fonds PD/HIL - Joan Hill Collection

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Joan Hill Collection


  • 1910-[1947] (Creation)

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0.001 cubic metres

1 box

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Biographical history

William Slater Nichol was born in South Shields, County Durham, in 1883. He joined the British Forestry Commission as a Foreman of Works in 1910 and was posted to Nigeria. In 1913 he married Ethel M. Henderson.

Nichol remained in Nigeria until c.1929. In 1922 he was listed in ‘The Nigeria Handbook’ as a European Forester, 1st Grade.

He died in 1970. His papers were kept by his sister Mrs Joan Hill.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was gifted to the Borthwick Institute in 2004.

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Scope and content

Draft manuscript lecture on William Nichol’s experiences in Nigeria, given to the South Shields Rotary Club in 1947. Subjects include his work for the British Forestry Commission in Nigeria, impressions of country and population, changes in education, food, climate and changing role of women there.

Photographs of Old Lagos, 1910; members of the Forestry Commission and their wives, including the Forestry Commission Cricket Team, n.d; Nigerian forest and bushland, n.d; Nigerian people, including child with tribal markings, people in traditional dress, people at a town meeting, and women with children, n.d.


Further accruals are not expected.

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Conditions governing access

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including data protection laws. 24 hours' notice is required to access photographic material.

Conditions governing reproduction

A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute for Archives' terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.

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  • English

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A typescript finding aid, to file level, is available for consultation in the searchroom of the Borthwick Institute.

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Rules and/or conventions used

ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Created by S. A. Shearn, 28.03.17.




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