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Collection Level Description: Papers of Sir Geoffrey Miles Clifford

Reference: MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 517
Title: Papers of Sir Geoffrey Miles Clifford
Dates of Creation: 1930-1978
Extent: 10 boxes

Language of Material: English



Administrative/Biographical History

Sir Geoffrey Miles Clifford (1897-1986) entered the Colonial Administrative Service in Nigeria, 1921, rising to the post of Principal Assistant Secretary by 1938. He was seconded as Colonial Secretary, Gilbraltar, 1942-1944, then returned to Nigeria as Senior Resident, 1944. He served as chairman of the Salaries Commission, Cyprus, 1945, attached C.O., 1946, and Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Falkland Islands, 1946-1954. He was a member of various organisations, including the British National Committee on Antarctic Research, the Mental Health Research Fund and the St. Paul's Cathedral Research Council, and Chairman of the United Nigeria Group (Biafran War) and the Nigerian Electricity Supply Co. Ltd.. He was awarded the KBE, CMG, ED and the Médaille de la Résistance Française avec Rosette. He was married twice, first to Ivy Dorothy Eland in 1920, and secondly to Mary Turner.

Scope and Content

Papers relating to service in Nigeria, Gibraltar, Cyprus, as Governor of the Falkland Islands, and as Chairman of the United Nigeria Group (Biafran War) and the Nigerian Electricity Supply Co. Ltd., 1930-1978.

Administrative Information

Access Conditions

Bodleian reader's ticket required: http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/services/admissions/.

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. 574 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Related Units of Description

Tapes and transcript of interview relating to Nigeria, Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands, 1921-1954 (ref. MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 420); papers relating to interests in Antarctic, Arctic and Falkland Island research and expeditions, 1953-1978, held by the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge.

Access Points

Clifford | Geoffrey Miles | 1897-1986 | Sir | Knight and colonial administrator

Great Britain | Colonies | Administration

Falkland Islands | History | 20th century

Gibraltar | History | 20th century

Nigeria | History | 20th century

Nigeria | History | Civil War, 1967-1970

Biafran Conflict, 1967-1970

Business enterprises | Nigeria | History | 20th century

Cyprus | History | British rule, 1878-1960

Nigerian Electricity Supply Co. Ltd.


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