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Papers of Rodney Carrington Wood

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 128

Scope and Contents

The diaries were written when Wood was chiefly in Nyasaland and the Seychelles. They include a few inserted sketches and photographs. There is an accompanying set of press cuttings and miscellaneous papers.


  • Creation: 1914 - 1960


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Biographical / Historical

Rodney Carrington Wood (1889-1962) was born on 10 October 1889. He travelled widely, particularly in Africa, farmed at times, and worked as a game warden in Nyasaland, a schoolteacher in Natal and in the employ of the Nyasaland railways. His principal interest was natural history, which is the main subject of his diaries. Wood died in the Seychelles on 27 January 1972.


0.015 cubic metre(s) (1 archive box) : paper

Language of Materials


Former/other reference

MSS Addenda, vol. I.; MSS 4.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Mr and Mrs G.D. Hayes, May 1975, who were given the diaries by Mrs Westrop. The publications at RCS/RCMS 128/11 were donated by David Happold, author of 'African Naturalist: the life and times of Rodney Carrington Wood 1889-1962', in July 2023.

Existence and Location of Copies

Cambridge University Library holds microfilm copies of the diaries, MC 84 and 85.


This collection level description was created by RAS using information from the original typescript catalogue.


Wood, Rodney Carrington, 1889-1962

Includes index.
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