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Collection Level Description: Papers of Elspeth Huxley (2)

Reference: MSS. Afr. s. 2154
Title: Papers of Elspeth Huxley (2)
Dates of Creation: [1921-1988]
Extent: 28 boxes

Language of Material: English



Administrative/Biographical History

Elspeth Josceline Huxley (1907-1997) took the post of Assistant Press Officer to the Empire Marketing Board, London in 1929. After leaving the Board in 1932 she travelled widely in Africa, America and elsewhere. During this period she published her first book, White Man's Country: Lord Delamere and the making of Kenya, etc. (London, Macmillan and Co., 1935). Since then she has produced a number of novels and factual works with African settings, including The flame trees of Thika. memoirs of an African childhood (London, Chatto and Windus, 1959). She has also contributed a great deal on African affairs to both press and radio. She was a member of the BBC General Advisory Council from 1952 until 1959 when she was appointed U.K. Independent Member of the Advisory Commission for the Review of the Constitution of the Federation of Rhodesia (Monckton Commission).

Scope and Content

Family correspondence, 1922-1977; notes, diaries and material for publications relating to East Africa, [1937-1988]; typescripts of White Man's Country: Lord Delamere and the making of Kenya, etc. (London, Macmillan and Co., 1935), Nellie. letters from Africa. with a memoir by Elspeth Huxley (London, Wiedenfeld and Nicolson, 1980) and Out in the midday sun. my Kenya (London, Chatto & Windus, 1985), [1935-1985]; transcripts of talks and articles, 1937-1981; newspaper and journal cuttings, 1921-1969; pamphlets and journals containing Huxley's articles, 1941-1978; published biographical writings, 20th century.

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Access Conditions

Bodleian reader's ticket required: http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/services/admissions/.

Reproduction Restrictions

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

Further Information

Finding Aids

Listed as no. 919 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996). A handlist is also available in the library reading room.

Related Units of Description

The library holds two separate sets of Elspeth Huxley papers (refs. MSS. Afr. s. 782 and 2332).

Access Points

Huxley | Elspeth Josceline | 1907-1997 | author

Kenya | History | 20th century

Africa | History | 20th century


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27 June 2011