The images include a rich array of photographs
taken in Calcutta during 1943-44 by Mr. Hensley, a professional
photographer participating in the surveillance of the Japanese in Burma
for the U.S. Army. During his off-duty time Mr. Hensley used his
ethnographer's eye to capture daily life in a number of locations around
India. The majority of the images are from Calcutta and its environs.
Other locations in this collection are Madras, Kharagpur, Agra, and
Burma. The photographs and notes were prepared by Hensley for his wife
to use in teaching world history courses in Missouri during World War
The Hensley Collection is comprised of photographs taken during World War II by an American serviceman, Glenn S. Hensley. The photographs, numbering almost 600, were given to the University of Chicago Library by the photographer. The text accompanying the images is derived from notes written by Mr. Hensley.