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Collection Level Description: Papers of Sir E.T. Williams

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 554
Title: Papers of Sir E.T. Williams
Dates of Creation: 1954, 1964-1994
Extent: 1 file

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Sir Edgar Trevor Williams (1912-1995) was Assistant Lecturer, University of Liverpool, from 1936. In World War Two he served in North Africa, Italy and the Rhine, rising to the rank of brigadier-general. He held a seat on the United Nations Security Council Secretariat, 1946-1947. He was Warden, Rhodes House, 1952-1980, Secretary of the Rhodes Trust, 1959-1980, a Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Oxford University, 1968-1980, and Editor, Dictionary of National Biography, 1949-1980. He was a member of the Devlin Commission on Nyasaland, 1959 and a United Kingdom observer at the Rhodesian elections, 1980. He served as a trustee of the Nuffield Provincial Hospitals Trust, 1963-1991, and as Chairman, 1966-1988, and as a governor at St. Edward's School, Oxford, 1960-1995. He was Deputy Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, 1964, and was made Honorary Fellow of Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford, 1975 and Wolfson College, Oxford, 1981. He was awarded a number of honorary degrees at universities in Great Britain and the United States. He was made an Officer, US Legion of Merit, in 1945, received a DSO in 1943, CBE, 1944 and CB, 1946. He was an Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford from 1980 and a Radcliffe Trustee from 1960. In 1938 he married Monica Robertson, with whom he had one daughter, and in 1946 he married Gillian Gambier-Parry, with whom he had one son and one daughter.

Scope and Content

Printed items and lecture texts on New Zealand history, 1964-1994; correspondence and press cuttings in the aftermath of the publication of the Devlin Commission report on Nyasaland, 1959-1964; article by Williams on Alfred Milner, 1954.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated to the library by Lady Williams on 4th September 1996.

Access Conditions

Bodleian reader's ticket required.

Reproduction Restrictions

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.

Related Units of Description

Sketch map of the Upper and Lower Waikato and supposed Rohe Potae, with manuscript notes of tribal boundaries, c1935 (ref. MSS. N.Z. s. 7).

Access Points

Williams | Edgar Trevor | 1912-1995 | Sir | Knight Historian

Milner | Alfred | 1854-1925 | Viscount Milner | Statesman

New Zealand | History

Malawi | History | 1953-1964

Great Britain | Colonies | Malawi | Administration

Great Britain. Colonial Office | Nyasaland Commission of Enquiry

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20 March 2012