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Collection Level Description: Papers of Trafford Smith (2)

Reference: MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 530
Title: Papers of Trafford Smith (2)
Dates of Creation: 1953-1959, 1967-1970
Extent: 14 boxes

Language of Material: English



Administrative/Biographical History

Trafford Smith (1912-1975), civil servant and diplomat, began work in the Colonial Office in 1935 before being seconded to Fiji in 1938. He was made Assistant British Resident Commissioner, New Hebrides in 1940, served in the British Solomon Islands from the same year and in the Gilbert and Ellis Islands from 1941. He was Secretary of the Soulbury Commission on Constitutional Reform, Ceylon, 1944-1945 and Assistant Secretary, Colonial Office, 1945. He was attached to the British delegation to the United Nations, New York, for the Special General Assembly on Palestine, 1948. From 1953 to 1959 he was Lieutenant-Governor of Malta, and Acting Governor May-September 1953 and July-September 1954. He was made Assistant Under-Secretary of State, Commonwealth Office, 1959-1967 and Ambassador to Burma, 1967-1970. He was awarded a CMG and the Cross of St. John. In 1937 he married Mary Isabel Smith, with whom he had two daughters.

Scope and Content

Papers related to posting in the British colonies of the western Pacific, 1938-1941; material chiefly concerning British territories in the western Pacific, 1941-1966; material mostly received or written in, or dealing with Ceylon, 1944-1948; material concerning Palestine, 1947-1949; papers concerning appointment in Malta, 1952-1959; papers relating to Burma, 1967-1975; papers relating to various interests, 1928-1963; engagement diaries, 1947-1975

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. 618 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996). A handlist is also available for consultation in the library.

Related Units of Description

Letters, programmes of tours, texts of talks and printed material relating to service as an administrator in Fiji and to tours made of the Caribbean and western Pacific territories as Assistant Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies, 1938-1966 (ref. MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 490); typescript, Two Family Histories, by Mary Isabel Smith, also held by the library.

Access Points

Smith | Trafford | 1912-1975 | civil servant and diplomat

Great Britain | Colonies | Administration

Palestine | History | 1948-

Islands of the Pacific | History | 20th century

West Indies | History | 20th century

Sri Lanka | History | 20th century

Malta | History | 1798-1964

Burma | History | 1948-

Great Britain.Colonial Office | Officials and employees


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