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Collection Level Description: Papers of Peter H. Balmer relating to self-government in Western Nigeria

Reference: GB 0162 MSS.Afr.s.1895
Title: Papers of Peter H. Balmer relating to self-government in Western Nigeria
Dates of Creation: 1956-1959
Extent: 1 box
Name of Creator: Peter Herriott Balmer

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Peter Herriott Balmer (OBE) was born in 1921 and educated at the Prince of Wales School in Nairobi; Cheltenham College; and Trinity College, Cambridge. He was on military service during 1941 to 1943 (captain).

Balmer entered the Colonial Administrative Service as a cadet in 1942. He was posted to Nigeria where he later held the posts of Administrative Officer, class II, in the Western Region (1954); Administrative Officer, class I (1957); and Administrative Officer, staff grade (1957-1960). Between 1955 and 1956 Balmer was also Electoral Commissioner.

Scope and Content

Memorandum on the effects of self-government in Western Nigeria upon British civil servants (1957), with press cuttings, leave certificates, etc., and a file of Nigerian photographs (1956-1959).

Administrative Information

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.

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.

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Finding Aids

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

Listed as no. 1286 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Access Points

Balmer | Peter Herriott | b 1921 | Colonial Administrator

Autonomy | Nigeria, Western

Civil service | Nigeria, Western

Great Britain | Colonies | Nigeria, Western

Nigeria, Western | Politics and government

Nigeria | Pictorial works

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18 January 2012