Papers of the Africa Publications Trust

Scope and Content

Administrative and financial papers, reports, correspondence, etc., 1959-1979.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Africa Publications Trust was established in 1960 to enable the Africa Bureau to gain the benefit of charitable status for areas of its work which could be seen as non-political. Its two functions were the sponsorship and supervision of research into African problems and the publication of the result of this research. The lives of the two institutions were completely interdependent until the Bureau's closure in 1978, which the Trust itself survived. They shared premises and staff. The Trust's chairman from 1960 to February 1969 was Lord Hemmingford, followed by Jane Symonds until October 1972, then Rex Collings.

Access Information

Bodleian reader's ticket required.


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

Other Finding Aids

Listed as no. 792 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996). A handlist is available in the library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Related Material

Papers of the Africa Bureau, 1919-1981 (ref. MSS. Afr. s. 1681); papers of the Africa Protectorates Trust, 1951-1978 (ref. MSS. Afr. s. 1713);papers of the Africa Educational Trust, 1957-1975 (ref. MSS. Afr. s. 1714).