Papers of Elspeth Huxley (3)
Articles, 1929-1989; correspondence, 1934-1992; information on Kenyan history, 1936-1969; information on Africa (other than Kenya), 1957-1968; sequence of events, Rhodesia, April 1971; book covers, 20th cent.; brochure on the Thames Television series from Euston Films based on The flame trees of Thika..., .
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Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Afr. s. 2332].
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CMD ID 2551
Biographical / Historical
Elspeth Josceline Huxley (b. 1907) took the post of Assistant Press Officer to the Empire Marketing Board, London in 1929. After leaving the Board in 1932 she travelled widely in Africa, America and elsewhere. During this period she published her first book, White Man's Country: Lord Delamere and the making of Kenya, etc. (London, Macmillan and Co., 1935). Since then she has produced a number of novels and factual works with African settings, including The flame trees of Thika. memoirs of an African childhood (London, Chatto and Windus, 1959). She has also contributed a great deal on African affairs to both press and radio. She was a member of the BBC General Advisory Council from 1952 until 1959 when she was appointed U.K. Independent Member of the Advisory Commission for the Review of the Constitution of the Federation of Rhodesia (Monckton Commission).
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
- 39 letters from Michael Blundell, 1986-1992, donated by Huxley's daughter Elspeth on 23rd August 1994
- Data on Africa in general, c1962-1964 and Kenya, 1929-1969; chronology of Rhodesian events in 1971; envelope of letters including from General Smuts; newspaper cuttings, c1963-1970; brochure on the Thames Television series from Euston Films based on The flame trees of Thika..., ; etc., donated by Huxley's daughter Elspeth on 22nd August 1995
- Cassette recording of Huxley's memories of serving with the Advisory Commission for the Review of the Constitution of the Federation of Rhodesia, 1960, with a copy of the written questions posed to her by a researcher, etc., donated by Matthew Westlake on 24th March 1997
- Papers of Elspeth Huxley (3)
- Paul Davidson
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