Photograph Albums belonging to Stanhope White

Scope and Content

Five captioned photograph albums (1936-1954) spanning the whole of White's career from a Cadet at Cambridge University to his work as a District Officer and, later, Head of Commerce and Industries in Northern Region, Nigeria, and including a trip to the Sudan. Also included are associated papers, pamphlets, articles, literary correspondence and presscuttings, mostly to do with agriculture and commerce.

The five photograph albums provide a pictorial counterpart to Dan Banu: the Memoirs of a Nigerian Officer.

Administrative / Biographical History

Stanhope White was born in 1913 in Middlesbrough, England. He was educated at Harrogate Grammar School and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he read Natural Sciences and Geography, graduating in 1934. That year he took part in the Egyptian Desert Survey and the Cambridge Iceland Expedition. He also acted as surveyor and geologist to Dr. L.S.B. Leakey's archaeological expedition to British East Africa in 1934-1935.

White joined the Colonial Administrative Service and, after his probationary year, was posted to Northern Nigeria in 1936 where he served in various capacities until 1954. During the latter part of his career he was Director for Commerce and Industry in the Northern Region, and two of the photograph albums in this collection deal almost exclusively with local industries and development projects.

White returned to England in 1954 and worked for Fisons and later ICI. During this time he published three books related to his experiences in Africa: Descent from the Hills (1963); Dan Banu: the Memoirs of a Nigerian Officer (1966); and Lost Empire of the Nile (1969).

Access Information

Bodleian reader's ticket required.


Collection level description created by Marion Lowman, 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 and a handlist is also available for this collection.

Listed as no. 1417 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.