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G.H. Williams' collection on North Africa

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y304H-L

Scope and Contents

A collection of albums containing postcards and photographs of French North Africa.

These form part of the G.H. Williams' collection, details of which are given in the RCSM 53 entry. This includes a diary kept by Williams during a visit to North Africa 6 March - 10 April 1922. It has several references to collecting postcards (11, 47, 48, 105-106) and mention of photographs is made on almost every page - these have been noted on pages 4,6,7,11,14-22 (some pages with several references), 24-28, 30-32, 37,45, 49, 54-57, 59-60, 64-67, 69-70, 72-75, 78-79. However, none of these clearly relates to the contents of the albums, with the possible exception of Y304L, and indeed, this visit was a very limited one, to a comparitively small area of Tunisia. He was accompanied by his father, also a keen photographer, but his mother remained at home. It is clear, however, that the Williams family often visited North Africa, and most of the following albums therefore relate to one or more visits other than the spring of 1922.

Titles and captions, including the names of institutions, have been recorded as found and may include language which is offensive, inaccurate or inappropriate. They have been retained to reflect the context of the collection's creation. Y304J-L have virtually no captions, and brief descriptions have been given - in a few cases a firm identification can be obtained by comparison with items in Y304H-I, but no attempt has been made at an exhaustive comparison.

References to people in the photographs normally refer to Indigenous men and women.


  • Creation: 1922


Conditions Governing Access

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5 album(s) (630 images in 5 albums) : photograph/postcard

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

generally in good condition.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by the Museum of London in January 1985.

Related Materials

Some account of the collection as a whole will be found in the Manuscript Catalogue and RCMS 53, and Williams' postcards of Canada are found at Y3062I, and photographs of Egypt at Y3041D.


This item level description was entered by NE and MJC using information from the original typescript catalogue.


Williams, George Howard, 1893-1975, businessman

Includes index.
2004-07-29 09:07:56+00:00
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Repository Details

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