ESARBICA Journal: Journal of the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives

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Recollections of a Kenyan Archivist

Nathan Mnjama


This article outlines the career of one of the few African archivists who joined the profession as a trainee archivist in the mid 1970s. It shows how this pioneer archivist has been engaged with archival work, first as a young archivist involved with the retrieval of Kenya's migrated archives in early 1980s, then as one of the prominent archival educators at Moi University in Kenya and later at the University of Botswana where the institution is regarded as one the centre's of archival excellence in the training of archivists and records managers. The article also provides insights into the links the archivist had with the International Records Management Trust (IRMT) and the various archival missions he was engaged in as part of the IRMT's team of consultants.

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