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MATTHEWS, Tim I (fl 1968-1975)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0101 ICS 54
Held at: Institute of Commonwealth Studies
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Full title: MATTHEWS, Tim I (fl 1968-1975)
Date(s): 1968-1975
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Matthews | Tim I | fl 1968-1975 | political activist
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Administrative/Biographical history:

On 10 February 1955 the University College of Rhodesia and Nyasaland was incorporated by Royal Charter. In 1956 the College entered into a ' Scheme of Special Relation' with the University of London. An Academic Board of the College negotiated with the University of London the entrance requirements for the admission of students, syllabuses, examination procedures, the award of London degrees and other academic matters.
After the break up of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland in 1963, Zambian and Malawian students were to be catered for by universities in their own countries but it was agreed that the College should continue as 'an independent institution of learning, open to all races, serving not only the higher education requirements of Rhodesia but also contributing to the advancement of knowledge, science and research in Central Africa and within the international community of Universities'.
In 1970 the 'Schemes of Special Relation' were phased out and in September that year the University of Rhodesia was established, to be governed by a Council and a Senate. At the end of 1973, the first students with University of Rhodesia degrees graduated from the Faculties of Arts, Science and Social Studies.
The College now forms part of the University of Zimbabwe.
Tim Matthews was expelled from the College in 1970.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers collected by Tim Matthews concerning activities at University College of Rhodesia (UCR) and conditions in Rhodesia, 1968-1975; comprising correspondence and papers on University College of Rhodesia, 1968-1971, including material on links between UCR and British universities, papers on Matthews' expulson in 1970, and press cuttings; correspondence and papers on Matthews' activities in London, 1970-1972, including correspondence with George Thomson MP and Jack Straw, President, National Union of Students, on events at UCR and the problem of educaton for Rhodesians, correspondence with Harold Wilson on Labour Party policy on Rhodesia; correspondence and papers on the campaign to exclude UCR from the 1973 Association of Commonwealth Universities Conference; and correspondence and papers on the African National Congress, 1973.

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Conditions governing access:

Open although advance notice should be given. Access to individual items may be restricted under the Data Protection Act or the Freedom of Information Act.

Conditions governing reproduction:

A photocopying service is available, at the discretion of the Library Staff. Copies are supplied solely for research or private study. Requests to publish, or to quote from, original material should be submitted to the Information Resources Manager.

Finding aids:

Catalogued to item level (see link to repository catalogue).

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The source of acquisition by ICS is not known.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The Papers of Anthony McAdam (ICS 50) also contain material on political activities at University College Rhodesia, 1964-1971. ICS also holds a number of collections containing material on Rhodesian politics including African National Congress (ICS 1), Ignatius Chigwendere (ICS 12), Canon Leslie Gready (ICS 25), Joe Kennedy (ICS 42), Timm Matthews (ICS 54), Anthony McAdam (ICS 50), Southern Rhodesia Legal Aid and Welfare Fund (ICS 107), D D E Mutasa (ICS 91), Miles Pedder (ICS 58), Rhodesia: UDI (ICS 83), Southern Rhodesia: Ministry of Justice (ICS 53) and Southern Rhodesia: Ministry of Native Affairs (ICS 78).

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions:
General International Standard Archival Description ISAD(G), 2nd edition, 2000. National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Oct 2001

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