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Papers of Elspeth Huxley, [1921-1988]


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Family correspondence, 1922-1977; notes, diaries and material for publications relating to East Africa, [1937-1988]; typescripts of White Man's Country: Lord Delamere and the making of Kenya, etc. (London, Macmillan and Co., 1935), Nellie. letters from Africa. with a memoir by Elspeth Huxley (London, Wiedenfeld and Nicolson, 1980) and Out in the midday sun. my Kenya (London, Chatto & Windus, 1985), [1935-1985]; transcripts of talks and articles, 1937-1981; newspaper and journal cuttings, 1921-1969; pamphlets and journals containing Huxley's articles, 1941-1978; published biographical writings, 20th century.


  • Creation: [1921-1988]


28 boxes

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Afr. s. 2154 (2)].

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MSS. Afr. s. 2154 (2)

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 2549

Biographical / Historical

Elspeth Josceline Huxley (1907-1997) 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).

Other Finding Aids

Listed as no. 919 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996). A handlist is also available in the library reading room.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were deposited at the library by Elspeth Huxley in July 1989.

Further papers were deposited by Elspeth Huxley in November 1989; four additional pamphlets were deposited by Robert Cross on 21st April 1998.

Related Materials

The library holds two separate sets of Elspeth Huxley papers (refs. MSS. Afr. s. 782 and 2332).

Papers of Elspeth Huxley (2)
Paul Davidson
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom