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The Papers of Davidson Nicol

Reference Code: GBR/0014/NICL


  • Creation: 1969-08 - 1994-08


Conditions Governing Access

Closed until catalogued

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Nicol was born in September 1924, of African parents. He was educated in Nigeria and Sierra Leone and later at Cambridge University and London University.

He was the first Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sierra Leone, 1966-68; the Permanent Representative and Ambassador for Sierra Leone to the United Nations, 1969-71; High Commissioner for Sierra Leone in London, and Ambassador to Norway, Sweden and Denmark, 1971-72; and Under-Secretary General of the UN, and Executive Director, UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research), 1979-82. From 1985 he was an Associate Lecturer, Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge.

He published widely on Africa and the United Nations and also creative writing, under the nom-de-plume Abioseh Nicol.

He died in September 1994.


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Other Finding Aids

A copy of this finding aid is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge and the National Register of Archives, London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposited by Taylor Vinter, solicitors, on behalf of the Nicol family in May 1995

Related Materials

Further material relating to Davidson, 1979-82, can be found among the United Nations Career Records Project papers at Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts, Ms Eng c4719.


This collection (fonds) level description was prepared by Andrew Riley of Churchill Archives Centre in April 2003.


Nicol, Davidson Sylvester Hector Willoughby, 1924-1994, diplomat

2003-04-29 09:13:44+00:00
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Repository Details

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