Papers of Paul Alfred T. Sneath

Scope and Content

Correspondence, memoranda, articles, etc. relating to Sneath's medical service in the Gold Cost, British Guiana, Tanganyika and Canada.

Administrative / Biographical History

Paul Alfred T. Sneath was born on the 16 February 1898 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In 1923 he began working for the Colonial Medical Service as a Medical Officer in the West African Medical Service based in the Gold Coast. He resigned from this post in 1927 and, in the same year, became a Demonstrator, later Lecturer, in the Department of Hygiene and Preventative Medicine at the University of Toronto. In addition to this post Sneath became, in 1928, a Research Assistant, later Research Associate, at Connaught Research Laboratories.

In 1937 Sneath was re-appointed to the Colonial Medical Service and served as First Assistant Government Medical Officer of Health in British Guiana (1937) and then as Deputy Director of Medical Services and Registrar General (1938). In 1940 he was released to serve in the Canadian Army at the request of the Canadian Government but was recalled to the Colonial Medical Service in 1944 at the request of the Colonial Office. From 1944 Sneath served as Deputy Director of Medical Services in Tanganyika Territory (ca. October 1944), Acting Director of Medical Services (March 1945), and Substantive Director of Medical Services (June 1945).

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

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Listed as no. 41 in Manuscript Collections (Africana and non-Africana) in Rhodes House Library, Oxford, Supplementary accessions to the end of 1977 and Cumulative Index, compiled by Wendy S. Byrne (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1978).

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