Early Field Note Database

Kenya coast ferry, from left: crew member, government messenger, Arab fish dealer, mother and sister with child, mechanic and wife, and sisters (clerk and teacher). Mtwapa Creek, 1965

The Miller Field Notes are a digitized searchable collection of original East African field notes collected in three districts of Tanzania in the years 1964-1966. The districts Tabora, Rungwe, and Kisarawe represent three ecological zones (arid savannah, highlands, and coastal). The original 1800 typed cards have been scanned into a searchable database. Topics include local government and politics, village economics, wildlife management, historic and colonial reports, transition after independence, and conflicts such as witchcraft violence. The changing structures of provincial government in the early years of Tanzanian independence under President Nyerere are detailed here.