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Material relating to Henry Wilson Ord

Identifier: Coll-1306

Scope and Contents

The material relating mainly to Malawi from the 1960s and 1970s was drawn together in January 1978 and placed in a bulky file after the death of Ord. The unsorted and uncollated file contains largely typescript copies of papers, data sheets, and correspondence during his period as economic advisor (African matters). The collection includes material on the shadow price for foreign exchange and labour in Malawi, crop estimates, crop and agriculture policy, district maize projections, GDP and GDP projections, transportation, urban households, development policies, and Malawi Young Pioneers training farms.


  • Creation: 1960-1985


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Open to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance of visit.

Biographical / Historical

Henry Wilson Ord was a graduate of St. Catherines College, Cambridge. He worked in the public service in Kenya before his appointment in 1961 as a Research Fellow at Edinburgh University.

When the Centre of African Studies was set up at the University in 1962, Ord was appointed as a Lecturer, and in 1971 he was promoted to Senior Lecturer. Earlier, during 1968 and 1969, he was seconded as Economic Adviser to the Government of Malawi.

Ord's publications include: with I. Livingstone, Introduction to West African Economics (1969); as editor, 'A Model of Tax Incidence in Malawi', in Public Sector Economics (1970); as editor, African Public Sector Economics proceedings of a seminar held in the centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh, November 27 and 28, 1970 (1971); and, a paper presented to the Cambridge Conference on the Political Economy of Kenya, 1929-1952, The Kenya Economy as a Whole (1975).

Henry Wilson Ord died in Edinburgh on 26 December 1977.


3 folders

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Material found among other material on Library Annexe shelves in June 2011. Accession no: E2011.21.

Processing Information

Compiled by Graeme D. Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections.

Material relating to Henry Wilson Ord (d. 1977) and his interest in the Malawi economy and as economic adviser to Malawi
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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