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Dictionary of East African biography

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 155

Scope and Contents

A wide range of material compiled in preparation for the D.E.A.B. A few letters and other items are in French, German and Italian.


  • 1916 - 1993


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Biographical / Historical

In 1961 Sir John Gray (1889-1970), H.B. Thomas (1888-1971) and D.H. Simpson (1920-2002), R.C.S. Librarian, began collecting material for a Dictionary of East African biography. The dictionary, which was never published, concerned individuals active in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania prior to 1900.


7 archive box(es) (7 boxes) : paper

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Other Finding Aids

Donald H. Simpson, ed., 'The manuscript catalogue of the library of the Royal Commonwealth Society' (London, 1975), p. 96.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

After the deaths of Sir John Gray and H.B. Thomas the papers relating to the dictionary became the property of A.T. Matson and D.H. Simpson, who presented them to the R.C.S. on indefinite loan.

Related Materials

The H.B. Thomas collection in the R.C.S. Manuscripts Collection includes material relating to the D.E.A.B., RCMS 150/1/4/1 and RCMS 150/4.


This collection level description was created by RAS.



Includes index.
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