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Collection Level Description: Papers of W.F.P. Kelly

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Afr. s. 2229
Title: Papers of W.F.P. Kelly
Dates of Creation: 1944-[1996]
Extent: 2 boxes

Language of Material: English



Administrative/Biographical History

W.F.P. Kelly (b 1912) graduated from Christ Church College, Oxford. He became a district officer, Kenya, 1936 and served as executive officer, African Land Development Board, 1952-1955. He was made a senior district commissioner, 1955. His service in Kenyan colonial administration continued until 1963.

Scope and Content

Diary of travels in charge of a mobile cinema, Kenya, 1944; three volumes of memoirs of service, Kenya, 1936-1963; four volumes of travel diaries, Kenya, 1981-1982, 1989, 1992, 1996; one travel diary, South Africa, 1990; report by Miss S. Brodribb Pughe on the wells of the Northern District, Kenya, 1962.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated to the library by Mr. and Mrs. W.F.P. Kelly on 27th June 1997.

Access Conditions

Bodleian reader's ticket required.

Reproduction Restrictions

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

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Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room.

Related Units of Description

Papers of Kenneth Martin Cowley including diary record of safari made by Kelly as Provincial Commissioner, Southern Province, Kenya, [c1956-1962] (ref. MSS. Afr. s. 1750).

Access Points

Kelly | W.F.P. | b 1912 | colonial administrator

Kenya | Description and travel

South Africa | Description and travel

Water supply | Kenya

Great Britain | Colonies | Kenya | Administration

Great Britain | Colonies | Officials and employees | Biography

World War, 1939-1945 | Kenya

Agriculture | Kenya

Motion picture theaters | Kenya

World War, 1939-1945 | Motion pictures and the war

Motion pictures | Kenya


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