Papers of R.O. Williams

Scope and Content

Photocopied transcripts, [1970s], of A plantsman's way, anaccount of his life and experiences in the Colonial Agricultural Service inTrinidad, Kenya, British Guiana, Sarawak and St. Helena, 1930-1970.

Administrative / Biographical History

R.O. Williams (fl 1920-1970), son of Robert Orchard Williams, colonialagriculturalist, was employed as Agricultural Officer, Kenya, from1943. He then moved to British Guiana, where he was appointed Chief ResearchOfficer, 1952, Assistant Director of Agriculture (Research), 1954 and DeputyDirector of Agriculture, 1958. Moving to Sarawak, he was appointed AssistantDirector of Agriculture (Research), 1959, Deputy Director, 1962 and Director,1964.

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. 631 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.

Related Material

Papers of his father, Robert Orchard Williams, relating to horticulture,land settlement, fruit industry, rubber production, etc. in Trinidad;cultivation in Palestine; clove growing in Zanzibar, 1930-1959 (ref. MSS. Brit.Emp. s. 278).