South and East Africa, 1880s

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 115 RCS/Y305D
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
      English .
  • Physical Description
      1 album(s) 103 images in 1 album

Scope and Content

An album containing prints of various sizes. The album consists of two separate volumes which have been bound together. The two original volumes break down geographically thus:
Volume 1: 1-12 Madeira; 13-23 Lisbon; 24-69 South Africa.
Volume 2: 70-76 South Africa; 77-103 German East Africa (now Tanzania) and Zanzibar.
The prints in volume 1 have typewritten captions pasted below the photographs; captions for volume 2 are either those appearing on the print itself or have been composed for this catalogue (the latter are enclosed in square brackets).
The photographers are largely unknown. Prints 13, 15-18 and 21-22 were taken by L.L. (full name unknown). L.L. was presumably a photographer of French origins working in Lisbon, since many of the captions are in that language. Prints 30, 31, ?32 and 33 were taken by William Roe. Prints 43, 44, ?45-47, 48 and ?49-50 were taken by B.W. Caney. Prints 61, ?68 and 69 were taken by E. Caney. Print 79 was taken by Norton Bros (British Guiana).

Access Information

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Includes index.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue of the collection can be found on ArchiveSearch.

Alternative Form Available

This collection is available on microfiche: Africa, fiche numbers 157-159.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

The prints are mostly in a fair to good condition, although the leaves, and hence the photographs, are buckled. The original two volumes were bound into this single album in 1981.

Related Material

This volume forms part of a group of albums containing images from many parts of the world. The others in the group can be found at Y302B, Y3022U, Y30377A, Y3039A and Y307A. They appear to be the collection of a widely travelled individual, but nothing definite is known about their origin.

Additional Information

This collection level description was entered by KS using information from the original typescript catalogue.