Archive of Sir Robert Armitage

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Clare Brown
1996, EAD version 2018



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Table of Contents

Introduction
A   Gold Coast and Cyprus 1948-55
B   Nyasaland memoirs 1956-83
C   Kenya 1928-61
D   Press cuttings, printed material and cash books 1926-63
E   Desk diaries 1929-46


Archive of Sir Robert Armitage

1926-83

Abstract:
Papers of Sir Robert Perceval Armitage, KCMG, MBE (1906-90) relating to his work in Kenya, the Gold Coast, Cyprus and Nyasaland.

Extent: 15 Linear metres, 7 physical shelfmarks
Language(s) of Material: English

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Afr. s. 2204/1-7

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 Cyprus, 1948-55; Nyasaland memoirs, with related correspondence, speeches, press cuttings and reports, 1956-83; correspondence, reports, press cuttings, printed material, cash books and desk diaries relating to Kenya, [1928-63].

Letters from the Gold Coast and Cyprus, 1948-55; Nyasaland memoirs, with related correspondence, speeches, press cuttings and reports, 1956-83; correspondence, reports, press cuttings, desk diaries and cash books relating to Kenya, 1926-63.

Acquisition

Sir Robert Armitage presented his papers to Rhodes House Library in two sections; the Kenyan section in October 1983 and the papers relating to his service in the Gold Coast, Cyprus and Nyasaland in November 1988.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Afr. s. 2204/1/2, fols. 1-2].

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)

Armitage | Sir | Robert Perceval | 1906-1990 | Knight | colonial administrator

Corporate name(s) (NCA Rules)

Great Britain | Colonial Administrative Service

Subject(s)

Africa, Central -- History -- 20th century
Cyprus -- History -- 20th century
Ghana -- History -- 20th century
Great Britain -- Colonies -- Cyprus -- Administration
Great Britain -- Colonies -- Ghana -- Administration
Great Britain -- Colonies -- Kenya -- Administration
Great Britain -- Colonies -- Malawi -- Administration
Kenya -- History -- 1895-1963
Malawi -- History -- 20th century

A   Gold Coast and Cyprus 1948-55

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Afr. s. 2204/1


Letters to A. Maurice Haworth
Date: 1948-55
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/1/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 49 leaves

Letters to his parents
Date: 1951-5
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/1/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 144 leaves

B   Nyasaland memoirs 1956-83

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Afr. s. 2204/2-3


Nyasaland memoirs
Date: April-Dec. 1956
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/2/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 94 leaves

Nyasaland memoirs
Date: 1957
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/2/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 82 leaves

Nyasaland memoirs
Date: 1958
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/2/3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 110 leaves

Nyasaland memoirs
Date: 1959
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/2/4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 155 leaves

Nyasaland memoirs
Date: Jan.-May 1960
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/3/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 88 leaves

Nyasaland memoirs
Date: June-Dec. 1960
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/3/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 143 leaves

"Mission Impossible in Central Africa 1956-1961": corrected sheets
Date: Not recorded at time of cataloguing
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/3/3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 120 leaves

Correspondence and speeches
Date: 1954-8
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/3/4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 35 leaves

Scope and Content

Letters from Sir Arthur Benson and Charles Footman, and typescript copies of:

Press-cuttings
Date: 1956-9
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/3/5
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 12 leaves

Corrections for memoirs; R.W. Kettlewell's ODRP report on Food & Cash Crops in Nyasaland
Date: 1983; n.d.
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/3/6
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 33 leaves

C   Kenya 1928-61

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Afr. s. 2204/4


Handing over reports for Wajir and Elgeyo
Date: 1936-8
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/4/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 140 leaves

Miscellaneous correspondence
Date: 1928-61
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/4/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 47 leaves

Scope and Content

Including references from Malcolm Robertson (Housemaster at Winchester College), H.A.L. Fisher, and E.L. Woodward for his Colonial Service appointment; medical report; language examination papers; M.B.E..

Personal and miscellaneous correspondence
Date: 1930-9
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/4/3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 109 leaves

Scope and Content

Mostly Northern Frontier District including letters from the Officer-in-charge, Sir Vincent Goncalves Glenday.

Letters to his parents
Date: 1929
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/4/4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 57 leaves

Scope and Content

With some press cuttings enclosed.

Letters to his parents
Date: 1929
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/4/5
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 110 leaves

Scope and Content

Including some from Lyona Armitage, and some press cuttings.

Letters to his parents
Date: 1931
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/4/6
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 7 leaves

Letters to his parents
Date: 1941-7
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/4/7
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 42 leaves

Scope and Content

Including some from Lyona Armitage, and from Jeremy Armitage at school at Gilgil.

D   Press cuttings, printed material and cash books 1926-63

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Afr. s. 2204/5


Press cuttings and printed material
Date: 1934-63
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/5/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 89 leaves

Scope and Content

Material relating to Kenya. Mainly press cuttings but also including:

Printed material
Date: 1926-39
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204 / 5 / 2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 20 leaves

Scope and Content

Mainly relating to Kenya. Cuttings from journals and pamphlets, including:

Cash book
Date: 1929-36
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/5/3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Cash book
Date: 1937-48
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/5/4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

E   Desk diaries 1929-46

Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Afr. s. 2204/6-7


Desk diary
Date: 1929
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/6/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Desk diary
Date: 1930
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/6/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Desk diary
Date: 1931
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/6/3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Desk diary
Date: 1932
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/6/4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Desk diary
Date: 1932
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/7/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Desk diary
Date: 1933
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/7/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Desk diary
Date: 1934
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/7/3
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Desk diary
Date: 1935
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/7/4
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Desk diary
Date: 1936
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/7/5
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Desk diary
Date: 1937
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/7/6
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Desk diary
Date: 1938
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/7/7
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Desk diary
Date: 1939
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/7/8
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Desk diary
Date: 1940
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/7/9
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Desk diary
Date: 1941
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/7/10
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Desk diary
Date: 1942
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/7/11
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Desk diary
Date: 1943
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/7/12
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Desk diary
Date: 1944
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/7/13
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Desk diary
Date: 1945
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/7/14
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume

Desk diary
Date: 1946
Shelfmark: MSS. Afr. s. 2204/7/15
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 volume


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