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.
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.