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A journey in French West Africa in 1901

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 145

Scope and Contents

An account of a journey undertaken by White, then 23, and two companions, from Dakar through St Louis, Kayes (on Mungo Park's route to the Niger), and Djéné on the Bani River, arriving finally at Bobodiulasso, 15 pages. There are references to the activities of Samori and comments on colonial policy. The account is accompanied by a covering letter from White to the Secretary of the Royal Empire Society, 12 July 1948, and the Secretary's reply, 21 July 1948.


  • Creation: 1948


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Biographical / Historical

S. Forbes White's background is not known.


1 envelope(s) (1 envelope) : paper

Language of Materials


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), pp. 87-88.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by the author, 1948.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm: Reel 6.

Related Materials

The R.C.S. Manuscripts Collection includes White's account of a visit to Siberia, RCMS 22/17.


The material has been microfilmed, and the list is 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 RAS.


White, S Forbes, fl 1878-1918

Includes index.
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