Papers of Sir John Valentine W. Shaw
Press cuttings, photographs, correspondence and reports relating to service in the Gold Coast, Cyprus, Palestine, Trinidad and Sierra Leone, 1924-1955; album of photographs of service as Chief Secretary, Palestine, 1946; album of gramophone recordings of speeches made at inauguration as Governor of Trinidad, 1947.
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Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 456].
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Collection ID (for staff)
CMD ID 4172
Biographical / Historical
Sir John Valentine Wistar Shaw (fl 1894-1950) served as Assistant District Commissioner, from 1921, District Commissioner, from 1925, and Assistant Secretary, from 1928, in the Gold Coast. He then moved to Palestine, where he became Assistant Secretary, 1935, Senior Assistant Secretary, 1938 and Departmental Chief Secretary, 1939. He was posted to Cyprus as Colonial Secretary in 1940. He was made Chief Secretary, Palestine, 1943 and acted as Governor, Cyprus and High Commissioner for Palestine for several periods, 1940-1946. From 1947 to 1950 he served as Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Trinidad.
Other Finding Aids
Listed as no. 615 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).
Sir John Shaw was first approached by the Oxford Colonial Records Project on 19th September 1963. Between this date and 31st March 1964 the papers came into the custody of his son, Michael.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were donated to the library by his son, Michael Shaw on 30th April 1964 through the Oxford Colonial Records Project.
- 20th century
- Cyprus -- History -- British rule -- 1878-1960
- Ghana -- History -- To 1957
- Great Britain -- Colonies -- Administration
- Mandates -- Palestine
- Palestine -- History -- 1917-1948
- Shaw | John Valentine Wistar | fl 1894-1950 | Sir | colonial administrator
- Trinidad and Tobago -- History -- 20th century
- Papers of Sir John Valentine W. Shaw
- Paul Davidson
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