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Collection Level Description: Papers of Sir John Valentine W. Shaw

Reference: MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 456
Title: Papers of Sir John Valentine W. Shaw
Dates of Creation: 1924-1955
Extent: 3 volumes

Language of Material: English



Administrative/Biographical History

Sir John Valentine Wistar Shaw (fl 1894-1950) served as Assistant District Commissioner, from 1921, District Commissioner, from 1925, and Assistant Secretary, from 1928, in the Gold Coast. He then moved to Palestine, where he became Assistant Secretary, 1935, Senior Assistant Secretary, 1938 and Departmental Chief Secretary, 1939. He was posted to Cyprus as Colonial Secretary in 1940. He was made Chief Secretary, Palestine, 1943 and acted as Governor, Cyprus and High Commissioner for Palestine for several periods, 1940-1946. From 1947 to 1950 he served as Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Trinidad.

Scope and Content

Press cuttings, photographs, correspondence and reports relating to service in the Gold Coast, Cyprus, Palestine, Trinidad and Sierra Leone, 1924-1955; album of photographs of service as Chief Secretary, Palestine, 1946; album of gramophone recordings of speeches made at inauguration as Governor of Trinidad, 1947.

Administrative Information

Access Conditions

Bodleian reader's ticket required: http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/services/admissions/.

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. 615 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Related Units of Description

Addresses of welcome on inauguration as Governor of Trinidad, 1947 (ref. MSS. Brit. Emp. t. 3)

Access Points

Shaw | John Valentine Wistar | fl 1894-1950 | Sir | colonial administrator

Great Britain | Colonies | Administration

Mandates | Palestine

Palestine | History | 1917-1948

Trinidad and Tobago | History | 20th century

Cyprus | History | British rule | 1878-1960

Ghana | History | To 1957


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