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Collection Level Description: Papers of Leonard H.D. Scard

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Afr. s. 2286
Title: Papers of Leonard H.D. Scard
Dates of Creation: 1984-1993
Extent: 42ff.

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Leonard H.D. Scard, OBE, was a colonial administrator in Uganda until the government of Idi Amin (who appropriated his farm in 1971), and Honorary Consul at Lamu, Kenya until c1990. Tory and nationalist by persuasion, he died in 1993, leaving most of his property to a Swahili called Abdallah, whom he had adopted as a boy.

Scope and Content

Letters, mostly aerogrammes, from Scard to Dr. Patricia Romero, 1984-1993, covering Kenyan politics and his daily life.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated to the library by Dr. P. Romero in February 1995.


Four typescript aerogramme letters from Scard to Dr. Patricia Romero, 1986 and 1991, were donated to the library in March 2002.

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Bodleian reader's ticket required.

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

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

Access Points

Scard | Leonard H.D. | d 1993 | honorary consul colonial administrator

Kenya | Politics and government | 20th century

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12 March 2012