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T.B.R. Westgate Collection on German East Africa

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y30469F

Scope and Contents

A collection of loose prints, lantern slides and glass negatives. The prints mostly relate to Westgate’s earlier work, but there are a few from the 1930s, including nos. 426-454 of visits to South Africa and African islands, all processed in February 1936. The captions have been used as titles and may contain offensive, inappropriate or outdated terms. They have been retained to reflect the context of their creation. Many of the lantern slides and glass negatives are uncaptioned and undated.


  • Creation: 1899 - 1936


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 (

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Buchanan Reginald Westgate was a Canadian missionary who joined the Church Missionary Society in German East Africa in 1902. During World War I he was imprisoned by the Germans and after his release returned to Canada. He revisited East Africa in the 1930s.


3 archive box(es) (454 images in 3 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was given through the Royal African Society by Mrs Peggy Brimson Tucker, on behalf of the Westgate family, April 1982.

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection is available on microfiche: Africa, fiche numbers 122-124.

Related Materials

Some of the Westgate collection is still to be sorted and catalogued. This includes film negatives, copy negatives and also transparencies and coloured photographs taken by Westgate's daughter in East Africa.

Related Materials

Typescript drafts of chapters from Westgate’s autobiography, 'A son of the Canadian Church', discussing his time in German East Africa can be found at RCMS 179.


This item level description was entered by KS using information from the original typescript catalogue.

Date information

DateText: The dates are approximate..


Westgate, Thomas Buchanan Reginald, fl 1899-1936, missionary

Includes index.
2003-03-13 11:41:49+00:00
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Repository Details

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