Papers of T.G. Askwith

Scope and Content

Typescript drafts of Askwith's works on community development in Kenya,Community Development: an account of the use oftraditional organizations in the promotion of community development inKenya and Community Development - It Works, 20th century.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Garrett Askwith (b 1911) was educated at Haileybury and Cambridge, taking the postof district officer, Kenya, 1936, Municipal African Affairs Officer, 1945,and Commissioner for Community Development, 1950, 1957-1960. He was the authorof Kenya's progress... (Kampala, Nairobi,The Eagle Press, East African Literature Bureau, 1958) and From Mau Mau to Harambee: memoirs and memoranda ofcolonial Kenya (Cambridge, African Studies Centre, University ofCambridge, c1995).

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Related Material

Memoirs of Kenya, 1936-1961, as administrativeofficer, including settlement, native affairs (Mau Mau) and administration,typescript (ref. MSS. Afr. s. 1770); photocopied correspondence with RobertB. Edgerton, author of Mau Mau: an African crucible (London, Collier Macmillan, 1989),with other material relating to Askwith's service in Kenya (ref. MSS. Afr. s.2100); Mau Mau: was it really necessary?, abrief account by Askwith of colonisation, the Mau Mau emergency and communitydevelopment in Kenya (ref. MSS. Afr. s. 2166); memoranda by Askwith oncommunity development and adult education in Kenya, 1960, with related items(ref. MSS. Afr. s. 1717 (4)).

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