Harry Bernard Cox (1906-1989), CBE (1956), was educated at Upholland Grammar School, and Keble College, Oxford.
In 1930 Cox entered the Colonial Administrative Service in Nigeria. He held the posts of Assistant District Officer (1933); District Officer (1940); Administrative Officer (1947); Director of Commerce and Industries (1949); acting Development Secretary (1953-1955); and acting Commissioner for Nigeria (1955). In 1955 he was appointed as Principal Secretary to the Commissioner for Nigeria in the United Kingdom (1955-1958).
Cox was Chairman of John Holt (Nigeria) Limited (1962); Leader of the Westminster Chamber of Commerce Mission to Nigeria (1974); Deputy Chairman of Thomas Wyatt Nigeria Limited (1967-1983); and Consultant for Knight, Frank & Rutley (1967-1983).
Reports, notes and correspondence relating to colonial administrative service in Nigeria: Abakaliki (1933), Ilestra (1941), Ibadan (1943), and in the Department of Commerce and Industries (1950-1952).
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
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Listed as no. 1319 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).
Cox | Harry Bernard | 1906-1989 | Colonial Administrator
Colonial administrators | Nigeria
Great Britain | Colonial Administrative Service
Nigeria | Officials and employees