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Y30447B Views in The Gambia. 1945-51
Y30447D Spicer Simson photographs of the Gambia River Survey 1911-1912
Y30448A Panorama of Accra, circa 1910
Y30448B Accra Post Office. circa 1915
Y30448C Garden party at Old Government House, Cape Coast, March 10th 1916
Y30448D Sir Alan Burns Collection of Gold Coast [i.e. Ghana] photographs, 1940s
Y30448E Portrait of Sir Frederick Gordon Guggisberg, circa 1920
Y30448F Inauguration of the University of Ghana 25th November 1961
Y30448G Achimota and Accra photographs (Frank Joselin Collection)
Y30448H Views of Achimota College circa 1945
Y30448I Achimota College (A.W.E. Winlaw collection)
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Sir Alan Burns Collection of Gold Coast [i.e. Ghana] photographs, 1940s

Title Sir Alan Burns Collection of Gold Coast [i.e. Ghana] photographs, 1940s
Reference GBR/0115/Y30448D
Creator West African Photographic Service
Covering Dates 1940–1949
Extent and Medium 10 images; Good condition.
Repository Cambridge University Library: Royal Commonwealth Society Library
Content and context

A collection of loose prints measuring approximately 195 x 160 mm, with brief captions supplied by Sir Alan Burns. The collection relates to Sir Alan's period as Governor of the Gold Coast.

Sir Alan Cuthbert Burns (1887-1980) was the son of James Burns, Treasurer of St Christopher-Nevis and himself served in the Leeward Islands Colonial Civil Service from 1905-12 and in the Nigeria Civil Service 1912-24; from 1924-29 he was Colonial Secretary of the Bahamas and administered the Government on several occasions. He returned to Nigeria as Deputy Chief Secretary to Government from 1929-34 and was Governor of British Honduras from 1934-40; after a period as Assistant Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies he served as Governor of the Gold Coast from 1941-47. From 1947-56 he was Permanent U.K. Representative on the Trustee Council of the United Nations.

Presented by Sir Alan Burns in 1980.

Access and Use

Please cite as Cambridge University Library: Royal Commonwealth Society Library, Sir Alan Burns Collection of Gold Coast [i.e. Ghana] photographs, 1940s, Y30448D

Further information

In the course of his career as a colonial administrator Burns wrote two standard works on British overseas territories, and his memoirs: Burns, Alan Cuthbert (1929), 'History of Nigeria', London: G. Allen and Unwin, Ltd.; Burns, Alan Cuthbert (1954), 'History of the British West Indies', London: Allen and Unwin; Burns, Alan Cuthbert (1949), 'Colonial civil servant', London: Allen and Unwin.


This collection level description was entered by SG using information from the original typescript catalogue.

This collection is available on microfiche: Africa, fiche number 64.

Index Terms
Ministry of Information. West African Photographic Service
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