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Sir John Milner Gray: Papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.7739

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a wide range of correspondence and papers relating to the Gambia, Kenya, Kilwa [Kilwa Sultanate] and Pemba, Tanganyika [i.e. Tanzania], Uganda, Zanzibar, West Africa, and other parts of the continent. Some of the topics covered are ethnic groups and Indigenous peoples, languages, the slave trade, the Portuguese colonization in Africa, and archaeology. There are articles by J. Schacht, Emin Pasha, Gervase Mathew, M. Posnansky, and others on Africa, as well as publications by Gray himself. Some of these pieces are found in 'Tanganyika Notes and Records' and the 'Uganda Journal', and there are press cuttings and offprints from these and other African newspapers and journals. The collection also includes the diaries of A.J.M. Jephson, 1888-1889; correspondence of David Livingstone, Colonel Gordon, Emin Pasha, and others; papers concerning the Christian Missionary Society and other missionary work; papers relating to Cambridge; testimonials, certificates, etc.; Gray's personal correspondence; and Emin Pasha's diaries and papers. The collection is uncatalogue but a box list is available on request.


  • Creation: 1950 (Circa)


Conditions Governing Access

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (


43 archive box(es) (43 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Sir John Gray, 1967.

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Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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