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Collection Level Description: Papers of Sir Robert Armitage

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Afr. s. 2204
Title: Papers of Sir Robert Armitage
Dates of Creation: [1928-1983]
Extent: 7 boxes

Language of Material: eng

Administrative/Biographical History

Sir Robert Perceval Armitage (1906-1990) graduated from New College, Oxford in 1928. On moving to Kenya, he was made District Officer in 1929, Secretary to the Member for Agriculture and Natural Resources in 1945, and Administrative Secretary, 1947. In the Gold Coast, he was made Under Secretary, then Financial Secretary in 1948, and Minister for Finance, 1951-1953. He was Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Cyprus, 1954-1955 and Governor of Nyasaland, 1956-1961. After his retirement, he served as a trustee of the Beit Trust, 1963-1988. Awarded the MBE in 1944, then KCMG in 1954, he was created a knight of the Order of St. John in the same year. In 1930 he married Gwladys Lyona Meyler, with whom he had two sons.

Scope and Content

Letters from the Gold Coast and Nyasaland, 1948-1955; Nyasaland memoirs, with related papers, 1956-1983; correspondence, press cuttings, desk diaries, etc. relating to Kenya, [1928-1963].

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Kenyan papers were deposited by Armitage at the library in October 1983 and the remainder in November 1988.


Letters to parents, 1951, 1954-1955 and to Maurice Haworth, 1945-1955 (2nd November 1988); typescript of his unpublished book, Mission Impossible: Central Africa 1956-61 (Spring 1990); papers, 1924-1990 as Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Cyprus and Governor of Nyasaland (30th May 2002).

Access Conditions

Bodleian reader's ticket required.

Reproduction Restrictions

No reproduction or publication of personal papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.

Further Information

Finding Aids

Listed as no. 123 in Manuscript Collections of Africana in Rhodes House Library Oxford, compiled by Louis B. Frewer (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1968). A handlist is also available in the library reading room.

Access Points

Armitage | Robert Perceval | 1906-1990 | Sir | Knight Colonial Administrator

Great Britain | Colonies | Cyprus | Administration

Great Britain | Colonies | Ghana | Administration

Great Britain | Colonies | Malawi | Administration

Great Britain | Colonies | Kenya | Administration

Cyprus | History | 20th century

Ghana | History | 20th century

Malawi | History | 20th century

Africa, Central | History | 20th century

Kenya | History | 1895-1963

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06 February 2012