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Collection Level Description: Papers of Sir Geoffrey Francis Taylor Colby

Reference: GB 0162 MSS.Afr.s.2200
Title: Papers of Sir Geoffrey Francis Taylor Colby
Dates of Creation: [1948-1956?]
Extent: 3 boxes
Name of Creator: Geoffrey Francis Taylor Colby

Language of Material: English



Administrative/Biographical History

Sir Geoffrey Francis Taylor Colby was born on the 25 March 1901 and educated at Charterhouse, Godalming, Surrey and Clare College, Cambridge. He entered the British Colonial Administrative Service in Nigeria in 1925 as an Administrative Officer and went on to serve as: Principal Assistant Secretary (acting) (1939); Secretary, Nigeria Supply Board (1942); Director of Supplies (1943); Administrative Secretary, Nigeria (1945); Acting Chief Secretary to Government and Governor's Deputy on various occasions (1945-1947), and Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Nyasaland (1948-1956). He was awarded the CMG (1947) and the KCMG (1949). Sir Colby died on the 22 December 1958.

Scope and Content

Papers of Sir Geoffrey Colby, Governor of Nyasaland, including correspondence on federation, also speeches and papers on Governor's pensions.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated in July 1991.

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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.

Access Points

Colby | Geoffrey Francis Taylor | 1901-1958 | Sir | Knight Governor of Nyasaland

Great Britain | Colonial Administrative Service

Governors | Malawi

Malawi | Officials and employees


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