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Archive of Garth ap Rees


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The collection comprises Garth ap Rees' personal and organisational papers from 1962-1992, including documents related to the United Nations Development Programme in Botswana, Mauritania, Sudan, and Fiji.


  • Creation: 1962-1992


2.3 Linear metres (14 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • French

Conditions Governing Access

Some material is closed.

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 12192/1].

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MSS. 12192/1-14

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12192


Personal and organisational papers of Garth ap Rees (1934-2014), diplomat and Resident Representative for the United Nations Development Programme.

Biographical / Historical

Garth ap Rees was born in 1934. His father was Elfan Rees, who was Representative in Europe of the Commission of Churches on International Affairs for twenty years, and who dedicated his life to the cause of refugees. Garth spent much time in Geneva when growing up, but then attended school in Wales and read History at Jesus College, Oxford. After graduating, he served in Uganda in the Colonial Service.

Ap Rees joined the United Nations and served as Assistant Regional Representative in Basutoland, Bechuanaland and Swaziland from 1964-1966. After spending six years in Botswana, ap Rees became the Resident Representative in Mauritania, followed by posts as the Resident Representative in Mauritania, Fiji and Sudan. He also spent some years in-between these posts living in New York and working at the United Nations headquarters. Ap Rees became the Deputy Assistant Administrator for the United Nations Development Programme Regional Bureau for Africa, later being promoted to the Director.

Ap Rees married his wife Rosemary in 1959. They had two children together, Hywel and Sian, born on the same day in 1960 and 1963 respectively. Garth ap Rees died at the age of 80 in 2014.


The original arrangement of the materials has been preserved.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Bill Jackson in May 2016 as part of the United Nations Career Records Project

Catalogue of the Archive of Garth ap Rees
Finding aid prepared by Haleigh Bellamy
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom