Papers of R.C. Overton and Susan Overton

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Papers of R. C. Overton and Susan Overton relating to the Cameroons


Papers of R.C. Overton and Susan Overton relating to their time in the Cameroons.

Extent: 0.3 Linear metre, 2 physical shelfmarks
Language(s) of Material: English

Full range of shelfmarks:

MS. 12697/1-2


Richard Charles Overton was born in Liverpool on 18th May 1923, educated at Sedbergh School and served in the army in Burma from 1942 to 1946. He studied at Magdalen College, Oxford, and then took the Colonial Service training course (First Devonshire Course) in Oxford and London.

Overton was posted to Nigeria in February 1950 and served as an assistant district officer in Calabar and Ikot Ekpene and as a district officer in Nkambe and Bamenda in the Cameroons. After a posting as district officer in Itu in the Eastern Region of Nigeria he returned to the Cameroons, to Kumba as district officer and then as Clerk to the Executive Council in Buea. He was a senior district officer in Mamfe and, after independence, was senior assistant secretary at the Ministry of Works in Lagos. He retired from the Colonial Service in September 1962 and, on returning to the United Kingdom, worked for the Commission for the New Towns until 1983. He died in 2007.

Susan Spurr was born in Oxted, Surrey, on 23 June 1933 and educated at Oxted Grammar School and Pitman's College. After working in London for eight years she joined the Overseas Civil Service in September 1955 and was posted to Southern Cameroons as secretary to the Commissioner of the Cameroons. She married R.C. Overton in November 1957.

Scope and Content

Papers of R.C. Overton from his time as a Colonial Service officer in Nigeria and the Cameroons and of Susan Overton nee Spurr while working as secretary to the Commissioner of the Cameroons.


Donated by Mrs Susan Overton in November 2017.

Related Material

Further papers of R.C. Overton, including touring diary and handing over notes from Nigeria and the Cameroons, have shelfmark MSS. Afr. s. 1278.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark, e.g. MS. 12697/1].

Personal name(s) (NCA Rules)

Overton | Richard Charles | 1923-2007 | colonial officer
Overton | Susan | b. 1933 | nÉe Spurr | overseas civil servant


20th century
Cameroon -- History
Colonial administrators -- Africa, West

Descriptive List

Papers of R.C. Overton
Date: 1952-1961
Shelfmark: MS. 12697/1
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content


Papers of R.C. Overton and Susan Overton
Date: 1950-2016
Shelfmark: MS. 12697/2
Language(s) of Material: English
Extent: 1 box

Scope and Content


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