Slatin, R. von

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

17 boxes of correspondence filed under name of correspondent, mainly personal, including letters from his wife Alice and to his daughter Anne-Marie, and letters of condolence on Alice's and Slatin's deaths; orders and diplomas; 1,978 photographs including construction of Aswan Dam, 1902 , Southern Sudan and Lado Enclave 1902 , Kordofan 1900  and Roosevelt's visit to Khartoum, 1910 ; 26 diaries, 1896-1916 , 1929-1932 ; report of the mission to Lake Tsana 1920-1921 ; rough drafts of intelligence reports, 1895-1896 and 1905 ; report on Somaliland mission 1909 ; al-Rātib of Muḥammad Aḥmad to 'Abd Allāh al-Mahdī, copied 1911 ; 72 files of Bohemian manuscripts, mixture of Czech, German and Latin languages, 17th century (family papers); drafts of published works and lectures including Fire and sword in the Sudan and Auf der Flucht; press cuttings, 1899-1907 ; Mahdist flags, jibbah, leg iron

Administrative / Biographical History

Finance inspector under Gen. Gordon, 1878-1879 ; Governor of Dara, 1879-1881 ; Governor of Darfur, 1881-1884 ; captive of the Mahdī, 1884-1895 ; Inspector-General of the Sudan, 1900-1914

Conditions Governing Access

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Acquisition Information

Presented by Mrs A. Ponsonby (long-term loan)


Part of : Sudan Archive

Other Finding Aids

Draft catalogue

Related Material

Numerous letters from Slatin to Wingate in the Wingate Papers (see index of correspondents), in particular in Wingate's personal correspondence, a series of letters 1913-1936


Slatin, Rudolf Carl, Fire and sword in the Sudan: a personal narrative of fighting and serving the Dervishes, 1879-1895, trans. F.R. Wingate (London, 1896)  Hill, Richard, Slatin Pasha (Oxford, 1965)

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