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Papers of Reginald Charles Freeston

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MS. 15598

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  1. 1. Letters and papers, 1945-1975, concerning Freeston's appointment as a Produce Officer in Nigeria in 1954 and his subsequent promotions.
  2. 2. Agricultural vocabulary and phrases in English and French, n.d.
  3. 3. Agricultural vocabulary and phrases in English and Hausa, n.d.
  4. 4. Correspondence, 1966-1967, relating to Freeston's English-French-Hausa Agricultural Dictionary, with vocabulary lists, including by J.A.D. Jackson, and other notes and papers.1966-1970.
  5. 5. Notebook containing meteorological notes, Sep 1957-Feb 1960, and other jottings with manuscript of a short story, 'Three in a Tree', n.d.
  6. 6. Correspondence with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, concerning collecting botanical specimens in Nigeria, 1965-1971


  • 1945-1975


1 box

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MS. 15598

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CMD ID 15598


Papers of Reginald Charles Freeston

Biographical / Historical

Reginald Charles Freeston was born in 1915 and educated at The Strand School in London and at the University of London. He worked as a clerk in the Ministry of Transport until the outbreak of World War II when he joined the Royal Air Force and served in Field Signals Units in North Africa, Corsica, France, Italy and the Middle East.

In February 1946 Freeston left the RAF and, after marrying Lily Huxley, lived in Nottingham. In 1954 they moved to Lagos, Nigeria, where he worked as a produce officer in the Department of Marketing and Exports. They remained after Independence and Freeston rose to the rank of chief produce officer in the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Kano State, in 1975.

The Freestons retired to the UK in 1978. Reg died in 1985 and Lily in 2006.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by R.C. Freeston's nephew in 2018.
Catalogue of the Papers of Reginald Charles Freeston
Finding aid prepared by Lucy McCann
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