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The National Archives of Nigeria has three main branches and several minor branches. This page contains information about the network. For details about each branch, see the branch pages listed below.




The National Archives of Nigeria is administered by the Federal Ministry of Information, 10th Floor, Radio House, Area 10, Garki, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria.

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The National Archives of Nigeria has three main branches:

Kaduna 29 Yakubu Gowon Way
Kaduna, Kaduna State, Nigeria

Enugu 3 Colliery Avenue,
Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria

Ibadan Department of National Archives of Nigeria,
University of Ibadan, UI, PMB 4
Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria

There are smaller local branches at:

National Archives, 2nd floor, Federal Secretariat, Oke-Mesan, Abeokuta, Ogun State.



National Archives, Ekorinim Road, off Murtala Muhammed Highway, Calabar, Cross River State.


43 Church Street, Jos

Lagos State Records and Archives Bureau (LASRAB), LASRAB House, 2A Adekunle Banjo Avenue, Magodo GRA, Lagos.

Not in operation [2013].

Federal Secretariat Complex, 2nd Floor, next to the Nigerian Steel Development Authority (moved from Item Street)

Port Harcourt


Schedule & hours

National Archives, Kaduna: Monday to Friday: 8.15am to 3.00pm, with early closing on Friday (due to Jumat service}.

National Archives, Enugu: Monday to Friday: 9am to 3.00pm.

National Archives, Ibadan: Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 3.00pm.

National Archives, Abeokuta: Monday to Friday: 9.00am to 2.30pm

National Archives, Calabar: Monday to Friday: 9.00am to 3.00pm

Working language(s)

Primary: English is the primary language.

Secondary: Hausa in Kaduna, Igbo in Enugu and Yoruba in Ibadan

Directions to the archives

Kaduna is two-and-a-half hours by road north of Abuja.
Use a shared taxi from Jabi Motor Park, Abuja.
It is virtually all expressway all the way to Kaduna.

Enugu is a 45 minutes flight from Abuja or a one hour flight from Lagos.
You can travel by shared taxi from Enugu via Aba to Calabar.

Ibadan is two hours by road north of Lagos.
There are one hour flights from Abuja to Ibadan [Overland Airways and Arik Airline].

Abeokuta is situated between Lagos and Ibadan.
It can be reached in just over one hour by shared taxi or minibus from Lagos or Ibadan.

Calabar is a one hour flight from either Abuja or Lagos.
You can travel by shared taxi from Calabar via Aba to Enugu.

Owerri is a 45 minute flight from Lagos, or a two hour bus ride from Enugu or Port Harcourt.

National Archives, Kaduna (NAK)

The archives cover Northern Nigeria, including not only the area north of the Niger and Benue rivers but also the present-day states of Kwara, Kogi and Benue.

The Kaduna branch of the Nigerian National Archives has a large, comprehensive and unique collection of official papers of the British colonial and Nigerian independence periods; papers of native and local authorities; and newspapers, magazines, and other publications, as well as Arabic manuscripts.

It should be noted that the bureaucratic records do stretch well into the 1960s and 1970s, unlike the Ibadan archives which stops in the late 1950s.

The library of the archives also contains annual reports, blue books of statistics, government gazettes, and the laws of Nigeria. There are several reference books available in the search room on the Kaduna Secretariat Record Group at the Archives:

Agriculture, Fishery, and Veterinary (J. O. Nwaobi)
Annual, Half-Yearly, and Quarterly Reports (L. N. Ashikodi)
Historical, Anthropological, and Social Studies among Provincial Administrative Groups (E.J. Alagoa)
Office Publications (U. Balarabe)
Secretariat, Northern Province (J. C. Enwere)
Tribal and Related Studies (E. Alagoa)
A Special List of Materials on Nigerian Police in the National Archives, Kaduna (J. A. Adeniran, 1998)
A Special List of Materials on Education in the National Archives, Kaduna (E. O. Unuigbe, 1993)
A Special List of Materials on Transportation [sic] in the National Archives, Kaduna (J. A. Adeniran, 1998)
A Special List of Materials on Chieftaincy Matters in the National Archives, Kaduna (Leticia Eberu Onyekesi, 2008)
A Special List of Records of Church Missionary Activities Among the SNP and Provincial Offices Record Group (J. B. Duka, 1996)

The Secretariat Northern Provinces

SNP 1: Despatches. These bound volumes contain the exchange of official correspondence between the officers in charge of the Northern Nigerian administration and the Colonial Office in London. The major series of despatches include despatches to the Colonial Office (23 volumes, 1902-12) and despatches from the Colonial Office (52 volumes, 1900-12)

SNP 2: Registers. These include: registers of despatches (5 volumes, 1900-21); registers of correspondence (21 volumes, 1901-57)

SNP 3: Acknowledgement and telegram books (7 volumes, 1907-11, 1945)

SNP 4: Record books (6 volumes, 1913-54)

SNP 5: Letter books, such as circular letters and memoranda from the Secretary, Northern Provinces, to the political officers in the field (28 volumes, 1915-46)

SNP 6: Secretariat, Northern Provinces, Confidential Annual Numerical Minute Papers (785 files, 1904-13)
For example:
SNP 6/1/64/1904: Disrespect on the part of Mr Nicol, Postmaster, Zungeru
SNP 6/1/78/1904: Mr Cleave, Marine Department, Charged With Drunkenness
SNP 6/2/38/1906: Robbery of three parcels from the Post Office, Lokoja
SNP 6/2/41/1906: Imports and Exports, 1905
SNP 6/2/93/1906: Wildlife
SNP 6/2/102/1906: Requesting ruling as to whether Resident is Post Master or the native postal official
SNP 6/2/117/1906: Counterfeit Coinage, Requesting HQ, Lagos, Take Drastic Measures to Prevent the Manufacture of
SNP 6/3/143/1907: Report of Messrs Montagu Porch and Webster, Note on Kagoro and Attaka Tribe
SNP 6/3/169/1907: Kagoro Tribe, Assistant Resident's Porch's Treatment of
SNP 6/3/174/1907: Montagu Porch
SNP 6/4/121/1908: Bauchi-Nafada Mail, complaint by Colonel Mackenzie
SNP 6/5/1909: Trade in Spirit With West Africa
SNP 6/6/67/1910: Wildlife
SNP 6/6/78/1910: Stamps for His Majesty the King
SNP 6/7/22/1911: Remittance of money by French Officers other than through French Post Office
SNP 6/8/4/1912: Post Office Audit Report on examination of Sale of Stamps account
SNP 6/8/13/1912: Mr W. A. Flacke, Provincial Post Master
SNP 6/8/101/1912: Post and Telegraph European staff, qualifications of
SNP 6/8/141/1912: Postal and Telegraphs, European staff promotion, 1912
SNP 6/8/159/1912: Wildlife
SNP 6/8/471/10/1910: Foster McClennan & Co attempt to obtain information from Postmaster, Yola
SNP 6/8/471/12/1910: The Postal Service
SNP 6/8/576/43/1911: Post-Master General – increase of emoluments of

SNP 7: Secretariat, Northern Provinces. Annual Numerical Minute Papers (3,916 files, 1900-13)
For example:
SNP 7/3/608/1902: Wildlife
SNP 7/3/1924/1902: Report on recommendation of the Cash, Stamps and Book of the Treasury
SNP 7/3/2675/1902: Spirit licences for the year 1903
SNP 7/4/1693/1903: Wildlife
SNP 7/5/3934/1904: Mr G. E. H. Migeod – taking over charge of Acting Postmaster general from Mr Gold
SNP 7/6/183/1905: Reporting destruction by fire of 1 bag mails from Jebba and 3 bags mail s and official parcels from Borgu
SNP 7/6/239/1905: Agent in charge Niger Company requesting that the post office may give receipts for parcels, posted by his company
SNP 7/6/410/1905: Mail route, Bornu Province
SNP 7/6/1346/1905: Asking for supply of Northern Nigeria stamps for the British Museum collection
SNP 7/6/2392/1905: Re sending of long packets through the Post
SNP 7/6/2542/1905: Money order advice letters to Crown Agents, copies of
SNP 7/6/2824/1905: Wildlife
SNP 7/6/2962/1905: Postage stamps issues to certain officers in 1902 and 1903 and not accounted for by the Postmaster Zungeru
SNP 7/6/3173/1905: Mail between Lokoja and Yola. Report by resident, Yola on delay in forwarding of
SNP 7/6/3446/1905: Messrs Ewen’s Colonial Stamp Market application for purchase of £150 worth of postage stamps
SNP 7/6/3523/1905: Sale of postage stamps by Colonial Postmaster to Collectors and Dealers
SNP 7/6/3802/1905: Vacancy in the Post office, 6th grade, filling of
SNP 7/6/4032/1905: Parcel post agreement between the UK and Portugal
SNP 7/6/4098/1905: Wildlife
SNP 7/7/467/1906: Changes and movements in Postal and Telegraph Dept during 1906
SNP 7/7/1391/1906: Mail Service, Zungeru-Borgu, complaint against delay or, and suggestion for remedy
SNP 7/7/1417/1906: Plan specification and estimate of proposed alternatives and additions of Post and Telegraph offices, Zungeru
SNP 7/7/1874/1906: Mutilation of telegrams
SNP 7/7/2435/1906: Complaint of delay in despatch of their parcels from Zungeru to Kano
SNP 7/7/2626/1906: Complaint against post office, Lokoja
SNP 7/7/2756/1906: Report on Kano telegraph. SNP 7/7/2900/1906: Loss of a mail of parcels by convey despatch to join Lt Campbell-Irons at Tegina
SNP 7/8/217/1907: Bank of Nigeria Ltd, Lokoja – requesting sanction to accept a £25 stamp issued to them and returned damaged
SNP 7/8/331/1907: Mail service between Zaria and Kano, proposed alteration of
SNP 7/8/391/1907: Mails and parcel mails – irregularity as to delivery of
SNP 7/8/566/1907: Parcel mails received from England, saturated condition of
SNP 7/8/1067/1907: Montagu Porch
SNP 7/8/1146/1907: Mail bags, scarcity in the Kano province of
SNP 7/8/1169/1907: Stamp duty on Powers of Attorney of Officers Making Allotment as to payment
SNP 7/8/1765/1907: Charles Birtwistle
SNP 7/8/2197/1907: Mail Service (weekly) between Sokoto and Kano – Mail Service Sokoto-Zungeru via Kontagora, organisation of
SNP 7/8/2869/1907: Promotions – Native Staff, Post and Telegraph Office, estimates 1907-08
SNP 7/8/2879/1907: Parcels, two stolen from Post Office at Kano
SNP 7/8/4747/1907: Mails from Zungeru to Bida – landing of at Dokma instead of being forwarded via Lokoja
SNP 7/9/3939/1908: Sleeping Sickness
SNP 7/9/4168/1908: Elekole of Ekole
SNP 7/9/4219/1908: Mails – Northern Nigeria contribution to be paid by the Postal Department to the Lagos Railway for carriage as far as Ilorin of
SNP 7/9/4411/1908: Sleeping Sickness
SNP 7/9/4794/1908: Postal Clerks – Southern Nigeria. Passage and accommodation on Northern Nigeria steamers for mails Southern Nigeria on board Northern Nigeria steamers, safe custody of
SNP 7/9/5029/1908: Christian and Co, Messrs G. W, permit to import spirituous liquors
SNP 7/9/5152/1908: Telegraph and Postal Office – Bida – closing of
SNP 7/9/5892/1908: Clerks, Post and Telegraph Dept: petition praying for grant of free Ocean Passages
SNP 7/9/6601/1908: Mutilation of stamps – Stamps (£25 denomination Board on destruction of
SNP 7/10/1561/1909: Wives of Ilorin Natives Taken Away by Lagos Men
SNP 7/10/2134/1909: Tobacco, 1909
SNP 7/10/2810/1909: Leases, stamping of
SNP 7/10/2852/1909: Wildlife
SNP 7/10/4789/1909/vol.I: Bori Dancing, 1909
SNP 7/11/117/1910: Game reserves, re permission to shoot in
SNP 7/11/4063/1910: Wildlife
SNP 7/11/4600/1910: Sleeping Sickness
SNP 7/11/5461/1910: Sleeping Sickness
SNP 7/13/498/1912: Wildlife

SNP 8: Secretariat, Northern Provinces, Confidential Annual Numerical Subject Files (1,105 files, 1914-21)
For example:
SNP 8/1/284/1914: Postal Orders in charge of Capt J. M. Fremantle (Resident, Zaria), shortages in
SNP 8/2/40/1915: Stamps - £1 Northern Nigeria postage purchase of from Bank of British West Africa
SNP 8/2/159/1915: Gooding, Mr A. C. O., Postal Clerk at Jemaa shortage of cash in charge of, as to removal of
SNP 8/2/201/1915: Telegraph Proclamation Censorship of Private Telegrams and Postal Inland Telegrams, suppression of
SNP 8/6/64/1919: Montagu Porch
SNP 8/8/97/1921: Theft of registered parcel containing currency notes (from Onitsha) as to tracing of

SNP 9: Secretariat, Northern Provinces Annual Numerical Subject Files (5,995 files, 1914-25)
For example:
SNP 9/2/5191/1915: Post and Telegraphs Dept, accommodation for at Kaduna
SNP 9/3/634/1916: Syphilis
SNP 9/3/1859/1916: Decker, Mr S. E., 2nd Class Clerk, Post and Telegraph Dept, leave of absence, resignation, dismissal
SNP 9/4/1771/1917: Yellow Fever
SNP 9/4/1813/1917: Mail Service from England, Elder Dempster and Co
SNP 9/5/805/1918: Wildlife
SNP 9/6/417/1919: Jebba Post office, loss of money in
SNP 9/6/3406/1919; Anti-VD Campaign
SNP 9/6/3551/1919: Air Service – investigation in Nigeria
SNP 9/7/2548/1920: Yellow Fever
SNP 9/9/1308/1922: Electricity
SNP 9/9/2433/1922: Niger Co Ltd, application for licence to store explosives at Bukuru
SNP 9/10/1899/1923: Lunatic, Lokoja Asylum
SNP 9/10/2129/1923: Parcel Post Rates – Sokoto Province, increase of
SNP 9/10/2239/1923: Mails for Bornu, theft of
SNP 9/10/2592/1923: Post and Telegraph Surveyor’s Manual
SNP 9/10/3104/1923: Mail runner drowned while carrying mails from Sendridi, Muri Province – gratuity to relatives of
SNP 9/10/3568/1923: Postal Agency at Riga Chikun, closing of
SNP 9/10/3570/1923: Mails from Kano to Hadeija, theft of
SNP 9/10/3573/1923: Post and Telegraphs Department changes and movement of offices, 1924
SNP 9/10/3273/1923: Lunatic
SNP 9/10/3505/1923: Lunatic
SNP 9/11/2418/1923: Lunatic
SNP 9/11/3609/1924: Photographs taken during visit of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, 1925
SNP 9/11/3756/1924: Lunatic
SNP 9/12/226/1925: HRH the Prince of Wales, programme of, movement of
SNP 9/12/561/1925: Invitations to Durbar, Kano, 1925
SNP 9/12/734/1925: Presentations to HRH Prince of Wales, Durbar, Kano, 1925

SNP 10: Secretariat, Northern Provinces, Annual Numerical Subject Files, “P’ Series (3,937 files, 1913-21)
For example:
SNP 10/2/529/1914: Lunatic
SNP 10/3/268p/1915: Lunatic
SNP 10/6/177p/1918: Lunatic
SNP 10/7/54p/1919: Lunatic
SNP 10/8/108p/1920: Lunatic
SNP 10/9/71p/1921: Lunatic
SNP 10/9/224p/1921: Lunatic
SNP 10/9/364p/1921: Lunatic

SNP 11: Secretariat, Northern Provinces, Annual Numerical Subject Files, “M” Series, Dealing with mining matters (6,836 files, 1910-21)

SNP 12: Civil Secretary’s Office (1,184 files, 1919-56)

SNP 13: Annual Numerical Subject Files, “0/PC” Series, includes cause lists and proceedings of cases heard by administrative officers (650 files, 1914-25)

SNP 14: Annual Numerical Subject Files, “L” Series, includes papers of the legal department, dealing mainly with inquests (580 files, 1915-21)
For example:
SNP 14/5/212L/1919: Lunatic Inquest
SNP 14/6/9L/1920: Lunatic Inquest

SNP 15: Unnumbered Subject Files (366 files, 1884-1960)

SNP 16: Governor’s Office, Subject Files (477 files, 1907-56)

SNP 17: Ordinary Numbered Subject Files (619 files, 1900-59)
For example:
SNP 17/1/7399: Jos Electricity, 1928-38
SNP 17/2/10015: Jos Liquor Licences, 1929-39
SNP 17/2/10015/vol.I: Jos Liquor Licences, 1925-29
SNP 17/2/10015/vol.II: Jos Liquor Licences, 1946-48
SNP 17/2/10015/vol.III: Jos Liquor Licences, 1940-46
SNP 17/2/10233/vols I to V: Locusts
SNP 17/2/10233B/vols I to XV: Locusts
SNP 17/2/10233C/vols I to V: Locusts
SNP 17/2/10430/vol.I to IIIL Kano Electricity, 1923-28, 1929-38, 1946-52
SNP 17/2/12234: Lunatic Asylum, Kaduna, 1930-31
SNP 17/2/12235/vol.I: Lokoja Lunatic Asylum, 1923-37
SNP 17/2/12235/vol.II: Lokoja Lunatic Asylum, 1935-52
SNP 17/2/12268: Lunatics in Northern Provinces, 1930-38
SNP 17/2/12606/vols 1 to III: Kaduna Electricty, 1924-35, 1935-47, 1945-52
SNP 17/2/12701: Locusts
SNP 17/2/15939: Kano Electricity
SNP 17/2/19059: Bori dancing, notes on, by Dr Tole Moir

SNP 18: Confidential Annual Minute Papers (189 files, 1903-05). No inventory available
For example:
SNP 18/1/G.1/1903: Post and Telegraph officers at Zungeru, report on
SNP 18/1/16/1903: Loss of registered letters
SNP 18/1/23/1903: Report on the Post Office
SNP 18/1/28/1903: Loss of a registered letter
SNP 18/1/41/1903: Mr J. E. G. Pratt, PO Clerk, trading of
SNP 18/4/N19/1905: Report on the account of the Post and Telegraphs Department

SNP 19: Confidential Annual Subject Files (104 files, 1913-14). No inventory available

SNP 20: Annual Numerical Subject Files (51 files, 1913). No inventory available

SNP 21: Secretariat, Northern Provinces. Mining (5,956 files, 1911-58)

Provincial Offices

The renaming of several older colonial provinces of the Northern Region of Nigeria over time means that their records are included within the papers of newer provinces:







BAUCHI PROF 1-5: Bauchi Provincial Office (611 files, 1910-67)

ILOR PROF (FED) 1-5: Ilorin Provincial Office (Federal) (3,650 files, 1903-67)
Ilorin and Kabba Provinces amalgamated, 28 May 1915.

ILOR PROF 1-4: Ilorin Provincial Office (State) (2,694 files, 1952-64)

JOSPROF 1-5: Jos Provincial Office, first accession (10,623 files, 1902-67). The Plateau province was created in 1926 and divided into five divsions: Jama'a, Jos, Pankshin, Shendam and Southern. The province was created out of the provinces of Bauchi, Muri and Nassarawa. Plateau Province was the smallest of the northern provinces and was bordered by Zaria Province in the North-West, by Bauchi Province in the North-East, by Adamawa Province in the East and Benue Province in the South and South-West. The province was abolished in 1967 following the creation of States in Nigeria.

JOSPROF 1-5: Jos Provincial Office, second accession (1,234 files, 1916-69)

JOSPROF 1-6: Jos Provincial Office, third accession (4,554 files, 1909-68)

JOS PROF 1-3: Jos Provincial Office, fourth accession (580 files, 1912-69)

JOSPROF 1-5: Jos Provincial Office, fourth accession, supplementary records (395 files, 1929-70)

KANOPROF 1-6: Kano Provincial Office, first accession (4,510 files, 1908-61)
For example:
KANOPROF 5/1/92, Smuggling cigaretts, 1929-47

KANPROF 1-5: Kano Provincial Office, second accession (2,172 files, 1912-68)

KATPROF 1: Katsina Provincial Office, Residency, and Central Office, Katsina (1,329 files, 1903-61)

LOKOPROF 1: Lokoja Provincial Office (3,231 files, 1899-1958)

MAIPROF 1-4: Maiduguri Provincial Office (2,698 files, 1909-60)

MAKPROF 1-5: Makurdi Provincial Office, first accession (3,737 files, 1908-61)

MAKPROF 1: Makurdi Provincial Office, first accession, supplementary records (325 files, 1911-54)

MAKPROF 1-3: Makurdi Provincial Office, second accession (3,355 files 1915-68)

MAKPROF 1-6: Makurdi Provincial Office, third accession (3,429 files, 1913-69)

MAKPROF 1-4: Makurdi Provincial Office, third accession, supplementary records (1,111 files, 1925-71)

MINPROF 1-8: Minna Provincial Office (7,517 files, 1892-1961)

SOKPROF 1-4: Sokoto Provincial Office (2,092 files, 1903-62). Sokoto Province was created in 1903 following the fall of the caliphate. It was one of 16 provinces created in the Northern Nigeria. Sokoto Province was divided into 42 districts; Gwandu had 18 districts with headquarters at Birnin Kebbi; Argungu with 4 districts headquarters at Sabon Birni; Yauri had 4 districts with headquarters at Yelwa.

YOLAPROF 1: Yola Provincial Office (2,589 files, 1901-58)

ZARPROF (FED) 1-9: Zaria Provincial Office (Federal) (3,039 files, 1904-63)

District and Divisional Offices

AZARE DIST 1: Azara District Office (242 files, 1907-57)

BIDADIV 1-3: Bida Divisional Office (170 files, 1917-57)

BIUDIST 1-4: Biu District Office (212 files, 1900-57)

BORGDIST 1-6: Borgu District Office (424 files, 1900-57)
For example:

GBODIV 1-3: Gboko Divisional Office (1,548 files, 1915-63)

GOMDIST 1: Gombe District Office (19 files, 1912-56)

GWODIST 1-7: Gwoza District Office (124 files, 1921-60)

IDAHDIV 1-4: Idah Divisional Office (419 files, 1945-65)

IGBDIST 1: Igbirra District Office (6 files, 1951-59)

KABBA DIST 1-5: Kabba District Office (138 files, 1911-58)

KEFFIDIV 1: Keffi Divisional Office, first accession (600 files, 1936-59)

KEFDIV 1-4: Keffi Divisional Office, second accession (2,112 files, 1914-72)

LAFDIV 1-3: Lafia Divisional Office (985 files, 1920-61)

MINDIV 1-2: Minna Divisional Office (127 files, 1912-61)

OTUDIV 1-2: Oturpo Divisional Office (49 files, 1934-61)

SHENDIST 1-2: Shendam (Lowland) District Office (13 files, 1931-57)

WAMBDIST 1-3: Wamba District Office (739 files, 1921-65)

WUKDIST 1-3: Wukari District Office (1,292 files, 1921-63)

Native Authorities

ARGUNA 1-6: Argungu Native Authority (788 fi1es, 1925-62)

BAUCHI NA 1-3: Bauchi Native Authority (886 files, 1936-67)

BIDANA 1-6: Bida Native Authority (928 files, 1912-64)

BORNUNA 1-3: Bornu Native Authority (217 files, 1948-67)

DAURA NA 1-2: Daura Native Authority (166 files, 1931-59)

FIKA NA 1-4: Fika Native Authority (723 files, 1912-66)

GBOKO NA 1-6: Gboko Native Authority (409 files, 1924-69)

GWANDU NA 1-5: Gwandu Native Authority (541 files, 1923-62)

JEMNA 1-7: Jema’a Native Authority (1,707 files, 1921-63)

KANAMNA 1: Kanam Native Authority (15 files, 1958-68)

KANOLOAUTH 1-7: Kano Local Authority (1,784 files, 1916-62)

KANONA 1-5: Kano Native Authority (526 files, 1911-66)

KATNA 1-3: Katsina Native Authority (1,566 files, 1926-66)
For example:
KATNA 2/36/W52, Tobacco and cigarettes, 1944-53

KEFFNA 1-3: Keffi Native Authority (322 files, 1933-62)

KONTNA 1-5: Kontagora Native Authority (800 files, 1940-62)

LAFIA NA 1-4: Lafia Native Authority, first accession (915 files, 1933-67)

LAFIA NA 1: Lafia Native Authority, second accession (191 files, 1956-76)

LAFNA 1-6: Lafia Native Authority (399 files, 1934-64)

LOWNA 1: Lowland Native Authority (59 files, 1925-68)

MIN NA 1: Minna Native Authority (711 files, 1908-62)

MISAIJNA 1-6: Misau Native Authority (844 files, 1922-63)

NASARANA 1-2: Nasarawa Native Authority (26 files, 1930-68)

OTU NA1: Oturkpo Native Authority, first accession (16 files, 1936-63)

OUT NA 1: Oturkpo Native Authority, second accession (946 files, 1926-69)

PANKNA 1: Pankshin Native Authority (680 files, 1913-68)

WAMBANA 1: Wamba Native Authority (27 files, 1944-68)

WASENA 1: Wase Native Authority (12 files, 1958-67)

WUKARINA 1-2: Wukari Native Authority (28 files, 1932-68)

WUSHNA 1-2: Wushishi Native Authority (15 files, 1937-62)

YAUNA 1-2: Yauri Native Authority (446 files, 1931-63)

ZURNA 1-3: Zuru Native Authority (297 files, 1936-64)

Government Ministries and Departments

AUDIT DEPARTMENT 1: Audit Department, Kaduna, first accession (573 files, 1943-67)

EDUC JOS PROF 1-3: Provincial Education Office, Jos (236 files, 1937-70)

GCO 1: Groundnut Campaign Office, Kano (137 files, 1938-47). The office was established in April 1943 with its headquarters at Kano to promote the production of groundnuts during the Second World War. Groundnut propaganda offices were established at Adamawa, Bauchi, Bornu, Kano, Katsina, Sokoto and Zaria. The Groundnut Campaign Office was abolished on 26 June 1946 and its functions taken over by the Civil Supply Office at Kaduna.

ICSA 1-8: Interim Common Services Agency, Kaduna (8,395 files, 1948-75). In 1967, the Northern Region of Nigeria was split into six states: North Western, North Central, North Eastern, Kano, benue-Plateau and Kwara. A board called the Intermediary Administrative Council was set up. The council was replced by the Interim Common Services Agency, which took over the functions of the various ministries and departments of the former Northern Region. ICSA was dissolved in March 1976.

JOS MOH 1-2: Ministry of Health, Jos (168 files, 1945-67)

KAD ADMIN 1: Administrator’s Office, Kaduna, first accession (436 files, 1917-67)

KADADM 1-4: Administrator’s Office, Kaduna, second accession (663 files, 1933-67)

KAD AUDIT 1: Audit Department, Kaduna, first accession, first group (1,035 files, 1911-54)

KAD AUDIT 1-23: Audit Department, Kaduna, first accession second group (406 files, 1936-65)

KAD AUDIT 1-2: Audit Department, Kaduna, second accession (558 files, 1948-69).

KAD AUDIT 1-2: Audit Department, Kaduna, third accession (558 files, 1948-69)

KAD AUDIT 1-2: Audit Department, Kaduna, fourth accession (535 files, 1938-73)

KAD AUDIT 1-5: Audit Department, Kaduna, fifth accession (3,262 files, 1950-75)

KADMINAGRIC 1-3: Ministry of Agriculture, Kaduna, first accession (9,421 files, 1911-64)

KAD EP 1-3: Ministry of Economic Planning, Kaduna (2,100 files, 1932-68)

KAD EP 1-3: Ministry of Planning, Kaduna (996 files, 1930-68)

KADMINEDUC 1-5: Ministry of Education, Kaduna, first accession (5,790 files, 1930-63)

KADMINEDUC 1-5: Ministry of Education, Kaduna, second accession (12,998 files, 1923-69)

KADMINEDUC 1-3: Ministry of Education, Kaduna, second accession, secret papers (2,460 files, 1923-68)

KADMINFIN 1: Ministry of Finance, Kaduna, first accession (2,289 files, 1920-64). Before the creation of the Ministry of Finance, the Financial Secretary's Office handled all the financial matters of the Northern Regional Government. When the Ministry of Finance was created in 1957, it was assigned the responsibility for all financial, accounts and revenue matters. It was also responsible for all staff matters, in-service training courses and staff examinations. The Ministry was initially organised into three divisions: the Finance, the Establishments and Account Divisions, but in 1960 the Establishment Division was transferred to the Premier's Office.

KADMINFIN 1-4: Ministry of Finance, Kaduna, second accession (15,900 files, 1922-70)

KADMINFIN 1-2: Ministry of Finance, Kaduna, second accession, secret papers (3,384 files, 1929-68)

KADMINFIN 1-2: Ministry of Finance, Kaduna, third accession (2,208 files, 1936-73)

KADMINFIN 1-3: Ministry of Finance, Kaduna, fourth accession (963 files, 1938-73)

KADMINFIN (AD) 1-3: Ministry of Finance (Accounting Division), Kaduna, first accession (10,067 files, 1925-65)

KADMINFIN (AD) 1-3: Ministry of Finance (Accounting Division), Kaduna, second accession (3,104 files, 1925-65)

KADMINHEALTH 1-3: Ministry of Health, Kaduna, first accession (6,984 files, 1933-70)

KADMINHEALTH 1: Ministry of Health, Kaduna, second accession, secret papers (3,571 files, 1937-70)

KADMIN INFOR 1-4: Ministry of Information, Kaduna, first accession (499 files, 1938-64)

KADMIN INFOR 1: Ministry of Information, Kaduna, second accession (802 files, 1940-62)

KADMIN INFOR 1-6: Ministry of Information, Kaduna, third accession (3,584 files, 1933-68)

KADMININFORPRINT 1-7: Ministry of Information, printing Division, Kaduna (3,279 files, 1920-67)

KADMINJUSTICE 1-4: Ministry of Justice, Kaduna (1,909 files, 1932-68). The Ministry of Justice began in 1961. Before then, the Legal Department responsible for all legal matters in the Northern Region was headed by the Attorney-General. With the creation of the Ministry, the legal department was restructured and merged with the new Ministry. The function of the Ministry was to ensure the processes of law and order were carried out: Customary Courts, Area Courts, Sharia Court of Appeal, magistrates Courts, High Courts and the High Court of Appeal.)

KADMIN TRA IND 1-4: Ministry of Trade and Industry, Kaduna, first accession (1,472 files, 1930-65)

KADMIN WORKS 1-3: Ministry of Works, Kaduna, first accession (340 files, 1924-67)

KAD MIN WORKS 1-3: Ministry of Works, Kaduna, second accession (3,569 files, 1929-68)

KADMINWORKS 1-3: Ministry of Works, Kaduna, second accession, secret papers (3,785 files, 1912-68)

KAD MIN WORKS 1-4: Ministry of Works, Kaduna, third accession (859 files, 1949-73)

KAD MLG 1-5: Ministry for Local Government, Kaduna, first accession (1,773 files, 1911-68)

KADNITR 1-2: Nigerian Institute of Trypanosomiasis Research, Kaduna (95 files, 1949-69)

KADMOH 1-6: Ministry of Health, Kaduna, first accession (9,271 files, 1922-62). The Ministry of Health was created in 1953. On 1st October 1954, the Ministry assumed full responsibility for all aspects of the medical and health services of the Northern Region. In 1957, the Department of Medical Services lost its separate identity when it was merged with the Ministry of Health. To carry out the Ministry's functions, six divisions were created: Curative Services, Urban Health, Endemic Diseases, Dental, Chemistry and Administrative. In 1961, Endemic Diseases and Urabn Health merged into the Preventive Services Division.

KADMOH (FU) 1-3: Ministry of Health, Zaria, Sleeping Sickness Service and Medical Field Unit, Kaduna (3,403 files, 1910-64)

KADPSC 1-4: Public Service Commission, Kaduna (1,426 files, 1931-62). This was created in October 1954 and placed under the control of the Premier's Office. It replaced the Northern Region Civil Service Commission which was abolished earlier in 1954. The Commission was made up of a Chair and four members, which increased to seven in 1957. The funcation of the Commission was to advise the Premier on matters relating to the recuitment, appointment, promotion and discipline of staff.

KADPSC 1: Public Service Commission, Kaduna, supplementary papers (186 files, 1951-70)

KADUNA PRISON 1: Prison Department, Kaduna (343 files, 1905-45). The Prisons Department was established by Proclamation no. 8 of 1902, The Prisons Proclamation. The Governor could declare any building s prison. The Prisons Department had administrative jurisdiction over Native Authority prisons in Kano, Koto-Karifi, Lokoja, Minna and Oturpo.

MAFR 1-4: Ministry of Animal and forest Resources, Kaduna, second accession (79 files, 1948-70)

MAFR 1: Ministry of Animal Health and Forestry, Resources, Kaduna, second accession (182 files, 1950-63)

MAHF 1-3: Ministry of Animal Health and Forestry, Kaduna, first accession (5,123 files, 1924-68)

MAHF 1-3: Ministry of Animal Health and Forestry, Kaduna, first accession, secret papers (1,149 files, 1927-68)

MAHF 1-5: Ministry of Animal Health and Forestry, Kaduna, second accession (495 files, 1927-68)

MIA 1: Ministry of Internal Affairs, Kaduna, first accession (133 files, 1920-55)

MIA 1-4: Ministry of Internal Affairs, Kaduna, second accession (3,784 files, 1916-67)

MIA 1-2: Ministry of Internal Affairs, Kaduna, second accession, secret papers (921 files, 1942-68)

MINAGRIC 1-2: Ministry of Agriculture, Kaduna, second accession (2,168 files, 1940-68)

MINAGRIC 1-2: Ministry of Agriculture, Kaduna, second accession, secret papers (3,188 files, 1921-68)

MINDEPT JOS 1-2: Mines Department, Jos (744 files, 1926-63). The Mines Department was established in early 1900 to coordinate mining activities in the country. The first mineral to be discovered was tin at Jos, first mined by the Royal Niger Company. In 1949, the colonial government purchased the rights to these royalties. The Department had five inspectorate offices located at Minna, Zaria, Jos, Enugu and Ibadan, with Jos as the administrative headquarters. A Chief Inspector of Mines headed the Department. It was the responsibility of the Department to enforce the Nigeria Mineral Ordinance of 1916, and to supervise the activities of all private holders of mining leases. The Mines Department was later constituted into the Ministry of Mines and Powers and retitled the Mines Division.

MINESTAB 1-7: Ministry of Establishments and Training, Kaduna (7,072 files, 1920-74). At first the Establishment and Training Division was in the Ministry of Finance. On 30th June 1960, the Division was trasferred to the Premier's Office, and it became an independent Ministry on 1st September 1961. The Ministry was organised into the Establishment, Recruitment and Training Divisions. The Minsistry was charged with appointments, gradings, salaries and allowances of officers in all ministries and departments, General Orders, Organisaton and Methods, Recruitment and Training of staff.

MINTRA IND 1-4: Ministry of Trade and Industry, Kaduna, second accession (3,401 files, 1949-68)

MLG 1-7: Ministry for Local Government, Kaduna, first accession (1,060 files, 1911-68). The Ministry for Local Government was created in 1953 and called the Ministry for Local Government and Community Development. The Ministry was responsible for the Institute of Administration at Zaria, Local Government Training, Local, Town and other Councils, Native Authority Councils, Native Authority Rules and Orders, Native Administration, Conditions of Service of Staff, professional Qualifications, Pilgrims, Public Holidays and Festivals, Community Development and Town and Country Planning (Urban Resettlement Schemes).

MLG 1-2: Ministry for Local Government, Kaduna, second accession, supplementary list (67 files, 1933-67)

MSWCD 1-3: Ministry Social Welfare and Community Development, Kaduna, second accession (539 files, 1923-67)

MSWCD 1-5: Ministry of Social Welfare and Community Development, Kaduna, second accession, (3,409 files, 1927-68)

MSWCD 1-3: Ministry of Social Welfare and Community Development, Kaduna, second accession, secret papers (534 files, 1949-68)

MSWCD 1: Ministry of Social Welfare and Community Development, Kaduna, third accession (211 files, 1926-68)

NCB 1: Nigeria Cotton Board (13,789 files, 1952-87)

NGB 1-5: Nigerian Groundnut Board (13,460 files, 1958-87)

PREM OFFICE 1-5: Premier’s Office, Kaduna, first accession (84 files, 1901-61)

PREMIERS OFFICER 1-5: Premier’s Office, Kaduna, second accession (2,412 files, 1920-67)

PREMIERS OFFICER 1-6: Premier’s Office, Kaduna, third accession (1,611 files, 1928-68)

PREMIERS OFFICER 1-6: Premier’s Office, Kaduna, fourth accession (1,903 files, 1931-67)

SCHOLARSHIP BOARD 1-4: Scholarship Board, Kaduna, first accession (3,097 files, 1943-71)

SCHOLARSHIP BOARD 1-3: Scholarship Board, Kaduna, first accession, secret papers (970 files, 1940-70)

SCHOLARSHIP BOARD 1-4: Scholarship Board, Kaduna, second accession (3,030 files, 1952-74)

SCHOLARSHIP BOARD 1-4: Northern Regional Scholarship Board, Kaduna, third accession (994 files, 1934-58)

VET KANO 1-3: Veterinary department, Kano, (472 files, 1934-58)

VOMVET DEPT 1-3: Veterinary Department, Vom, first accession (1,255 files, 1913-64)

VOMVET DEPT 1-3: Veterinary Department, Vom, second accession (1,939 files, 1927-67)

VOM DEPT 1-2: Vom Veterinary Department, Jos (589 files, 1922-60)

ZARMINEDUC 1-6: Ministry of Education, Zaria (1,304 files, 1927-70)

ZARMOH 1-6: Ministry of Health, Zaria, first accession (2,550 files, 1919-64)

ZARIA MOH 1-6: Ministry of Health, Zaria, second accession (628 files, 1934-72)


CLARKE: J. C. Clarke’s Papers (60 files, 1908-26)

Arabic Manuscripts

A comprehensive updated guide to the Archives’ important Arabic manuscript collections is in preparation; until then, here is a simple list of the accession lists and bibliographies available at the moment, with compilers’ names.

Arabic manuscripts from Bauchi Province (M. S. Khojah and U. Balarabe)

Bornu Province (Khojah and Balarabe)

Ilorin Province (Khojah and Balarabe)

Kaduna Capital Territory (Khojah, Balarabe, and A. Zubairu)

Kano Province (Khojah and Balarabe)

Niger Province (Khojah and Balarabe)

Zaria Province (Khojah, Balarabe, and Zubairu) (2 volumes)

Zaria (Ahmadu Bello University) (Khojah and Balarabe)

Subject index of Arabic manuscripts (Balarabe)

Similar Arabic manuscripts grouped together (Balarabe, Zubairu, and Y. Usman)

General index of subject distribution of manuscripts, history, biography, and politics (Balarabe and Zubairu)

Authors’ index of Arabic manuscripts (Balarabe)

Arabic manuscripts written in poetry (Khojah and Balarabe)

Ajami manuscripts in the National Archives, Kaduna (Khojah and Balarabe)

Newspapers and Magazines

Albishir, 1982-83

Amana, 1981-85

Business Concord, 1983-85

Business Times, 1977-85

Census News, 1991-92

Chronicle, 1981-83

Daily Express, 1962-64, 1969-70

Daily Mail, 1963

Daily Service, 1957-60

Daily Sketch, 1965-

Daily Star, 1976-85

Daily Times, 1958-

Democrat, 1983-84

Durosi Oto, 1957-58

Entertainer, 1981-82

Federal Civil Service Newsletter, 1977-78

Financial Punch, 1979-80, 1983-85

Gaskiya ta fi kwabo, 1948-51, 1960-65, 1970, 1973-

Gboungboun, 1984

Guardian, 1984

Headline, 1983

Health Care, 1990

Himmagamzaki and Ardo, 1957-58

Hotline, 1982-84

Igburra Bow, 1957-58

Imole, 1957-58

Kano Mirror, 1979-82

Lagos Life, 1989

Lagos Weekend, 1973-74, 1978-

Mai Shela, 1981

Miracle, 1983

Morning Post, 1962, 1964-72

Mwanga, 1948-60

National Concord, 1980-85

Nationalist, 1979

New Nigerian, 1966-71, 1973, 1976-85

Nigerian Call, 1982-83

Nigerian Citizen, 1956-60, 1964

Nigerian Herald, 1973-80, 1982-85

Nigerian Observer, 1970-74, 1976-85

Nigerian Review, 1978-79

Nigerian Standard, 1975-85

Nigerian Statesman, 1981-85

Nigerian Tide, 1976-81, 1984-85

Nigerian Tribune, 1979-85

Nigerian Voice, 1982-85

Oka Kidoma, 1957-58

Okoane Igala, 1957-58

Punch, 1977-

Reporter, 1988-

Satellite, 1981-83

Searchlight, 1985

Sporting Record, 1979, 1984-85

Sporting Souvenir, 1984

Sunday Call, 1982

Sunday Chronicle, 1982

Sunday Concord, 1982-92

Sunday Herald, 1981-85

Sunday New Nigerian, 1982-85

Sunday Observer, 1980-85

Sunday Post, 1983

Sunday Punch, 1979-85

Sunday Satellite, 1982-83

Sunday Sketch, 1979-85

Sunday Spectator, 1979

Sunday Standard, 1980-85

Sunday Statesman, 1982-85

Sunday Sun, 1980

Sunday Tide, 1980-85

Sunday Times, 1979-85

Sunday Tribune, 1981-85

Sunday Triumph, 1982-85

Sunday Voice, 1985

Telex, 1982, 1985

Think, 1990

Times International, 1977-79

Today, 1988-

Tomorrow, 1975-76

Town Crier, 1981

Triumph, 1983

Vanguard, 1984-85, 1988-89

Weekly Democrat, 1984

Weekly Eagle, 1981

Weekly Flight, 1982

Weekly Focus, 1982

Weekly Star, 1979-85

Yancin Dan Adam, 1981-83

Zaruna and Zumunta, 1957-58

Zuma, 1982-85

National Archives, Enugu (NAE)

The archives of Eastern Nigeria, covering the seven present-day states of Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Cross River, Enugu, Imo, and Rivers, is housed at 3 Colliery Avenue in the administrative heart of Enugu. The city of Enugu has been, in turn, the bureaucratic center of the Southern Provinces of Nigeria during colonial times, the capital of the defunct eastern Region of Nigeria, the headquarters of Biafra during the Civil War, and today is the capital of the state bearing its name.

Founded in 1958, the Nigerian National Archives at Enugu now occupy 10,000 linear meters of shelves, and include consular dispatched, colonial administrative documents, the Civil Secretary’s Office holdings, Provincial and District Office records, various court proceedings, and files of government ministries and parastatals, as well as photographs, newspapers, gazettes, and official publications.

Finding Aids
There are many helpful reference books available for consultation in the search room.

E. J. Alagoa, Series Inventory of the Records of the Provincial Office, Onitsha (1961)

A. Anyimba, A Special List of Records on Land Among the Enugu Secretariat Record Group (1964)

A. Anyimba, A Preliminary Index to the Routine Administrative Reports in the Enugu Secretariat Record Group (1966)

U. O. A. Esse, A Special List of General Reports (Administrative and Departmental) (1988)

U. O. A. Esse, Catalogue of the Niger Coast Protectorate Records, 1894-99 (1988)

U. O. A. Esse, Materials on Education (1989)

U. O. A. Esse, Materials for Cameroun History (1990)

U. O. A. Esse, Guide to Sources of Nigerian History at the National Archives of Nigeria, Enugu Branch (1991)

U. O. A. Esse, Index to the Oil Rivers, Niger Coast and Southern Nigeria Protectorate Dispatches, 1891-1902 (1991)

U. O. A. Esse, An Index to Intelligence Reports, Anthropological Reports, Assessment and Reorganizational Reports in the National Archives, Enugu (1992)

P. A. Mafiana, A Handlist of Nigerian Civil War Publication Collections (1988)

V. C. J. Mbah, A Preliminary Index to the Intelligence Reports in the Enugu Secretariat Record Group, 3 volumes (1963)

G. E. S. Njoku, An Index to the Intelligence Reports (1977)

G. E. S. Njoku, A Special List of Annual, Half Yearly and Quarterly Reports (1987)

G. E. S. Njoku, An Index to the Handing Over Notes of Administrative Officers, 1905-55 (1979)

E. I. Nsoro, A Special List of Records on Land Dispute Cases in Calabar Province Record Group, 2 volumes (1980)

J. E. N. Nwaguru, An Inventory of the Administrative Records from the Old Calabar Province (1965)

B. M. O. Nwaime, A Special List of Records on Land Dispute Cases in Aba Division of Imo State, 1918-55 (1988)

R.E. Nwoye, An Inventory of Administrative Records from Ogoja Province (1964)

U. Onwubuya, A Special List of Records on the Subject of Education among the CSE Record Group, 1904-54 (1966)

Colonial Administrative Records
CONS 1-10: Consular Records (134 volumes, 1846-1911). The Consular period in the Nigerian history dates back to 1849 when John Beecroft was appointed the first British consul for the Bight of Benin and Biafra and charged with the responsibility of stamping out the slave trade and promoting legitimate trade in areas under his jurisdiction. He was to offer protection to British traders on the Rivers while the British naval squadron stationed along the coast of West African was placed at his disposal. The Consular period lasted from 1849 to 1899 when the Niger Coast Protectorate came to an end and the consular administration placed under the control of the Foreign Office in London. The originals of the records of this period are kept at the Ibadan National Archives where they are classified as Calabar Provincial Office records (CALPROF). Photocopies of these records are available here at the National Archives, Enugu. To avoid confusing this record group with another group referred to as CALPROF, it has been considered most appropriate to designate the copies at Enugu as "CONS" for Consular Records.

CSO 1-7 Chief Secretary’s Office (153 volumes: 1883-1906). In 1906 when the Colony of Lagos and Protectorate of Southern Nigeria were merged, the Colonial Secretary's Office was created for Lagos to deal with matters relating to Lagos territory, a Secretary was also appointed to deal with matters relating to the Southern Nigeria were amalgamated and the office of Chief secretary was created.It replaced the Colonial Secretary's office.In 1921 the Nigerian Secretariat was created and placed under the Chief Secretary to the Government. It had two branches: the Native Affairs Branch headed by a Secretary to Native Affairs, and the Statistical Branch responsible for collection and collation of statistical data and information required by the Government.The Nigerian Secretariat was abolished in 1958. In the exercise of the powers conferred on the Nigerian Secretariat, the Chief Secretary' Office inherited the important records of the former administrations that had existed in Nigeria. Only photocopies of these records are available at the National Archives, Enugu. Originals of these records are at the Ibadan office of the National Archives.

CSE 1-5: Civil Secretary, Enugu (1,215 files: 1896-1955). In 1914 the Southern Nigeria Protectorate was merged with the Northern Protectorate to form Nigeria. A Chief Secretary was appointed to assist the Governor who was in charge of the Protectorate.Lieutenant Governors were appointed for the Northern and Southern Provinces and were assisted by civil secretaries. All official Correspondence to the Governor in Lagos from the Provinces were issued from the office of the Civil Secretary. The Civil Secretary's office at Enugu was responsible for a very wide range of matters: Annual Reports, Arms Permits, Cinema, Collective Punishment, Complaints, Language Examinations, Liquor Licensing, Marriage Licences, Prisons, Resident's Conferences, Lands and Native Rights Ordinance, Land Acquisition for public purposes and Establishment matters.

Provincial Offices
AIPROF 1-15: Abakaliki Provincial Office (9,259 files, 1909-60). Records entered under the Abakaliki Province are actually part of the Abakaliki District Records. Abakaliki Province was one of the twelve province created by the Eastern Region Government in 1957.

CALPROF 1-54: Calabar Provincial Office: first Batch (35,831 files, 1891-1963). Calabar Province was created in 1914 and was made up of the following Districts and Divisions: Abak, Arochuku, Eket, Ikot Ekpene, Itu, Opobo and Uyo. In 1959 Calabar Province was split into Calabar, Uyo and Anang Provinces.
Volume I: these files concentrate mainly on the period 1913-21.
Volume III: these files concentrate mainly on the period 1908-12.

CALPROF 1-9: Calabar Provincial Office: second batch (6,425 files, 1894-1955)
For example:
2/11/172: Witchcraft case, 1930
2/12/162: Handing over notes, Calabar Province, 1931-33
2/12/231: Coin counterfeiting case, 1931
2/12/302: Calabar Division Annual Report, 1931
2/13/37: Illicit distilling, Eket Division, 1932
2/13/187: Rex v Thomas Kiriwa and Ajewa Mba Awa, illicit distillation, 1932
2/13/189: Rex v Asibong Udo Ekong, illicit distillation, 1932
2/13/204: Illicit distillation cases, 1932
2/13/205: Illicit distillation cases, 1932
2/13/209: Illicit distillation cases, 1932
3/1/38: Calabar Province Annual Report, 1932
3/1/72: Illicit distillation, 1932-33
3/1/81: Illicit distillation, 1932-33
3/1/94: Illicit distillation, 1932-33
3/1/284: Accusation of wizardry, 1933
3/1/303: Calabar electric light scheme, 1938-56
3/1/348: Illicit distillation case, 1933
3/1/364: Illicit distillation case, 1933
3/1/366: Illicit distillation case, 1933-34
3/1/388: Illicit distillation case, 1933
3/1/397: Illicit distillation case, 1933
3/1/398: Illicit distillation case, 1933
3/1/399: Illicit distillation case, 1933
3/1/420: Okoro mandate for Enugu Industrial School, 1932-38
3/1/421: Okon Archibong Inyang mandate for Enugu Industrial School, 1933-37
3/1/432: Illicit distillation case, 1933
3/1/470: Illicit distillation case, 1933
3/1/475: Illicit distillation case, 1933
3/1/476: Illicit distillation case, 1933
3/1/480: Illicit distillation case, 1933
3/1/488: Illicit distillation case, 1933
3/1/489: Illicit distillation case, 1933
3/1/491: Illicit distillation case, 1933
3/1/492: Illicit distillation case, 1933
3/1/494: Illicit distillation case, 1933
3/1/530: Illicit distillation case, 1933
3/1/542: Illicit distillation case, 1933
3/1/553: Illicit distillation case, 1933
3/1/556: Illicit distillation case, 1933
3/1/575: Illicit distillation case, 1933
3/1/580: Illicit distillation case, 1933
3/1/582: Illicit distillation case, 1933
3/1/587: Illicit distillation case, 1933
3/1/588: Illicit distillation case, 1933
3/1/616: Illicit distillation case, 1933
3/1/617: Illicit distillation case, 1933
3/1/618: Illicit distillation case, 1933
3/1/627: Illicit distillation case, 1933
3/1/657: Nigeria Daily Record, 1943-52
3/1/610: African Advertiser
3/1/700: Illicit distillation case, 1933-34
3/1/706: Illicit distillation case, 1933-34
3/1/708: Witchcraft, Native Court jurisdiction, 1935
3/1/777: Illicit distillation case, 1934
3/1/784: Illicit distillation case, 1934
3/1/805: Illicit distillation case, 1934
3/1/838: Witchcraft case, 1934
3/1/839: Illicit distillation case, 1934
3/1/843: Illicit distillation case, 1934
3/1/871: Illicit distillation case, 1934
3/1/872: Illicit distillation case, 1934
3/1/877: Illicit distillation case, 1934
3/1/885: Illicit distillation case, 1934
3/1/888: Illicit distillation case, 1934
3/1/1062: Counterfeiting coins, 1935-37
3/1/1063: Counterfeiting coins, 1935-39
3/1/1064: Counterfeiting coins, 1940-50
3/1/1341: Clubs in possession of a licence to supply alcoholic refreshments, 1935-39
3/1/1596: Currency, 1936-55
3/1/2294: Illicit distillation, 1942-54
3/1/2545: Juvenile offenders, 1942-46
3/1/2571: Liquor Ordinance, 1940-53
3/1/2814: Unlicensed Guides Ordinance, 1942-43
3/1/2924: Children and Young Persons Ordinance, 1943-52
7/1/200: Calabar Amateur Football Association, 1956
7/1/312: J. A. Effa, pension application, 1933-46
7/1/316: Native Liquor Ordinance, 1933-50
7/1/334: Calabar Champion newspaper, 1949
7/1/356 to 359: Calabar Liquor Licensing Board, 1953-56
7/1/403: Calabar markets, 1937-52
7/1/618: Calabar Juvenile Welfare, 1945-48
7/1/866: Newspaper comments, 1939-55
7/1/909: Liquor, control of, 1945-49
7/1/1253: Nickel coinage, 1947-49
7/1/1254: Nickel coinage, 1949-55
7/1/1255: Manilla currency, 1949-50
7/1/1256: Manilla currency, 1955
7/1/1257: VD ordinance, 1942-45
7/1/1273: Juvenile Courts, Calabar, 1946-50
7/1/1274: Juvenile Courts, buildings, 1940-48
7/1/1275: Juvenile Courts, orders, 1948-52
7/1/1276: Juvenile Courts, salaries, 1949
7/1/1277: Juvenile Courts, Ikot Ekpene, 1949-52
7/1/1304: Social Welfare in Nigeria, 1944-54
7/1/1305: Social Welfare workers, 1944-46
7/1/1426: Juvenile Employment Exchange, 1945-50
7/1/1539: Calabar Juvenile Welfare, 1945-47
7/1/1540: Remand Home, Calabar, 1946-49
7/1/1847: Biase Union, 1953-56
7/1/2072: Social Welfare Department, Calabar Province, Annual Report, 1950-54
7/1/2228: Mr E. E. Effah, Administrative Clerk, Personal Papers, 1951
7/1/2270: Crime Wave, Calabar Province, 1951

CALPROF 1-18: Calabar Provincial Office: third batch (2,927 files, 1907-61)
For example:
5/1/15: Deaf and blind pedestrians on public highways, 1943
5/1/89: Nigeria Eastern Mail, 1935-42
5/1/149: Handing over notes, Ikot Ekpene Division, 1922-37
5/1/175: Handing over notes, Uyo District, 1935-57
5/1/191: Handing over notes, Calabar province, 1934-36
5/1/260: Remand Home for juvenile offenders, 1930-37
5/1/452: Calabar aerodrome, 1936-40
17/1/238 to 266: Juvenile offenders mandates, 1930s and 40s
17/1/505: Calabar Juvenile Welfare, 1945
17/1/529: Biase, Arochukwu Kwa District relations
17/1/1875 to 1877: Biase District Council estimates, 1955-57

OGPROF 1-12: Ogoja Provincial Office (3,603 files, 1910-56). Ogoja Province was established in 1914 after the splitting of the former Eastern Province. It comprised three Divisions: Ogoja, Abakaliki and Obubra. Each of these division was sub-divided into Districts, which included Ogoja, Obudu, Abakaliki, Afikpo, Obubra and Ikom. For example:
2/1/259: Preventative Service reorganisation, 1930-55
2/1/366: Treatment of juvenile offenders, 1931-53
2/1/401: Control of liquor sales, 1929-39
2/1/456: Reformatory, 1932-47
2/1/430: Counterfeit coinage, 1928-52
2/1/485: Native liquor, 1933-50
2/1/533: Witchcraft, 1934
2/1/534: Witchcraft, 1937-46
2/1/1558: Nickel coinage, 1929-34
2/1/1558: Nickel coinage, 1934-36
2/1/1558: Nickel coinage, 1936-38
2/1/1558: Nickel coinage, 1938-53
2/1/1998: Return of nickel coinage, 1937-49
2/1/3149: Electricity, 1950-55

ONPROF 1-22: Onitsha Provincial Office (6,917 files, 1898-1961). The Central or Niger Province which was created after the session of the territories of the Royal Niger Company to the protectorate of Southern Nigeria in 1900 was for administrative purposes divided into a number of districts. Among them was the Onitsha District formed in 1904 with a station established at the town of Onitsha. In 1906 the Central and Western Province were merged while Onitsha maintained its position as a district.In 1914, with the formation of Nigeria, Onitsha Province was formed. It comprised the following districts: Onitsha, Awka and Udi. Okwoga District was constituted into Obole District; it later became the Nsukka Division under Onitsha Province. In 1922, the Onitsha Province comprised the following Divisions: Onitsha , Awka, Awgu, Enugu and Nsukka.
For example:
8/1/4591: Nickel coinage, 1930-35

RIVPROF 1-20: Owerri and Rivers Provincial Office (12,813 files, 1900-60). Owerrri Province was constituted in 1914 following the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Nigeria and the splitting of the Eastern or Calabar Province. Some of the districts in the Eastern Province were grouped together to form the new Province: Aba, Ahiada, Bende, Bonny, Brass, Degema, Okigwi, Orlu, Owerri, Opobo and Afikpo. In 1915 Opobo and Afikpo Districts were transferred to Calabar and Ogoja Provinces respectively. The remaining districts were regrouped into four divisions and a district: Aba, Degema, Okigwi, Owerri and Bende Districts. In 1931 Owerri Provinces was reorganised into six administrative divisions: Aba, Ahoada, Bende, Degema, Okigwi and Owerri.In April, 1947 Rivers Province was created out of the Owerri Province with its headquarters at Port Harcourt. Ahoada, Bonny, Brass and Degema were transferred to the new province. In 1959 the Provincial system of administration in the Eastern Nigeria was reorganised leading to the creation of Umuahia Province from Owerri Province, and Port Harcourt, Degema and Yenagoa Provinces from the Rivers Province. In the arrangement records of the Owerri Province and Rivers Province were grouped together and described as one record group
For example:
2/1/15: Illicit distillation, 1931-34
2/1/16: Illicit distillation, 1934-38
2/1/16: Illicit distillation, 1938-48
2/1/58: Liquor licences, 1939-56
2/1/82: Manilla currency, 1925-47
2/1/83: Manilla currency, 1947-48
2/1/185: Trafficking in dangerous drugs, 1957
8/2/344: Map of province, 1914-20
8/5/540: Spirits, price of as affecting trade, 1917-18
8/5/556: Liquor licencesw, 1917-20
8/7/33: Sale of spirit at Aba, 1919
8/8/57: Campaign against VD, 1920-30
8/9/133: Mr A. E. Blackburn, Native Races and Liquor Traffic United Committee, visit, 1919-21
8/9/693: Nickel coinage, 1934-35
8/9/694: Nickel coinage, 1925-35
8/9/695: Nickel coinage, 1935-37
8/9/696: Nickel coinage, 1937-42
8/9/747: Liquor licences, 1922
8/9/810: Hotel site, Port Harcourt, 1921
8/10/254: Native liquor licences, 1922
8/11/102: Aba African Club, 1928-44
8/12/82: Liquor Ordinance, 1924-26
8/16/228: Liquor Licensing Board, Owerri Province, 1929-31
8/16/229: Liquor Licensing Board, Owerri Province, 1931-34
8/16/230: Liquor Licensing Board, Owerri Province, 1938-40
8/16/231: Liquor Licensing Board, Owerri Province, 1939-44
8/16/232: Liquor Licensing Board, Owerri Province, 1944-47
8/18/105: Alcool de menthe, import of, 1930
8/18/208: Counterfeiting coins, 1930-37
8/18/209: Counterfeiting coins, 1937-45
9/1/73: Treatment of juvenile offenders, 1931-37
9/1/295: Native liquor, 1933-49
9/1/500: Currency, 1937-54
9/1/570: Police Department Annual Report, 1937
9/1/706: Police Department Annual Report, 1938
9/1/794: Traffic in girls, prostitution, 1939-57
9/1/932: Juvenile offender discharged, George Ikwuaka, 1940
9/1/947: Juvenile offender discharged, Timothy Mbabuike, 1940
9/1/958: Juvenile offender mandate for Unamalu, 1940
9/1/961: Juvenile offender discharged, Ohadike Egomole, 1940

UMPROF 1-11: Owerri Provincial Office, Umuahia (252 files, 1907-56). In 1959 the Provincial system of administration in the Eastern Nigeria was reorganised leading to the creation of Umuahia Province from Owerri Province.
5/1/4: Repatriations of people, 1934-55
5/1/13: Native liquor, 1945-53
5/1/49: Traffic in girls and prostitution, 1941-54
5/1/71: Child and Young Persons Ordinance, 1943

District and Divisional Offices
ABADIST 1-22: Aba District Office (3,955 files, 1903-57). Aba District began in 1906 following the establishment of the Eastern or Calabar Province. It was situated between Rivers, Imo and Achacha, a tributary of the Kwa-Ibo and was bounded by the districts of Bende, Ikot Ekpene, Abak, Opobo, Degema and Owerri. The Principal towns of the District included Aba, Akwete, Asa, Azumini, Obegu, Obohia, Ohambele and Omo-Elele.
For example:
9/1/1142: Street lighting, Aba, 1938-53
9/1/1143: Electricity, Aba, 1938-49
9/1/1194: Highway robbery at Akoli, 1941
9/1/1428: West Africa Soap Company, market research, 1948
12/1/3: Liquor licences, 1949-50
12/1/4: Liquor licences, 1951
12/1/5: Liquor licences, 1951-52
12/1/6: Liquor licences, 1952-53
12/1/41: Currency notes, circulation of, 1918
13/2/42: Currency notes, circulation of, 1918-20
13/2/57: Liquor licences, 1918-20
13/3/15: Liquor licences, 1918-19
13/3/45: Liquor licences, 1919-20
13/4/47: Liquor licences, 1920
13/7/65: Liquor licences, 1923-24
13/13/23: Liquor licences, 1929
13/13/24: Liquor licences, 1929-30
13/14/85: Liquor licences, 1930
14/1/16: Liquor licences, 1933-34
14/1/17: Liquor licences, 1948-49
14/1/18: Liquor licences, 1949-51
14/1/19: Liquor licences, 1952-53
14/1/20: Liquor licences, 1953
14/1/21: Liquor licences, 1953
14/1/22: Liquor licences, 1953-54
14/1/23: Liquor licences, 1951-56
14/1/168: Treatment of juvenile offenders, 1932-38
14/1/169, Illicit liquor, 1932-38
14/1/180: Counterfeiting coins, 1933
14/1/293: Witchcraft, 1934-37
14/1/373: Aba football league, 1948-49
14/1/393: Athletics, Owerri Province, 1936-51
14/1/633: Native Children (Custody and Reformation) Ordinance, 1939
14/1/643: Liquor licences, 1939-41
14/1/663: Liquor licences policy, 1939
14/1/664: Counterfeiting coins, 1939-40
14/1/709: West Africa Social Company, 1940
14/1/749: Rogues and vagabonds, 1940
14/1/854: Venereal Disease Ordinance, 1943
14/1/909: Child prostitution in Lagos, 1943-47

ABAKDIST 1-6: Abak District Office (106 files, 1915-56). Abak District was established in 1909, it was placed under the District Commission at Uyo and in 1914 it became part of the Ikot Ekpene Division. In 1931 it formed part of the Uyo Division and in 1954 it was constituted into a division.
For example:
1/2/48: Liquor licences, 1950-51
1/2/58: Abak Sports Club, 1933-49
1/2/82: Counterfeiting coins, 1937-40

AFIDIST 1-10: Afikpo District Office (215 files, 1900-60). Afikpo District was a district under the Eastern Province. It was situated on the Cross River. The district came under the British focus in 1896 during the Niger-Cross River Expedition. In 1902, Ediba was made the headquarters of the Cross River Division and in 1905 the headquarters moved from Ediba to Afikpo. In 1914, Bende District ceased from being administered from Afikpo. In 1923, it became an independent district again. Afikpo Division was created in 1955.
For example:
3/1/14: Counterfeiting coins, 1928-38
5/1/2: Illicit distillation, 1931-33
5/1/3: Illicit distillation, 1934-37

AHODIST 1-14: Ahoada District Office (1,859 files, 1923-61).Ahoada District was created in 1906 as part of the Eastern or Calabar District. It was surrounded by the District of Owerri, Degema, Brass and Abo. In 1931 it was constituted into a Division in the Owerri Province. In 1947 Ahiada became a Division in the Rivers Province.
For example:
13/12/21: Liquor licences, 1929-30
13/12/22: Liquor licences, 1929
13/13/45: Liquor licences, 1931
14/1/229: Juvenile offenders, 1931-51
14/1/284: Liquor licences, 1933-44
14/1/285: Liquor licences, 1945-49
14/1/286: Liquor licences, 1949-50
14/1/287: Liquor licences, 1951-52
14/1/288: Liquor licences, 1952
14/1/289: Liquor licences, 1952
14/1/290: Liquor licences, 1952-53
14/1/291: Liquor licences, 1953-54
14/1/312: Witchcraft, 1934-37
14/1/313: Witchcraft, 1949-50

AIDIST 1-9: Abakaliki District Office (613 files, 1907-57). Abakaliki was one of the Northern Districts of the Eastern Province before the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorates. In 1915, Abakaliki and Afikpo Districts were merged to form Abakaliki Division in the Ogoja Province. In 1959, Abaaliki was constituted into a Province in the Eastern Region of Nigeria.
For example:
2/1/199: Juvenile offender: Nwaeke Obaji discharge from Enugu Reformatory. 1938
2/1/342: Cost of living of Africans, 1941-42
6/1/236: Car stealing court case, 1935

ARODIV 1-29: Arochukwu Divisional Office (487 files, 1907-61). Arochuku District was constituted in 1902 after the Arochuku expedition. In 1914 it became a sub-district under the Ikot Ekpene Division, and in 1959 it formed part of Bende Division in Umuahia Province.
For example:
19/1/16: Liquor licences, 1949-55
19/1/17: Liquor licences, 1955-59
19/1/59: Biase people on the Cross Rivers, 1948-51

AWDIST 1: Awka District Office (579 files, 1914-53).Awka District, which was situated to east of the Niger District of Onitsha, was created in 1904 and was bounded by Udi and Okigwi. In 1914, Awka became a District in new Onitsha Province.
For example:
2/1/56: Dances, harmful or otherwise, 1919-20
2/1/57: Women dances, preaching ideas of desirable reforms, 1925-26
2/1/59: Currency Notes Ordinance, 1919-20
2/1/97: Burglaries at Ukpo and Igbariam, 1921
2/1/129: Spirits imported, South Provinces, 1922-23
2/1/282: Alcool de Menthe, 1930
2/1/395: Native liquor, 1933-45
2/1/407: Reintroducing 1/10 coins, 1934-36
2/1/450: Witchcraft, 1937
2/1/478: Sale of palm wine

BRASSDIST 1-19: Brass District Office (1,663 files, 1914-53). Brass District was situated in the extreme south-east corner of the Eastern Province, and occupied the greater part of the delta region of the River Niger. It first became a district in 1906 in the Eastern or Calabar Province. In 1914, when Owerri Province was created, it was transferred to the new Province. In 1947, when Rivers Province was created it was transferred to the new Province. In 1956, Brass became a Division and the headquarters of the Central Ijaw County Council.
For example: 3/1/16: Counterfeiting coins, 1938-47
10/1/80: Illicit distillation, 1932-34
12/1/1: Criminal Judgement Book, 1900-05
12/1/2: Criminal Judgement Book, 1907
12/1/3; Criminal Judgement Book, 1907-10
12/1/4: Criminal Judgement Book, 1908-09
13/1/1: Civil Judgement Book, 1900
13/1/2: Civil Judgement Book, 1907-08
13/1/3: Civil Judgement Book, 1908
13/1/4: Civil Judgement Book, 1909
13/1/5: Civil Judgement Book, 1909
17/2/1: Native Court case book, 1904-05
17/2/2: Native Court case book, 1904-08
17/2/3: Native Court case book, 1910-11
17/2/4: Native Court case book, 1910-11
17/2/5: Native Court case book, 1911-12
17/2/6: Native Court case book, 1911-13

DEGDIST 1: Degema District (726 files, 1902-56).Degema District was first created in 1906. It extended from the Rivers Santa Barbara and Sombreiro on the west to the Rivers Bonny and Imo in the east. The principal towns included Bakana, Bugama, Degema, Egbedda and Omo-Nelu. Degema District was in Owerri Province until 1947 when Rivers Province was created and it was transferred to the new Province. In 1956, Degema Division was created and Degema town became the headquarters of the Oil Rivers County Council.
For example:
7/1/1: Criminal Record Book, 1896-1902
7/1/2: Criminal Record Book, 1902-06
7/1/3: Criminal Record Book, 1904

EKETDIST 1-12: Eket District Office (726 files, 1909-60). Eket station was opened in 1904. In 1914 it became a District in the Calabar Division. In 1922 it became a separate District.
For example:
1/2/65: Manilla currency, 1948-49
1/3/8: Rex v Okon Akpang Ekpo of Nung Ndoe, counterfeiting coins, 1939
1/3/32: Rex v Tom Oga, possession of moulds for counterfeiting coins, 1937
1/3/36: Rex v T.U. Edema, illicit distillation, 1936-37
1/3/37: Rex v Ben Nkereuwen of Oyobia, counterfeiting coins, 1937
1/3/38: Rex v Thomas Edeghama of Udung Uko, counterfeiting coins
1/3/43: Rex v Etim Apan Ukim of Afaha Ikot and Akpa Edu, counterfeiting coins, 1936
1/3/44: Rex v John Akpan Essien and two others, counterfeiting coins, 1936
1/3/62: Rex v Jacob Eno and Joseph Inyang, counterfeiting coins, 1939
1/3/74: Rex v Okon Bassey Uko of Uyo, in possession of 27s of counterfeit coins, 1939-40

IKOTDIST 1-15: Ikot Ekpene District Office (702 files, 1911-62). Ikot Ekpene was established as a station in 1904 and in 1914 it became a Division in the Calabar Province. In 1927 it became a separate administrative unit. In 1959 the Division was transferred to the newly created Uyo Province.
For example:
1/4/29: Manilla and nickel, 1935-37
1/4/30: Nickel coinage, 1937-45
1/4/78: Liquor licences, 1924-33
1/4/79: Liquor licences, 1933-47
1/4/80: Liquor licences, 1947-50
1/4/81: Liquor licences, 1950-53
1/4/82: Liquor licences, 1953-54
1/4/83: Liquor licences, 1956-57
1/4/110: Undesirables in Ikot Ekpene, 1949-51
1/4/274: Counterfeiting coins, 1934-49
1/4/275: Illicit distillation, 1934-35
1/4/475: Prostitutes, 1941-50
1/4/496: Report on manilla withdrawal, 1948-49
1/4/497: Manillas, 1926-48
1/4/498: Manillas, 1948-49
1/4/499: Manilla redemption, 1949-50
1/4/559: Native liquor, 1945
1/4/582: Juvenile courts, 1948-54

ITUDIST 1-6: Itu District Office (976 files, 1907-58). Itu first came into contact with the European in 1900 and in 1902 Mary Slessor of the Church of Scotland Mission opened a station at Itu. In 1908 part of the Ikot Ekpene was carved out and constituted into this sub-district. In 1914 Itu became a District under the Ikot Ekpene Division. in 1927 it became a separate Division and was renamed Enyong Division.
For example:
1/1/593: Palm wine, 1939
1/1/680: Reformatory, Enugu, 1942
1/1/Conf21: Illicit Distillation, 1931-39

NSUDIV 1-19: Nsukka Divisional Office (892 files, 1911-62). Nsukka Division was formed the Igbo-speaking areas of the Okwoga District. The Okwoga District in the Central or Niger Province was forced on the opening up of that part of Southern Nigeria by the Niger-Cross River expedition of 1908-1909 with headquarters at Okwoga. In 1918, the Obolo Division was created out of the Okwoga Division comprising the Igbo-speaking areas of the Division. In 1922 the Division was renamed Nsukka Division.
For example:
8/1/26: Reformatory at Enugu, 1932-55
8/1/202: Security edge alloy coins, 1939-55
12/1/33: Liquor licences, 1954
14/1/84: Criminal Judgement Book, 1930-33
14/1/85: Criminal Judgement Book, 1934-36
14/1/86: Criminal Judgement Book, 1935-36
14/1/87: Criminal Judgement Book, 1937-43

OBUBDIST 1: Obubra District Office (1,114 files, 1912-56). Obubra District was situated on the Northern bend of the Cross River and was bounded by the District of Ogoja, Ikom, Oban, Afikpo and Abakaliki. British influence in Obubra dated back to 1902 when Obubra Hill was occupied by British soldiers. Obubra be¬came a District in 1905 in the Cross River Division. In 1906, it became a separate district under Afikpo Division. In 1916, the Obubra Division was constituted and comprised Obubra and Ikom.
For example:
4/1/48: Liquor licences, 1948-52
4/1/71: Prostitution in Obubra Division to Cross River, 1939-44
4/1/102: Illicit distillation, 1938-44
4/1/210: Native liquors, 1940-50
4/1/263: Athletic clubs, 1944-50
4/1/276: Nickel currency, 1945-53
4/1/320: Biase Union, 1947-51
4/1/330: Manilla currency, 1948
11/1/5: Illicit distillation in the Eastern Provinces, 1924-32

OBUDIST 1-5: Obudu District Office (50 files, 1909-46). Obudu District was situated in the extreme North-Eastern corner of the protectorate and bordered Northern Nigeria, the German Cameroons, and the districts of Ikom and Ogoja. Obudu came under British influence in 1909 during the Niger-Cross River Expedition. In 1914, Obudu became part of Ogoja Province and a District within the Ogoja Division.

OGONIDIST: Ogoni District Office
For example:
4/1/12: Ogoni Intelligence Report, 1931-40
4/1/13: Ogoni Intelligence Report, 1937-54

OKIDIST 1-15: Okigwi District Office (2,515 files, 1906-59). Okigwi District was situated at the head of the Rivers Imo and Orashi. It was bounded by the districts of Onitsha, Awka, Udi, Afikpo, Bende and Owerri. The Okigwi District was created in 1906 as part of the Eastern District. In 1914, it became part of the Owerri Province. Its principal towns were Amoda, Eziachi, Eziama, Ihube and Ishiaga.
For example: 4/2/8: Spirit licences, 1920
4/4/7: Spirit licences, 1922-24
4/7/63: Spirit licences, 1925-28
4/10/7: Spirit licences, 1928-29
4/11/20: Spirit licences, 1929
4/12/34: Spirit licences, 1930-33
5/1/6: Juvenile offenders, 1933-51
11/1/77: Liquor licences, 1933-38
11/1/78: Liquor licences, 1939-49
11/1/79: Liquor licences, 1950-51s
11/1/253: Nickel and bronze currency, 1934-47
11/1/283: Rex v Daniel Ugochukwu of Amibo, counterfeiting coins, 1936

ONDIST 1-22: Onitsha District Office (5,307 files, 1907-60). Onitsha District was formed in 1904 with a station established in Onitsha town.
For example:
12/1/147: Liquor licensing board, 1931-56
12/1/221: Nickel coinage, 1936-40
12/1/222: Nickel coinage, 1940-53
12/1/262: Reformatory, Enugu, 1932-43
12/1/301: Importing distilling apparatus for science laboratory, 1933-34
12/1/524: Niger River transport, 1933-50
12/1/607: Witchcraft, 1934-43
12/1/686: Counterfeiting coins, 1934-51
12/1/780: Manilla currency, 1935-45
12/1/809: Clubs in Nigeria and licences, 1935-45
12/1/1051: Shortage of coin, 1936-47
12/1/1246: Security edge coins, 1938-39
12/1/1396: Unlicensed Guides, applicability to Onitsha Township, 1941-42
12/1/1515: Whisky and gin permits, 1942-48
12/1/1516: Whisky and gin permits, 1948-49
12/1/1536: Native liquor, 1944-46
12/1/1613: Amateur Athletic Association, 1944-55
12/1/1806: Children and Young Persons Ordinance, 1946-51
12/1/2124: Liquor licence policy, 1949-54
20/1/7: Liquor licences, 1948-50
20/1/1080: Lagos Amateur Boxing Association, 1952-56

OPODIST 1-15: Opobo District Office (1,103 files, 1895-1956). Opobo town was founded in 1869 by Oko Jumbo-Jaja and was named Opobo in 1870, after King Opobo of Bonny. Opobo was constituted into a district under the Oil Rivers Protectorate administration. In 1914 it became part of the Owerri Province and in 1915 it was transferred to the Calabar Province. In 1954 it became a Division.
For example:
1/1/20: Illicit distillation, 1933
1/1/44: Counterfeiting coins, 1935-43
1/5/340: Distilling apparatus, 1938
1/8/5: Native Liquor Ordinance, 1931-32

ORLUDIST 1-4: Orlu District Office (828 files, 1911-52). By 1906 Orlu was created a sub-district under Okigwi. However, in 1914 it became a full district in the Owerri Province. In 1955 Orlu became a Division and the headquarters of the Orlu County Council.
For example:
3/1/257: Counterfeiting coins, 1938-48

OWDIST 1-28: Owerri District Office (1,622 files, 1901-59). Owerri District was first created in 1906. Owerri District shared boundaries with the District of Bende, Okigwi, Aba, Degema, Ahoada and the District of Abo in the Central Province. Part of the Province was taken away to form part of the sub-District of Orlu which was attached to Okigwi District. In 1914, the Owerri Province was created, while Owerri District continued to exist until 1955, when Owerri Division, Owerri County Council and Owerri Urban Council were formed.
For example:
9/11/65: Liquor licences, 1925-27
9/13/55: Liquor licences, 1927-28
9/14/99: Liquor licences, 1928-29
9/15/17: Liquor licences, 1929-30
9/18/28: Liquor licences, 1932-34
9/18/29: Liquor licences, 1934-37

PHDIST 1-10: Port Harcourt District Office (4,475 files, 1921-66)
For example:
3/1/13: Liquor Ordinance, 1932-50
3/1/49: Native Children (Custody and Reformatory) Ordinance, 1939
3/1/91: Passenger buses, 1945-46
7/1/37: Amateur Football Association, 1938-55
10/1/1432: Nigeria Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association, 1952-54
10/1/1657: Palm Wine Hawkers Association, Ogadima Union, 1954
10/1/1670: Cultivation of sun hemp, 1954
10/1/1636: Nigeria Brewery, 1954

UDDIV 1-17: Udi Divisional Office (1,050 files, 1917-58). The Udi District was situated on the eastern border of the Central Province, and was bounded by the districts of Abakaliki, Afikpo and Okigwi in the Eastern Province, and by Awka, Onitsha and Okwoga in the Central Province. Udi first became a district in 1907 but the District Commissioner remained at Onitsha. In 1914 Udi Division was created. It was later renamed Enugu Division. In 1955, it was reconstituted into a Division.
For example: 2/7/1: Illicit distillation, 1931-38
9/1/26: Liquor licences, 1932-51
9/1/84: Treatment of juvenile offenders, 1931-51

UMDIV 1-15: Bende District Office, Umuahia Division (1,172 files, 1903-56).Bende District was situated between the Cross and Imo Rivers. It bordered the districts of Afikpo, Arochuku, Ikot Ekpene, Aba, Owerri and Okigwi. Bende was first visited by a British officer, A.G. Leonard in 1896. During the Aro Expedition, Bende town was used as a base for attack on Arochuku between 1901 and 1902. In 1914, Bende District was administered from Afikpo until 1916. In 1955, Bende District became a Division and headquarters of the Bende County Council. Records relating to Bende District were arranged and described under Umuahia Division as "UMDIV". Persons searching for information on the Bende District should make use of the List on Umuahia Division (UMDIV).

UYODIST 1-14: Uyo District Office (675 files, 1901-60). Uyo station was opened in 1905 and was then known as Aka. In 1914 Uyo became part of the Ikot Ekpene Division. In 1959 it was constituted into a Province.

Magistrates’ and Higher Courts
The administration of justice in the former Eastern Nigeria dates back to 1901 when the Native Courts of the former Southern Nigeria Protectorate were constituted by Proclamation No. 26 of that year. These courts exercised a jurisdiction concurrent with that of the Supreme Court whose jurisdiction was limited to the trading centres and the coast towns such as the Old Calabar. In 1914, Sir Frederick Lugard extended to the Southern Nigeria the judicial system which had operated in the Northern Protectorate since 1900. Consequently provincial courts were established throughout the Southern Provinces which replaced the Protectorate Courts. Native Courts were also established. The courts were subject to supervision by Political Officers. The Supreme Courts was constituted a Court of Appeal from the Provincial Courts in civil matters. The Supreme Court Bill of March 1914 limited the jurisdiction of the court to the Colony and areas where there were large numbers of non-natives and "natives foreigners". Under the Provincial Court System, full powers of the court were exercised by the Resident of the Province. Up to 1956 the Legal Department was placed under the Ministry of Internal Affairs. In 1957 the Ministry of Justice was created and the judicial functions of the Ministry of Internal Affairs were transferred to the new Ministry. These functions included the administration of justice, the supervision of the Customary Courts which replaced the Native Court System, Control of the legal department, implementation of the Collective Punishment Ordinance, Administration of Estates, Evidence, Fingerprints, Criminal Records as well as Trustees. The Judicial records comprise records of the Eastern Nigeria Ministry of Justice and records of the different categories of court. The Court Records are made up of Court Note Books, which contain proceedings; Court Record Books containing a summary of the cases recorded in the court Note Books; summons for Criminal and civil cases; General Note Books containing the political officer's notes on all informal and petty cases; official diary kept by the political officer containing a brief record of all tours, their object and dates and details of all disturbances.

ABAJUST 1-7: Aba High Court (423 files: 1928-61)

ABAMAG 1-16: Aba Magistrates’ Court (7,546 files: 1930-69)

BCA 1-3: Biafran Court of Appeal (187 files: 1966-70)

CALJUST 1-25: Calabar High Court (429 files: 18888-1961)
For example:
7/1/95: Supreme Court Criminal Record Book, 1930-34
7/1/96: Supreme Court Criminal Record Book, 1930-34
7/1/97: Supreme Court Criminal Record Book, 1931-34
7/1/98: Supreme Court Criminal Record Book, 1931-35
7/1/99: Supreme Court Criminal Record Book, 1932-34

CSE 1-4; Enugu High Court recoprds collected from Chief Secretary Office, Enugu (150 files; 1930-68)

EHC 1-42: Enugu High Court (6,045 files: 1921-76)

ENJUST 1-19: Enugu High Court (second batch) (2.458 files: 1934-78

OHC 1-8: Onitsha High Court (1,750 files: 1929-49)

OMC 1-13: Onitsha Magistrates’ Court (3,953 files: 1908-64)

ONMAG 1-4: Onitsha Magistrates's Court (48 files: 1931-58)
For example:
1/2/5: Treatment of juvenile offenders, 1931-40
2/1/21: Rex v William Isama, illicit distillation, 1934
2/1/23: Rex v Aminu Fowara, counterfeiting coins, 1935
2/1/37: Rex v Okokwo Ojukwu, counterfeiting coins, 1935
2/1/48: Rex v John Emem of Aba, counterfeiting coins, 1936
2/1/55: Rex v Mark Ugwanyu of Oba, counterfeiting coins, 1937
2/1/58: Rex v Ibeji Okeke, counterfeiting coins, 1937
2/1/59: Rex v Nwafor Maboko Okuami, counterfeiting coins, 1937
2/1/61: Rex v James Obi of Kwale, fraudulent tricks, 1938
2/1/63: Rex v Ibeagbara Maduanusi, counterfeiting coins, 1939
10/1/1: Criminal Record Book, 1910
10/1/14: Criminal Record Book, 1931
10/1/15: Criminal Record Book, 1931-32
10/1/30: Criminal Record Book, 1941

OWMAG 1: Owerri Magistrates’ Court (198 files: 1914-68)
For example:
1/1/1: Juvenile criminal record book, 1946-50

PHJUST 1-12: Port Harcourt High Court (1,359 files: 1903-64)

PHMAG 1-7: Port Harcourt Magistrates Court (1,307 files: 1914-48)

PHMAG 1-10; Port Harcourt Magistrates Court (second batch) (378 files; 1921-58)

PMC 1-13: Port-Harcourt Magistrates’ Court (1,677 files: 1914-68)

UHC 1-4: Umuahia High Court (147 files: 1956-68)

UMC 1-9: Umuahia Magistrates’ Court (617 files: 1948-66)

UMJUST 1-4: Umuahia High Court

Local Courts
ABAHAZUNC 1-14: Aba-Na-Ohazu Native Court (324 files, 1935-62)

AGBAJA DC 1-21: Agbaja District Court (475 files, 1903-69)

AHIABANC 1-7: Ahiaba Native Court (137 files, 1930-69)

AWOR NC 1-13: Awor Native Court (594 files, 1932-62)

EISUNC 1-6: Eastern Isu Native Court (148 files, 1921-62)

EORUNC 1-8: Eastern Oru Native Court (185 files, 1936-58)

IBERENCE 1-6: Ibere Native Court (143 files, 1929-61)

OGBNC 1-6: Igbere Native Court (51 files, 1936-61)

OGBONC 1-8: Igbo Native Court (207 files, 1910-62)

MKPURUOBONC 1-4: Mkpuruobo Native Court (18 files, 1924-47)

NISUNC 1-6: Northern Isu Native Court (203 files, 1933-62)

OBOHIANC 1-7: Obohia Native Court (316 files, 1903-60)

OLOKONC 1-7: Oloko Native Court (364 files, 1904-63)

ORKPONC 1-7: Orsu Ekpo Native Court (61 files, 1936-58)

SISUNC 1: Southern Isu Native Court (61 files, 1956-58)

UDARANC 1-8: Nkwo Udara Native Court (553 files, 1932-62)

UGBANC 1-9: Ugba Native Court (435 files, 1930-60)

UGWU NC 1-9: Ugwunagbo Native Court (324 files, 1916-63)

UHIENC 1-3: Uhie Native Court (5 files, 1930-60)

UMUIHEZE NC 1-5: Umuihueze Native Court (25 files, 1911-59)

WISUNC 1-7: Western Isu Native Court (409 files, 1911-59)

WORUNC 1-7: Western Oro Native Court (292 files, 1930-62)

Government Ministries and Parastatals
DAD 1-52: Divisional Administration Department (1,662 files: 1919-71). The Divisional Administration Department came into existence following the introduction of the new local government system in Eastern Region which replaced the old Native Administration system. The Eastern Nigeria Local Government Law no. 16 of 1950 introduced the new local government system which was modelled on the British system. The Divisional Administration Department, which was placed under the control of the Cabinet office, was created to coordinate the activities of the regional government functionaries working in the Division, as well as the supervision and monitoring of the activities of the Local Councils. In 1971 the Local Government Service Commission was abolished and its function were transferred to the Divisional Administration Department in the Premier's Commission was abolished and its function were transferred to the Divisional Administration Department in the Premier's Office.

DFC 1-29: Development Finance Company (567 files: 1958-79)

ESIALA 1-86: Eastern States Interim Assets and Liabilities Agency (6,408 files: 1937-79). The ESIALA was established by Decree No. 39 of 24 June 1970. This Decree ousted the Interim Administrative Council Decree No. 1 of 1967, and the 1967 and 1968 Amendments to the Decree. The Agency was responsible for the disposal of the assets and liabilities of the former Eastern Region then split into three states in 1967 namely: the East Central, Cross River and Rivers States. The assets disposed of included the assets and liabilities of the defunct Eastern Nigeria Development Corporation (ENDC) of 1948-1967, and those of the Agricultural Development Corporation (A.D.C.),1970-1972.

FEMLAB 1-15: Federal Ministry of Employment, Labour and Productivity (94 files, 1951-67).

FRCN 1-10: Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Enugu (220 files: 1970-80)

GOVE 1-3: Governor’s Office (330 files: 1933-62). In 1954 the Nigerian Constitution of that year established the Federation of Nigeria consisting of the Eastern Region, Northern Region and the Western Region. The office of Governor-General of the Federation was constituted, with Governors in-charge of the three Regions. The Governor's office was responsible, among other functions, for security matters, including Police; Native Court Appeals to the Governor; criminal lunatics; remission of sentences on convicts, Petitions of Rights and the Administration of Oaths. The Privy Council under the Governor's office, advised the Governor in the exercise of his prerogative of mercy. Records in this group are mainly cases and judgements sent to the Governor's office for remission or for review.

MIAE 1-5: Ministry of Internal Affairs (1,373 files: 1928-66) The Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Eastern Region of Nigeria was established on the 1 September 1956. Until the Ministry of Local Government was created, the Ministry of Internal Affairs was responsible, among other things for local government. The Ministry was responsible for a wide variety of subjects such as the administration of justice (including Customary Courts), the legal Department (subject to certain limitations imposed by the 1954 Constitution), the printing and Stationery Department, broadcasting and television, public collections, liquor licensing, public lotteries, and raffles, unlicensed guides and public records. In addition to other things, three of the Statutory Corporations in the Region - the Information Service, Cinema and Printing Corporations - were placed under the control of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Other functions of the Ministry included recognition of chiefs, responsibilities for Crown lands, and land acquisition, Customary Land Tenure, the Land (Perpetual Succession Ordinance), Land Registration, Rent for Lands and Buildings, Site boards Surveys, Town and Country Planning, National Parks, Trigonometrical, Cadastral and Topographical Survey, as well as the control of Voluntary movement of persons between Regions, the Southern Cameroons and Lagos.

MILGOV 1-13: Premier’s Office (448 files: 1913-66). The Premier's Office was the highest institution of government in the Region. The office was created by the 1954 Nigerian Constitution, and charged with responsibilities relating to policies, co-ordination of the work of all formal organs and agencies of regional government, regulation of inter-state as federal-regional relations, organising the Regional Executive Council, control of protocol, and appointing commissions of inquiry. The Premier's Office was also responsible for the House of Assembly, the Eastern Region Development Corporation, the Regional Gazette, Divisional boundaries, allocation of office and quarters, and the Establishment Branch (before it was constituted into a Ministry). The Premier's office was abolished after the first military take-over in 1966. Under the Military regime the former offices of the Civilian Governor and Regional Premier were combined and became known as the Military Governor's office.

MINED 1-27: Ministry of Education, Eastern Nigeria (21,609 files: 1914-65). In 1899 a Government school started in Bonny and was placed under the management of the political authorities who were advised by a school committee. In 1901 the High Commissioner appointed an Inspector of Education, and in 1903 a Board of Education was formed at Calabar and a Code (Education Rule 1903) was drawn up and approved. The amalgamation of the Education Department of Lagos and Southern Nigeria took place in 1906. Following the amalgamation the title of Inspector of Schools was changed to that of Director of Education. An Education Department was established. In 1954 the Educational Department became the Ministry of Education. There were Education Ministries at the Centre and at the Regions. In the Eastern Region of Nigeria there were Provincial Education office at the Headquarters of each Provin¬cial level. This series includes records of the Eastern Nigeria Ministry of Education as well as records of Provincial Education offices.

MINESTABS 1-23: Ministry of Establishments, Eastern Nigeria (4,424 files: 1922-69). Prior to the creation of the Ministry of Establishment, all establishment matters were the responsibility of the Establishment Division of the Ministry of Finance. In 1957 the Division was transferred to the Office of the Deputy Premier where it remained until it became an independent Ministry of Establishment. The Ministry was responsible for all establishment matters including conditions of service for the Eastern Regional Public service.

MINHEALTH 1-32: Ministry of Health, Eastern Nigeria (1,445 files: 1914-65). The Ministry of Health came into being with the introduction of ministerial government in 1954. The Policy of the Ministry was to expand and co-ordinate Medical Services in association with Local Government Bodies, Local Communities and Voluntary Agencies so as to bring health facilities within the reach of all. The Ministry performed the dual role of providing and administering existing services. The Ministry of Health and its executive arm, the Department of Medical Services, had responsibility for the adulteration of foodstuff, hospitals and dispensaries, mental health, public health and sanitation including medical and dental and other ancillary services. Other functions include the registration of births, deaths and burials, and colonial development and welfare development in medical, health, leprosy and tuberculosis.

MINJUST 1-30: Ministry of Justice (5,202 files: 1914-75)

MINLASU 1-13: Ministry of Lands, Survey and Urban Development Enugu (1,554 files: 1927-67). Before the creation of the Ministry, most of the functions given to the new Ministry were performed by the Lands Department and the Survey Department respectively under the Ministry of Agriculture. The Ministry of Lands, Survey and Urban Development was an amalgam of the two Departments, the Survey Divisions and the Town Planning Division. The Ministry was responsible for the control and management of State Lands, acquisition of land for public use, registration of all deeds for the State Land and all Private acquisitions. It was also responsible for the provision of maps and plans for urban and rural development, as well as for town planning, and the preparation of Regional Master Plan for development.

MINLOG 1-11: Ministry of Local Government (3,602 files: 1907-63). On 16 July 1949, the Eastern House of Assembly adopted a memorandum which set out to replace the Native Administration system by a system of Local Government based broadly on the English model. The first Eastern Regional Local Government Law was passed in 1950. Since then other Local Government Laws were introduced the Law of 1955. Prior to 1 September 1956, the Ministry of Internal Affairs was responsible for local government matters. On that date a new Ministry of Local Government was established and most of the miscellaneous functions hitherto assigned to the Ministry of Internal Affairs were transferred thereto. Thereafter the Ministry of Local Government became responsible for all matters relating to Local Governments. The Ministry had three Divisions. The Administration and Political Division, responsible for Local Government Bodies, Provincial and Divisional Boundaries, Recognition of Chiefs, Land Acquisition by Local Government Bodies, Local Government laws, Elections and numerous other matters relating to Local Government Affair. The Finance Division was responsible for local pay and allowances, Audit Reports, Contracts, Estimates, Loans, rating and grants, tenders and numerous others. While the Personal Division was responsible for Local Government Service Board, Local Government Association, Joint Consultative Council, Trade Union and Local Government Bodies, Training, Regional Efficiency Test and Local Government Staff Regulations.

MINWORKS 1: Ministry of Works (585 files: 1902-61) Until October 1954, the Ministry was known as the Ministry of Development, but in September 1956, the Ministry reverted to its old name, the Ministry of Works. The Ministry was responsible for all activities of the public Works Department excepting those relating to roads, bridges, foreshore and piers, for which the ministerial responsibility rested in the Ministry of Transport. It had concurrent responsibility, gas, professional qualification and water power, while it was the Agent for the Federal Public Works Department and the Post and Telegraphs Department, excluding the allocation of telephones.

MOF 1-8: Ministry of Finance, Eastern Nigeria (3,357 files: 1922-81). The Ministry of Finance came into being in 1954 with the introduction of ministerial government in Nigeria. The functions of the ministry included the Government, the preparation of estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, taxation, and until the creation of the Ministry of Establishment was responsible for Establishment and Conditions of service for the Eastern Regional Public Service. The ministry also acted as agent for the Federal Government in certain matters including Customs and Excise, Post Office Savings Bank, Banks and Banking, Currency Control, audit on public accounts and boards of survey. Other responsibilities including control of expenditure, financial instructions, indents, licensing policy, loan policy, losses of public funds and stores, taxation, public debts, tenders and Colonial Welfare and Development Finance.

NIGCOAL 1-21: Nigerian Coal Corporation (198 files: 1916-72). In 1909, coal was discovered at Udi in the Onitsha Province, and the exploitation of the mineral started in 1915 after the completion of the railway from Port Harcourt to Enugu. Matters relating to the Udi Colliery were placed under the supervision of the Railway Department and then the Director of Transport. In 1938, labour affairs of the Colliery was transferred to the Administration Department. In 1944, the Accounts Division of the Colliery Department was separated from the Railway Department thus making the Colliery Department an autonomous department. In 1950, the Nigerian Coal Corporation was constituted by Ordinance No. 29 of 1950, to engage in coal exploration, exploitation and marketing in Nigeria. In 1964, the Corporation came under the Federal Ministry of Mines and Power. During the Civil War, the Biafran Coal Corporation took over the functions of the Nigerian Coal Corporation.

ONED 1-10: Onitsha Provincial Education Office (866 files: 1926-63)

OSAP 1-9: Office of the Special Assistant to the President (402 files: 1976-84)

PHED 1-11: Port-Harcourt Provincial Education Office (1,369 files: 1905-60)

UMED 1-9: Umuahia Provincial Education Office (909 files: 1923-61)

AFIKPRIS 1-14: Afikpo Prison Department (212 files: 1913-63)

ELA 1-9: Enugu Local Authority (1,121 files: 1919-51)

IGBCETICO 1-25: Igbo-Etiti District Council (354 files: 1916-56). The Igbo-Etiti District Council was created on 1 Apri, 1954, The authority of the Council covered 28 Local Council Areas. The function of the Council, as spelt out in the Eastern Region Local Government Law of 1950 and the subsequent amendments, included, among other things, responsibility for primary and secondary education, health care delivery, rural postal services, markets, slaughter houses and the maintenance of rural roads and bridges. The Council's records which are mainly general correspon¬dence also include judicial records.

PHMCO 1-7: Port-Harcourt Municipal Council (792 files: 1935-66). Prior to the creation of the Port Harcourt Municipality, a Port Harcourt Council was established by the Port Harcourt Town Council Ordinance of 1948 which became the Local Authority for the town. A Township Advisory Board was also constituted. The Town Council became operative on 1st January, 1949. In 1955 the Port Harcourt Municipality was created. It had a Mayor and a number of departments.

PRESBYNING 1-2: The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria (9 files: 1858-1926). In 1846, the United Presbyterian Church of Scotland was established in Calabar. The Mission later spread its activities into the hinterlands of the Eastern Provinces. In 1900, the United Free Church of Scotland amalgamated with the United Presbyterian Church of Scotland to from the United Free Church of Scotland which was known in these areas as the Church of Scotland Mission (CSM). The Mission was responsible for the missionary and educational activities of the Church in many parts of Igbo and Efik lands. In 1953, the United Free Church of Scotland was succeeded by the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria. As was the custom of the missionary bodies then the administrative records of the United Free Church of Scotland and its antecedent were deposited in the Church of Scotland, Department of Overseas Mission in Scotland. Only a few volumes of the 19th century records of the Mission are preserved here.

Maps and Plans
For example:
1/1/1: Ogoni country, 1904
1/1/8: Niger-Cross River Expedition, 1909
1/1/19: South Calabar Division, 1933

1/1/6: Duke Town beach, Calabar, 1914
1/2/4: Lagos and environs, 1919 ,br>

1/2: Calabar, 1932


Anim, 1976-78

Biafran, 196769

Business Guardian, 1975-

Business Times, 1975-

Daily Express, 1963-68

Daily Nation, 1982-83

Daily News, 1981-85

Daily Sketch, 1964-

Daily Standard, 1968

Daily Star, 1976-

Daily Times, 1961-

Democrat, 1984-85

Eagle, 1981-1982

Financial Punch, 1981-

Financial Times, 1972

Headline, 1973-

Lagos Life, 1986-

Lagos Weekend, 1971-

Mail Bag, 1975

Mirror, 1975-

Morning Post, 1961-73

National Concord, 1980-

New Nigerian, 1970-

Nigeria People, 1976

Nigerian Chronicle, 1973-

Nigerian Herald, 1970-

Nigerian Observer, 1968-

Nigerian Standard, 1972-

Nigerian Statesman, 1978-

Nigerian Sun, 1986

Nigerian Tide, 1971-

Nigerian Tribunal, 1971-

Nigerian Voice, 1983

Ogene, 1976-

People’s Guardian, 1967

Punch, 1981-

Renaissance, 1970-75

Satellite, 1981-

Spectator, 1968

Sunday Express, 1965

Sunday Nation, 1982

Sunday Star, 1967

Sunday Triumph, 1983-

Sunshine, 1973-74

Trumpet, 1980-83

Udoke, 1984-

Vanguard, 1985-

National Archives, Ibadan (NAI)

The archive at Ibadan is housed in a large three-story pastel-coloured building set in three acres of grounds within the campus area of the University of Ibadan.

The Nigerian National Archives branch at Ibadan is very rich in official papers of all Federal, Regional and State Governments; papers of native and local authorities; papers of semi-public bodies and institutions; papers of private individuals and families, as well as those of ecclesiastical bodies and missions.

The founding and development of the Nigerian Archival Service was due very largely to the initiative of Kenneth Dike, who was awarded a Colonial Social Science Research Fellowship in 1949 to carry out research on Nigerian history. In the course of his studies Dike came across valuable historical records in government offices, the greater number of which were damaged by insects and water. He reported this to the government and offered his services without salary in the task of recovering valuable historical materials.

The government accepted this offer and in 1951 appointed him to direct a survey of the available historical record. Dike’s main recommendation was that an archive service should be established as a matter of urgency. As a result, the Nigerian Records Office was formed in 1954, operating from two rooms of the University College at Ibadan. In 1958 this moved into its first permanent home – the first purpose-built archives building in tropical Africa- containing a repository, search room, processing area, repair and bindery department, staff office area, a photographic laboratory, and a reference library.

CSO Finding Aids
In the search room there is a cupboard containing special lists drawn up by a team of archivists in the 1960s noting the works held on a particular subject in the records of the CSO classification. These lists are extensive, but should not be taken as complete. Nevertheless, they provide a firm foundation on which to start searching the CSO record.

Agriculture (A. Anyimbo)

Annual, Half – Yearly, and Quarterly Reports (J C. Enwere)

Army (G.A.K. Adedipe)

Assessment and Re-Assessment Reports (L.C. Gwam)

Chieftaincy Matters (J. C Enwere)

Education (L.C. Gwam)

Forestry (Kate Ododo)

Intelligence Reports (L.C. Gwam)

International Affair (G.A. K. Adedipe)

Land and Survey (G.A.K Adedipe)

Medical and Sanitary Service (Akin Akinfemiwa)

Organization and Reorganization Reports (J.C. Enwere)

Public Works (Akin Akinfemiwa)

Veterinary and the Fish Industry (Kate Ododo)

Annual Reports
Southern Nigeria

Departmental Annual Reports

Education Department
1916: CSO 1/32/1917/vol.XX [Northern Provinces only]
1917: CSO 1/32/42, despatch 768
1923: CSO 1/32/76 or CSO 26/11852/vol.I
1924: CSO 26/11852/vol.II
1925: CSO 26/11852/vol.III
1926-27: CSO 26/11852/vol.IV
1928-29: CSO 26/11852/vol.V
1930: CSO 26/11852/vol.VI
1931: CSO 26/11852/vol.VII
1932: CSO 26/11852/vol.VIII
1933-34: CSO 26/11852/vol.IX
1934-35: CSO 26/11852/vol.X
1936-37: CSO 26/11852/vol.XI
1938-39: CSO 26/11852/vol.XII
1940-41: CSO 26/11852/S.1
1941-42: CSO 26/11852/S.2
1942-47: CSO 26/11852/S.3
1948-49: CSO 26/11852/S.4

Forestry Department
1916: CSO 19/5/N.2315/1917
1917: CSO 19/6/N.2160/1918
1918: CSO 19/7/N.1776/1919
1919: CSO 19/8/N.1477/1920
1920-21: CSO 26/50301
1923: CSO 26/09576
1924: CSO 26/13229/vol.II
1925: CSO 26/13229/vol.III
1926: CSO 26/13229/vol.IV
1927: CSO 26/13229/vol.VI
1928: CSO 26/13229/vol.VI
1929-30: CSO 26/13229/vol.VII
1931: CSO 26/13229/vol.VIII
1932-33: CSO 26/13229/vol.IX
1934-35: CSO 26/13229/vol.X
1936-37: CSO 26/13229/vol.XI
1938: CSO 26/13229/vol.XII
1942: CSO 26/13229/S.2
1943: CSO 26/13229/S.3
1944: CSO 26/13229/S.4
1953: CSO 26/54693/C.1

Posts and Telegraphs Department
1917: CSO 1/32/40, despatch 461
1921: CSO 26/50389
1922: CSO 26/50662
1923: CSO 26/50662/vol.I
1924: CSO 26/50662/vol.IV
1925: CSO 26/50662/vol.V
1926: CSO 26/50662/vol.IV
1927: CSO 26/50662/vol.V
1928: CSO 26/50662/vol.VI
1929-31: CSO 26/50662/vol.VII
1932-34: CSO 26/50662/vol.VIII
1935: CSO 26/50662/vol.IX
1936-37: CSO 26/50662/vol.X
1940-41: CSO 26/50662/S.1
1941-42: CSO 26/50662/S.2
1953: CSO 26/54693/C.10

Prisons Department
1914: CSO 1/32/19, despatch 1,048
1917: CSO 1/32/41. Despatch 643
1922: CSO 26/09414 1923: CSO 1/32/77, despatch 1,106 or CSO 26/12686/vol.I
1924: CSO 26/12686/vol.II
1925: CSO 26/12686/vol.III
1926: CSO 26/12686/vol.IV
1927: CSO 26/12686/vol.V
1928: CSO 26/12686/vol.VI
1929-31: CSO 26/12686/vol.VII
1932-34: CSO 26/12686/vol.VIII
1935-36: CSO 26/12686/vol.IX or CSO 1/32/129, despatch 124
1937-39: CSO 26/12686/vol.X
1940: CSO 26/12686/S.1
1941: CSO 26/12686/S.2
1942: CSO 26/12686/S.3
1943: CSO 26/12686/S.4
1944: CSO 26/12686/S.5
1953: CSO 26/54693/C.22

Blue Books of Statistics
Southern Nigeria

The Nigerian Secretariat
The records of the Nigerian Secretariat, otherwise known as the Chief Secretary’s Office (CSO), occupy about 600 metres of shelving space. This includes records of the following bodies:

British Consulate, Lagos (1849-1860)

Government House, Lagos (1865-1958)

Colonial Secretary’s Office, Lagos (1865-1916)

Oil Rivers, Niger Coast Protectorate and Southern Nigeria Secretariat, Calabar (1891-1906)

Northern Provinces Secretariat, Zungeru and Kaduna (1900-1921)

Southern Provinces Secretariat, Lagos and Enugu (1914-1938)

Chief Secretary’s Office, Lagos (1921-1958)

CSO 1: Despatches. These are the bound volumes of high-level correspondence between Governors, High Commissioners, and administrators on the one hand, and the Colonial and Foreign Offices on the other. These are a crucial holding of the archives since they represent an unbroken documentation of British colonial administration in Nigeria in the 100 years before 1960.

The major series of despatches include:

Colony of Lagos

Despatches to the Colonial Office (63 volumes: 1861-1906)

Despatches from the Colonial Office (115 volumes: 1869-1906)

Oil Rivers, Niger Coast Protectorate, and Southern Nigeria

Despatches to the Foreign Office and Colonial Office (40 volumes, 1891-1906)

Despatches from the Foreign Office and Colonial Office (49 volumes, 1891-1906)

Colony and Protectorate of Southern Nigeria

Despatches to the Colonial Office (72 volumes, 1907-13)

Despatches from the Colonial Office (71 volumes, 1907-13)

Northern Nigeria

Despatches to and from Colonial Office (35 volumes, 1900-13)


Despatches to the Colonial Office (170 volumes, 1913-51)

Despatches from the Colonial Office (250 volumes, 1912-51)

Confidential despatches to the Colonial Office (56 volumes, 1913-50)

Confidential despatches from the Colonial Office (11 volumes, 1913-50)

Secret despatches to and from the Colonial Office (11 volumes, 1913-38)

CSO 2: Registers. Apart from registers of correspondence, there are file registers, transit registers, European native service record books, visitors’ books, entertainment books, dinner books, and registers of oaths of allegiance.

CSO 3: Telegram books. All the telegrams issued from, or received, at the Government House, Lagos (53 volumes, 1892-1939)

CSO 4: Reports. Includes Governors’ inspection notes, census returns, medical and health reports (82 volumes, 1864-1964)

CSO 5: Administrative, constitutional and legal instruments. Includes treaties, agreements, proclamations, orders-in-council, letter patents, royal instructions, and conventions (265 pieces, 1842-1960)

CSO 6: War records. Includes material on both World Wars and German consular and colonial activities, 1884-1914, which were seized during World War I. These latter records are in German (18 volumes: 1884-1945).

CSO 7: Minute books of the executive and legislative councils. (14 volumes, 1872-1954, but with many serious gaps)

CSO 8: Letter books (77 volumes: 1854-1936)

CSO 9: Governor-General’s Office, Lagos. Filed papers (35 volumes, 1914-18)

CSO 10: Governor-General’s Office, Lagos. Filed papers (107 volumes, 1904-50)

CSO 11: Government House, Lagos. “W” Series, Annual Files (100 volumes, 1914)

CSO 12: Colonial Secretary’s Office, Lagos. Annual Minute Papers (200 volumes: 1914)

CSO 13: Colonial Secretary’s Office, Lagos. Desptch numbered Files (27 volumes, 1906-13)

CSO 14: Central Secretary’s Office, Lagos. “A” Series Annual Files (40 volumes, 1909-23)

CSO 15: Central Secretary’s Office, Lagos. “B” Series Annual Files (51 volumes, 1909-25)

CSO 16: Central Secretary’s Office, Lagos. “C” Series Annual Files (### files, 1911-30)

CSO 17: Central Secretary’s Office, Lagos. “D” Series Annual Files (5 files, 1912)

CSO 18: Government House, Colonial, Central and Chief Secretary’s Office, Lagos. Miscellaneous papers (66 volumes, undated)

CSO 19: Central Secretary’s Office, Lagos. “N” Series Annual Files (18,199 files, 1912-19)

CSO 20: Central Secretary’s Office, Lagos, “NC” Annual Files (1,221 files, 1913-21)

CSO 21: Central Secretary’s Office, Lagos, “CSO” Book Files (1,230 files, undated)

CSO 22: Northern Nigeria Numerical Minutes Papers (50 files, 1919-21)

CSO 23: Northern Nigeria Annual Minutes Papers (190 files, 1900-21)

CSO 24: Colonial Secretary’s Office, Lagos. “R” series Annual Minute Papers (287 files, 1902-16)

CSO 25: Miscellaneous filed papers (198 volumes, 1905-39)

CSO 26: Chief Secretary’s Office, Lagos. Numerical book files (many tens of thousands of files, 1921-58; the key series in the entire archive!)
For example
CSO 26/01153/vol.I and II: Lunacy Ordinance, 1916
CSO 26/01507/vol.III: Lunacy, appointment of alienist
CSO 26/01507/S.1/T.1: Lunacy: Alienist
CSO 26/01507/S.2: Yaba asylum
CSO 26/01507/S.3: Criminal lunatics
CSO 26/03125/C.22-52: Staff List, 1949
CSO 26/03125/S.5/C.1: Staff List, 1954
CSO 26/06076: Customs and Superstitions of Yoruba in Oyo Province, by W.A. Ross
CSO 26/09315: Kano-Zinder Road
CSO 26/1551/vol.II: Cemeteries
CSO 26/1551/vol.IV: Cemeteries
CSO 26/1551/vol.V: Cemeteries
CSO 26/15211: Prostitutes, legal action taken against
CSO 26/18925/S,3/vol.II and III: Companies Income Tax Ordinance, 1939
CSO 26/20535: Agege Market
CSO 26/20629: Otta District Assessment Report
CSO 26/20679: Eket Divisional Assessment Report
CSO 26/20687/vol.II: Ikot Ekpene Assessment Report
CSO 26/21526/vol.II: Syrians
CSO 26/21526/1: Syrians
CSO 26/21856: Coffee industry
CSO 26/21941: Badagry District Assessment Report
CSO 26/23610/S.61: Complaints against Grand Hotel
CSO 26/23610/S.101: Ice making plant, Abeokuta, Ibadan
CSO 26/23610/S.156: List of clubs in Nigeria
CSO 26/23610/S.609: Ijebu Ode butcher’s strike
CSO 26/23610/S.611: Olubadan of Ibadan
CSO 26/23610/S.620: Lagos Hunters Union
CSO 26/23610/S.673: Lagos Stars Club
CSO 26/23610/S.831: Ado Progressive Union
CSO 26/24887/vols.I to XI: Locusts
CSO 26/24887/S.8: Locusts
CSO 26/25356: Badagri-Ado Road
CSO 26/26915/vol.I: Ikoyi Cemetery
CSO 26/26915/vol.II: Ikoyi Cemetery
CSO 26/26915/vol.III: Ikoyi Cemetery
CSO 26/26915/vol.IV: Ikoyi Cemetery
CSO 26/26915/vol.S.1: Ikoyi Cemetery
CSO 26/26396: Oba of Ado
CSO 26/26750: Locusts
CSO 26/27837/S.I: Prostitution in Nigeria
CSO 26/28214/vol.I and II and S.1: Rice growing in Nigeria
CSO 26/28528: Bakassi Clan Intelligence Report
CSO 26/29664/S.1: Ikorodu/Ijede/Addo Intelligence Report
CSO 26/29939/vol.I and II: Ikeja District Report
CSO 26/30030: Badagry District Assessment Report
CSO 26/31481: Stamps
CSO 26/34182: Olowo of Owo
CSO 26/35091: Bata Shoe
CSO 26/35091/vol.II: Bata Shoe
CSO 26/35457: Olubadan of Ibadan
CSO 26/36150/S.84: Antimony exports
CSO 26/36381/S.18: Local industry – brushes
CSO 26/36381/S.19: Local industry – candles
CSO 26/36381/S.28: Local industry – starch
CSO 26/36381/S.28: Local industry – wood tar
CSO 26/36381/S.29: Local industry – yeast
CSO 26/38423/S.6: History of the war; Customs Department
CSO 26/38465: Night soil men
CSO 26/38917: Egba United Government
CSO 26/39214: Union of Ifa Priests of Nigeria
CSO 26/39338: Kano fire brigade
CSO 26/41375: Local spice production
CSO 26/41862: Ibadan Club
CSO 26/41925: Fire brigade at ports
CSO 26/41925/S.1: Fire brigade at ports
CSO 26/43426: Jaundice outbreak, Nigeria
CSO 26/44615: Public library, Lagos
CSO 26/44887: Club Hitler Club
CSO 26/44987: National Union of Seamen
CSO 26/45391/S.3: Guide book for trade union leaders
CSO 26/46482: African Club, Calabar
CSO 26/53547: Alafin of Oyo
CSO 26/53774: National Union of Students
CSO 26/55571: Matchmaking

CSO 27: Miscellaneous bound volumes (2 volumes: undated)

CSO 28: Miscellaneous loose sheets (1 volumes: undated)

Provincial and Divisional Office Papers of the Former Colony and Protectorate of Lagos

BADADIV 1-8: Badagry Divisional Office (110 files, 1865-1937)

COMCOL 1-15: The Commissioner of Colony Office, Lagos (6,329 files, 1907-59)
For example:
COMCOL 1/12/S.31: Destitute Paupers in Lagos, 1934-37
COMCOL 1/60: Lagos Town Council Annual Reports, 1925-33
COMCOL 1/66/98: Emir of Zaria, Visit to Lagos, 1940
COMCOL 1/114: Burials in Mosques, 1927-54
COMCOL 1/182 to 193: Lagos Race Course
COMCOL 1/COMCOL 1/219/vol.II, Burial Ground, Iganmu, 1944-49
COMCOL 1/233/vol.II: Cinematography, 1926-48
COMCOL 1/238/vol.X: Lagos Town Council estimates, 1938-48
COMCOL 1/248/44: Sugar Babies Social Club, 1939-41
COMCOL 1/248/122: Isale Eko Area Boys Club, 1943
COMCOL 1/248/S.170: Association of Nigerian Cowboys, Registration of, 1950
COMCOL 1/313/vol.I: Lagos Town Council, 1923-30
COMCOL 1/313/vol.II: Lagos Town Council, 1931-40
COMCOL 1/412: Motor Transport Service, Electric Trackless Bus, 1928
COMCOL 1/496/vol.II: Public Burial Grounds, 1943-56
COMCOL 1/552: Cost of Living, 1928
COMCOL 1/652/vol.II: Exhumations and Corpses, 1932-48
COMCOL 1/652/vol.III: Exhumations and Corpses, 1948-52
COMCOL 1/652/vol.IV: Exhumations and Corpses, 1953-54
COMCOL 1/652/vol.V: Exhumations and Corpses, 1955-57
COMCOL 1/652/vol.VI: Exhumations and Corpses, 1957-58
COMCOL 1/726: Lagos District Annual Report, 1929
COMCOL 1/733: Lagos Race Club
COMCOL 1/739/vol.I: 1931 Census: Lagos, 1929-31
COMCOL 1/781: Postage stamps
COMCOL 1/797/1/vol.I: Census of Beggars, 1944
COMCOL 1/797/1/vol.II: Census of Beggars, 1944
COMCOL 1/1016/vol.III: Undesirables in Lagos Township, 1937-47
COMCOL 1/1016/vol.IV: Undesirables in Lagos Township, 1947-52
COMCOL 1/1075: Ikoyi Cemetery, 1930-32
COMCOL 1/1368/vol.I: Market trading, 1932-36
COMCOL 1/1399: Oyster sellers, 1934
COMCOL 1/1706: Infant Welfare Centre, Lagos, 1934-57
COMCOL 1/1797: Rice growing, 1936-51
COMCOL 1/2010/C.10: Petition to Cancel Assessment of West African Soap Company, 1944
COMCOL 1/2087: Paupers Burials, 1937-40
COMCOL 1/2215: Lagos Rifle Range, 1939
COMCOL 1/2529: Yaba Cemetery, 1941-48
COMCOL 1/2456: Dead Bodies, 1945-54
COMCOL 1/2635: Opening of Hotels and Bars
COMCOL 1/2646/S.1: Coroners Ordinance, 1942
COMCOL 1/2690: Street Gambling, 1942-56
COMCOL 1/2782: Dorcas Doherty, Matron, Girls’ Hostel, 1943-44
COMCOL 1/2844: Child Prostitution in Lagos, 1943-46
COMCOL 1/2872: Juvenile Delinquency in Calabar, 1943-44
COMCOL 1/2873: Lagos-Accra Motor Transport Service, 1943-48
COMCOL 1/3080: Lagos Women’s Party: Girl’s Industrial Home, 1945
COMCOL 1/3687: Taxi Service beyond Lagos Township, 1952-54

EPEDIV 1-8: Epe Divisional Office (638 files, 1889-1957)

IKEDIV 1-8: Ikeja Divisional Office, first accession (325 files, 1927-57)

IKEDIV 1-6: Ikeja Divisional Office, second accession (472 files, 1913-57)

Provincial, Divisional and District Office Papers of the Former Western State Region

ABEPROF 1-9: Abeokuta Provincial Office, first accession (324 files, 1900-56)

ABEPROF 1-9: Abeokuta Provincial Office, second accession (1,619 files, 1883-1963; some pages missing from the inventory)

ABEDIST 1: Abeokuta District Office (204 files, no dates given in the inventory)

AKDIVCO 1-20: Akure Divisional Office (3,101 files, 1926-62)
For example: AKDIVCO 2/AK.NA.189, Cemeteries, 1948-55

EKITIDIV 1-5: Ado-Ekiti Divisional Office (1,621 files, 1911-62, and includes nearly 500 court cases)

IBAPROF 1-4: Ibadan Provincial Office (703 files, 1897-1960)

IBADIV 1-4: Ibadan Divisional Office (881 files, 1893-1957)
For example:
IBADIV 1/118: Tarring roads, Ibadan town, 1927-50
IBADIV 1/489/vol.XII: Ibadan Division Annual Report, 1938-39
IBADIV 1/489/vol.XIX: Ibadan Division Annual Report, 1945
IBADIV 1/570/vol.III: Native Authority liquor, wine and beer licences, 1949-55
IBADIV 1/570/vol.IV: Native Authority liquor, wine and beer licences, 1949-55
IBADIV 1/895/vol.II: Europeans resident in Ibadan, 1947
IBADIV 1/1323/vol.VI: Public cemetery, Ibadan, 1937-56
IBADIV 1/1356: Staff, District Office, Ibadan, 1935-49
IBADIV 1/1427: Jubilee Dugbe market, 1936-55
IBADIV 1/1443/1: Native industries, improvement of, 1936-50
IBADIV 1/1851: Syrians in Ibadan, 1941-47
IBADIV 1/1924: Nupe settlement, Ibadan, 1951
IBADIV 1/2263: Olubadan, appointment of, 1930-52
IBADIV 1/2268: Bus services, Ibadan, 1938-49.
IBADIV 1/2383: Prominent non-natives in Ibadan, 1949-54
IBADIV 1/2383/vo.II: Prominent non-natives in Ibadan, 1948-49
IBADVID 2/OD.439: Syrian traders, 1938

IFEDIV 1-3: Ife Divisional Office (790 files, 1914-60)
For example:
IFEDIV 1/1/31: Syrians, 1938-42

IJEPROF 1-10: Ijebu Provincial Office (no inventory available)
For example:
IJEPROF 1/4190: C. Zard, Araromi Street, Ijebu Ode
IJEPROF 2/C.103: Child Prostitution

IWODIST 1-2: Iwo District Office (121 files, 1937-59)

OKITI DIV 1-4: Okitipupa Divisional Office (528 files, 1927-60)

ONDOPROF 1-4: Ondo Provincial Office (2,204 files, 1905-57)

OSHUNDIV 1-9: Oshun Divisional Office, Oshogbo (3,393 files, 1922-60)
For example:
OSHUNDIV 1/11/C.8: Syrians in Ilesha, 1933-41

OWODIV 1-9: Owo Divisional Office (2,475 files, 1919-58)
For example:
OWODIV 1/1/703: Child Prostitution, 1943-46

OYOPROF 1: Oyo Provincial Office (4,618 files, 1917-59)
For example:
OYOPROF 1/937: Syrians in Ife-Ilesha Division, 1933-38
OYOPROF 1/1674: Lebanese in Ibadan, 1936-37
OYOPROF 1/1964: Syrian traders in Oshogbo, 1938
OYOPROF 1/1969: Syrian traders in Oyo Division, 1938
OYOPROF 1/2064/vol.II: Statistics on European and Lebanese population, Oyo Province, 1946-56
OYOPROF 1/3177: Lebanese Mizianian Committee, 1941

Provincial, Divisional and District Office Papers of the Former Mid-West State Region

AGBOR DIST 1-10: Agbor District office (1,450 files, 1907-57)

ASA DIV 1-12: Asaba Divisional Office, Ogwashi-Uku (1,959 files, 1907-58)

BEN PROF: Benin Province Office. This series often has letter classmarks rather than “BEN PROF” eg. BD series (1,851 files, 1922-57) and “C” series (200 files, 1909-57)

BEN LOC 1: Benin Local Government Office (501 files, 1936-57)

ILEDIV 1-4: Ilesha Divisional Office (1,213 files, 1926-60)

ISHAN DIV 1-5: Ishan Divisional Office (595 files, 1919-57)

IJAW (W) 1: Western Ijaw Office (Unnumbered)

KUKU DIV 1-12 Kukuruko Divisional Office (2,713 files, 1914-59)
For example:
KUKU DIV 2/ND.765: Prostitution, 1943-47

KWALE DIST 1-14 Kwale District Office (687 files, 1905-58)


SAPELE DIST 1: Sapele District office (740 files, 1930-58)

UGHELLI DIST 1-18: Ughelli District Office (2,746 files, 1916-57)

WAR PROF 1-12: Warri Provincial Office (2,375 files, 1919-57)

Government Ministries and Department
DCI 1: Federal Department of Commerce and Industries, Lagos (2,693 files, 1939-59)

DME 1: Government Marketing and Export Office, Lagos (262 files, 1938-61)

FDA 1: Federal Department of Antiquities (648 files, 1927-73)

FIS 1: Federal Information Service, Lagos (1,641 files, 1939-57)

IB FOR DEPT 1: Forestry Department, Ibadan (1,985 files, 1912-54)

IB LAB 1: Federal Ministry of Labour Department, Ibadan (170 files, 1940-54)

IB MIN AGRIC 1: Ministry of Agriculture, Ibadan (234 files, 1908-54)

IB MIN ED 1-3: Ministry of Education, Ibadan (1,277 files, 1917-57)

IB MIN HOM 1: Ministry of Home Affairs, Ibadan (49 files, 1922-54)

MED (FED) 1: Federal Ministry of Economic Development (650 files, 1954-69)

MED (ED) 1: Federal Ministry of Education, Lagos (2,043 files, 1926-64)

M H FED 1-14: Federal Ministry of Health, Lagos, first accession (1,303 files, 1922-62)

M H FED 1: Federal Ministry of Health, Lagos, second accession (620 files, 1929-66)

MIN JOS (W) 1-2: Ministry of Justice Papers, Ibadan (186 files, 1923-58)

MLG (W) 1-10: Ministry of Local Government Papers, Ibadan (4,565 files, 1914-60)

MTA 1: Federal Ministry of Transport and Aviation, Lagos (320 files, 1920-63)

PD 1: Federal Police Department (309 files, 1921-60)

PWD 1: Federal Public Works Department, Lagos (4,994 files: 1922-60)

SPQ 1-6: The Secretariat, Western Province, Ibadan (4,949 files, 1920-60)

WAATA 1: West African Air Transport Authority, Lagos (190 files, 1946-60)

Special Archives Collection
At the rear of the search room are shelved, in order and in good condition, the Blue Books, government gazettes, and Annual Reports of Lagos, Southern Nigeria, and Nigeria. Many editions of the Nigeria Handbook and the Civil Service List are also kept on open access in the search room. More recent official publications are kept in the repository.

Missionary Societies
CMS N 1-7: Church Missionary Society, Niger Mission (1,460 files, 1861-1956)

CMS Y 1-4: Church Missionary Society, Yoruba Mission (200 files, 1844-1945)

RCMBD 1-14: Roman Catholic Mission Papers, Benin Diocese (994 files, 1894-1973)

WMMS 1-4: Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society Papers (145 files, 1871-1947)

Photography Collections
CMS (P) 1-105 and CMS (HP 1-67): Photographs of the Church Missionary Society, Nigeria and Youth Mission

OSP1: Old Secretariat Photographs

Individual and Family Papers
CLINTON: J.V. Clinton (279 files)

HOLT 1-2: John Holt (58 files, 1897-1900)

HUNTER 1: Mr Hunter collection (4 files, 1825-1902)

IKOLI 1-3: Ernest Sesi Ikoli (49 files, 1939-66)

JAJA 1-5: King Jaja of Opobo

OKE 1-3: Rev. G.A. Oke (264 files, 1891-1961)

LFP 1-11: Lijadu Family papers and Records of the Missions of Evangelist, Ondo, Western Nigeria (468 files, 1878-1879)

COKER 1-4: J.K. Coker Family Papers and Records of the African Church Organization, Agege, Lagos (1,099 files, 1915-37

CWC 1-5: Civil war bulletin of pamphlets, books, and speeches, 1966-70

KIRIJI 1-46: Kiriji Centenerary Celebrations, 1986 (46 publications, 1986)

KC 1-5 King’s College, Lagos (665 files, 1940-59)

UAC 1-4 United Africa Company Paper (80 files, 884-97) and National African Company and Royal Niger Company)

Abeokuta Weekly Herald, 1941

Advance, 1965

African Advertiser, 1936, 1940, 1942

African Church Chronicle, 1934-35,1950

African Echo, 1949

African Hope, 1919-42, 1945-48

African Messenger, 1921-24, 1926-28

African Mirror, 1940

African Public Opinion, 1938

African Star, 1938

African Sunday Digest, 1931, 1933-34

African Times, 1862-65, 1876-82

Akede Eko, 1929-32, 1934, 1937-53

Aurora, 1948

Benin Echo, 1949-52

Church Missionary Gleaner, 1882, 1918

Comet, 1933-44

Daily Comet, 1944-49, 1951, 1953-54

Daily Express, 1960-65, 1970-75, 1977-78

Daily Mail, 1942

Daily Service, 1938, 1940-60

Daily Sketch, ####-####

Daily Star, 1976-80

Daily Success, 1951-53

Daily Telegraph, 1965-66

Daily Times, 1926 onwards

Dawn, 1923, 1926, 1928, 1934-35, 1937

Eastern Nigeria Guardian, 1940-53, 1958

Eastern State Express, 1951-53

Egba National Harper, 1946

Egbaland Echo, 1941, 1948-50, 1952-54

Eko Akete, 1922-25, 1927-29, 1937

Eko Igbehin, 1946-47

Eleti Ofe, 1923-30, 1947-53

Entertainer, 1976-77

Esumare Egba, 1936-39

Everybody’s Daily, 1947

French African Bulletin, 1948

Gaskiya ta fi Kwabo, 1948-54

German Tribune, 1962-63

Headlines, 1973-76

Herald, 1952-53

Ijebu National Yoke, 1952

Ijebu Weekly Echo, 1947-48

Ijebu Weekly News, 1936-40

In Leisure Hours, 1914, 1917, 1919-21

Independence, 1916

Independent, 1961-69

Irawo Obokun, 1952-54

Irohin Yoruba, 1945-54

Iwe Irohin, 1860-67

Iwe Irohin Eko, 1890

Jakadiya, 1942

Labarin Ekklesiya, 1950

Labour Champion, 1950

Lagos Daily News, 1925-32, 1934-37

Lagos Daily Record, 1930

Lagos Standard, 1889, 1905, 1920

Lagos Times, 1880-83, 1890-91

Lagos Weekend, 1974-80

Lagos Weekly Record, 1910-21, 1926-30

Lagos Weekly Times, 1890

Midwest Champion, 1964-66

Midwest Echo, 1964-65

Morning Post, 1961-72

Morning Star, 1949-52

Mwahgerartiv, 1948-52, 1954

National Concord, 1980-

New African, 1950-53

New Nigerian, 1966

New Times of Nigeria, 1948

Nigeria Advocate, 1914-23, 1930

Nigeria Catholic Herald, 1925-28, 1930, 1938-49, 1944, 1951

Nigeria Citizen, 1949-53, 1964-65

Nigeria Daily Echo, 1948-49

Nigeria Daily Herald, 1931-32

Nigeria Daily Mail, 1915, 1930

Nigeria Daily Record, 1952

Nigeria Daily Standard, 1952-53

Nigeria Daily Telegraph, 1930-37

Nigerian Eastern Mail, 1935, 1937, 1938, 1938

Nigeria Echo, 1933-34

Nigeria Labour Bulletin, 1930

Nigeria Methodist, 1927

Nigeria Peoples Voice, 1951-52

Nigeria Pioneers, 1914-28, 1930-36

Nigeria Spectators, 1920-25, 1927-28, 1930

Nigeria Standard, 1949-50

Nigeria Sunday Star, 1952-53

Nigeria Voice, 1949

Nigeria Weekly Victoria, 1948

Nigeria Chronicle, 1911-15, 1951-54, 1974-75, 1979-81

Nigerian Daily Sketch, 1964 -

Nigerian Evening News, 1929

Nigerian Freedom, 1951

Nigerian Guide, 1951-53

Nigerian Herald, 1940-45, 1973-80

Nigeria Mercantile Guardian, 1951-53

Nigerian News, 1948

Nigeria Observer, 1930-53, 1968 to date

Nigerian Provincial Guardian, 1936-38

Nigerian Spokesman, 1943-45, 1947-53

Nigerian Standard, 1977, 1979

Nigerian Star, 1951-52

Nigerian Statesman, 1947-53, 1980

Nigerian Tide, 1973-77, 1979-80

Nigerian Times, 1910

Nigerian Tribune, 1949-53, 1964-71, 1973-

Nigerian Weekly News Review, 1966

Nigerian Weekly Record, 1951

Nigerian Worker, 1965-66

Nnewi District Telegraph, 1953

Northern Advocate, 1950-53

Occult World Review, 1945

Ondo Provincial Pioneer, 1952

People, 1950-53

Punch, 1977-81

Renaissance, 1970-75

Sekstape, 1974-75

Service, 1935, 1960-62

Southern Nigerian Defender, 1943-54

Star of Oduduwa, 1948

Sunday Post, 1963-64

Sunday Punch, 1973-74

Sunday Star, 1967, 1969

Sunshine, 1973-74

Times International, 1974-76

Times of Nigeria, 1915-18, 1920-23

Truth, 1952-53, 1968-69

War Cry, 1924-25, 1927-43, 1945, 1951-54

Way, 1948

West African Examiner, 1931

West African Express, 1948-49

West African Nationhood, 1930-31, 1933

West African Pilot, 1933-66, 1968-71, 1973

West African Star, 1935-37

West African Vanguard, 1952

Western Echo, 1947-48

Western Leader, 1952

Yoruba News, 1924-26, 1929-32, 1936, 1938-40, 1942-45

National Archives, Abeokuta

Egba Council Records.

A Guide and Listing of Records are in preparation.

National Archives, Owerri

Second floor of the Federal Secretariat Complex (formerly at Item Street)

Most materials have been moved to the larger branch at Enugu, but some ministerial files remain here. Most appear to be personnel files.

Miscellaneous records of the Eastern Region Ministry of Education (early 1950s to late 1970s)

Miscellaneous records of the Eastern Region Ministry of Works (early 1950s to late 1970s)

Federal Government gazettes (mid 1960s - late 1980s)

Imo State government gazettes (1976 - present)

Incomplete runs of some Nigerian newspapers, including the Daily Express and West African Pilot

National Archives, Calabar

West off Murtala Muhammed Highway [junction just south of the African Sports Club], and then 300 metres westwards along Ekorinim Road, with archive on the left in an uncompleted building.

Open: Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm

Contact Staff: Victor Ayuk: 0805-463-1386

Winifred Akoka (2005/06), ‘The Significance of Private Records in Historical Documentation’, Journal of the Historical Society of Nigeria, 16, 1-7.

Established in 1986, during the military regime of Ibrahim Babangida, the archives houses 14,082 files spread across the following record groups:

CADIST: Calabar District Office
For example:
CADIST 1/1/1034: Liquor Licensing Board, appointment of members, 1922-67
CADIST 3/1/37: Chief Richard Henshaw, 1910-21
CADIST 3/1/38: Sites on the Marina (with plans), 1921
CADIST 3/1/57: African Trade Company lease, Marina, 1926
CADIST 3/1/73: Calabar Bush Market, 1927
CADIST 3/1/113: Aerodrome, landing and seaplane bases, 1929
CADIST 3/1/155: Illicit distillation of whisky and spirits, 1931-32
CADIST 3/1/156: Illicit distillation of whisky and spirits
CADIST 3/1/157: Illicit distillation, 1930-34
CADIST 3/1/166: Preventive Services Report, 1931-32
CADIST 3/1/174: Supreme Court cases, 1932-50
CADIST 3/1/196: Sale of liquor in markets, 1932-33
CADIST 3/1/229: Illicit distillation of liquor, 1934-35
CADIST 3/2/1: Calabar Town planning scheme, 1954
CADIST 3/2/74: Post and Telegraphs general correspondence, 1961-67
CADIST 3/3/26: Tour of Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Communications and Aviation, 1956-64
CADIST 3/3/13: Clubs, general correspondence, 1929-56
CADIST 3/3/76: Postal agency at Duke Town, 1937-47
CADIST 3/3/77: Postal agency at Big Qua Town, 1937-65
CADIST 3/3/78: Postage stamps, 1954
CADIST 3/3/87: Atim John, juvenile delinquency mandate of, 1945
CADIST 3/3/88: Atim Nma, juvenile delinquency mandate of, 1945-50
CADIST 3/3/89: Atim Etim, juvenile delinquency mandate of, 1945-49
CADIST 3/3/90: Oriemi Omagbemi Thompson, juvenile delinquency mandate of 1949
CADIST 3/3/91: Ejeho, juvenile delinquency mandate of, 1947-51
CADIST 3/3/92: Edet, Orphan and Juvenile, 1946-49
CADIST 3/3/99: Clubs in Nigeria in possession of a licence to supply refreshment
CADIST 3/3/113: Native liquor licence, 1951-67
CADIST 3/3/114: Calabar Electric Light Scheme, 1955-65
CADIST 3/3/185: Earthquake, 1939-49
CADIST 3/3/235: Treatment of juvenile offenders, 1934-55
CADIST 3/3/236: Discharge of juvenile offenders from prison, 1949
CADIST 3/3/237: The Government Industrial School, Enugu, 1951
CADIST 3/3/248: Soap making, 1940-41
CADIST 3/3/337: Internal air service, 1961-64
CADIST 3/3/338: Bristol Wayfarer Crash at Calabar, 5 February 1955, 1955-58
CADIST 3/3/363: Social Welfare Service, 1944-67
CADIST 3/3/382: Liquor licences, 1958
CADIST 3/3/421: Licence, liquor, instructions re, 1929-35
CADIST 3/3/423: Mail service, general correspondence, 1942-44
CADIST 3/3/438: Major H. B. Shepheard, Colonial Office Welfare Dept, visit of, 1951
CADIST 3/3/496: Post and Telegraph, rural postmen, correspondence in re, 1946-49
CADIST 3/3/568: Youth club, 1947-61
CADIST 3/3/579: Social Welfare Service, 1967
CADIST 3/3/597: Old Consulate, Calabar, 1947-66
CADIST 3/3/634: Temporary liquor licence, 1948-65
CADIST 3/3/871: Motherless Babies, 1949
CADIST 3/3/925: Calabar Liquor Licensing Board, 1937-50
CADIST 3/3/910: Lunatic Asylum, Calabar
CADIST 3/3/942: Enforcement of Supreme Court judgment, 1950
CADIST 3/6/3: Illicit distillation of spirits in Calabar Province, 1931-36
CADIST 13/1/35: List of Europeans in Calabar, 1951-53
CADIST 13/1/66: Post and Telegraph, general correspondence, 1940-60
CADIST 13/1/182: Native liquor licences
CADIST 13/1/297: Ship inn, Calabar, 1942-55
CADIST 13/1/301: Internal Air Service, 1955-60
CADIST 13/1/339: Liquor licences, 1960-61
CADIST 13/1/340: Liquor licences, 1933-54
CADIST 13/1/341: Liquor licences, 1954-55
CADIST 13/1/342: Liquor licences, 1955-56
CADIST 13/1/343: Liquor licences, 1956-57
CADIST 13/1/344: Liquor licences, 1957-58
CADIST 13/1/345: Liquor licences, 1958-59
CADIST 13/1/346: Liquor licences, 1959
CADIST 13/1/347: Liquor licences, 1960
CADIST 13/1/348: Liquor licences, 1961-62
CADIST 13/1/349: Liquor licences, 1962
CADIST 13/1/350: Liquor licences, 1963-64
CADIST 13/1/351: Liquor licences, 1965-66
CADIST 13/1/352: Liquor licences, 1956-61
CADIST 13/1/353: Liquor licences, 1952-66
CADIST 13/1/354: Liquor licences, 1962
CADIST 13/1/355: Liquor licences, 1962-67
CADIST 13/1/356: Liquor licences, 1964-65
CADIST 13/1/357: Liquor licences, 1965-66
CADIST 13/1/382: Supreme Court and Magistrate Court correspondence, 1944-53
CADIST 13/1/397: Social Welfare Service, 1954-67
CADIST 13/1/477: Electricity Corporation of Nigeria, 1950-65
CADIST 13/1/560: West African Court of Appeal, 1951-60
CADIST 13/1/618: Cowboys, organisation of, 1946-52
CADIST 13/1/688: Running Buses in Calabar by African Chamber of Commerce, 1952-62
CADIST 13/1/689: Water Buses, 1957
CADIST 13/1/693: Conversion of Calabar airport into international airport, 1952-62
CADIST 13/1/876: Motor Park, Calabar Township, 1954-67
CADIST 13/1/822: Warehouses, Calabar, 1953-55
CADIST 14/1/1: Historical events, Calabar Province, 1868-1961

CCB: Code of Conduct Bureau

FEDECO: Federal Electroral Commission, Calabar

FMOL: Federal Ministry of Labour

GOV: Governor's Office, Calabar

MFEP: Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning

MOH: Ministry of Health

MOI: Ministry of Information

MLST: Ministry of Lands and Surveys

NPPB: Nigerian Palm Produce Board

OSAP: Office of the Special Assistant to the President

UAC: United African Company, 1865-1897

John Holt Papers, 1897-1900

Nigerian Chronicle newspaper

Federal Government Gazettes

National Archives, Jos

43 Church Street, Jos

Research procedures


Nigerians need an ID card [like university ID] or some form of identification.

Non-Nigerians need a letter of introduction from their home institution explaining who they are, the course they are doing and their need for access to the archives.

Individual branches have their own registration fees, depending on whether you are undergraduate or postgraduate, a member of the public, a legal person, or a non-Nigerian.

National Archives, Kaduna: Undergraduate student: N1,000; Postgraduate student: N2,000; Member of the Public: N2,000; Foreigner: N5,000 per year.
NAK issue a laminated user card with photo.

National Archives, Ibadan: Undergraduate student: N1,000; Postgraduate student: N2,000; Member of the Public: N3,000; Legal People: N5,000; Foreigner: N10,000 per month.

National Archives, Enugu: Nigerian undergraduate student: N500; Nigerian postgraduate student: N2,000; Member of the Public: N3,010; Legal People: N5,000; Foreigner: N10,000 per month. Foreigner: N2,000 for the day [2015]

National Archives, Abeokuta: Undergraduate and postgraduate student: N1,000 to N3,000; Member of the Public: N2,000.

National Archives, Calabar: Undergraduate student: N1,000; Postgraduate student: N2,000; Member of the Public: N2,000; Foreigner: N5,000 per year.

One payment covers use of all branches for that calendar year. So a payment on 1st February lasts for the next 11 months, while a payment on 1st December last one month.

Permitted and prohibited items

  • Permitted: pens and pencils, notebooks, photocopying.
  • Prohibited: laptop computers can be used when consulting inventories, but not when examining original documents without paying a fee of N10,000 per month at Ibadan], cameras, scanners, phones. No bags at all in Enugu search room.

Document ordering and delivery

You can order up to 6 documents at a time, depending on archive.

Orders are normally done immediately, within the hour.

Orders towards the end of the working day will be done the following morning - please check for the cut off time.

Ordering at 2.45pm is not as good as ordering at the start of the day next day.

Photocopying, photography, microfilming

Unless fragile, everything can be photocopied, no matter the length.

At NAK, photocopying is N10 per page, but may well have increased.

At NAE, photocopying is N100 per page, but N200 per page for legal use and N200 per page for stamped certification. N10 charged for each Request Form.

At NAI, photocopying is N70 per page, but N200 per page for legal use and N200 per page for stamped certification. Use of camera: N100 per shot, or flat fee of N2,000 for a day to N5,000 for a period. Camera phones at N20 per shot. N10 charged for each Request Form.

At Abeokuta, photocopying is N10 per page, but may well have increased.

At Calabar, photocopying is N10 per page, but may well have increased.

No page limits re photocopying.

Orders usually done the same day, except after 2pm or so - do ask for last ordering time.

The Ibadan search room

Growing numbers of users (both Nigerian and non-Nigeria) of NAI have received far less service than expected and far more unauthorised and exhorbitant fees than should be tolerated.

"I went to the archive and was told to pay a fee, which I readily paid, then was charged N10,000 to use my laptop - the staff saying its use took away the original documents! How can typing do that??? A female friend from UK paid her fee, but no laptop charge, only two months earlier".

"I sat in the search room, had to pay for a form to request documents[?], handed it in and waited five hours for the files".

"20 years ago, missing files from the depository were a very rare occurrence - 1 in 250/300 files ordered - this year, in the same record group, it was 18 in the 100 I ordered."

"One visiting prof told me to treat the file like you never see it again, as many are put back in the wrong place."

Half the time, it's pointless turning up at 8.30. U can't even put in request till 9.

"DUST! Surely the cleaners could dust around the search room!

"why do they haggle over photocopy charges/camera snaps?"

"Staff advice to me on what to look wasted so much time."

"A few of the staff members were very helpful, so as soon as I identified them, it made my life a lot easier."

"I'd say about 10% of the files I requested were not found."

Key individuals

Dr Simon Heap: Independent Researcher, who developed this page, would be happy to receive comment/advice/funding for further development [wouldn't it be brilliant if every reference from every simple list was here!]:


(details on food, coffee, lockers, washrooms, transport, internet access, and the like)

1. Kaduna: situated in the middle of the city, near the General Post Office.

Cold soft drinks and snacks available just inside the entrance.

In early morning, there is a long wooden table just near the archives, which serves milky coffee and bread breakfasts.

Command Guest House, 10 Mohammed Buhari Way, Kaduna
200 modern rooms; complimentary breakfast; bar and restaurant; excellent security [army, because the top brass stay here!]
N10,000 per night

2. Enugu: situated in the middle of the city, north of the railway station, near Modotel Hotel.

Many cold drinks and food (chop-bars/bukas) available within walking distance, as the archive is located within the administrative secretariat area of town.

Modotel Hotel has rooms from N10,000 per night and is two minutes walk west to the archives.

Also suggest: Blue Island Hotel, 12 Independence Avenue, Enugu: rooms from N6.500 to N14,000 [1]

3. Ibadan: situated on campus of the University of Ibadan, on the northern side of Ibadan.

No food or drink available at the archives.

Akara (bean patties) straight from the pan available 50 metres to the right of the main gate between 7am and 9.30am. Sit on the bench and watch UI off to work and school while enjoying your hot akara.

Excellent lunch and cold drinks at the Staff Club opposite and behind the UI Hotel. If you are staying at the UI Hotel you are automatically allowed to use the Staff Club, which has very cold beer, snacks, music, sometimes live bands, TV and many senior academic staff relaxing there.

Left out of the front gate is Abadina, where many of the non-academic university staff live, and 100 metres along the road on the right-hand side is a night-time buzzing food and drink spot, which has plenty of outdoor and indoor seating and a line of restaurants serving a variety of food from hot and spicy meat to egg and chips - very popular with students.

Cold soft drinks available throughout the day 100 metres to the left out of the main gate.

The UI Hotel has a separate air-conditioned bar with TV, and outside breezy patio with two suya spots gently competing for your custom.

The central block of campus houses several restaurants if you want some eba and stew or rice and beans.

Banana, orange, groundnut and corn sellers abound.

Just inside the front gate is the ordered ranks of taxis and minibuses taking you to anywhere on campus either in a shared vehicle (N10 into central campus) or a drop (N50-70, depending on distance) This area also has a row of goods shops for those needing "chewables", biscuits, juice and drinks.

Just outside the front gate is the place to top up your phone credit - cards of N100, N200, N500 - the sellers will gladly put it on your mobile for you and show you the new total.

Opposite the front gate is Agbowo - a wonderful bustling place of food sellers, chemists, bend-down booksellers, and a host of other stalls selling electrical goods, tea and coffee, mangoes and pineapples. Many internet cafes in the Agbowo Shopping Complex, which also houses gift shops, a photography shop and a cloth shop. Several restaurants at the back of the complex. The place is showing its age and just be careful on the worn stairs!

A short walk along the Bodija Road on the right side of the road, at the corner of the road leading to Transamusement Park is Tintins, a good place for a cold beer, some food and watch TV if there is a match on.

The front gate area of UI is the place to catch a bus - a damfo - you would be a DAMn FOol not to use them - or a taxi (shared or drop) to the delights of Ibadan: Bodija, Mapo Hall, Ife Road Cloth Market, Aleshinloye market, Gbagi, Dugbe, Ibadan museum, Lebanon Street, Magazine Road, Bere, Bower Tower, etc [it is a city of 3-4 million people, remember!]

UI Hotel is two minutes walking distance to the Archives; room rates per night:
Double Room: N15,000
Royal Standard: N18,000
Royal Executive: N23,000
Special King: N25,0000
Telephone: 0708-4000002

If you are researching the Ibadan archives for some time, then do consider contacting IFRA, who have accommodation for foreign long-stayers.

For travelling around Nigeria there are many choices. There are airlines - Arik, Aero, Overland, Peace etc - from Lagos to Enugu, Abuja to Ibadan, Abuja to Calabar etc, but their prices vary enormously, so do some checking.

There is also an excellent shared taxi system [4 or 6 passengers depending on saloon or station wagon], say from Lagos (Ojota Motor Park) to Ibadan (Challenge), or from Abuja (Jabi Motor Park) to Kaduna, as well as minibuses and luxury coaches.

Please take you time to consider the best way to visit the archives in Nigeria. With the archives open weekdays, consider the benefits of weekend travel, and your need to see some of the country in between your archive visits!

All the following have been used to construct this webpage:

Simon Heap, ‘The Nigerian National Archives, Ibadan: An Introduction for Users and a Summary of Holdings’, History in Africa, 18, 1991, 159-172.

Simon Heap, ‘The Nigerian National Archives, Kaduna: An Introduction for Users and a Summary of Holdings’, History in Africa, 20, 1993, 395-407.

Simon Heap, ‘The Nigerian National Archives, Enugu: An Introduction for Users and a Summary of Holdings’, History in Africa, 21, 1994, 435-440.

National Archives of Nigeria, 'Guide to Sources of Nigerian History'. Lagos, 1995.

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