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Stewart, James Rivers Barrington, Correspondence, to AJB Wace, 1935-1937

Reference Code: GBR/3437/AJBW/2/1/24

Scope and Contents

31 letters from Jim Stewart to Alan Wace written at the outset of the former's career, when he had recently graduated from Trinity Hall, Cambridge (B. A. 1934, Archaeology and Anthropology). Stewart had been awarded a Cambridge University Anthony Wilkin Studentship in Ethnography and Archaeology and set out from Australia thus funded to visit archaeological sites in Cyprus and Turkey. The correspondence also includes 3 sets of notes on archaeological studies Stewart made: 'Baba Koy excavated grave plan', 'Note on the Origin of the Toud Treasure' and 'Prehistoric sites in the Balikesir Region'.


  • Creation: 1935-1937


Biographical / Historical

For Stewart's biography see R. S. Merrillees, 'Stewart, James Rivers Barrington (1913–1962)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 16, (Melbourne University Press), 2002
National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,


34 item(s) : paper, photographs

Language of Materials


Custodial History

These letters were passed down by A. J. B. Wace to his daughter Lisa French. They were originally kept at the Wace family home at Millington Road, Cambridge, and came to the Faculty archives on 18 April 2023 via Ann French, executor of her mother's estate.


As supplied in R. S. Merrillees, 'Stewart, James Rivers Barrington (1913–1962)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 16, (Melbourne University Press), 2002
R. S. Merrillees, '''The Ordeal of Shaving in a Frozen Lake'', Professor J. R. Stewart and the Swedish Cyprus Expedition', in P. Åström et al, The Fantastic Years on Cyprus (Jonsered, Sweden, 1994)
R. S. Merrillees, 'Professor James R. Stewart, Near Eastern Archaeologist', Ancient Society: Resources for Teachers, vol 14, no 1, 1984, p 17
J. M. Webb, Cypriote Antiquities in Australian Collections (Jonsered, 1997)
Australian Humanities Research Council, Annual Report, 1961-62
University of Sydney Union, Union Recorder, 8 Mar 1962, p 15
King's School Magazine, 1962, p 40
Sydney Morning Herald, 30 Oct 1958, 6 June 1961, 7 Feb, 25 Sept 1962
Sun-Herald (Sydney), 10 Sept 1962


Some of the letters have no year, or even month or day, and others lack an originating address for the letter. Dr Nicholas Stanley-Price assessed the letters on 27 April 2023 and filled in these lacunae for the Archivist. It is noted where these ascribed dates and places are inserted into the cataloging record at item level.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Cambridge: Faculty of Classics Archives Repository

Faculty of Classics
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Cambridge CB3 9DA United Kingdom
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