Ref NoMS 380516
TitlePapers of George Percival Bargery
Date(s) of Creationc.1946
Level of DescriptionCollection
Extent2 boxes
Name of CreatorBargery; George Percival (1876-1966); missionary
Administrative & Biographical HistoryGeorge Percival Bargery was born in Exeter on 1 October 1876. He was educated at Hele School, Exeter, Islington College and the University of London. He was ordained as a chaplain to the Church Missionary Society in 1899. In 1900 he went to Northern Nigeria, where he served as a missionary until 1910. In that year he was invalided home as unfit for further service in the tropics, but within two years he had been accepted for a post in the Colonial Education Service and was back again in Northern Nigeria, where he remained until 1930. It was for his work during this period that he is best known. After founding the first government school among the Tiv people on the Benue, he turned his attention to the Hausa language and was appointed Government Examiner in it. In 1921 he was seconded by the Governor, Sir Hugh Clifford, to compile a dictionary of that language. His Hausa-English Dictionary was published in 1934 and included the first tonal analysis of the Hausa language. For his work he received a Doctorate in Literature from University of London in 1937.

While he was still working in London on the final stages of the dictionary, Bargery was appointed as Lecturer in Hausa to the School of Oriental Studies. He was made Senior Lecturer in 1935, and Reader in 1937. He did not retire from this post until 1947. After his retirement from the School he continued similar teaching under the Colonial Office at both Oxford and Cambridge until 1953. In 1953, at the age of 77, he returned to Kano at the invitation of the British and Foreign Bible Society, to superintend work on a new Hausa translation of the New Testament. He was awarded the OBE when he returned to England in 1957. He outlived both his wives: Eliza Minnie, whom he married in 1906 and who died in 1932, and Minnie Jane, whom he married eight years later, and who died in 1952. He had one son by his first marriage. Towards the end of his life he was plagued by ill health and became almost totally blind. He died on 2 August 1966.
Held at:SOAS University of London
Source of AcquisitionDonated c1987 by the Africa Publication Trust Library.
DescriptionPapers, c1946, of George Percival Bargery, comprising Hausa grammar and vocabulary notes.
System of ArrangementThe items are arranged chronologically where possible.
Access StatusTemporarily Closed
Conditions Governing ReproductionFor permission to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library in the first instance
Language(s) of MaterialEnglish
Other Finding AidsUnpublished handlist.
Related MaterialThe School of Oriental and African Studies also holds papers on African languages of Roy Clive Abraham (Ref: MS 193280) and Frederick William Parsons (Ref: PP MS 50).
Access Points - SubjectAcademic teaching personnel
African languages
Travel abroad
Access Points - Person, Corporate & Family Names
Name CodePerson, Corporate or Family NameType of Entity
GB/NNAF/P130995Bargery; George Percival (1876-1966); missionaryPerson
GB/NNAF/P133571Abraham; Roy Clive (1890-1963); linguistPerson
GB/NNAF/P144010Parsons; Frederick William (1908-1993); colonial administratorPerson
GB/NNAF/C62038University of London; School of Oriental and African StudiesCorporate
Access Points - Places
Place CodePlace Name
7729885Western Africa
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