Ref NoPP MS 28
TitlePapers of Gledhill Stanley Blatch
Date(s) of Creation1927-1986
Level of DescriptionCollection
Extent13 boxes
Name of CreatorBlatch; Gledhill Stanley (1916-1987); archaeologist
Administrative & Biographical HistoryGledhill Stanley Blatch was born in 1916. He worked for Unilever in the cocoa trade on the Gold Coast between 1937-1938, and then during World War II served the British Government as an intelligence officer. He remained in Germany after the War, attached to the British Forces, until his retirement in 1979. He died in 1987.

From the early 1960s, Gledhill Blatch developed an active interest in Ethiopian affairs, visiting Eritrea regularly before the fighting became too intense and his own health began to fail. His original interest was in the history and archaeology of the country, but as his knowledge and circle of acquaintances grew, he developed an interest in its socio-political affairs.
Held at:SOAS University of London
Source of AcquisitionThe material was bequeathed to the School by Gledhill Blatch, and deposited following his death in 1987.
DescriptionThe collection comprises correspondence, press cuttings, reports and political propaganda material collected by Gledhill Blatch. The material relates largely to the Ethiopian situation in the 1970s and 1980s and covers topics such as the famine and refugee situation, questions of religious discrimination and the Mengistu regime.
System of ArrangementThe collection is divided into 5 main sections: Personal correspondence; Ethiopia; Somalia; Sudan; miscellaneous. Within each section, material has been arranged chronologically. The Ethiopian material, comprising the bulk of the collection, has been further sub-divided into Ethiopian history and socio-political sections.
Access StatusOpen
Language(s) of MaterialEnglish
German
Other Finding AidsUnpublished handlist
Related MaterialCollection of books on Ethiopia also donated to SOAS Library.
Access Points - SubjectFamines
Refugees
Religious discrimination
Archaeology
African history
Politics
Totalitarianism
Access Points - Places
Place CodePlace Name
338010Eritrea
337996Ethiopia
7729889Eastern Africa
2300660Ghana
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