Mountains of the Moon University Archives
Over the past five years Mountains of the Moon University- Centre for African Development studies has been engaged in archives digitization project. The project has worked to rescue, preserve and digitize the local governance archives for the districts of Kabarole, Hoima and Tooro Kingdom. An agreement was reached to preserve and digitize the Masindi district local government archives which will commence soon.
Mountains of the Moon University through the Centre for African Development Studies is pleased to publish its catalogues for the Archives of Kabarole and Hoima districts and also for Tooro Kingdom.
The Kaborole district archive has 1850 lid boxes and around 8000 files; it is very rich with subjects of Colonial records between 1910 to 1950’s, the agreements between the Tooro Kings and Colonial Commissioners, the works of governors since the great Kabarole district was the Headquarter of the Western Province. We have local government performance reports, cooperatives records, Rwenzururu movement between the Batooro and Bakonjo Babamba 1960s, forestry in the region (see forestry catalogue), and botany records, the work of Chiefs etc.
The Tooro Kingdom archive is also very rich with the Kings’ visits to Counties, the work of Chiefs, the Tooro economic activities like Katwe salt, Kibale forest, Tea plantations etc. there are also agreements between the governors and the Kingdom, Central government and the Kingdom, the education in Tooro including the scholarships. There are records about diseases and vaccinations. The Tooro kingdom archive has 630 boxes with 2000 files.
We have the Hoima district archive which has a total of 1168 boxes. It has a vast history as the former biggest empire in Uganda and East Africa, there are records of agreements between Bunyoro Kingdom and Colonial officials 1920s and 1940s, the economic activities in the area, the refugee settlement in Kyagwali, the security records as the Masindi sub region is the host of security trainings (Police and Army).