Kenyan History under One Roof: Kenya National Archives

Kenya Diggit!

“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree. ” ― Michael Crichton

Last week the Kenya Diggit! team visited the Kenya National Archives, which is situated at the edge of the central business district
in downtown Nairobi. The archives were established by an Act of the Parliament of Kenya in 1965 and holds over 40,000 volumes of information.
The Kenya National Archives building houses the Murumbi Gallery on the ground floor, which contains African artifacts that were collected in the 19th century.It was named after the late Joseph Zuzarte Murumbi who was Kenya’s Second vice president. He was also an avid art collector who left behind over 50,000 books and sheaves of official correspondence.

The Kenya National Archives has set up a library containing some of the 8,000 “rare books” , published before 1900! It is currently the largest…

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