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Papers of Charles Harris


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Comprises papers relating to Harris' time in Somalia for the British Council and work for the United Nations Technical Assistance Board (UNTAB), personal correspondence, notebooks, and official reports.


  • Creation: 1959-1973


3.96 Linear metres (11 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 4738, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. c. 4738-4748

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15335-8


Papers of Charles Harris (1917-1988), United Nations official

Biographical / Historical

Charles Harris (1917-1998) was a consultant in local government and administration. His career included working for the British Council in Somalia, and for the United Nations Technical Assistance Board (UNTAB) on decentralisation in Saudi Arabia, Papua New Guinea, Cyprus and Nigeria.


The papers of Charles Harris were previously catalogued as part of the Archive of the United Nations Career Records Project, but the decision was taken to separate them to form a collection on their own. The shelfmarks and the order in which they were originally catalogued have been maintained.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The material was collected via the United Nations Career Records Project, 1989-1992.

Catalogue of the Papers of Charles Harris
Original catalogue by Martin Jennings, edited and revised by M. Webb. New version created by Francesca Alves
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Edition statement
First edition

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom