Sierra Leone under colonial rule, in Government reports, 1893-1961

Annual Departmental Reports relating to Sierra Leone, 1893-1961

Annual Departmental Reports relating to Sierra Leone, 1893-1961

The naming of some 2,000 specimens from a country so insufficiently known as Sierra Leone, has taken a long time. The index of native names at the end, may, I hope, be of some service, to future workers in the same field
Report by G. F. Scott Elliot and Miss Catherine A. RaisinNatural Resources, 1893-1961; Agricultural Research 1893 -1938; img 3-4

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See how Sierra Leone moved toward independence during the 20th century

This collection contains annual reports compiled by the British colonial government in Sierra Leone. The documents pre-date the establishment of the Sierra Leone Protectorate in 1896, covering the period up to the creation of an independent Sierra Leone state in 1961. The Annual Departmental Reports provide a comprehensive overview of the evolution of British colonialism in Sierra Leone. They are therefore a useful resource for students and historians alike. 

The reports are divided into nine sections. These are Administration, Finance, Judicial and Police, Natural Resources, Social Services, Transport and Public Works, Communications and Post Office Savings, Commerce, and Staff Lists & Miscellaneous Content. 

Note: Further information on the Annual Departmental Reports relating to Sierra Leone can be found in the guide to the microfilm edition, written by David C. Doward. 


Sierra Leone under colonial rule, in Government reports, 1893-1961...

Containing 38,641 pages belonging to 41 documents housed in 9 volumes...

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Administrative Reports 1914-1961

The administrative boundaries within Sierra Leone underwent a number of radical alterations during the period covered by these administrative reports....

Finance, 1912-1961

Audits, Estimates and other related reports provide a wealth of quantifiable information and statistics on the allocation of resources by...

Judicial and Police, 1914-1961

The maintenance of 'law and order' was regarded as a principal function of the British colonial government. The reports within...

Natural Resources, 1893-1961

The earlier items include reports on botany, agriculture in general, and rice production in particular. The establishment of the Sierra...


  • These reports are arranged by the departments which they cover within Sierra Leone. Comparing the data in them shows how each area of government has developed over the years.
  • These papers cover World War One and World War Two as well as the social services in this colony before independence.
  • Managing Sierra Leone's natural resources came with many challenges for the government. The range of research reports demonstrates both the number of challenges they met with and their commercial goals.
  • Annual Departmental Reports differ from Blue Books of Statistics because they include explanations of why the statistics are at the levels recorded.
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