Papers of W.J. Watts

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Notes, reports and memoranda collected as Secretary for Chinese Affairs,Kedah, 1950s, dealing with the history and functions of the Department ofChinese Affairs, Malaya, Sino-Malay relations and Chinese secret societiesfrom 1879 to 1957.

Administrative / Biographical History

William John Watts (fl 1923-1991) entered the Overseas Civil Service in 1947and was posted to Malaya. He was Secretary for Chinese Affairs for the stateof Kedah in the early 1950s, District Officer for Jelebu, 1954-1955, andDeputy Secretary, Ministry of the Interior and Justice, Federation of Malayauntil 1959. He then entered H.M. Diplomatic Service, serving in the Far Eastand in Kenya until his retirement in 1981.

Conditions Governing Access

Bodleian reader's ticket required.


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

Other Finding Aids

Listed as no. 740 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford,Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996). A handlist isavailable in the library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

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