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Archive Image of the Month

Let Selwyn's archivist, Elizabeth Stratton, give you a taster of the college archives. Every month Elizabeth selects a particularly interesting piece from the archives and provides an insight into its history and significance. 

 Archive Image of the Month – October 2019

Black History Month

Archive Image 84 - October 2019


Our archive image for October marks Black History Month and shows two distinguished African alumni who were at Selwyn in 1940. The photograph is of the Logarithms Society and it includes Robert Gardiner (middle row, 2nd from right) and Frederick Rotimi Williams (back row, 3rd from left).

Robert Gardiner was born in Kumasi, Ghana, in 1914. He began studying Economics at Selwyn, but changed course to Archaeology and Anthropology, graduating in 1941. He went on to study at the University of London and the University of Oxford. He pursued an academic career before focusing on work in the civil service and with the United Nations. He served as the executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa from 1962 until 1975.

Frederick Rotimi Williams was born in 1920 in Lagos. He studied Law at Selwyn, graduating in 1942, and was called to the Bar in 1943. On his return to Nigeria, he became the first Nigerian solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, continuing in the legal profession and later entering the political arena.

As always, any questions about the college archives can be directed to the archivist on We are always grateful to hear from members of college about any photographs and memories you may have of your time at Selwyn and they can also be uploaded directly here.

Previous archive images can be seen here.

Elizabeth Stratton, October 2019


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