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Zanzibar, 1908-1913

 Class — Carton: 56
Identifier: 56

Scope and Contents

Three albums of scenes from a voyage from Europe to Africa, and Zanzibar. The photographs from Zanzibar depict British Foreign Office and naval personnel in formal and casual settings, including at garden parties, cricket games, and posed with race horses. Also depicted are sailing boats and dhows, European and local architecture, and various locations in and around Zanzibar.


  • 1908-1913


Language of Materials


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Biographical Notes

A unique and important record of the early colonial period in Zanzibar, compiled by a member of staff at the British Foreign Office (referred to in these albums as the British Agency) from 1908 until at least 1913. The identity of "A.E.B." has been established as Alfred Evans Brown, who served as Acting Vice Consul in Zanziber from 1910-1911 upon temporary promotion of R.M. Kohan to Vice Consul.


3 albums : 3 volumes, oblong quarto (various dimensions, from 22 x 29 cm. to 26 x 30 cm.), containing a total of 375 silver prints, mainly captioned; many of the captions in Volume III have faded and are no longer legible; original red cloth boards, neatly rebacked, one album re-cornered, spines lettered in gilt.


3 albums of original photographs of Zanzibar and the voyage from London, 1908-1913. Photographer identified as Alfred Evans Brown ("A.E.B."), a British civil servant who served as Acting Vice Consul in Zanziber from 1910-1911.

Library Details

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

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