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Papers of W.F.P. Kelly


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Diary of travels in charge of a mobile cinema, Kenya, 1944; three volumes of memoirs of service, Kenya, 1936-1963; four volumes of travel diaries, Kenya, 1981-1982, 1989, 1992, 1996; one travel diary, South Africa, 1990; report by Miss S. Brodribb Pughe on the wells of the Northern District, Kenya, 1962.


  • Creation: 1944-[1996]


2 boxes

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

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MSS. Afr. s. 2229

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 2706

Biographical / Historical

W.F.P. Kelly (b 1912) graduated from Christ Church College, Oxford. He became a district officer, Kenya, 1936 and served as executive officer, African Land Development Board, 1952-1955. He was made a senior district commissioner, 1955. His service in Kenyan colonial administration continued until 1963.

Other Finding Aids

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated to the library by Mr. and Mrs. W.F.P. Kelly on 27th June 1997.

Related Materials

Papers of Kenneth Martin Cowley including diary record of safari made by Kelly as Provincial Commissioner, Southern Province, Kenya, [c1956-1962] (ref. MSS. Afr. s. 1750).

Papers of W.F.P. Kelly
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom