Papers of the East Africa European Pioneers' Society

Scope and Content

Papers, including accounts, biographies, minutes, reminiscences etc.

Administrative / Biographical History

The East Africa European Pioneers' Society was inaugurated on the 22 July 1952; the first Chairman was W.G. Beaton. The aims of the Society, as set out in its Constitution, included "fostering the original pioneer spirit; establishing a Centre for the purpose of providing a meeting place for all members and for the safe custody of books, records and photographs of East African historical interest; fostering a pride in long personal association with East Africa and/or in being a descendant of a Foundation Member, and to maintain a record of Pioneers in East Africa whether members of the Society or not and to compile or assist in the compilation of their biographies". Another aspect of the Society's work was to provide financial help to "aged pioneers" in East Africa. The Society was dissolved in November 1964 and the last President of the Society was W.G. Beaton.

Access Information

Bodleian reader's ticket required.


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

Other Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room and a handlist is also available for this collection.

Listed as no. 165 in Manuscript Collections of Africana in Rhodes House Library, Oxford, compiled by Louis B. Frewer (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1968).

Conditions Governing Use

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

Custodial History

Deposited with the Oxford Colonial Records Project by W.G. Beaton.

Geographical Names