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HOBLEY, Charles William (1867-1947): Anthropological papers

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1446 MS 27
Held at: Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland
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Full title: HOBLEY, Charles William (1867-1947): Anthropological papers
Date(s): [1897-1947]
Level of description: collection
Extent: 57 items
Name of creator(s): Hobley | Charles William | 1867-1947 | colonial administrator and geologist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1867; educated in engineering at Mason Science College; served as Transport Superintendent at the coast of Mombasa for the Imperial British East Africa Company, 1890-1893; served the Foreign Service in Kenya, 1894-1921; undertook a general tour of the whole of the Central African Lake Region, 1895-1896; established a British administration in Mumias, 1895; first European to circumambulate Mt Elgon, 1896; oversaw a number of punitive expeditions, 1894-1908; Provincial Commissioner of Kavirondo Region (later called Nyanza Province) and sub-commissioner of Ukamba Province (stationed in Nairobi), c1909; retired from the Foreign Service, 1921; died 1947.


Scope and content/abstract:

Anthropological papers by Charles William Hobley and other authors and related correspondence, chiefly on ethnic groups in Kenya. Listed and annotated by A W Champion, [1897-1947].

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Original order

Conditions governing access:

Appointments are necessary for all visits; please contact the archivist by email to arrange; a fee of 10 is payable by all visitors except Fellows and Members; membership details can be found on the RAI web site; access to material referring to the most recent thirty years is restricted; some material is very fragile and may not be available for view; a few items are of restricted or forbidden access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies and scans for personal research only may be arranged at the discretion of the archivist; charges apply; in all cases forms governing use of copies must be signed; use of digital cameras is not allowed.

Finding aids:

Detailed list available in the Institute's Reading Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Arrived in two accessions: first accession: items 1-54, second accession: items 55-57

Immediate source of acquisition:


Allied Materials

Related material:

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
May 2008

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