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.
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.
The papers were donated to the library by Lady Williams on 4th September 1996.Access Conditions
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No reproduction or publication of personal papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.
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).
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