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Collection Level Description: Papers of Hubert Childs

Reference: GB 0162 MSS.Afr.s.1861
Title: Papers of Hubert Childs
Dates of Creation: 1932-1961
Extent: 2 boxes
Name of Creator: Hubert Childs

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Hubert Childs (1905-1983) was educated at Oakham School, and University College, Oxford. He was on military service during 1941-1946.

Childs entered the Colonial Administrative Service in 1928 and was posted to Nigeria. In 1946 he was transferred to Sierra Leone where he held the posts of Chief Assistant Colonial Secretary (1946) and Chief Commissioner (1949-1959). He was UK plebiscite administrator for Southern Cameroon between 1960 and 1961, and an Observer at the referendum in Malta in 1964. He was awarded the OBE in 1943 and the CMG in 1951.

Scope and Content

Journals of tours of administrative service in Nigeria and Cameroon (1932-1948). Also, reports and papers relating to service in Nigeria (1933-1935), Sierra Leone (1950-1956), and Southern Cameroon (1960-1961).

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Deposited with the Oxford Development Records Project.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was transferred to the library from 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. 1313 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Access Points

Childs | Hubert | 1905-2983 | Colonial Administrator

Plebiscite | Cameroon

Great Britain | Colonial Administrative Service

Nigeria | Officials and employees

Cameroon | Officials and employees

Sierra Leone | Officials and employees

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20 January 2012