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Collection Level Description: Papers of R.O. Williams

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 474
Title: Papers of R.O. Williams
Dates of Creation: [1970s]
Extent: 1 box

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

R.O. Williams (fl 1920-1970), son of Robert Orchard Williams, colonial agriculturalist, was employed as Agricultural Officer, Kenya, from 1943. He then moved to British Guiana, where he was appointed Chief Research Officer, 1952, Assistant Director of Agriculture (Research), 1954 and Deputy Director of Agriculture, 1958. Moving to Sarawak, he was appointed Assistant Director of Agriculture (Research), 1959, Deputy Director, 1962 and Director, 1964.

Scope and Content

Photocopied transcripts, [1970s], of A plantsman's way, an account of his life and experiences in the Colonial Agricultural Service in Trinidad, Kenya, British Guiana, Sarawak and St. Helena, 1930-1970.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated to the library in December 1983.

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.

Further Information

Finding Aids

Listed as no. 631 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Related Units of Description

Papers of his father, Robert Orchard Williams, relating to horticulture, land settlement, fruit industry, rubber production, etc. in Trinidad; cultivation in Palestine; clove growing in Zanzibar, 1930-1959 (ref. MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 278).

Access Points

Williams | R.O. | fl 1920-1970 | colonial agricultural officer

Great Britain | Colonies | Administration

Great Britain | Colonies | Agriculture

Trinidad and Tobago | History | 20th century

Kenya | History | 20th century

Guyana | History | 20th century

Sarawak | History | 20th century

St. Helena | History | 20th century

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20 March 2012