Collection C003 - Kenya National Archives microfilm collection

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Titre propre

Kenya National Archives microfilm collection

Dénomination générale des documents

  • Document textuel

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  • Source du titre propre: Title based on provenance of the collection.

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Juridiction responsable et dénomination (philatélique)

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  • [196-] (Reproduction)
  • [1886-1962] (Production)
    Kenya National Archives

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Description matérielle

139 microfilm reels

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Histoire administrative

The Kenya National Archives, now known as the Kenya National Archives and Documentation Service (KNADS), was established in 1965 by an Act of Parliament. KNADS mission is to preserve and make accessible the information resources of the Republic of Kenya. Initially KNADS was placed under the office of the Vice President and the Minister of Home Affairs. Currently it is under the office of the Vice-President and the Ministry of State for National Heritage and Culture.

KNADS Director is John G. M’reria (2008-present). Past Directors include Mr. Musila Musembi (1991-2005) and Lawrence I. Mwangi (2005-2008). Past Archivists include: C. Bwye (Senior Registry Superintendent, 1956-1959), R. R. Mann (Archivist, 1960-1961; Controller of Office Services, 1961-1962), Derek Charman (Archivist, 1963-1965), Nathan W. Fedha (Government Archivist, 1965 – 1974), Maina Kagombe (Chief Archivist, 1974-1981), and Musila Musembi (Chief Archivist, 1982-1990).

Historique de la conservation

The original documents were collected and microfilmed by Syracuse University in collaboration with Nathan Fedha, the Chief Archivist of Kenya, in the mid-1960s. The microfilms were purchased for Loyola College from the Kenya National Archives ca. 1972.

Portée et contenu

Mainly consists of archival materials documenting the actions and activities of the British colonial and the post-colonial governments in Kenya between the late 1880s through the early 1960s. 139 microfilm reels contain copies of thousands of government records, including annual and quarterly reports, intelligence reports, correspondence, secretariat circulars, and record books, amongst others. These once confidential records serve to document the economic, social, religious, and political upheavals in Kenya in the twentieth century leading to its independence from the United Kingdom in 1963.

The Collection is divided into 6 series, which were assigned to the documents when they were first microfilmed by Syracuse University:
C003/A Provincial and district annual and quarterly reports
C003/B Provincial and district record books
C003/C Provincial and district handing over reports
C003/D Correspondence
C003/E Intelligence reports
C003/F Secretariat circulars

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État de conservation

Microfilm reels generally in good condition. Some fading has occurred.

Source immédiate d'acquisition

Purchased from the Kenya National Archives ca. 1972.


Original order of the material has been maintained.

Langue des documents

  • anglais

Écriture des documents

Localisation des originaux

Originals in Kenya National Archives and Documentation Service.

Disponibilité d'autres formats

Restrictions d'accès

Délais d'utilisation, de reproduction et de publication

No reproductions can be made in part or in full without prior written consent of the copyright holder.
No material can be published in part or in full without prior written consent of the copyright holder.

Instruments de recherche

Box list, indexes, and guides available.
The following indexes are available: geographic, subject, and author.
Unpublished guide to the collection prepared by Edward A. Collister (1977-1981).
Other useful guide: Gregory, R.G., Maxon, R.M., & Spencer, L.P. (1968). A guide to the Kenya National Archives: to the microfilms of the provincial and district annual reports, record books, and handing-over reports, miscellaneous correspondence, and intelligence reports. Syracuse University Eastern African Bibliographical Series No. 3, Kenya. Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University.

These resources are available for consultation in the Special Collections reading room.

Éléments associés

Syracuse University Libraries’, Syracuse, New York, and the Center for Research Libraries, Chicago, Illinois, have microforms from the Kenya National Archives in their collections.

Éléments associés


No further accruals expected.


Microfilm boxes replaced when necessary.


Copyright held by the Kenya National Archives and documentation Service.

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