Papers of William Sewell de Guibe Rankin, relating to UNESCO

Scope and Content

Reminiscences, notes, letters, reports, maps and printed material relating to his service with UNESCO in Liberia and Ethiopia.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Sewell de Guibe Rankin was born in 1905 and educated at Westminster, and Christ Church, Oxford. In 1928 he entered the Colonial Service as an Education Officer in Nigeria. During the 1950s he worked for UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in Liberia and Ethiopia.

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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).

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Listed as no. 826 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

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