Papers, correspondence and maps relating to Edmonds’ work in the consular service in North Persia, Iraq and Kurdistan. Papers relating to his service in Iraq, 1915-45, including: papers on his service as Administrative Inspector, 1922-24; Liaison Officer to the Mosul Commission, 1925-26; papers, correspondence, and maps relating to Edmond’s work in the consular service in North Persia, Iraq and Kurdistan; official reports 1910-46; tour notes and draft reports 1914-40s; topographical notes; notes on the tribes of Kurdistan; personal correspondence 1913-77; lectures and articles; large collection of maps; diaries 1912-1975; typescript memoirs “East & West of Zagros”. Photo collection.
Cecil John Edmonds Collection
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 165 0095
- Dates of Creation1910-1977
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description28 boxes
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Edmonds, Cecil John (1889-1979) Diplomat
Born 26 October 1889, youngest son of Revd. Walter and Laura Edmonds. Educated at Bedford School; Christ’s Hospital and Pembroke College, Cambridge. Joined Levant Consular Service as Student Interpreter, 1910; acting Vice-Consul, Bushire, 1913; Assistant Political Officer in Mesopotamia, 1915 (Temp. Captain), SW Persia, 1917; Political Officer, British Forces NW Persia, 1919 (Temp. Major, Special List); Special Duty in S. Kurdistan, 1922; Divisional Adviser and Administrative Inspector in the Kirkuk and Sulaimani provinces under Iraq Govt., 1922; Political Officer with military columns in Kurdistan in 1924; Liaison Officer with League of Nations Commission of Inquiry into frontier between Iraq and Turkey, 1925; Asst. Adviser, Min. of Interior, Iraq, 1926; Consul, 1928; British Assessor, League of Nations Commission of Inquiry into the frontier between Iraq and Syria, 1932; Member Of Demarcation Commission of Iraqi-Syrian Frontier, 1933; Adviser, Min. For Foreign Affairs, Iraq, 1933; Member of Iraqi Delegation to the League of Nations, annually, 1932-38; Adviser to the Ministry of the Interior, Iraq, 1935-45; Consul-General, 1937; CMG 1941; UK Permanent Delegate to International Refugee Organisation in 1947; Minister in HM Foreign Service, 1948; retired, 1950. Lecturer in Kurdish at SOAS, 1951-57. Married 1st, 1935, Alison Hooper - 1 son & 2 daughters; 2nd., 1947, Phyllis Stephenson - 1 son. Died 11 June 1979.
- Boxes 1 – 5 initial deposit.
- Boxes 6 – 25 later deposit. This is divided into the following sections:
- A Official papers (divisional and military reports, copies of treaties etc Iraq, Iran, Turkey 1910-1946
- BUnofficial papers (tour notes, draft reports etc) 1914-1940s
- CEarly topographical notes (Kurdistan)
- DEarly notes on the tribes of Kurdistan and other papers
- EPersonal correspondence
- FPapers relating to the Kurdish language (and material on other languages)
- GPapers relating to the study of place names – Kurdistan and other areas of the Middle East
- HLectures, articles, notes by C J Edmonds on the modern history of the Middle East, Kurdistan etc
- IPamphlets and articles on the Middle East by authors other than C J Edmonds
- JPress cuttings and reviews re: Kurdistan 1931-1970s
- KMapsBoxes 26-28 Diaries and Memoirs
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The papers were given to St. Antony’s by Edmonds in May 1967 and 1978, the remainder by his son Hugh Edmonds in Feb/March 1981
Other Finding Aids
Cecil Edmonds Collection Catalogue (PDF File)
Fonds level description created by Clare Brown 10 June 1998, revised 1 Sept 1998 and revised by Debbie Usher 14 April 2004 and 4 Jan 2011.
Conditions Governing Use
No restrictions on copying or quotation other than statutory regulations and preservation concerns
In the possession of CJ Edmonds