Papers of Simon Gillett

Scope and Content

Papers relating to research into the economic development and anthropology of Botswana, in conjunction with GB Silberbauer and Dr Adam Kuper, including: papers on local government and administration; on the 1968 Tribal Land Act; research notes on the Botswana land settlement; on the Ghanzi District Council development plan, 1968-1972; survey of the wild animal hide and skin industry; report on the development of the Bechuanaland economy, Overseas Development Ministry, 1965; medical survey of the Ghanzi District; The Chacko Report (on an Economic and Technical Assistance Mission to Basutoland, Bechuanaland and Swaziland 1965); papers on agricultural development; Kgatleng District development plans and statistics, 1972-1978; academic correspondence between Gillett and Kuper; material on the !Kung people; file on the reform of tribal land tenure; correspondence, reports and hand-over notes from Gillett's work as District Commissioner; notes, memoranda and articles on rural development.

Administrative / Biographical History

Simon Gillett was District Commissioner in Ghanzi District (1965-1968) and also served in Mochudi.

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Simon Gillett was District Commissioner in Ghanzi District (1965-1968) and also served in Mochudi.

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* Adam Kuper & Simon Gillett, 'Aspects of administration in Western Botswana', African Studies 29 (3), 1970, pp. 168-182.
* Simon Gillett, 'Notes on the settlement in Ghanzi District', Botswana Notes and Records 2, 1969, pp. 52-55.
* Margo Russell & Martin Russell, Afrikaners of the Kalahari: White Minority in a Black State (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1979).

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