Papers of Frederick Karl Butler

Scope and Content

Report on, and diary of, the operations of 11th African Division of Abyssinia, from River Tana to Addis Ababa, February-April 1941, with letters home and maps (1 box). Cricket in Nigeria, a history, also by Butler, 1946, with scorebooks, 1925-1953 (1 box).

Administrative / Biographical History

Frederick Karl Butler, OBE (1958), was born in 1904 and educated at Elstree School; Haileybury College; and Trinity College, Oxford. His career in education in Africa began in 1927 when he was appointed as an education officer in Nigeria; he became senior education officer in 1938. After military service (1939-1943), Butler returned to his work in education, subsequently holding the posts of chief inspector of education (1950), deputy director of education (1950), and director of education in the western region (1954-1958).

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Collection level description created by Marion Lowman, Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House.

Administrative/Biographical History compiled with reference to A Biographical Dictionary of the British Colonial Service 1939-1966 by A.H.M. Kirk-Greene (1991).

Other Finding Aids

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Listed as no. 943 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

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Custodial History

Deposited with the Oxford Development Records Project.