The Uganda Literary and Scientific Society was established at Entebbe, Uganda Protectorate, in 1923. Its main activity consisted of the reading of papers and the delivery of lectures on topics relating to Uganda. In 1933 the society moved its headquarters to Kampala and decided to issue a regular publication, The Uganda Journal. The journal’s declared aim was “to collect and publish information which may add to our knowledge of Uganda and to record that which in the course of time might be lost.” Four issues per year were published, beginning in January 1934. Each issue was to contain three or four substantial articles, along with a series of short notes, as well as letters and reviews. The journal included photographs and on occasion maps. Among the topics covered were flora and fauna, the history of Uganda, economic affairs, and the languages and customs of the people of the protectorate. Noteworthy authors who published in the journal included the British medical missionary Sir Albert Ruskin Cook (1870–1951); Ham Mukasa, former page of King Mutesa I and secretary to the katikiro (prime minister) of Buganda, Apolo Kagwa (circa 1864–1927); and the pioneering British anthropologist Sir Edward Evan (E.E.) Evans-Pritchard (1902–73). The Uganda Literary and Scientific Society later changed its name to the Uganda Society.
Associated Name: Uganda Literary and Scientific Society
Note: From the Uganda Society. Digitized at the National Library of Uganda with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York
Place: Africa; Uganda
Institution: National Library of Uganda