These were gifts from the estate of John Talford Furley, O.B.E. (1878-1956). Furley was the Secretary of Native Affairs in the Gold Coast colony (now Ghana) from 1917 to 1923. He was at one time, the District Commissioner of Wassa Provincial of the Western Province.
The Furley collection has important primary source materials that relate to the history of the country. It comprises of diary entries, his own notes, hand or typewritten, notes taken by others at his request, photostas and photocopies, plans and other illustrations, printed materials in different languages, etc. These were drawn from various sources covering the whole pre-colonial period of Ghana from 1469-1874.