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Papers of Villiers B.V. Powell relating to Nigerian sports teams


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Reports, diaries, correspondence, photographs and press cuttings relating to various international tours made by Nigerian sports teams, 1948-1964, including participation in Olympic Games, as sometime General Team Manager.


  • Creation: 1948-1964


2 boxes

Language of Materials

  • English

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CMD ID 3782

Biographical / Historical

Villiers Barcham Vaughan Powell was born in 1904 and educated at Christ's College, Christchurch, New Zealand; and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, England.

In 1927 he was appointed as Superintendent of Education in Nigeria; he became Principal in 1944. Whilst in Nigeria, Powell also worked with Nigerian sports teams, this included being (sometime) General Team Manager of the Nigerian Olympic Team. Compiled with reference to A Biographical Dictionary of the British Colonial Service 1939-1966 by A.H.M. Kirk-Greene (1991).

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Listed as no. 1387 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Custodial History

Deposited with the Oxford Colonial Records Project.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was transferred to the library from the Oxford Colonial Records Project.

Papers of Villiers B.V. Powell relating to Nigerian sports teams
Marion Lowman
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom