Memoirs of Wilfred J. Plumbe

Scope and Content

Typescript memoirs, c1985, entitled African Morning: Adventures in Nigeria & Sudan.

Administrative / Biographical History

Wilfred John Plumbe was part of a group of expatriate librarians working in the library of the University of Malaya in c1950s, contributing to the library's early development and to the founding of the Malayan Library Group, the predecessor of the Singapore and Malaysian Library Associations. Prior to 1956, he also spent a period as Assistant Librarian, National University Library, Singapore. In 1956-1959, 1962-1966 and 1982-1983, he worked in Nigeria, where his posts included First Librarian of the Nigerian College of Arts, Science & Technology (later Ahmadu Bello University) and of the University of Agriculture at Makurdi, Nigeria, and President of the Nigerian Library Association. He also worked as Librarian at Chancellor College, Malawi and at the library of an agricultural research farm, Gezira, Sudan. At other periods he was employed as University Librarian in Guyana and Papua New Guinea and Library Training Officer, Fiji, as well as working in England for twelve years. He published several books and articles, many on the problems of safeguarding archival and library materials in the tropics. His books include Tropical librarianship (Metuchen, New Jersey, Scarecrow Press, 1987) and Cry of the Fish gle. experiences in Malawi from initiation to deportation with an interlude in Morocco (Glasgow, Dudu Nsomba Publications, 1997).

Access Information

Bodleian reader's ticket required


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

Other Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

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