Personal Papers / Small Archive of Material Related to the Life and Career of Zoologist Sylvia Sikes, the Foremost African Elephant Specialist of her time. All materials from her personal collection / working copies and manuscript material. A collection of professional and academic papers, copies of Sikes’ monographs, zoological manuscripts and a plethora of photographs and personal newsletters, letters, pamphlets and manuscripts spanning seven decades of Sikes’ personal and professional life in Africa and the UK. The collection is composed of 92 specific pieces (some of which are comprised of one or more items). A detailed bibliography of the collection has been outlined in a Word Document (please request). The collection also includes personal copies of three monographs Sylvia Sikes has published, an original copy of her two-volume doctoral thesis, 37 academic articles and 5 unpublished draft manuscripts. There are also 7 booklets and a book by a third author among the collection. The collection is rounded off by a large number of vintage colour and monochrome photographs, letters, single-sheet newsletters, newspaper and magazine cuttings.
Africa and the UK, Various, 1937 – 2012. 21 cm x 26 cm – 24.5 cm x 31 cm. Circa 2,500+ pages. Numerous monochrome and colour photographs throughout the collection. Includes Hardcover book with dustjacket, softcover book, reprints of academic journal articles in paper wrappers and a variety of loose material in cellophane files. The archive, running from 1937 to 2012, is contained in two green (24.5 cm x 31 cm x 10.5 cm) boxes, four additional folders (32 cm x 24 cm) and two hardcover volumes (21.5 cm x 26cm). Very good condition.
Includes, for example, the following: Sylvia, K. Sikes, Lake Chad, (London: Eyre Methuen, 1972) / Sylvia K. Sikes, Lake Chad Versus the Sahara Desert (Newbury: Mirage, 2003) / Sylvia K. Sikes Habitat and Cardiovascular Disease: Observations made on Elephants (Loxodonta Africana) and Other Free-Living Animals in East Africa,’ Transactions of the Zoological Society of London, (1969) 32: 1-104 / Sylvia K. Sikes’s hand-written notebook “Records of Beetles of Interest (1937-1942)” / Dr. Sylvia K. Sikes, ‘A Spotted Hyaena (Crocuta Crocuta, Erxl.) as a Pet.’ The Nigerian Field – The Journal of the Nigerian Field Society, Vol.XXXIII, No.2, (April 1968), p.66-72 / Sylvia K. Sikes, The Natural History of the Elephant, (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1971) / Sylvia K. Sikes, ‘How to Tell the Age of an African Elephant,’ African Wild Life, (September, 1967) Vol.21, No.3, p.191-202 / Dr Sylvia K. Sikes, ‘The Disturbed Habitat with Its Effect on the Health of Animal Populations, with Special Reference to Cardiovascular Disease in Elephants,’ Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine, (February 1968) Vol.61, No.2, p.160-61 / Sylvia K. Sikes, A typed 13-page account (tipped-in on A4) of a 1951 safari / Sylvia K. Sikes, printed copy of a letter from Sikes to Unknown (for private circulation) dated from 21.1.57. Sikes’s newsletter from Nigerian College of Technology in Zaria in Northern Nigeria, describing her missionary life and her evangelism / ‘Report of a Workshop, ‘An International Centre for Manatee Research’ 7-13 February 1974, (Georgetown, Guyana: The NATIONAL Science Research Council, 1974) / Sylvia K. Sikes, ‘Cardiovascular Disease in Freeliving Wild Animals with Particular Reference to the African Elephant (Loxodonta Africana)’, Thesis for Ph.D., University of London, 1967 and etc.
Sylvia K. Sikes (1925-2012) was a British Kenyan-born zoologist who wrote the first authoritative guide to the African elephant and established wildlife conservation programmes in Nigeria. A world-leading expert on the African elephant, Sikes specialised in elephant heart health. She also authored two studies on the worsening ecological conditions in and around Lake Chad as its waters disappeared. Also trained as an educator Sikes taught in missionary schools in a number of African countries and helped set up and organise Evangelical Christian fellowship groups among students in Nigeria and Kenya. Due to political turmoil in Nigeria Sikes returned to the UK to farming and retirement.
A detailed inventory of archival material of Sylvia Sikes is available ( as a Word document) upon request. Please contact Inanna Rare Books for further information related to this collection.