Fonds BC618 - Eric Anderson Walker Papers

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Eric Anderson Walker Papers


  • 1886-1976 (Creation)

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1 archive box; 168 items

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Prof. Walker came to South Africa in 1911 to take up the post of Professor of History at the South African College, a post he held for 25 years. It was during this time that much of his writing was done. His works incl. the "History of South Africa," "The Life and Times of Lord de Villiers", "The Life of WP Schreiner and "The Great Trek". In 1936 he returned to England to take up the Vere Harmsworth Chair of Imperial and Naval History at the University of Cambridge and retired in 1951. In 1968 he returned to South Africa to settle in Durban.

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Deposited by Dr Jean Walker and Mrs Hilary Bruwer, 1976.

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Private papers (1911-1976), belonging to Prof. Eric Anderson Walker (1886-1976). 102 letters from statesmen, politicians and historians, incl. JC Smuts, JH Hofmeyr, FS Malan, Sir James Rose Innes and Lords Hailey, Lugard and Milner. These letters, which fall mainly between 1925 and the late 1940s, are largely connected with Walker's writing, but do contain references to political events of the time. Miscellaneous personal papers i.a. certificates and degrees awarded to Prof. Walker. Undated holograph letter from David Livingstone ordering goods from an unknown person, probably in the 1860s.


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  • English

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  • English



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