Sir John Boustead Collection

Scope and Content

Report on the frontier battalion of the Sudan Defence Force 1940-1941; papers relating to development of the Eastern Aden Protectorate and Muscat and Oman; lecture notes on the Sultan Eisa of Mahra and three Arabian rulers (Sultan Saleh, Zaid and Shakbut); draft autobiography.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir John Edmund Hugh Boustead (1895-1980) Knight, Colonel, Colonial Administrator

Born 14 April 1895, Royal Naval College, Osborne and Dartmouth; Worcester College, Oxford. Royal Naval service 1913-15; S. African Brigade 1915-19; Gordon Highlanders 1921-24; Sudan Camel Corps 1924-29; Gen. Staff SDF, Khartoum, 1930; Commanded Sudan Camel Corps,1931; retired from Army 1935 and joined Sudan Political Service; District Commissioner Western Desert, Darfur, 1935-40; service in Ethiopia & Eritrea 1941-45; Resident Adviser, Hadhramaut States and British Agent, East Aden Protectorate, Southern Arabia, Oct. 1949-Oct. 1958; Development Secretary to Sultanate of Muscat and Oman, Oct. 1958-Oct. 1961; British Political Agent, Abu Dhabi, Nov. 1961- May 1965. Unmarried. Died 3 April 1980.

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Acquisition Information

Transferred as a deposit between June and Nov. 1982.

Archivist's Note

Fonds level description created by Clare Brown 12 June 1998 and revised by Debbie Usher 4 Nov 2003 and 28 Sept 2012. File and item level description created c1982.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make copies for private research. Anything else to be referred to Dept. of Western Manuscripts, Bodleian Library.

Custodial History

In Boustead’s possession. Bequeathed to Bodleian Library, 1980.

Related Material

In Other Repositories

Oxford University: Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House: Correspondence with Margery Perham. Ref MSS Perham. NRA 33434 Perham.

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