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Papers of Sir Edgar C.F. Whitehead


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This collection contains:

  1. Original typescript of unpublished autobiography, 1928-1946
  2. United Federal Party 'Build a Nation' tour, 1962: correspondence, press cuttings
  3. speeches, circulars, cuttings as Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia, 1961, 1962
  4. personal letters concerning his work and retirement, 1949-1965
  5. press cuttings, 1958-1962


  • Creation: 1928-1965


7 files, 10 volumes

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS.Afr.s.1482].

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Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 4879

Biographical / Historical

Sir Edgar Cuthbert Fremantle Whitehead, OBE (1944), CMG (1952), KCMG (1954), was born on the 1 January 1905 and educated at University College, Oxford (BA 1926, MA 1929).

Sir Whitehead's career history:

  1. War service (1939-1945), in West Africa and with Air Despatch in the United Kingdom
  2. Member of the Legislative Assembly for Southern Rhodesia (1939-1940, 1946-1953, 1958-1965)
  3. Acting High Commissioner for Southern Rhodesia in the UK (1945-1946)
  4. Ministry of Finance, and of Posts and Telegraphs, Southern Rhodesia (1946-1953)
  5. Member of the Council of the University of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (1955-1958)
  6. Minister for the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland in Washington (1957-1958)
  7. Elected MP for Salisbury North constituency (United Federal Party) in Southern Rhodesia General Election (June 1958)
  8. Minister of Native Affairs (1958-1960)
  9. Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia (February 1958-December 1962)
  10. Leader of the Opposition (United Federal Party, 1962-1965)

Sir Whitehead returned to England on retirement in 1965 and died on the 22 September 1971. Compiled with reference to Who Was Who (volume VII).

Other Finding Aids

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

Listed as no. 297 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).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated in 1972 and 1992.

Papers of Sir Edgar C.F. Whitehead
Marion Lowman
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom