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Sierra Leone 1938: a geographer's journey

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 140

Scope and Contents

A description of Robert Steel's five months in Sierra Leone based on his notes, diaries and letters to his fiancée, 93 pages. The work was begun by Steel in the time leading up to his death, and completed and edited by his son-in-law, Colin Johnson. There is an accompanying letter from Eileen Steel to the R.C.S. Librarian, 8 January 2000.


  • Creation: 1999


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Biographical / Historical

Robert Walter Steel (1915-1997) read geography as an Open Exhibitioner of Jesus College, Oxford, 1934-1937, and was awarded the Drapers' Company Research Scholarship for research in Sierra Leone. While in Sierra Leone he carried out a fact-finding geographical survey with a special emphasis on population and land use.


1 file(s) (1 ringbinder) : paper

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

MSS 446

Other Finding Aids

MSS Addenda, vol. I.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Mrs Eileen Steel, January 2000.

Existence and Location of Copies

Copies have been deposited at the Centre for West African Studies, Birmingham University; University College, Swansea; Rhodes House Library; Oxford University; the Royal Geographical Society; and Sierra Leone University (Fourah Bay).


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


Steel, Robert Walter, 1915-1997, geographer

Includes index.
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