Bodleian Library logo

Department of Special Collections
Contact Information
Search All Online Catalogues

Consulting material: To consult archives and manuscripts, a full and unrestricted Bodleian reader's card (Group A) is required. You should apply for your card at the Admissions Office.

Pre-ordering: Before your visit you may order up to ten items by emailing Please be advised that some collection material is held offsite; we advise pre-ordering at least two working days before your visit to ensure material is available on your arrival.

Collection Level Description: Papers of the London Group on African Affairs

Reference: GB 0162 MSS.Afr.s.1427
Title: Papers of the London Group on African Affairs
Dates of Creation: 1925-1942
Extent: 5 boxes
Name of Creator: London Group on African Affairs, Frederick S. Livie-Noble

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

In August 1930 a meeting in London was arranged at the request of J.D. Rheinallt Jones, Adviser to the South African Institute of Race Relations. As a result of this meeting the London Group on African Affairs came into being. The Chairman was John P. Fletcher and the Honorary Secretary was Frederick S. Livie-Noble (formerly Honorary Secretary of the Pretoria Joint Council).

The Group was formed to assist the inter-racial work of the several Joint Councils of Europeans and Africans which had been established in various parts of Africa. Another aspect of the Group's work was to provide help for Africans working or studying in England, and to maintain contacts with people and organisations able to assist them. After the outbreak of World War II the Group as such came to an end, however its work was continued and expanded by the Fabian Colonial Bureau which was formed in 1940.

Scope and Content

Minute books of the London Group on African Affairs (1930-1939). Papers relating to: inter-racial matters in Africa; Africans in England; the African Students' Committee; the Gold Coast Aborigines Rights Protection Society; the Consultative Committee on African Affairs; and the Abyssinian Refugees Relief Fund (including correspondence of Charles Roden Buxton, 1931-1939).

Some files relate to the work of Livie-Noble and are unconnected with the Group. These include: papers connected with Pathfinders (a branch of the Scouting movement for Africans with which Livie-Noble was associated in Pretoria), and correspondence about the Ballinger Appeal (an appeal to raise money to enable the Scottish trade unionist W.G. Ballinger to go to South Africa as Adviser to the Industrial and Commercial Workers' Union).

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Deposited with the Oxford Colonial Records Project by Livie-Noble's widow.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was transferred to the library from Oxford Colonial Records Project.

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.

Further Information

Finding Aids

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

Listed as no. 199 in Manuscript Collections (Africana and non-Africana) in Rhodes House Library, Oxford, Supplementary accessions to the end of 1977 and Cumulative Index, compiled by Wendy S. Byrne (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1978).

Access Points

Livie-Noble | Frederick S | fl 1930-1940 | Honorary Secretary of the London Group on African Affairs

Buxton | Charles Roden | 1875-1942 | Politician

Race relations

London Group on African Affairs

Transformation from XML to HTML by Lawrence Mielniczuk
23 December 2011