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Inventory of the William X. Scheinman Papers
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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Title: William X. Scheinman Papers
    Dates: 1952-1999
    Collection Number: 98036
    Creator: Scheinman, William X., 1927-
    Collection Size: 56 manuscript boxes, 3 oversize boxes, 1 framed poster (26 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Correspondence, writings, reports, bulletins, serial issues, clippings, photographs, sound recordings, video tapes, and motion picture film, relating to American relations with Africa, the political and economic development of Kenya and other African countries, assistance to African students in the United States, and especially to the Kenyan political leader Tom Mboya. Includes correspondence with, writings by, and interviews of, Mboya.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: In English

    Administrative Information


    Box 59 is closed. The remainder of the collection is open for research
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], William X. Scheinman Papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1998.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    1927(?) Born
    1940s Serves in U.S. Navy during World War II
    1950s Founds Arnav Aircraft Associates, Inc.
    1956 Meets Tom Mboya, Kenyan independence leader
    1958-1961 Leading figure in the activities of the African-American Students Foundation, which brings African students to the United States and arranges for their college education
    1960s-1990s Works as stock broker and investment adviser, publishing the newsletter, Timings
    1970 Author, Why Most Investors Are Mostly Wrong Most of the Time
    1999 May 24 Dies, Reno, Nevada

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Received at the Hoover Institution Archives in 1999, the William X. Scheinman papers consist primarily of correspondence and printed matter that reflect Scheinman's lifelong interest in African politics, particularly with respect to Kenya. Having met the Kenyan independence leader, Tom Mboya, in 1956, Scheinman was to identify himself with African causes, even while working as a businessman and investment adviser on Wall Street.
    An important part of the collection consists of Scheinman's extensive correspondence with Tom Mboya. This exchange of letters, which was conducted from 1957 until Mboya's assassination in 1969, provides significant information concerning the Kenyan independence movement and its leading personalities, as well as documenting the first five years of the Kenyatta administration, in which Mboya served as Minister of Justice. In addition, the collection includes numerous speeches and writings by Mboya (see Tom Mboya File).
    As one of the directors of the African-American Students Foundation, Scheinman was also involved in a program that enabled African students to attend American colleges and universities. Numerous records of this foundation are contained in the collection (see African-American Students Foundation File).
    In addition, Scheinman collected extensive material about African countries besides Kenya (see Printed Matter and Subject File) and corresponded with some of the leading figures in the American civil rights movement (see Correspondence). The collection will be of most interest to African scholars, but it also reflects important aspects of modern American history, especially in the 1950s and 1960s.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Mboya, Tom.
    African American Students Foundation.
    American Committee on Africa.
    Educational assistance, American--Africa.
    Africa--Politics and government--1960-
    Africa--Economic conditions--1960-
    Kenya--Politics and government.
    United States--Relations--Africa.
    Africa--Relations--United States.
    Video tapes.