Royal Commonwealth Society : Peter Canham albums of the Gold Coast [i.e. Ghana]

Royal Commonwealth Society

<p>A collection of albums relating to Peter Holmes Canham's career as an administrator in the Gold Coast, which began in the late 1930s and concluded with the colony’s independence as Ghana in 1957. Like his papers, it is a partial collection.</p> <p> Y30448O is an album of snapshots of his early days in the Colony.</p> <p>Y30448P includes some photographs relating to his career and also some cuttings and other historical items.</p> <p>Y30448Q is chiefly of official photographs of the period of Sir Alan Burns' Governorship, 1941-47.</p> <p>Y30448R is of the last stages to Independence and of Governors Creasy (1948-49) and Arden-Clarke (1949-57). There is also a group of photographs of the funeral of Asantehene in 1970.</p> <p> Y30448P-R were originally albums with transparent film across each page, and since this method was not in use during Canham's career in the Gold Coast, these three presumably represent a re-arrangement of his collection during his later career or retirement. This theory is supported by the fact that a number of photographs have dark paper adhering to their backs, suggesting that they were removed from other albums, and Y30448P/23 was probably a mounted photograph removed from a frame. Canham annotated some of the photographs on the back; there are a few inscriptions in other hands, and some official photographs have typed captions on the back or below. The photographs have been removed from their albums and stored in conservation grade plastic sleeves, and the source of captions is given in each entry.</p> <p> Ronald Wraith wrote a six-page appraisal of Canham's life, a photocopy of which, supplied by Alan Bell, Librarian of Rhodes House, has been inserted in Y30448O, and was drawn upon for the biographical information provided in this catalogue.</p>

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