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Jan Christian Smuts: Correspondence

 Fonds — Multiple Containers
Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.7917

Scope and Contents

Typed extracts of letters to the Clark and Gillett families (files 1-19) 1. Letters to Alice Clark, 1906-1933. 2-17. Letters to Margaret Clark Gillett and Arthur B. Gillett: 1906-1919, 1920-1925, 1926-1930, 1931-1932, 1933-1934, 1935-1936, 1937-1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944-1945, 1946, 1947-1948, and 1949-1950. 18. Miscellaneous file of Smuts letters to (1) Dr Hilda Clark, (2) Roger Clark, (3) William S. Clark, (4) the children of A.B. and M.C. Gillett, and (5) Dr Henry Gillett. 19. Letters from Smuts to Jan B. Gillett, son of A.B. and M.C. Gillett, 1925-1949. Gillett Background Material (files 20-29) 20. M.C. Gillett's journal, containing extracts by Gillett regarding Smuts, 1918-1921. 21. M.C. Gillett's notes, containing extracts by Gillett, and some inter-Gillett letters of 1917-1923. 22. M.C. Gillett's extracts from letters of Isie K. Smuts and other relatives of Smuts to M.C. Gillett. 23-28. Mainly extracts by M.C. Gillett from letters and journals of M.C. and A.B. Gillett and inter-family. 29. Extracts by M.C. Gillett of letters from (1) Mrs. Steyn to M.C. and A.B. Gillett, and (2) sundry from M.C. Gillett and other members of her family.


  • 1901-1950 (Circa)


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29 file(s) (29 files)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Bancroft Clark, 1971.

Related Materials

Cambridge University Library holds microfilms of letters from Smuts to members of the Clark and Gillett families, possibly the originals of letters found in the collection, although arranged differently, Microfilm MSS. 773-782. There are also letters to Smuts, Microfilm MSS. 666-761. Microfilm MS. 763 includes some letters of Smuts to members of the Clark and Gillett families.


The originals of files 20-28 and 29 (2) were deposited in the Smuts Archive (now transferred to the Government Archives, Pretoria, South Africa), 1965-1966; 29 (1) was sent to Gladys Steyn, Bloemfontein, 1958.

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