Papers of William Sydney Marchant

Scope and Content

Papers relating to Marchant's service in the British Solomon Islands (now the Solomon Islands), 1942-1943 (with associated press cuttings); military administration in Tripolitania (now Tripoli) and British Somaliland (now Somalia), 1941-1943, and papers relating to Kenya, 1925, 1946, 1947.

Administrative / Biographical History

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

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Collection level description created by Marion Lowman, Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House.

Administrative/Biographical History compiled with reference to A Biographical Dictionary of the British Colonial Service 1939-1966 by A.H.M. Kirk-Greene (1991).

Other Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room.

Listed as no. 222 in Manuscript Collections of Africana in Rhodes House Library, Oxford, compiled by Louis B. Frewer (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1968).

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No reproduction or publication of personal papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.