Papers of Lalage Bown, OBE

Scope and Content

  • Reports, programmes, curricula, minutes, lecture texts, etc. relating to adulteducation in various African universities, 1949-1979
  • Reports, memoranda, texts of lectures and addresses, notes, etc. relating to adult education in Africagenerally, 1950-1978
  • Reports, memoranda, texts of articles and lectures,printed material, press cuttings, notes, etc. relating to University educationin Africa, 1955-1967
  • Texts of addresses and lectures, minutes, drafts of statutes,etc. relating to African affairs, 1961-1974
  • Letters, programmes, printedtexts of speeches, etc. relating to international adult education

Administrative / Biographical History

Professor Lalage Bown (fl 1927-1981) worked as Resident Tutor, University College of theGold Coast, for Trans-Volta and Togoland, 1949-1955, and at the Departmentof Extra-Mural Studies, Makerere College, East Uganda, 1955-1959. While in the Gold Coast she was involved in the initiation of the Awudome Residential Adult College. She wasAssistant Director, then Deputy Director of Extra-Mural Studies, Universityof Ibadan, Nigeria, 1960-1966 and Director of Extra-Mural Studies andProfessor (ad personam), University of Zambia, 1966-1970. From 1971-1976 shewas Professor of Adult Education and Chief Extension Co-ordinator, AhmaduBello University, Zaria, Nigeria. She held the posts of Professor and Head ofthe Department of Adult Education, 1977-1979 and Dean of Education, 1979-1980,University of Lagos, Nigeria. She was awarded the William Pearson Tolley Medalby Syracuse University, New York, USA, 1975 and the OBE, 1977.

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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. 799 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).A handlist is available for consultation in the library reading room.

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

Related Material

Transcript of interview on adult education in Ghana and Uganda, 1983 andtranscript of contribution to an African affairs seminar, 1983 on thepolitics of adult education in Africa, 1945-1960 (ref. MSS. Afr. s. 1825(11) (Box III).

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