Nevill Barbour Collection

Scope and Content

Copies of articles and broadcasts on the Middle East and North Africa, Zionism, the Arabic language, 1936-1963, with an English translation of part of the memoirs of Sidqi Pasha; report on Syria and Palestine presented by M. Etienne Flandin to the "Group senatorial pour la defense des interets francais a l'etranger"; pamphlet entitled "The Independence of Egypt" by a member of the Egyptian delegation to London, January 1921; papers and correspondence relating to Taufiq Hakim's novel The Return of the Spirit, 1933-1937; correspondence with Lt. Gen. Sir George MacMunn regarding the latter's article on Palestine, "Nisi Dominus" 1950-1951.

Administrative / Biographical History

Nevill Barbour (1895-1974)

Nevill Barbour was an Arab specialist who served in the Middle East during World War II. After leaving Palestine, Nevill Barbour became head of the Arabic Section at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in London. Nevill Barbour served on the Council of the Royal Central Asian Society and was awarded its Lawrence Medal in 1964 for his work as an interpreter of Arab affairs. Further details unknown.

Access Information


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Acquisition Information

Received as a gift from Violet Barbour (widow), and sons Peter and John, circa 1975

Archivist's Note

Fonds level description created by Clare Brown 10 Jun 1998 and revised by Debbie Usher 27 Feb 2004

Conditions Governing Use

No restrictions on copying or quotation other than statutory regulations and preservation concerns