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ANDERSON, Mary Irene (b 1920)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0366 AN
Held at: Institute of Education
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Full title: ANDERSON, Mary Irene (b 1920)
Date(s): 1920-1970
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Anderson | Mary Irene | b 1920 | teacher and missionary
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Mary Irene Anderson (more generally known by her middle name of Irene) was born in Scotland and was educated at the Girls' High School in Doncaster and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where she studied geography, graduating in 1941. She worked as Geography Mistress at Kirkby Stephen Grammar school, Westmorland, 1941-1944. Wishing to work as a missionary, Miss Anderson then underwent two years of training at the Church of Scotland Women's Missionary College in Edinburgh from 1944-1946, followed by a short period running the Church of Scotland Club for Fishergirls, until December 1947. In March 1948 she then moved to the Gold Coast and took a post as Geography Mistress at Achimota School, remaining there until 1953 when she was appointed Headmistress of the Aburi Girls' Secondary School, a Scottish Mission Girls' School, where she stayed until her retirement in 1970.


Scope and content/abstract:

Small collection of papers relating to the work of Mary Irene Anderson at the Aburi Girls' Secondary School, Ghana, including a typescript copy of a school log book kept by her predecessors, 1920-1953; typescript accounts of events, 1954-1961; and correspondence relating to the expulsion of non-Ghanaian teachers, 1969-1970.

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Open subject to signature of Reader Application Form.

Conditions governing reproduction:

A reader wishing to publish any quotation of information, including pictorial, derived from any archive material must apply in writing for prior permission from the Librarian or other appropriate person(s) as indicated by the Archivist. A limited number of photocopies may be supplied at the discretion of the Archivist.

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On-line catalogue available.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

These papers were delivered by Nicolas Hawkes in March 2000. He had obtained them as a result of an oral history interview conducted with Miss Anderson.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Further material relating to Miss Anderson is held at Rhodes House, Oxford. An interview conducted by Nicolas Hawkes is housed at the Empire and Commonwealth Museum, Temple Meads, Bristol.

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Created 04/7/2000, modified 12/4/2000

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