Ronald Prain papers, 1921-1978

Overview of the Collection

Prain, Ronald, Sir, 1907-
Ronald Prain papers
1921-1978 (inclusive)
4.00 cubic feet (4 boxes)
Collection Number
American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY
Telephone: 3077663756
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There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.

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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Sir Ronald Prain was a British metals industry executive and civil servant in Northern Rhodesia. He joined Marshall Brothers, an associate of American Metal Company of New York, in 1926. In 1939 he was appointed director of Rhodesian Selection Trust, Roan Antelope Copper Mines, and Mufulira. During the 1940s he served at the Rhodesian Ministry of Supply. He became chairman of Anglo-Metal Company Ltd. in 1946 and chairman of Rhodesian Selection Trust Ltd. in 1950. He was knighted in 1956 for public services in Northern Rhodesia.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains speeches, reports, and other writings by Prain; correspondence with British, Rhodesian, and Zambian government officials; correspondence with executives of American Metal Company and Anglo-American Corp.; subject files on African copper mining; photographs; and miscellaneous biographical material.

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Preferred Citation

Preferred Citation

Item Description, Box Number, Folder Number, Collection Name, Collection Number, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

There are no known other archival collections created by Ronald Prain at the date of processing.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Copper mines and mining -- Africa.

Corporate Names

  • American Metal Company.
  • Rhodesian Selection Trust, Ltd.
  • Roan Antelope Copper Mines Limited.

Geographical Names

  • Mufulira (Zambia)
  • Rhodesia and Nyasaland.