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Collection Level Description: Papers of the East Africa European Pioneers' Society

Reference: MSS. Afr. s. 1456
Title: Papers of the East Africa European Pioneers' Society
Dates of Creation: 1952-1964
Extent: 9 boxes
Name of Creator: East Africa European Pioneers' Society

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

The East Africa European Pioneers' Society was inaugurated on the 22 July 1952; the first Chairman was W.G. Beaton. The aims of the Society, as set out in its Constitution, included "fostering the original pioneer spirit; establishing a Centre for the purpose of providing a meeting place for all members and for the safe custody of books, records and photographs of East African historical interest; fostering a pride in long personal association with East Africa and/or in being a descendant of a Foundation Member, and to maintain a record of Pioneers in East Africa whether members of the Society or not and to compile or assist in the compilation of their biographies". Another aspect of the Society's work was to provide financial help to "aged pioneers" in East Africa. The Society was dissolved in November 1964 and the last President of the Society was W.G. Beaton.

Scope and Content

Papers, including accounts, biographies, minutes, reminiscences etc.

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Listed as no. 165 in Manuscript Collections of Africana in Rhodes House Library, Oxford, compiled by Louis B. Frewer (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1968).

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Pioneers | Africa, East

East Africa European Pioneers' Society

Africa, East

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27 June 2011