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Colonial states and African societies: British Colonial History - East Africa

Resources for the study of African colonial history including Belgian, British, and French colonial history.

British Colonial History - East Africa

Africa through western eyes [microform] : manuscript records of traders, travellers, soldiers, missionaries and diplomats in Africa
Parts 1 and 2. 
Marlborough, Wiltshire : Adam Matthew Publications, 1999
Green Library Media Microtext Center
Printed guide. See detailed contents on the Adam Matthew site.
Late 19th to early 20th century diaries, journals, photographs, letters, papers, documents  Six letters of David Livingstone.
Records are from the Royal Commonwealth Society Library at Cambridge University Library.


Colonial discourses. Series one, Women, travel, & empire, 1660-1914 [microform].
Wiltshire, Eng. : Adam Matthew Publications
Green Librry has the Microfilm and Printed Guide
Online Guide from Adam Matthew
Some content is online in Nineteenth Century Collections
Includes Sierra Leone 18th-19th c.; East Africa 1892; Mary Kingsley in West Africa; Florence Dixie (1855-1905) with the Zulus;  Agnes Herbert hunting in Somaliland. Accounts by women traveling to Sierra Leone include accounts of the slave trade.


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.


Colonial Office. Pamphlets about Africa [1870-1960
24 microfilm reels
Hoover Library MFILM DT6.G785

For inventory see -
Great Britain Colonial Office pamphlets about Africa : microfilm 698, Duquesne University Library : contents listing
by Donald Vrabel.
Pittsburgh, PA : Duquesne University Library, 1974.
180 leaves 
Hoover Library Reference DT6.G785 1974 
(Mainly West Africa, but other countries also.)


Commonwealth political ephemera from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London [microfiche] : Phase I, Africa: Part 2, Central Africa
West Yorkshire, Eng. : Altair Publishing, 1991.
111 microfiches in 3 v. 
Hoover Library has the microfiche and a Guide.

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 2Imperial and Commonwealth Conferences, 1887-1955
‚ÄčDocuments, 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.



Newspapers online

The Center for Research Libraries has online

Daily Nation (Nairobi), 1958-2002.  Independent newspaper.

Ethiopian Herald (Addis Ababa), 1943-1989. Government newspaper.

Monitor (Kampala), 1992-2003.  Independent newspaper.

You can search across all three titles from this site

East African Newspapers

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You'll need to use the magnifying function to read the papers.

Most of these newspapers were digitized from Stanford's print newspapers. The company, East View, has a project to digitize many of Stanford's newspapers.