Meyer Fortes: Notebooks, correspondence and papers
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.
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 (49 boxes and 12 rolled items)
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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.
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