Haarseth, M

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Two letter books, dated 1904-1910 and 1910 to 1911, containing copies of letters sent by M. Harseth in connection with his work as a prospector and, from 1909, a recruiter of labour for the gold mines at Witwatersrand.

Administrative / Biographical History

M. Haarseth was a prospector of gold and copper in South and Central Africa who became, in 1909, a recruiter in Portuguese South Africa for the Witwatersrand Native Labour Association. During his time as a recruiter he was chiefly based in the Angonia district of what is now Mozambique.

Conditions Governing Access

Unrestricted. Some of the pages are difficult to read.

Acquisition Information

Purchased in 1981.

Other Finding Aids

This description constitutes the only finding aid at present.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

The pages of the volumes are of thin tissue and the ink in some of the earlier letters, especially, has faded and run making them very difficult to read.

Archivist's Note

This description compiled by Rosemary Seton, Archivist, SOAS.

Conditions Governing Use

No publication without prior written permission. Apply to SOAS Archives in first instance.