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Birmingham, Walter Barr

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0102 MS 380661
Held at: School of Oriental and African Studies
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Full title: Birmingham, Walter Barr
Date(s): Created 1955-1977
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Birmingham | Walter Barr | fl 1952-1977 | Professor of Economics


Administrative/Biographical history:

Walter Barr Birmingham was Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Ghana at Legon-Achimota from 1952-1960. In 1954 he conducted possibly the first public opinion survey in tropical Africa prior to the Gold Coast General Election. In 1955 he served on the Royal Commission of Enquiry into the mining industry and advised on the Five-Year Development Plan of 1963. From 1972-1975 he was Professor of Economics at the University of Cape Coast. His main publications were Introduction to Economics (1955) and in Social and Economic Survey of Ghana edited by Omaboe and Neustadt.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers, 1955-1977, of Walter Barr Birmingham, comprising bibliographies and publications relating to economics in West Africa including Migrations into the Gold Coast (1955) and The State and Labour Migration in the South African Political Economy, with Particular Respect to Gold Mining (1977). It also contains the Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Conference of the West African Institute of Social and Economic Research (1956).

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No publication without written permission. Apply to archivist in the first instance.

Finding aids:

Unpublished handlist.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited on permanent loan in 1996.

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Date(s) of descriptions:
15 May 2000

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