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Papers of William Sydney Marchant

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MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 491

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Photographs, press cuttings and other papers relating to colonial service in Kenya, 1919-1938, 1943-1947, and as Resident Commissioner of the Solomon Islands, 1939-1943.


  • Creation: 1919-1947


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

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MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 491

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 3127

Biographical / Historical

William Sydney Marchant (1894-1953) worked as Assistant District Commissioner, East Africa Protectorate, from 1919. In 1926 he was appointed District Officer, Kenya, in 1935 Deputy Provincial Commissioner and Assistant Secretary, Zanzibar, and in 1937 Deputy Provincial Commissioner, Tanganyika Territory. In 1939 he was appointed Resident Commissioner, the British Solomon Islands Protectorate.

Other Finding Aids

Listed as no. 597 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated to the library by Mrs. Marjorie D. Marchant through the Oxford Colonial Archives Project in April 1985.

Related Materials

Papers relating to service in the British Solomon Islands Protectorate, 1942-1943 (with associated press cuttings), military administration in Tripolitania and British Somaliland, 1941-1943, and Kenya, 1925, 1946-1947 are held by the library (ref. MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 292).

Papers of William Sydney Marchant
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom