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Title:Railway records as sources of information for the study of Kenya history
Author:Mnjama, Nathan M.ISNI
Periodical:African Research and Documentation
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:rail transport
Abstract:Railway records began to be created in Kenya in 1886, when a decision was taken by the British government to construct a railway line running from Mombasa to Lake Victoria. Since then, the railways have been engaged in various activities and functions which have resulted in the creation of large quantities of records. After an overview of the locations where these records are kept today, the author outlines the areas of study on which railway records can provide useful information: the development of Kenya's transport system, agriculture, urbanization and industrialization, trade, population movements, trade unions, the (railway) police, publishing (the Uganda Railway Press), health, the effects of the First and Second World Wars, Mau Mau activities (1952-1960), regional cooperation in East Africa, the postal service, and the establishment of schools. Ref.