Maurice Martin de Ryck Congo papers Edit


MSS 70 large


  • approximately 1870-1962 (Creation)


  • 8.3 Linear Feet (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The material is stored offsite . Please request materials 3 days ahead of your visit.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Maurice Martin De Ryck Congo papers, MSS 70, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased in 1966.

  • Processing Information

    Processed by Joseph J. Lauer in Feb. 1995 and revised 10/95 and 3/07.

  • Biographical / Historical

    This collection is part of the private library of Maurice Martin de Ryck (1900-1964), which was acquired by Michigan State University in the 1960s. The notes, newspaper clippings and other ephemera gathered by de Ryck were organized into this Congo Collection. For further details, see: Honoré Vinck, "Les papiers de Ryck," History in Africa, 21 (1994): 441-46. See also the related "Zaire Colonial Documents" on microfilm. The printed books, journals and offprints were added to MSU's Main Collection or the Area Files of the International (later Africana) Library.

  • Scope and Contents

    The Congo manuscript collections consists of Clippings, diaries, correspondence, notes, etc. collected by Maurice Martin de Ryck (Belgian colonial official and governor of Equateur Province) pertaining to the Belgian Congo and Ruanda-Urundi.

  • Arrangement

    The arrangement is by subject category.

  • Other Finding Aids

    Inventory (5 leaves), last revised 2/95, in Box 1.

  • Varying Form of Title

    De Ryck Congo collection.

  • Uncontrolled Related/Analytical Title

    Congo manuscripts.