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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Blackley
BLACKLEY, Brig Travers Robert (1899-1982)
Created 1943
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 box or 0.01 cubic metres


Name of creator(s)
Blackley, Travers Robert, 1899-1982, Brigadier
Administrative / Biographical history

Born in Cavan, Ireland in 1899; educated at Charterhouse School, 1912-1917 and Worcester College, Oxford University, 1919-1922. Served during World War One in the Royal Artillery, and joined the Sudan Political Service as Assistant District Commissioner in 1922; promoted to District Commissioner in 1932 and Deputy Governor in 1940; Lt Col, 1940-1914; active service with the Sudan Defence Force in 1940 and in invasion of Eritrea, Jan 1941; appointed Secretary to the Occupied Territory Administration in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1941 and promoted Deputy Chief Political Officer, Ethiopia, 1942; Col, 1942; Brig, 1943; accompanied 8 Army, 51 Division during the invasion of Tripolitania and was appointed Senior Civil Affairs Officer, Central Province, Tripolitania; Chief Administrator in Tripolitania, 1943-1951, and appointed British Resident, 1951; died in 1982.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1990 and 1993.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Texts of lectures and related letters on military government in Tripolitania, Eritrea and Ethiopia, given at the School of Military Government, University of Virginia, 1943; papers relating to the 50th Annual and 2nd War Conference, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Detroit, 9-11 Aug 1943, including lecture notes on military government in Tripolitania; lecture notes dated 1943 relating to pre-World War Two administration in Anglo-Egyptian Sudan. Copy out-letter book kept by Blackley as Area Intelligence Officer, 5 Indian Division, Ethiopia, 1941.

System of arrangement

The papers are arranged chronologically in sections according to lectures on military government given in Virginia and at the conference in Detroit. The lecture notes relating to service in Sudan are grouped separately, as is the out-letter book which was deposited in 1993.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material
Finding aids

Draft catalogue for 1st accession and box list for 2nd accession available online and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives


Compiled June 1996

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Updated 2016

Box List(s)

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  • Higher science education
  • Humanitarian law
  • Law enforcement
  • Military education
  • Military government
  • Occupied territories
  • Police
  • Political systems
  • Social control, formal
  • Sociology

Personal names

  • Blackley, Travers Robert, 1899-1982, Brigadier
  • Blackley, Travers Robert, 1899-1982, Brigadier


  • Americas
  • Caribbean
  • Detroit, Michigan, USA, North America
  • Eritrea, East Africa
  • Ethiopia, East Africa
  • Libya
  • Sudan, East Africa
  • Tarabulus, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, North Africa
  • Tripolitania, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, North Africa
  • Virginia, USA, North America

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