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Collection Level Description: Papers of William Sydney Marchant

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 491
Title: Papers of William Sydney Marchant
Dates of Creation: 1919-1947
Extent: 1 box

Language of Material: Eng



Administrative/Biographical History

William Sydney Marchant (1894-1953) worked as Assistant District Commissioner, East Africa Protectorate, from 1919. In 1926 he was appointed District Officer, Kenya, in 1935 Deputy Provincial Commissioner and Assistant Secretary, Zanzibar, and in 1937 Deputy Provincial Commissioner, Tanganyika Territory. In 1939 he was appointed Resident Commissioner, the British Solomon Islands Protectorate.

Scope and Content

Photographs, press cuttings and other papers relating to colonial service in Kenya, 1919-1938, 1943-1947, and as Resident Commissioner of the Solomon Islands, 1939-1943.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated to the library by Mrs. Marjorie D. Marchant through the Oxford Colonial Archives Project in April 1985.

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

Listed as no. 597 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Related Units of Description

Papers relating to service in the British Solomon Islands Protectorate, 1942-1943 (with associated press cuttings), military administration in Tripolitania and British Somaliland, 1941-1943, and Kenya, 1925, 1946-1947 are held by the library (ref. MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 292).

Access Points

Marchant | William Sydney | 1894-1953 | colonial administrator

Kenya | Description and travel | Views

Solomon Islands | Description and travel | Views

Great Britain | Colonies | Administration

Kenya | History | 1895-1963

Solomon Islands | History | 20th century


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28 February 2012