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Collection Level Description: Papers of John Rutherford Parkin Postlethwaite

Reference: GB 0162 MSS.Afr.s.2007
Title: Papers of John Rutherford Parkin Postlethwaite
Dates of Creation: 1909-1932
Extent: 2 volumes
Name of Creator: John Rutherford Parkin Postlethwaite

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

John Rutherford Parkin Postlethwaite, CBE (1933), was born in 1883. Between 1909 and 1932 he worked for the Colonial Civil Service in the Uganda Protectorate; he was Provincial Commissioner in Buganda Province and was also a member of the Uganda Executive Council.

During the First World War, Postlethwaite worked for the Ministry of Food as a Deputy Divisional Food Officer in the London division. During the Second World War, he was a Divisional Food Officer in the South­Eastern Division (1940-1942) and in London (1942-1944). He also worked for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (1944-1945).

As well as being a lecturer, author and director of various companies, Postlethwaite was also a member of the Council of the Royal African Society (1945) and Trustee of the R. Hussey Slave Charity. He died in 1956.

Scope and Content

Scrapbooks containing letters, press cuttings, leaflets etc., relating to service in Uganda.

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Bodleian reader's ticket required.

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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.

Listed as no. 1158 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Access Points

Postlethwaite | John Rutherford Parkin | 1883-1956 | Colonial Administrator

Colonial administrators | Uganda

Great Britain | Colonial Administrative Service

Uganda | Officials and employees

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