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Collection Level Description: Papers of Helen L. Haylett

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Afr. s. 2223/1-2
Title: Papers of Helen L. Haylett
Dates of Creation: 20th century
Extent: 143 pp.

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Helen L. Haylett was educated at Sale County High School before training at St. James's Secretarial College, London. She then worked as a shorthand typist with the Asiatic Petroleum Company Limited, rising after five years to the position of 3rd Secretary to the Area Manager for Scandinavia. In 1935 she left to take up the post of Office Assistant to the Secretariat, Zanzibar. She later worked as Secretary to the Governor, Dar-es-Salaam and was Chairman of the African branch of the YWCA, Mombasa until 1961.

Scope and Content

Papers, 20th century, comprising To Zanzibar and Back, a memoir by Helen L. Haylett of service in Zanzibar Protectorate, etc. from 1935 to 1961 (ref. MSS. Afr. s. 2223/1).

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated to the library by Mrs. Haylett in August 1995.


Reminiscences of experiences in Zanzibar, Madagascar and Kenya, 1935-1961 (ref. MSS. Afr. s. 2223/2) donated by Mrs. Haylett on 27th September 1996.

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Reproduction Restrictions

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

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Finding Aids

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Related Units of Description

Memoirs, diaries, photographs and printed material relating to service as Office Assistant to the Secretariat in Zanzibar, and later as Secretary to the Governor, Dar-es-Salaam, 1935-1961 (ref. MSS. Afr. s. 1946).

Access Points

Haylett | Helen L. | fl 1935-1996 | Secretary to the Governor, Dar-es-Salaam

Ocean travel | Personal narratives

Great Britain | Colonies | Tanzania | Administration

Sudan | Description and travel

Egypt | Description and travel

Uganda | Description and travel

Kenya | Description and travel

Tanzania | Description and travel

Zanzibar | Description and travel

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