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Papers of the East Africa European Pioneers' Society


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Papers, including accounts, biographies, minutes, reminiscences etc.


  • Creation: 1952-1964


9 boxes

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Afr. s. 1456].

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MSS. Afr. s. 1456

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 1677

Biographical / Historical

The East Africa European Pioneers' Society was inaugurated on the 22 July 1952; the first Chairman was W.G. Beaton. The aims of the Society, as set out in its Constitution, included "fostering the original pioneer spirit; establishing a Centre for the purpose of providing a meeting place for all members and for the safe custody of books, records and photographs of East African historical interest; fostering a pride in long personal association with East Africa and/or in being a descendant of a Foundation Member, and to maintain a record of Pioneers in East Africa whether members of the Society or not and to compile or assist in the compilation of their biographies". Another aspect of the Society's work was to provide financial help to "aged pioneers" in East Africa. The Society was dissolved in November 1964 and the last President of the Society was W.G. Beaton.

Other Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room and a handlist is also available for this collection.

Listed as no. 165 in Manuscript Collections of Africana in Rhodes House Library, Oxford, compiled by Louis B. Frewer (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1968).

Custodial History

Deposited with the Oxford Colonial Records Project by W.G. Beaton.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was transferred to the library from Oxford Colonial Records Project.

Papers of the East Africa European Pioneers' Society
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom