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Papers of Sir James Frazer
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'An Anthology of English Prose'

Bound volume containing notes in Frazer’s hand, excerpts from works by Francis Bacon, Sir Thomas Browne, Sir Walter Raleigh, Richard Hooker, J. A. Froude, Edmund Burke, Sir Walter Scott, Hugh Miller, Abraham Cowley, Alexander Pope, Edward Gibbon, John Henry Newman, Charles Dickens and Charles Kingsley.

Letter from R. R. Marett to J. G. Frazer

The Rector, Exeter College, Oxford - Admires how Frazer keeps up his work despite his handicap; wishes his own book on Tylor was better, but was pressured with space constraints and instructions to be critical, which he felt was 'indecent', given how much Oxford owes Tylor.

Diary of a Tour in Spain

85 pp. diary of a train trip made with [James?] Ward from 13 March to 8 April 1883. While in Paris on the way there they attend a performance of "Fedora" starring the 'powerful' Sarah Bernhardt. Travelling via Toulouse, they arrive at the border where Frazer tastes Spanish food for the first time. From there they travel to Barcelona, with a long description of a side trip in which they climb Montserrat, to Tarragona and the monastery of Poblet, to València ('a most uninteresting town'), Córdoba (and a visit to the mosque there ), Granada (the Alhambra, cathedral, and Carthusian monastery), Seville (the Museo [de Bellas Artes de Sevilla], cathedral, and the Alcázar), Madrid (the Prado, a view of the King and Queen ['no cheering whatever'], and a trip to Toledo), Vittoria [Vitoria-Gasteiz], San Sebastián, Irun, thence in short order Biarritz, Bordeaux, Paris, Boulogne, Folkestone, London, and home to Cambridge.

Letter from A. M. Adam to Lady Frazer

29 Barton Road, Cambridge - Thanks Lady Frazer for the Downie biography; reminisces about first meeting Sir James at Easter 1890 in Athens; has not forsaken them, but does not walk down Causewayside for fear of getting caught by air-raid warnings.

Letter from G. M. Trevelyan to J. G. Frazer

Garden Corner, West Road, Cambridge - Is part of a group of people who are trying to bring pressure to bear on the German government, which has begun reviewing dossiers of academics and dismissing them. Sends a document for Frazer to sign which will be presented to the German government and which will be signed by the Vice Chancellor, the Master of Trinity, and Lord Rutherford; they are also asking Eddington, Hopkins, Pope, Housman, and he will sign himself.

Partial first galley proof of Book I

Proof starting with part of note 347 and continuing to the end. Stamped 'First Proof' and carrying R. & R. Clark Ltd. date stamps from 16 May to 12 Sept., 1927, with corrections in Frazer's hand.

Letter from St Clair Baddeley to Lady Frazer

Castle Hale, Painswick, Glos. [on mourning stationery] - Is pleased to hear that Sir James' operation was successful; also pleased to hear that she recalls their time in Rome, which they last visited two years before in November, with fewer tourists but more easily recognisable spies; Ponza, Lampedusa and Lipari are full of political victims of Mussolini; Boni faded out before things became so bad, two underground railways are being made in Rome; has told Signorina Tea her words in her letter to Mrs Plimmer, hope to see them soon; they have never wavered in friendship, but felt something of an 'occult misunderstanding' arose long ago.

Album of newspaper cuttings

Articles about folklore and customs dated primarily 1888-1891, many of them from the 'Glasgow Herald', with several obituaries of Rev. Alexander Anderson in Oct. 1891.

Album of cuttings

Album containing 119 cuttings of newspaper and magazine articles mentioning Sir James and Lilly Frazer, including reviews of 'Aftermath', 'Creation and Evolution of Primitive Cosmogonies', 'Essais et souvenirs', 'Totemica', 'Greece and Rome: a Selection from the Works of Sir James George Frazer', 'Pasha the Pom', 'A Bibliography of Sir James Frazer', and 'The Fear of the Dead in Primitive Religion', including reviews by Raymond Firth of 'Totemica' for both 'The Spectator', Nov. 1937 (page 19) and for 'Life and Letters To-Day', Winter 1937 (page 27); and by Ruth Benedict of 'The Fear of the Dead in Primitive Religion' Vol. III in 'The New York Herald Tribune' of Sept. 1936 (page 52). A photograph of James and Lilly from the 'Weekly Illustrated London' of 2 Jan. 1937 appears on page 6.

Letters (Miscellany) and Letters (A - C) to Sir James George Frazer

FRAZ/1-4 consists of four boxes containing just over 575 letters, most of them addressed to J. G. Frazer. The letters span 1888-1941, but the bulk date from the 1920s and 1930s, and primarily concern Frazer’s works and related personal business. An alphabetic sequence of letters spans the four boxes, preceded by a shorter one of 62 letters in FRAZ/1, and succeeded by a collection of 110 letters written to congratulate Frazer on the award of the Order of Merit in FRAZ/4. FRAZ/1 is unusual in that it includes the only original letters from J. G. Frazer in the papers (29 of them: Items 4-29, 39, 42-43); there are also thirteen typed copies of his letters in this box (Items 44-54, 82 and 84) dating from the 1930s, after Frazer's eyesight failed and a secretary was employed. There are 9 original letters from Lilly Frazer to William James Lewis (Items 30-38), and a copy of a letter from Lilly to Sir John Myres (Item 55). Three other copies of James's letters from the late 1930s appear in boxes 2-4 (Items 2/95, 3/43, 3/47), and there is also a draft of a letter to Lord Stamfordham in box 4 (Item 119). Two other copies of letters from Lilly appear in box 3: to R. R. Marett (Item 3) and Norman Parley (Item 44).

Marked galley proofs of 'Creation and Evolution in Primitive Cosmogonies'

Galley proofs marked by Frazer [and another hand?], with ink stamp 'First Proof' at the top of some pages, some also carrying 'Marked Proof' and 'R' in pencil at top, with ink stamps of R. & R. Clark, Ltd. Edinburgh at bottom of some sheets, dated 5-11 Oct. 1934. The corrections are mostly typographical, with the addition of a paragraph in 'Memories of My Parents' describing residences of Frazer's father now found on page 137 of the printed volume.

Manuscript Music Scores and Related Printed Material

Manuscript music scores, including four setting J. G. Frazer's poems and his translation of a Heine poem to music. Other material relates to Lilly Frazer's work, with a music score for her operetta 'The Singing Wood', an early draft of stage directions for a play, manuscript scores, and printed sheet music of French songs.

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