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1st NRR Kenya and Abyssinia Advance into Ethiopia photograph album

Identifier: MSS 750

Scope and Contents

1st NRR Kenya and Abyssinia Advance into Ethiopia photograph album consists of 81 photographs in corners mount on 22 album leaves. The images depict white and Black soldiers, African people, wildlife, cattle, village life, and some photographs of killed people. Locations photographs include Nairobi, the Rift Valley in Kenya, Kolbio, Bardera, Tana River, Moyale, Yavello, Soropa, Giarso, Chinchilla, and the Alghe Forest.


  • 1941 January-June

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored off site. Please request 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelong Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

Description adapted from McBlain Books: Allied forces (mostly from the British Empire) began the East African Campaign in June 1940 against Italian Axis forces in Ethiopia, eventually prevailing in November 1941. The 1st Battalion of the Northern Rhodesia Regiment participated in this campaign (also called the Abyssinian Campaign) which produced the first significant Allied campaign of World War II. The compiler of this album is unidentified but was probably a white British officer.


1 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

This item was purchased from McBlain Books in 2020 by Michigan State University Libraries.

Content Warning

There are approximately 3 images which depict dead people from a middle to distant range.

Processing Information

Lydia Tang processed this collection in 2020.
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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

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