Robertson, J.W.

Archive Collection
  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 33 SAD[417]
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      17 boxes

Scope and Content

Official papers mainly from service in the Civil Secretary's Office: papers re the 6th and 8th sessions of the Advisory Council for the Northern Sudan, 1946-1948 ; papers re the Juba Conference, 1946-1947 ; papers re constitutional developments, 1943-1951 ; papers of the Sudan Church Council; letters from Douglas Newbold; correspondence between the Civil Secretary and the Sudan Agent in London and the Sudan Agent in Cairo; monthly letters from the Civil Secretary to province governors, 1945-1953 ; letters to Robertson from serving officials, both inside and outside the Sudan; letters home, 1922-1954 ; articles and speeches; copy letter concerning the battle of Omdurman, 1898; miscellanea; 13 photographs; newspaper cuttings; copies of Background to Sudan News, 1953-1954  and of Public Relations Office publications, 1953-1954 ; printed material

Administrative / Biographical History

Sudan Political Service, 1922-1953 , including appointments in Blue Nile, White Nile, Fung and Kordofan provinces; Civil Secretary 1945-1953

Conditions Governing Access

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Acquisition Information

Presented by Robertson, 1977, by A.H.M. Kirk-Greene, 1984, & Sir James' son, J. Robertson, 1995


Part of : Sudan Archive

Other Finding Aids

Draft catalogue (1977 & 1984 material). Summary list only for 1995 gift

Separated Material

Robertson's papers relating to Nigeria are held at Rhodes House Library, Oxford

Related Material

For Robertson's letters to G.F. Thomas, see his papers [G//S 1106]


Robertson, Sir James, Transition in Africa: from direct rule to independence. A memoir by Sir James Robertson (London, 1974)The last of the proconsuls: letters from Sir James W. Robertson KT, GCMG, GCVO, KBE, Order of the Nile (4th class), KStJ, Civil Secretary of the Sudan, 1945-1953, Governor-General of Nigeria, 1955-1960, ed. Graham F. Thomas (London, 1994)