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Collection Level Description: Papers of Stanley Milburn relating to society in Nigeria and Sierra Leone

Reference: GB 0162 MSS.Afr.s.1628
Title: Papers of Stanley Milburn relating to society in Nigeria and Sierra Leone
Dates of Creation: 1791-1801, 1926-1950
Extent: 1 box
Name of Creator: Stanley Milburn

Language of Material: English



Administrative/Biographical History

Stanley Milburn was born in 1903 and educated at Liverpool Institute, and University College, Oxford. His career in Africa began in 1926 when he was appointed to the post of Superintendent of Education in Nigeria. In 1936, he transferred to Sierra Leone where, in addition to his role as Senior Education Officer, he was a member of the Rural Areas Council, Chief Censor, and Information Officer. Milburn returned to Nigeria in 1944 where he was appointed Chief Inspector of Education, Eastern Province, and Deputy Director of Education, Western Province, in 1946.

Scope and Content

Papers on education, native customs, folklore, history and secret societies in Nigeria and Sierra Leone, including sketches, photographs, articles and notes, 1926-1950. Also, transcripts of diaries of George Ross, Superintendent of Maroons in Sierra Leone, 1800-1801, and extracts from the diary of John Clarkson, [Royal Navy], 1791-1792.

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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.

Further Information

Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room.

Listed as no. 1369 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Access Points

Milburn | Stanley | b 1903 | Education Officer Colonial Service

Ross | George | fl 1800-1801 | Superintendent of Maroons in Sierra Leone

John Clarkson | John | fl 1791-1792 | sailor

Sierra Leone | Description and travel

Sierra Leone | Social life and customs

Sierra Leone | Officials and employees

Nigeria | Description and travel

Nigeria | Social life and customs

Nigeria | Officials and employees


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