Papers of Dr Marguerite K Jellicoe

Scope and Content

The collection comprises the papers of Marguerite Jellicoe, relating to her work in the Singida District of Tanzania including research material forming the basis for Jellicoe's book The Long Path . The notes and transcripts of tapes give an insight into the Rimi/Nyaturu tribe before it became integrated into mainstream life. Topics such as spiritual life, diet, medical knowledge, customs and beliefs are covered.

Administrative / Biographical History

Marguerite K. Jellicoe had a varied career in East Africa, during which time she worked as a Community Development Officer in the Singida District of Central Tanzania (c.1962). She was later attached to the Makere University College, Kampala, Uganda where she completed her PhD. Marguerite Jellicoe later worked for the United Nations in Zambia; and then returned to Britain to carry out her writing. She repeatedly paid visits to the Singida region, concentrating on the villages of Ihanja and Ikungi where she carried out a detailed study of the life of the local people, chronicling a community in transition, particularly the Rimi/Nyaturu.

Marguerite Jelicoe published The Long Path: a case study of social change in Wahi, Singida District, Tanzania (Nairobi, East African Publishing House, 1978). She died in May 1994.


The material has been kept in its original order from the depositor.

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Donated in 1995.

Other Finding Aids

Unpublished handlist

Conditions Governing Use

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