The collection includes predominantly pre-independent newspapers from Zanzibar, an island of Tanzania off the coast of East
Africa, from 1909-1965. The collection holds about 120 volumes covering 22 titles of newspapers. In addition, the collection
includes bulletins, journals or journal reprints/stand-alone articles, monographs, booklets, information sheets and meeting
minutes. Languages used include English, Swahili, Gujarati and Arabic.
Professor Michael Lofchie (b. 1936) went to Zanzibar in 1962-63, first as a graduate student, to study political parties and
their conflicts for his dissertation. Immediately after earning his doctorate from UC Berkeley, he returned to Zanzibar as
a researcher during the summer of 1964 to do follow-up studies for his book, Zanzibar: Background to Revolution (Princeton University Press) that was published in 1965. The book provides an invaluable foundation for other scholars to
assess dynamics of Zanzibar's pre-independence political environment and its implications for post-independence situation.
The materials he collected for writing this book constitute the present Michael Lofchie collection of Zanzibar Publications,
which he donated to the Department of Special Collection in the late 1960s.
13 oversize boxes.
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are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of
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copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC
Regents do not hold the copyright.
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