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Papers of the Africa Protectorates Trust


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Papers dealing with the formation and administration of the Africa Protectorates Trust and its possible amalgamation with other organisations.


  • 1951-1977


3 boxes

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS.Afr.s.1713].
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Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 378

Biographical / Historical

The Africa Protectorates Trust was set up to assist with the education, training and health of the people of South West Africa, Bechuanaland, Swaziland and Basutoland. In practice, the Trust made small grants or loans to African students pursuing education abroad.

The idea for the Trust arose in 1951 when Michael Scott decided to set up such a fund using the royalties payable to him from his book, In Face of Fear, which described his work in South West Africa; the Trust Deed was finally drawn up in September 1952. The original Trustees were Michael Scott, Canon Robert Stopford, Lord Noel-Buxton and Margery Perham (who later made over to the Trust the royalties on her book Ten Africans ). From its inception the Trust was closely linked with the Africa Bureau and two related trust funds, the Africa Development Trust and the Africa Educational Trust.

Other Finding Aids

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

Listed as no. 1176 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom