Papers of Eric Laidley Mort

Scope and Content

Journals of two Trans-Sahara journeys from Nigeria to England, 1933 and 1936, as superintendent of education in Nigeria; with related reports, itineraries, maps and printed material, and 12 albums of photographs relating to service in education in Nigeria 1914-1937.

Administrative / Biographical History

Eric Laidley Mort, OBE (1935), was educated at Tonbridge School, and University College, Oxford. His career in Nigeria began in August 1914 when he was appointed to the post of junior superintendent in the education department in the Northern Provinces. After military service (Nigeria Regiment), 1916-1918, Mort returned to his work in education. He became superintendent of education in January 1920, and in 1935 was also acting chief inspector in the Northern Provinces. In 1936 he was appointed as principal of Higher College in Katsina and, later in the same year, became principal of Kaduna College. During the late 1930's, Mort also acted as: assistant director of education in the Northern Provinces (1937, January-March 1939), assistant director of education (April-September 1938), and director of education (September-October 1938).

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Collection level description created by Marion Lowman, Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House.

Administrative/Biographical History compiled with reference to A Biographical Dictionary of the British Colonial Service 1939-1966 by A.H.M. Kirk-Greene (1991).

Other Finding Aids

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Listed as no. 1373 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

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