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Papers of Sir Hilton Poynton

 Single Item
MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 544

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  1. Text of farewell speech at Colonial Office party, 1966
  2. Notes on connection with commodities work at the Colonial Office, 1966
  3. Papers and administrative arrangements for the Oxford symposium on the transfer of power in tropical Africa, 1978
  4. Text of an article by Poynton on race relations, with associated correspondence, 1968
  5. Corespondence concerning a Dictionary of National Biography article on Andrew Cohen, 1972
  6. Various Government publications on the organisation of the Colonial Service, 1936-1965
  7. Minutes and papers of the Conservative Commonwealth and Overseas Council, 1969-1970


  • Creation: 1936-1978


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

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MSS. Brit. Emp. s. 544

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 3789

Biographical / Historical

Sir (Arthur) Hilton Poynton (1905-1996) was educated at Marlborough College and at Brasenose College, Oxford, entering the Civil Service at the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, 1927. In 1929 he transferred to the Colonial Office as Assistant Principal. He became Private Secretary to the Minister of Supply and Minister of Production, 1941-1943, reverting to the Colonial Office in 1943. He was Deputy Under-Secretary of State in charge of the Economic Division, 1948-1959, and Permanent Under-Secretary of State, Colonial Office, 1959 to his retirement in 1966.

After his retirement he served as a member of the Governing Body, SPCK, 1967-1972 and as a member of the Court of Governors, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 1965-1977. He was also a member of the Conservative Commonwealth and Overseas Council's Policy Study Group dealing with The Future of the Dependent Territories. He was Treasurer, Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies, 1967-1976 and Director, Overseas Branch, St. John Ambulance, 1968-1975. He was awarded the GCMG, 1964 and made a Knight of the Order of St. John, 1968. In 1946 he married Elisabeth Joan Williams, with whom he had two sons and one daughter.

Other Finding Aids

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated to the library by Lady Poynton through the good offices of Lady Barder on 27th May 1997.

Related Materials

The library holds a tape and transcript of an interview on Poynton's career in the Civil Service and at the Colonial Office, 1927-1966, with notes on the United Nations and the colonies.

Papers of Sir Hilton Poynton
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom