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Meyer Fortes: Ashanti Social Survey

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9359

Scope and Contents

Papers relating mainly to Fortes's research and social survey in Ashanti [now a region of southern Ghana], 1945-46. This includes field data, blank questionnaires, completed questionnaires, background research in preparation for the survey and papers relating to the reports and articles produced as a result. Additional material includes a collection of offprints loosely on the subject of West African history and anthropology, mostly Nigeria and Ghana, and papers relating to the establishment of the West African Institute of Industries, Arts and Social Science. A fuller listing of the collection is available in the Manuscripts Reading Room and on request, please contact the repository,


  • Creation: 1873-1978 (Circa)


Conditions Governing Access

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (


18 archive box(es) (18 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Permanent transfer from African Studies Centre Library, 1996

Related Materials

Other correspondence, papers, notebooks of Meyer Fortes are at Add.8405 (some restricted access)

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Repository Details

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