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Collection Level Description: Papers of Robert Ogle Barnes and R.S.W. Barnes

Reference: MSS. Afr. s. 2024
Title: Papers of Robert Ogle Barnes and R.S.W. Barnes
Dates of Creation: 1892-1894, 1925-1969
Extent: 11 boxes
Name of Creator: Robert Ogle Barnes

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Robert Ogle Barnes, OBE (1961), was born in 1895 and educated at Repton School. Between 1937 and 1960 he worked for the Colonial Service in Kenya as a Soil Engineer, later becoming Senior Soil Conservation Engineer.

Scope and Content

Working papers, field notes, sketches, graphs, plans, maps, drawings, calculations, lecture notes, and correspondence relating to Barnes' work on soil and water conservation in Kenya, Mauritius, Basutoland and Iran. Also, some printed material relating to soil and water conservation, and notebooks used by Barnes whilst serving with the Royal Engineers during World War I.

The collection also includes letterbooks kept by R.S.W. Barnes, Robert Ogle Barnes' father, relating to his work as a contractor for the Durban Waterworks Corporation and as a civil engineer in Natal (April 1892-June 1894). One of the letterbooks has been started by R.S.W. Barnes in South Africa (April 1925-February 1926) but includes a few later letters written by R.O. Barnes in Kenya (May 1947-July 1947).

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

Access Points

Barnes | Robert Ogle | fl 1937-1960 | senior soil conservation engineer

Barnes | R S W | fl 1892-1926 | civil engineer

Durban Waterworks Corporation

Soil conservation | Africa

Water conservation | Africa

Great Britain | Colonies


South Africa




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