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Collection Level Description: Papers of Samuel Burnside B. McElderry

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 595
Title: Papers of Samuel Burnside B. McElderry
Dates of Creation: c1909-1911, 1933-1934
Extent: 1 box

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Samuel Burnside Boyd McElderry (1885-1984) worked in the Hong Kong Administrative Service, 1909-1928. He then gained the post of Deputy Chief Secretary, Tanganyika, 1929-1933 and Chief Secretary, Zanzibar, 1933-1940. He was attached to the office of High Commissioner for Basutoland, Bechuanaland Protectorate and Swaziland (Pretoria and Cape Town), 1940-1945, and was then temporarily employed by the Colonial Office, 1945-1946. He was a Member of Council, Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind, 1951-1970 and a member of the Royal National Institute for the Blind, 1958-1970. In 1913 he married Mildred Mary Orme, with whom he had three daughters.

Scope and Content

Album of photographs taken on first tour of service as Administrative Officer in Hong Kong, c1909-1911; diary of service as Deputy Chief Secretary in Tanganyika, and Chief Secretary in Zanzibar, 1933-1934.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated to the library by Samuel McElderry's son-in-law, W. Wenban-Smith Esq., through the Oxford Colonial Archives Project, in September 1985.

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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.

Further Information

Finding Aids

Listed as no. 595 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Access Points

McElderry | Samuel Burnside Boyd | 1885-1984 | colonial administrator

Great Britain | Colonies | Administration

Mandates | Tanganyika

Tanzania | History | To 1964

Hong Kong (China) | History | 20th century

Hong Kong (China) | Description and travel | Views

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