Papers of Sir Allan Chalmers Smith

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Legal papers relating to service in Bermuda, Nigeria, Gold Coast and the West Indies, including judgements, speeches and recordings of meetings, 1926-1955

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Allan Chalmers Smith (1893-1980) trained as a barrister-at-law at Grays Inn,and fought in the First World War, 1914-1918. He later served as a policemagistrate in Bermuda from 1928 and in Nigeria from 1935. He was made puisnejudge in Trinidad, 1938 and the Gold Coast, 1944. He served as Chief Justice, Sierra Leone, 1951-1955. In 1955 he was appointed Attorney-General of Bermuda. He also served as Commissioner of the Pre-Federal Judicial Commission set up in the British West Indies. His final appointment was as an assistant justice in Bermuda in 1956, a post which he held until his retirement in 1965.

Conditions Governing Access

Bodleian reader's ticket required.

Other Finding Aids

Listed as no. 616 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford,Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Conditions Governing Use

No reproduction or publication of personal papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.

Custodial History

The papers were donated to the Oxford Colonial Records Project by Sir Allan Chalmers Smith on 17th May 1967.