Ref NoPP MS 33
TitlePapers of Tom Pearson Cromwell
Date(s) of Creation1926-1966
Level of DescriptionCollection
Extent12 boxes
Name of CreatorCromwell; Tom Pearson (b 1909); colonial administrator
Administrative & Biographical HistoryTom Pearson Cromwell was born in 1909 and educated at Bradford High School, and at Christ College, Cambridge. He joined the Colonial Administrative Service in 1932 and served as a cadet in Malaya until 1939. He was interned from 1942- 1945. In 1945 he conducted a survey on Chinese schools in Malaya. He became the Assistant Secretary for Chinese Affairs in Malaya in 1946, holding the Portfolio of Labour in Sarawak by 1947. In 1953, he was appointed Director of Social Welfare in Singapore. From 1957 until he retired in 1960, he held the post of Departmental Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government, Lands and Housing.
Held at:SOAS University of London
Source of AcquisitionTransferred from office of SOAS Director, July 1989.
DescriptionThe collection comprises letters written mainly by Tom Pearson Cromwell to his parents (1926-1964). There are also some photographs taken in Malaya of Tom, his wife Betty, Malaya people, flora, fauna etc.
System of ArrangementThe collection is arranged into eight sections: letters from Cromwell to his parents; letters written by Cromwell to his uncle; letters to Cromwell from his parents; letters from Betty Cromwell to her parents-in-law; letters to Cromwell by others; letters to Josh and Ethel Cromwell from relatives and friends; photographs, and other material.
Access StatusOpen
Language(s) of MaterialEnglish
Other Finding AidsUnpublished handlist
Access Points - SubjectAsian cultures
Colonial administration
Colonial administrators
Colonial countries
Internment camps
Second World War (1939-1945)
Access Points - Places
Place CodePlace Name
7729896South Eastern Asia
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