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1940 Letter, Kanhaiya Lal to Science Service
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Science Service depended on an extensive network of part-time correspondents, or "stringers," in the United States, Europe, and Asia, to provide information and photographs. Most of these contributors were graduate students, young professors, or schoolteachers. By the mid-1930s, Science Service was dispensing small fees (under $10.00) for over 500 short news items and illustrations annually.

In 1940, Kanhaiya Lal wrote to Science Service, offering his services as a stringer. Lal stated, "I can supply you with hot Indian news of general interest and also send you special features about Indian people, places and customs, both illustrated with photos and without photos." (see letter on left).

Lal included two photographs of Mahatma Gandhi, ca. 1939-1940, taken by Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru (see below). These rare, unpublished photographs are located in Record Unit 7091, Box 219, Folder 6.

Caption on back reads: "Inside Congress Working Committee meeting. A rare view of this very private meeting of the biggest political party in India. Photo taken by Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, the well known Indian leader." (click to enlarge)
Caption on back reads: "Mahatma Gandhi in a happy mood trying to strike the photographer despite his well-known principle of non-violence. The photographer was Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, the well known Indian leader." (click to enlarge)

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