Papers of Robert Hepburn Wright

Scope and Content

  • Letters written to parents from northern Nigeria, 1938-1939
  • Letters and diary extracts on journey out via Egypt and then from Cyprus,as Administrative Officer and Private Secretary to the island's Governor, 1942-[1964];letters written on service with the R.A.F., 1943-1946
  • Letters to father from northern Nigeria, 1946-1951
  • Bound volumes of transcripts of letters written home from Nigeria,1936-1942, 1946-1949
  • Bound volume of transcripts of letters written home from Cyprus,1942-1943
  • Bound volume of transcripts of letters written while on war servicewith the R.A.F. in Southern Rhodesia, the Middle East and Britain, 1943-1946
  • Diaries written in Nigeria, 1937-1938
  • Personal correspondence with Colonial Officers and others in Nigeriaamd elsewhere, 1936-1947
  • Letters from [Sir] Charles and Ivy Woolley, and one from Lady VioletBourdillon, from Nigeria, Cyprus and England, 1940-1943
  • Miscellaneous letters, memoranda and reports relating to service inNigeria and Cyprus, 1940-1955
  • Letters received, and memoranda relating to service as educationofficer, 1948-1960, with some later letters, 1979-1983
  • Letters from students in northern Nigeria, with other letters abouteducation, 1944-1964
  • Thank you and social letters received, 1947-1961
  • Lists of birds seen in Nigeria, 1941, with plan and offprint of article,[20th century]
  • Accounts of journey by car across the Sahara, 1937-1938
  • Photographs of northern Nigeria, 1937
  • Photographs of trans-Sahara journey, 1937

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Hepburn Wright (b 1913) started work as a cadet, Nigeria, 1936, asan assistant district officer, 1939 and assistant principal, Colonial Office(on secondment), 1942. He served as an administrative officer, Cyprus (onsecondment), 1942-1943 and saw active service with the R.A.F. in SouthernRhodesia and Britain, 1943-1946. He took a post as assistant district officer,northern Nigeria, 1946, district officer, 1946 and education officer, northernNigeria, 1948-1952.

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

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Related Material

Personal finances as education officer in Bauchi and Kaduna, Nigeria,c1930-1960 (ref. MSS. Afr. s. 1609).