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Collection Level Description: Papers of James Stewart Smith

Reference: GB 0162 MSS.Afr.s.1986
Title: Papers of James Stewart Smith
Dates of Creation: 1924-1955
Extent: 2 boxes
Name of Creator: James Stewart Smith

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

James Stewart Smith, CMG (1955), was born on the 15 August 1900 and educated at Marlborough College, and King's College, Cambridge. He joined the Nigerian Administrative Service in 1924 and subsequently served as Senior District Officer (1943), Resident (1945) and Senior Resident (1951). He was awarded the Papal Order of Knight Commander of the Order of St Gregory the Great in 1953. Smith died on the 13 February 1987.

Scope and Content

Smith's autobiography of service as an Administrative Officer in Cameroon and Eastern Nigeria (1924-1955) entitled "The Last Time", with related reports, papers and letters home.

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Listed as no. 1406 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

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Smith | James Stewart | 1900-1987 | Colonial Administrator

Great Britain | Colonial Administrative Service

Colonial administrators | Nigeria, Eastern | Autobiographies

Colonial administrators | Cameroon | Autobiographies

Nigeria, Eastern | Officials and employees

Cameroon | Officials and employees

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