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Meyer Fortes: Notebooks, correspondence and papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8405

Scope and Contents

Comprises: correspondence with British anthroplogists and ethnologists, including former pupils and junior colleagues of Meyer Fortes, arranged in chronological order by year; a series of subject files, many relating to research in the Gold Coast [i.e. Ghana] and Ashanti and on the Tallensi (or Talensi) people, notes, offprints, typescripts of articles, lecture notes ; desk notebooks, journals and diaries; two volume typescript of 'Kinship and social order'. The series of subject files which cover many aspects of Meyer Fortes' work in the field is only listed in brief detail.


  • Creation: 1923-1983


Conditions Governing Access

Catalogued material (except for noted restricted correspondence) is available for consultation, but readers are advised that copyright remaining in the writings of Meyer Fortes is the property of his daughter, whose permission is necessary for publication.


1 collection (52 boxes)

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Other Finding Aids

This is an interim catalogue providing a summary outline of the collection prior to full cataloguing.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Meyer Fortes bequeathed his extensive archive to Cambridge University Library in 1983. Some 175 additional letters, apparently separated from the main body after Professor Fortes' death, were presented by Dr. Drucker-Brown in November 2001.

Related Materials

Papers accumulated by Meyer Fortes relating mostly to the Ashanti Social Survey are also held at Cambridge University Library, see MS Add.9359.

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Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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