Papers of Sir John Valentine W. Shaw

Scope and Content

Press cuttings, photographs, correspondence and reports relating to servicein the Gold Coast, Cyprus, Palestine, Trinidad and Sierra Leone, 1924-1955;album of photographs of service as Chief Secretary, Palestine, 1946; album ofgramophone recordings of speeches made at inauguration as Governor of Trinidad,1947.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir John Valentine Wistar Shaw (fl 1894-1950) served as Assistant District Commissioner,from 1921, District Commissioner, from 1925, and Assistant Secretary, from 1928, in the Gold Coast. He then moved to Palestine, where he became AssistantSecretary, 1935, Senior Assistant Secretary, 1938 and Departmental Chief Secretary,1939. He was posted to Cyprus as Colonial Secretary in 1940. He was madeChief Secretary, Palestine, 1943 and acted as Governor, Cyprus and HighCommissioner for Palestine for several periods, 1940-1946. From 1947 to 1950he served as Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Trinidad.

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

Listed as no. 615 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford,Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Conditions Governing Use

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

Custodial History

Sir John Shaw was first approached by the Oxford Colonial Records Projecton 19th September 1963. Between this date and 31st March 1964 the papers cameinto the custody of his son, Michael.

Related Material

Addresses of welcome on inauguration as Governor of Trinidad, 1947 (ref. MSS.Brit. Emp. t. 3)