A record for this collection is also available on the UCL Archives web site. To see it, please type BRO into the search field.

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