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Collection Level Description: Memoirs of Michael C. Atkinson

Reference: GB 0162 MSS.Afr.s.1836
Title: Memoirs of Michael C. Atkinson
Dates of Creation: 1939-1959
Extent: 168 ff.
Name of Creator: Michael C. Atkinson

Language of Material: eng

Administrative/Biographical History

Michael C. Atkinson (OBE) was born in 1917 and educated at Brighton College, and Worcester College, Oxford. In 1939 he entered the Colonial Administrative Service as a cadet. He was posted to Nigeria where he later held the posts of Administrative Officer, class II, in Western Nigeria (1954); Administrative Officer, class I (1957); and Administrative Officer, staff grade (1957-1959).

Scope and Content

"The bush out of my soul: two decades in Western Nigeria": memoirs of Michael C. Atkinson relating to his service as an Administrative Officer, 1939-1959. Typescript.

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Custodial History

Deposited with the Oxford Development Records Project.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was transferred to the library from the Oxford Development Records Project.

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Bodleian reader's ticket required.

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

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Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room.

Listed as no. 1281 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

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Atkinson | Michael C | b 1917 | Colonial Administrator

Colonial administrators | Nigeria | Autobiographies

Great Britain | Colonial Administrative Service

Nigeria | Officials and employees

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