Papers of Stanley Milburn relating to society in Nigeria and Sierra Leone

Scope and Content

Papers on education, native customs, folklore, history and secret societies in Nigeria and Sierra Leone, including sketches, photographs, articles and notes, 1926-1950. Also, transcripts of diaries of George Ross, Superintendent of Maroons in Sierra Leone, 1800-1801, and extracts from the diary of John Clarkson, [Royal Navy], 1791-1792.

Administrative / Biographical History

Stanley Milburn was born in 1903 and educated at Liverpool Institute, and University College, Oxford. His career in Africa began in 1926 when he was appointed to the post of Superintendent of Education in Nigeria. In 1936, he transferred to Sierra Leone where, in addition to his role as Senior Education Officer, he was a member of the Rural Areas Council, Chief Censor, and Information Officer. Milburn returned to Nigeria in 1944 where he was appointed Chief Inspector of Education, Eastern Province, and Deputy Director of Education, Western Province, in 1946.

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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.

Listed as no. 1369 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

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