Papers of J. Michael Popkin relating to colonial education in Kenya

Scope and Content

Correspondence, articles, statistics, photographs, etc., on the development of colonial education in Kenya, 1946-1964. Including sketch of Government African School at Nandi by Peter Sanderson (Education Officer, Kenya), 1951, with accompanying explanatory notes by Popkin.

Administrative / Biographical History

J. Michael Popkin was born in 1920 and educated at St. Edmund's School in Canterbury, and St. Catharine's College, Cambridge. He was on military service between 1940 and 1944. In 1947 Popkin was appointed as an Education Officer in Kenya, he became Senior Education Officer in 1961 (-1964).

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

Administrative/Biographical History compiled with reference to A Biographical Dictionary of the British Colonial Service 1939-1966 by A.H.M. Kirk-Greene (1991).

Other Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room.

Listed as nos. 1022 and 1023 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

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

Custodial History

Deposited with the Oxford Development Records Project.