Deposit P96 - Sir Keith Hancock research papers

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Sir Keith Hancock research papers


  • 1908 - 1989 (Creation)

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3.15 m

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(1898 - 1988)

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Sir William (Keith) Hancock was born on 26 June 1898 at Fitzroy, Melbourne. Hancock became a Victorian Rhodes Scholar in 1922 at Balliol College, Oxford (with first class honours in Modern History, MA). He was elected a Fellow of All Soul's College, Oxford in 1923. In 1924 Hancock was appointed Professor of Modern History at the University of Adelaide, arriving in 1926 and holding this position until 1933 when he moved to the University of Birmingham. In 1944 he was appointed Professor of Economic History at Oxford and in 1949 the first Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London. From 1947 to 1949 Hancock served on the Academic Advisory Committee of the Australian National University and in October 1956 was appointed Director of the Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS) and Professor of History. In 1961 he resigned as Director and continued as head of the History department until 1965. Sir Keith Hancock died in Canberra on 13 August 1988.

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Research papers for his project on the Monaro region adjacent to the Australian Capital Territory published in his book Discovering Monaro - A Study of Man's Impact on his Environment (1972); papers and personal records relating to his career and involvement in universities and research projects in the UK, Africa and Australia; records re the Buganda Mission in Uganda; monographs and offprints; family correspondence and photographs; correspondence with C R Badger & others; catalogue and printing blocks; academic gown.


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ANUA 77, Hancock papers

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Entered from deposit description on 21 September 2011




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