A young girl on the roof of her granary at Graengula, 1934
Scope and Contents
A collection of photographs on 77 loose sheets. On one sheet, in ink capitals, is written 'Photographs taken between June 18th 1934 - December 1934, in the Lamu Archipelago, Tanganyika, Kenya, Uganda, Belgian Congo, Ruanda Urundi, French Equatorial Africa, Cameroons, Nigeria, French West Africa.' The majority of the photographs have been captioned by hand, in a difficult handwriting, and some of the names of peoples and places have not been traced in works of reference. The following guide to places is arranged in the order of Powell's account quoted above (with the addition of Sudan, clearly part of the same journey) but can only be regarded as a rough indication of contents as some of Powell's own captions indicate otherwise.
Tanganyika (now Tanzania): 43-49, 51-73, (including 55A-B), 80, 102, 111-117, 125, 334-335, 348-351, 357.
Kenya (including Lamu): 2-42, 50, 74-79, 103-110, 127-128, 131-158.
Uganda: 118-124, 159-166, 174-179, 239-245, 432-47.
Sudan: 180-223, 470-473, 481-494.
Belgian Congo (Zaire - now known as Congo): 129, 167-173, 224-238, 246-283, 300-330, 358-366, 389-390, 407-414, 441, 495-528.
Ruanda-Urundi (sometimes known as Belgian East Africa and containing Rwanda and Burundi): 331-333, 36-347, 352-355.
French Equatorial Africa (not specific): 415-418, 442-443 (Dogo), 474. Chad: 392-398, 419-431, 447-465, 540-547, 613-620. Ubangi-Shari (now known as Central African Republic): 391, 475-480, 529-532.
Cameroons: 367-380, 549-583.
French West Africa. Apart from the Cameroons, there are photographs of Niger at 399-406.
Unidentified and miscellaneous: 1, 81-101 (people from East Africa and the Congo), 126, 130, 284-299 (people from various countries, including the Congo and Nigeria), 356 (Kota River), 381-388 (Tupari at Kukadi?), 432-437 (Macongwa), 438-440, 444-446, 466-469, 533-537 and 548 (Jimane), 538-539.
Among the people identified are MacDougall (29, 31), 'Father' Terrance (66, 75, 111), Walter Wilkinson (66, 79), Moira and Sheila (78), Ray and Audrey Scholes and Johnny Nimmo (103, 107), Peggy (104), Burton (470-473), and Daniels and Clarke (334). With the exception of Daniels, none has been traced in directories or Colonial Office Lists.
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- From the Fonds: Powell, W, fl1930 - 1939 (Person)
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