Papers of Sir Charles Noble Arden-Clarke

Scope and Content

Papers, 1949-1957, of Sir Charles Noble Arden-Clarke, giving an insight into events during the transition of the Gold Coast to independent Ghana, including the State of Emergency (1950). The papers comprise typescripts of speeches to local clubs and societies, discussions with the Legislative Council, and some correspondence arranging meetings, 1949-1957, including two congratulatory telegrams received on the independence of Ghana, 1956, and speech when sworn in as Governor-General of Ghana, 1957; text of a radio broadcast on democracy and elections at the General Election, 1956; other papers, 1954-1957, comprising letters received congratulating him on his work, legal documents concerning a libel by the Ghana Nationalist newspaper, articles on Arden-Clarke from The Observer and The Ghana Evening News, and copy letter by Arden-Clarke concerning appointment of the next Governor of Ghana, 1957.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in India, 1898; educated at Rossall School; joined the Machine Gun Corps, 1917; served in France, Germany and southern Russia, 1917-1920; joined the Colonial Administrative Service, 1920; Administrative Officer, Northern Nigeria, 1920-1933; Acting Principal Assistant Secretary, Nigerian Secretariat, 1934-1936; Assistant Resident Commissioner and Government Secretary, Bechuanaland Protectorate, 1936; Resident Commissioner, Bechuanaland Protectorate, 1937-1942; Resident Commissioner, Basutoland, 1942-1946; Knight,1946; Governor and Commander­in-Chief, Sarawak, 1946-1949; Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Gold Coast, 1949-1957; oversaw the independence of Ghana as first Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief, 1957; retired, 1957; Honorary DCL, Durham, 1958; Chairman of the Royal African Society, 1959; Chairman of the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind, 1959; Chairman of the National Council for the Supply of Teachers Overseas, 1960; member of the Monckton Commission on central Africa, 1960; died, 1962.

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Acquired in 1994.

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