Colonial Discourses. Series Two, Imperial Adventurers and Explorers.
16 microfilm reels Part 1: Papers of Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890). Part 1. Description (on Adam Matthew site).
"one of the main figures in the western discovery of the Nile, but quarrelled with his companion John Hanning Speke who died mysteriously on the eve of a public meeting with Burton;" reports on West African and South African mines; letters describing his mining interests on the Gold Coast, papers of his wife Isabel Burton; papers dealing with publications by both. Part 2: Papers of James Augustus Grant (1827-92) and John Hanning Speke (1827-64). Part 2 description.
Green Library has the microfilm and printed guides.
In 1860 Grant was seconded to join the Royal Geographical Society's expedition under John Hanning Speke to discover the source of the Nile.
"Grant and Speke became the first Europeans to enter Uganda and spent much time with King Mutesa" Includes letters with his oldest son, James Augustus who worked on the Kimberley Bechuanaland Railway, accompanied Joseph Thomson on his last expedition, and became involved in Cecil Rhodes’s plans for Central Africa.
Includes letters of Sir Samuel White Baker, 1890;Paul Belloni du Chaillu, 1881, 1887 Sir Francis Galton, 1872 (f 12); Charles George Gordon, 1877 (f 18); Sir John Kirk, 1865 n d (f 19); Johann Ludwig Krapf, 1870 (f 33); Sir Roderick Impey Murchison, 1863-70; H. M.Stanley.
Part 2 Publications of political parties, trade unions, pressure groups from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Rhodesia and Nyasaland, South West Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Empire and commonwealth [microform] : archives of the Royal Commonwealth Society from Cambridge University Library.
25 microfilm reels
Green Library Media Microtext Collection (Lower Level) Detailed description (on Adam Matthew site). Pt. 1. The colour question in imperial policy, c1830-1939.
Books, articles, Mainly in English, some French. Articles and books, reports on the slave trade, issues of Colonial Intelligencer or Aborigines’ Friend. Has Coloured drawings of six native types from the original watercolour sketches made by B.J.F Francklin for the British Empire Exhibition – Kenya Colony Section, 1924.. Part 2: Imperial and Commonwealth Conferences, 1887-1955
Documents, journal articles, the Colonial Conferences (some of these are online in Hathi Trust), the Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Meetings
See also the online database Empire Online with similar documents.