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Sénégambie-Niger reports

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 142

Scope and Contents

Five volumes of manuscripts. Each volume is bound in leather with the title and elaborate tooling on each front cover. They appear to be reports to the Governor-General from local officials. Each cover is marked: '1903-1904; Sénégambie-Niger: Cercle de ...' with the appropriate name. The books are full of lined paper, and neatly written reports, each in a different hand on the history, administration etc. of the area. Four of the five volumes contain a hand drawn map of the area.

1. Cercle de Kayes. 76 pages. map.
2. Cercle de Bafoulabè. 22 pages. map.
3. Cercle de Kita. 75 pages. map (x 2).
4. Cercle de Sègou. 66 pages. map.
5. Cercle de Bandiagara. 67 pages.


  • Creation: 1903 - 1904

Conditions Governing Access

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Biographical / Historical

Senegambia and Niger was a short-lived administrative unit of the French possessions in Africa, formed in 1902 and reorganized in 1904 into Upper Senegal and Niger.


5 volume(s)

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Good condition, apart from a few loose pages inside the cover of each volume.

Former / Other Reference

MSS 43

Other Finding Aids

Donald H. Simpson, ed., 'The manuscript catalogue of the library of the Royal Commonwealth Society' (London, 1975), p. 87.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Guillaumin for 1,000 fr. in 1953.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm: Reel 6.


The material has been microfilmed, and the list published by Adam Matthew Publications Ltd: 'Africa through Western eyes, parts 1 & 2: Original manuscripts from the Royal Commonwealth Society Library at Cambridge University Library - a listing and guide to the microfilm collection' (2000).


This collection level description was created by WS using information from Donald Simpson's R.C.S. catalogue.



Includes index.
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