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German East Africa

 Record Group — Carton: 29
Identifier: 29

Scope and Contents

Folio (43 x 34 cm.), containing 92 albumen prints (13 large images: 26 x 21 cm, 79 smaller images of various dimensions), all laid in card, many with German captions printed from the negatives, together with a card box containing a number of visiting cards and letters, and a framed, circular silver print (10 cm. in diameter).


  • 1860-1960
  • Majority of material found within 1880-1920


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

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Biographical Notes

Album belonged to Paul Prencke, identified in enclosed letters as the director of the D.O.A.G. office in Bagamoyo.


1 album (1 album and two envelopes, one containing calling cards, the other 7 handwritten letters.) : Folio (43 x 34 cm.), containing 92 albumen prints, in contemporary black morocco portfolio, flaps and ties, with ‘Erinnerung an Deutsch-Ost Afrika, 1890-1892’ blocked in gilt on the upper cover; spine repaired, photographs housed in recent custom-made cloth box inside the portfolio.


Portfolio of original photographs of East Africa entitled, ‘Erinnerung an Deutsch-Ost-Afrika’, 1890-2. With a small box of contemporary military visiting cards and some correspondence in German, plus a small circular silver print (10 cm. in diameter) of a German passenger ship, identified on the wooden frame, ‘D.O.A.L., Kanzler’. A highly important, early record of the German presence in East Africa and Zanzibar and, in particular, the military stations they established in what became German East Africa.

Library Details

Part of the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies Repository

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