Hugh Stannus Stannus

Scope and Content

The collection includes:

  • Glass plate negatives, 1905-c.1918 with contact prints
  • Miscellaneous loose papers, 1957

Administrative / Biographical History

Hugh Stannus Stannus, consulting physician and specialist in tropical diseases was appointed Medical Officer to the King’s African rifles in British Central Africa [Malawi], in 1905 and carried out research into various tropical diseases particularly pellagra and sleeping sickness. He made an intense study of anthropology and ethnology and published a monograph on the Wa-Yao people. He was elected FRCP in 1931. In 1914 he became principal medical officer of the Nyasa-Rhodesian forces operating in Southern German East Africa [Tanganiyka (Tanzania)].


Records are arranged within series. The collection consists mainly of glass negatives, undated and mainly unidentified but presumably taken during Stannus’ stay in Africa, 1905-c.1918. A few index notes to the collection are included but as the negatives were originally unnumbered and apparently out of order in most cases, it has not been possible to relate them to the notes.

Access Information

Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation.

Acquisition Information


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Alternative Form Available

No known copies.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

The records are on paper and glass, and include photographs.

Archivist's Note

Fonds level description compiled by Sarah Chubb, Archives Hub Project Archivist, October 2001.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges are made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply.

Custodial History



None expected.

Related Material

Notes relating to peoples of Nyasaland by Hugh Stannus Stannus, 1927, are held at the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. Rhodes House Library holds correpondence, papers and photographs MSS.Afr.s.476-485.

Location of Originals

The material is original.


Michael Gelfland Lakeside Pioneers: Socio-Medical study of Nyasaland (1875-1920), Oxford, 1964.

Geographical Names