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Personal library of Bryan W Langlands.

About the Collection

The material received comprises c4,000 books and geographic journals focusing on the African Continent and East Africa in particular. 

The collection prefix before the call number is: Langlands.


In his will Langlands left his collection to the Geography Department of UCC.

Biographical History

Bryan Langlands was born in Eastbourne, Sussex in 1928. He graduated with honours in 1952 from the London School Economics. In 1953 he was appointed as an Assistant Lecturer in Geography in Mackerere University in Kampala, Uganda. In 1968, Bryan Langlands became Professor and Head of the Department of Geography. He was Editor of the Uganda Journal from 1966 – 1975. Langlands was interested in many aspects of Geography especially those relating to Uganda and Africa and his writings and library reflect these interests. Much of his work was published in the Mackerere Department of Geography Series of Occasional Papers and in the Ugandan Journal. He had a particular interest in the spread of the tsetse fly and associated illnesses, and in Uganda maps. He was to stay in Mackerere for the next twenty-three years until he was ordered to leave Uganda in 1976 by the Ugandan President, Ide Amin.  

In 1977, Bryan Langlands became Director of Studies and Head of Department with the title Professor in the newly created School of Environmental Sciences, at Ulster Polytechnic. In 1978, he was awarded an OBE for services to Higher Education Overseas. Professor Bryan Langlands was killed in the British Midland air disaster at Kegworth, Leicestershire in January 1989.

Collection Highlights

Generosity Kills | The Last Safari

Cliff Lubwa p'Chong was born in Gulu, Uganda in 1946-1997. He is an actor, playwright and poet. After training in in Kampala, he taught for sererl years throughout Uganda before joining Makerere University to read Literature and Linguistivcs. Founder and editor of Nanga, the magazine of the National Teachers College, Kampala he was also editor of Dhana, the Makerere Literary magazine and his poetry has appeared in many East African anthologies and magazines. He is an active member of Ngoma Players and is a member of Makerere Free Travelling Theatre. 

p'Chong, Lubwa. Generosity kills and the last safari: two plays. Nairobi: Longman, 1975

More Information

Other Collections
  • Langlands Ephemera Collection, Archives Services, UCC Library.
  • Langlands Collection, Dept. of Geography, UCC. UCC’s Department of Geography holds Langland’s collection of African maps and atlases; statistical publications, reports, surveys, censuses, town plans and development plans for the East African Region and individual countries (Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania); and pamphlets.
  • Bryan Wooleston Langlands Collection, GB 0101 ICS 44 held at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London.
  • Graham, Brian. "Obituary: Bryan Wooleston Langlands." Irish Geography 22.1 (1989)
  • Griffiths, L. L.I. "Bryan Wooleston Langlands OBE, FRGS, 1928 -1989." The Geographical Journal 155.2 (1989)
  • McMasters, David N. "Bryan Wooleston Langlands 1928-1989 O.B.E. B.A." Transactions – Institute of British Geographers 14.3 (1989)
  • Twaddle, Michael. "Bryan Langlands: Obituary." African Research and Documentation (1988): 50-52.