Papers of the Africa Protectorates Trust

Scope and Content

Papers dealing with the formation and administration of the Africa Protectorates Trust and its possible amalgamation with other organisations.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Africa Protectorates Trust was set up to assist with the education, training and health of the people of South West Africa, Bechuanaland, Swaziland and Basutoland. In practice, the Trust made small grants or loans to African students pursuing education abroad.

The idea for the Trust arose in 1951 when Michael Scott decided to set up such a fund using the royalties payable to him from his book, In Face of Fear, which described his work in South West Africa; the Trust Deed was finally drawn up in September 1952. The original Trustees were Michael Scott, Canon Robert Stopford, Lord Noel-Buxton and Margery Perham (who later made over to the Trust the royalties on her book Ten Africans ). From its inception the Trust was closely linked with the Africa Bureau and two related trust funds, the Africa Development Trust and the Africa Educational Trust.

Conditions Governing Access

Bodleian reader's ticket required.


Collection level description created by staff at the Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House.

Other Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room and a handlist (labelled Africa Bureau) is also available for this collection.

Listed as no. 1176 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Conditions Governing Use

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