Papers of Elfrida Manning

Scope and Content

Papers concerning stay in Jamaica with Lord and Lady Olivier in 1931, with related material on Lord Olivier.

Administrative / Biographical History

The papers largely concern Sydney Haldane, Baron Olivier (1859-1943), KCMG (1907). Lord Olivier graduated from Corpus Christi College, Oxford and entered the Colonial Office, 1882. He was Colonial Secretary, Jamaica, 1900-1904 and Governor, 1907-1913. He was Permanent Secretary, Board of Agriculture, 1913-1917, Assistant Comptroller and Auditor of the Exchequer, 1917-1920, and Secretary for India, 1924. He was a champion of the sugar industry in the British West Indies, and Secretary of the Fabian Society, 1886-1889. His publications include The Anatomy of African Misery (London, L. & V. Woolf, 1927).

Access Information

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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.


Further papers, comprising letters written to Elfrida Manning (thenThornycroft) by Lord Olivier, 1928-1931, a manuscript article by Thornycrofton Jamaica, and a letter from Olivier to Burnham, 1925 concerning an article inthe Daily Telegraph, were transferred by Christopher Thornycroft on 22nd September 1997.