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Researching Housing, Water, and Sanitation in the British and Tanzania National Archives


The passage of Britain’s 1940 Colonial Development and Welfare Act increased the levels of funding for social welfare projects such as housing in its colonies and mandates. This state of the archives article provides an overview of holdings on African housing construction in Dar es Salaam found in the British and Tanzania National Archives. It highlights archival records that outline housing research, official development plans, proposed housing schemes, and the actual results of these schemes. It also discusses some unexpectedly relevant files that were found by broadening search terms.


En 1940, le vote, en la Grande-Bretagne, du Colonial Development and Welfare Act augmenta les fonds pour les projets d’allocations sociales de logement dans ses colonies et mandats. Cet article sur l’état des archives offre une vue d’ensemble sur les avoirs liés à la construction de logements en Afrique à Dar es Salaam, enregistés dans les archives nationales de l’Angleterre et de la Tanzanie. Ceci met en lumière les archives qui exposent la recherche sur le logement, les plans officiels de développement, les projets proposés, et les résultats actuels de ces propositions. Cet article examine également certains dossiers étonnamment pertinents découverts en élargissant les termes de la recherche.

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