Papers of Elspeth Huxley, [1902-1959]

Scope and Content

Miscellaneous background papers relating to White Man's Country: Lord Delamereand the making of Kenya, etc. (London, Macmillan and Co., 1935),1902-1934; miscellaneous background papers relating to The Sorcerer's Apprentice.A journey through East Africa (London, Chatto & Windus, 1948);miscellaneous background papers relating to No easy way.A history of the Kenya Farmers' Association and Unga Limited (Nairobi,East African Standard, [1957]; miscellaneous backround papers relating toA New Earth. An experiment in colonialism (London,Chatto & Windus, 1960).

Administrative / Biographical History

Elspeth Josceline Huxley (1907-1997) took the post of Assistant Press Officer tothe Empire Marketing Board, London in 1929. After leaving the Board in1932 she travelled widely in Africa, America and elsewhere. During thisperiod she published her first book, White Man's Country: Lord Delamereand the making of Kenya, etc. (London, Macmillan and Co., 1935). Sincethen she has produced a number of novels and factual works with Africansettings, including The flame trees of Thika. memoirs of an Africanchildhood (London, Chatto and Windus, 1959). She has also contributed agreat deal on African affairs to both press and radio. She was a member ofthe BBC General Advisory Council from 1952 until 1959 when she wasappointed U.K. Independent Member of the Advisory Commission for theReview of the Constitution of the Federation of Rhodesia (MoncktonCommission).

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

Other Finding Aids

Listed as no. 189 in Manuscript Collections of Africanain Rhodes House Library Oxford, compiled by Louis B. Frewer (Oxford,Bodleian Library, 1968). A handlist is also available in the library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Related Material

The library holds two later sets of Elspeth Huxley papers (refs. MSS. Afr.s. 2154 and 2332).