Blaikie, James Andrew Archibald
Introduction
James Andrew Archibald BLAIKIE
Arrangement

Catalogue
1. Official Papers
2. Personal Papers
3. Memoirs
4. Articles (Drafts)
5. Photographic Material
(a) Albums
(b) other photographs
(c) loose photographs
7. Museum Objects
Reference code: GB-0033-SAD
Title: Blaikie, James Andrew Archibald
Dates of creation: 1929-1986
Extent: 1 box
Held by: Durham University Library, Archives and Special Collections
Created by: material relating to service in the Sudan
Language: English

James Andrew Archibald BLAIKIE

(1913-1987)

1936 A.D.C. El Fasher, Darfur
1937-1938 A.D.C. Nyala, Darfur
1938-1939 Inspector, Finance Department
1939-1940 A.D.C. Kassala
1940-1941 Governor-General's Temporary Commission as Bimbashi in the S.D.F.
1941 Seconded to General List (Major)
1941-1942 O.E.T.A. Eritrea and Cyrenaica
1942 Spears Mission, Syria
1942-1943 H.Q. O.E.T.A. M.E.F.
1943 A.D.C. Equatoria
1943-1946 A.D.C. Khartoum
1946-1948 D.C. Khartoum North
1948-1953 D.C. Fung, Blue Nile Province
1953-1954 Commissioner, Port Sudan
1954 Retired from Sudan service


Arrangement

1. Official Papers
2. Personal Papers
3. Memoirs
4. Articles (Drafts)
5. Photographic Material
6. Miscellanea
7. Museum Objects

Catalogue
1. Official Papers
SAD.815/17/1-11
1929-1939
Official correspondence between the D.C. at Roseires, the Governor of Fung Province and the Chief Justice concerning two assisted suicides (815/17/1,8-11) and a murder (815/17/2-7) where the law and tribal custom are in conflict
SAD.815/17/12
Short Arabic document consisting of a greeting followed by a list of names
2. Personal Papers
SAD.815/17/13
1986
Letter in Arabic to Blaikie with news from a friend in the Sudan
3. Memoirs
SAD.815/17/14-28
1936 Jan
Account of Blaikie's journey across the Sudan to El Fasher, including an appreciation of Sir Douglas Newbold, whom he met for the first time at the annual gathering of the Hamar tribe at En Nahud
SAD.815/17/29-32
1936 Feb
Account of an execution at El Fasher Prison
SAD.815/17/33-36
1936 May
“A supplicant from the past” : account of Blaikie's haunting by a ghost
SAD.815/17/37-39
1937 Jan
Account of the horse shows at Nyala
SAD.815/17/40-41
1938 Sep
Account of Blaikie's exploration of the ‘Cave of the Dragon' near Nyala
SAD.815/18/1-21
1939 Jun-1940 Jul
Account of Blaikie's experiences prior to and during the Italian invasion. Subjects covered include his transfer to Kassala to work under Brian Kennedy Cooke (815/18/1-3); plans for the evacuation of Government personnel from Kassala town in the event of invasion (815/18/3-6); invasion scare in September 1939 (815/18/6,8); sale of grain to the Italians (815/18/8-9); visit to Professore Gasperini in Asmara (815/18/9,11); colleagues and administrative work (815/18/9,11-14); declaration of war by Italy in June 1940 and evacuation of Kassala town (815/18/14,16); air raids and skirmishes (815/18/16-18); invasion in July and Blaikie's evacuation of the remaining Government personnel, destruction of the telephone exchange, and escape (815/18/19-20)
4. Articles (Drafts)
SAD.815/18/22-26
1948-1950
“Some effects of law and order upon the environment” : explanation of why the establishment of law and order in the Sudan has paradoxically led to overpopulation and environmental degradation in the hill zones of Kordofan and Blue Nile Province, with an account of Blaikie's scheme to counter this in the Ingessana Hills of Fung district by building a series of small dams ("check drops") in Khor Soda
5. Photographic Material
(a) Albums
SAD.837/2/1-135
1936-1950 [predominantly 1936-1939]
Album of photographs, mainly of El Fasher and Nyala: local scenery; friends; Blaikie's house, horses and pets; Sudanese life; official projects, including:
SAD.837/2/1-3
The Governor-General presenting tribal drums to the Meidobi tribe (Feb 1936)
SAD.837/2/4
Storm at El Fasher
SAD.837/2/5
John Madden and Shartai Daw al-Beit?
SAD.837/2/6
Near Wadaa on trek
SAD.837/2/7
Ibrahim and Osman
SAD.837/2/8-14, 76-81, 110-114
Blaikie's horses
SAD.837/2/15-16
The "Cave of the Dragon" near Nyala
SAD.837/2/17-21
Ged Palmer and Blaikie climbing Jebel Nyala
SAD.837/2/22-27, 29, 31
Scenery at Suni Rest House, and Jebel Marra
SAD.837/2/28
Blaikie
SAD.837/2/30
Abdullahi Dikko
SAD.837/2/32
A tiang on the road to Musku
SAD.837/2/33
Jebel Tauro
SAD.837/2/34
Warangtong
SAD.837/2/35-39
Fishing in the Wadi Jawa
SAD.837/2/40-43
John Owen and serval kitten
SAD.837/2/44-46
John Rintoul
SAD.837/2/47
Looking westwards to Barameyu
SAD.837/2/48
A devil tree
SAD.837/2/49
"Looking down a "chimney" just climbed"
SAD.837/2/50
Looking south towards Tokar
SAD.837/2/51
Blaikie's lorry
SAD.837/2/52
Dam Gamad deep bore well
SAD.837/2/53
The Fasher road
SAD.837/2/54
Jebel el Hilla rest house
SAD.837/2/55
Water carriers
SAD.837/2/56
Hadanduwah boys at Erkowit
SAD.837/2/57
Arlie Stewart at Kitty's Leap
SAD.837/2/58-59
Blaikie and friends at Erkowit
SAD.837/2/60-62
Helen and Arthur Hankin at Kitty's Leap
SAD.837/2/63-68
Anti-locust patrol: digging trenches to trap them
SAD.837/2/69-72
Pet mongoose
SAD.837/2/73
Cheetah
SAD.837/2/74
Chameleon
SAD.837/2/75
A storm approaching Nyala
SAD.837/2/82-87
Crossing Wadi Bulbul
SAD.837/2/88-89
Head of rabid hyena
SAD.837/2/90
Large bug
SAD.837/2/91
Eise Haroun and a tiang
SAD.837/2/92
Pigeon
SAD.837/2/93
W.H. Greany
SAD.837/2/94-96
Blaikie's house at Nyala
SAD.837/2/97-99
Rains at Nyala, Jun 1937
SAD.837/2/100-102
Skies and a habub over Sinkat, Aug 1939
SAD.837/2/103
Railway engine
SAD.837/2/104
Scorpion
SAD.837/2/105
Jebel Kassala
SAD.837/2/106-109
Views from the Nile steamer
SAD.837/2/115
Jenny and "Hima"
SAD.837/2/116
Tea-party for Mek Hasan Adlan
SAD.837/2/117
?, Eileen and Marie
SAD.837/2/118
Dead snake
SAD.837/2/119
Introducing the tribal leaders of Fung District to the Governor, W.H.T. Luce, 1950
SAD.837/2/120
Helen Cullen presenting the prizes at the Singa Flower Show
SAD.837/2/121
Trekking to the Ingessana Hills, Aug 1950
SAD.837/2/122
Khor Timsah
SAD.837/2/123
Bari Rest House
SAD.837/2/124
Ted, Blaikie and Marie at Suki
SAD.837/2/125-128
Dance of the Berta tribesmen
SAD.837/2/129-135
Building checkdrops on Khor Soda in the Ingessana Hills (Feb - Aug 1950)
SAD.842/1/1-92
1950
Album of photographs illustrating the opening of the Abu al-Ala Pump Scheme near Suki, southern Fung district, in 1950. The party, composed of British and Sudanese officials, are shown travelling to Suki on the paddlesteamer Sultan Hussein (842/1/1-24), gathering for a speech (842/1/25-48,61), at the opening ceremony and inspecting the Pump House (842/1/49-60, 69-77) and at an official dinner (842/1/62-68, 78-92)
SAD.842/1/4
Muhammad Ahmad Abu Sin, Sayyid Ibrahim Ahmad, and `Abd-Allah Masood
SAD.842/1/12
G.W. Bell, Dr Clifford Drew, W.R. Ahern
SAD.842/1/18
`Abd-Allah Masood
SAD.842/1/20
A.W.M. Disney, S.R. Simpson
SAD.842/1/21-23
Abu al-Ala
SAD.842/1/30
Surur Muhammad Ramli, S.R. Simpson, A.W.M. Disney, Sh. Muhammad Abu al-Ala
SAD.842/1/31
Sh. Muhammad Abu al-Ala, Ahmad Yusuf Hakkin, Muhammad Ahmad Abu Sin, Sayyid Mirghani Hanza
SAD.842/1/48
Surur Muhammad Ramli
SAD.842/1/49-50,72-73
G.E.R. Sandars
SAD.842/1/69
Pat Bacon, John Smith?
SAD.842/1/70
Pat Bacon, Clifford Drew, W.R. Ahern, M.S. Mitchell-Innes
SAD.842/1/71
Geoffrey and Greta Branston
SAD.842/1/74
Dardiry Muhammad Ahmad, Abu al-Ala
SAD.842/1/75
Ismail al-Atabani, Ahmad Yusuf Hashim, Dardiry Muhammad Ahmad, Abu al-Ala
SAD.842/1/77
Blaikie(?) and his wife
SAD.842/1/78
Ismail al-Atabani
SAD.842/1/87
Ismail al-Atabani, Tom Kipling
SAD.842/1/92
The top table at the official dinner, at which are seated Blaikie, Dorothy Molyneux Seel, Abu al-Ala, G.E.R. Sandars, Judge Muhammad Salih Shangieti, Vera Sandars, Dr Clifford Drew, and Betty Williams
(b) other photographs
SAD.815/17/42-76; 815/18/28-34
1936-1939
Photographs pasted into Blaikie's memoirs
SAD.815/17/42
Sunset in the Red Sea
SAD.815/17/43-44
The two women Blaikie met on the journey out (1936)
SAD.815/17/45-46
Hamar tribesmen ride past at a tribal gathering (1936)
SAD.815/17/47
Sir Douglas Newbold
SAD.815/17/48-50
The Shartai's band playing to Blaikie at Um Keddada
SAD.815/17/51-52
"Part of the Government herd of giraffe south of El Fasher"
SAD.815/17/53
Blaikie's horses
SAD.815/17/54
Bill Hunt, Corporal Hope and O'Neill
SAD.815/17/55-56
"Madu well on the way to Jebel Meidob"
SAD.815/17/57
Meidobi girl
SAD.815/17/58
Mellit
SAD.815/17/59-60
"The view over the fula from my house in El Fasher"
SAD.815/17/61-62
Cattle being watered at the fula at El Fasher
SAD.815/17/63
Blaikie's house in El Fasher
SAD.815/17/64-65
Blaikie's house in El Fasher during the rains
SAD.815/17/66
"Looking over the mud wall to where the camels belched"
SAD.815/17/67
"My staff at El Fasher"
SAD.815/17/68, 70
Lunch on trek
SAD.815/17/69, 71
"The girls who came to look at me!"
SAD.815/17/72-75
Camels and their riders on trek with Blaikie
SAD.815/17/76
Blaikie, Colin MacDonald, John Bowers, Pat and Helen Cullen, Mrs Cullen and Peter Hogg in Venice (1937)
SAD.815/18/28-30
Dr Godfrey Clarke and Blaikie meeting Carbone and his staff on a visit to Eritrea (Nov 1939)
SAD.815/18/31
"The engine that brought the last train to Kassala"
SAD.815/18/32
William McDowall and Awad Gabr al-Dar
SAD.815/18/33-34
Birds (bulbuls) on the verandah
(c) loose photographs
SAD.837/1/1-9
1965
Official functions during the State visit of the Queen to the Sudan: the Queen meeting dignitaries at a dinner
7. Museum Objects
SAD.815/18/27
1937 Aug
Drawings of rock pictures from Jebel Teggam near Nyala
SAD.815/19/1-5
1936-1953
Province badges of Darfur, Kassala, Equatoria, Khartoum and Blue Nile
SAD.815/19/6-7
1953-1954
Anglo-Egyptian Condominium car flags