Allen, John Willoughby Tarleton

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises Swahili language materials and the working papers of John Willoughby Tarleton Allen. They include his correspondence (1963-1977); papers on Swahili culture, poetry and customs; published articles; microfilms of Swahili material and tape recordings of literary performances.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Willoughby Tarleton Allen was Secretary of the Inter-Territorial Swahili Language Committee for many years and was a close personal friend of many East African writers, notably Shaaban Robert.


The collection has been arranged into the following sections: correspondence; Swahili culture; Swahili poetry; customs of Swahili Desturi Za Waswahili; Danish Volunteer Training Centre / Britain-Tanzania Society; organisations; published articles; The Story of Old Kerebe: Traditional Customs and Mores by Aniceti Kitereza; miscellaneous; Arabic scripts; microfilms. The correspondence is arranged in chronological order.

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

Donated in 1982.

Other Finding Aids

Unpublished handlist

Conditions Governing Use

No publication without written permission. Apply to archivist in the first instance

Related Material

Related Collections at SOAS: SOAS Library has copies, bound into 19 volumes, of Swahili and Arabic manuscripts deposited by Allen in the University Library at Dar-es-Salaam [MS 279888]


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