Papers of Peter H. Balmer relating to self-government in Western Nigeria

Scope and Content

Memorandum on the effects of self-government in Western Nigeria upon British civil servants (1957), with press cuttings, leave certificates, etc., and a file of Nigerian photographs (1956-1959).

Administrative / Biographical History

Peter Herriott Balmer (OBE) was born in 1921 and educated at the Prince of Wales School in Nairobi; Cheltenham College; and Trinity College, Cambridge. He was on military service during 1941 to 1943 (captain).

Balmer entered the Colonial Administrative Service as a cadet in 1942. He was posted to Nigeria where he later held the posts of Administrative Officer, class II, in the Western Region (1954); Administrative Officer, class I (1957); and Administrative Officer, staff grade (1957-1960). Between 1955 and 1956 Balmer was also Electoral Commissioner.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Administrative/Biographical History compiled with reference to A Biographical Dictionary of the British Colonial Service 1939-1966 by A.H.M. Kirk-Greene (1991).

Other Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room.

Listed as no. 1286 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.

Custodial History

Deposited with the Oxford Development Records Project.