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Letters (A-F) to Sir James George Frazer

The seven boxes which comprise ADD.Ms.c.56-61 contain over 530 letters written to Sir James George Frazer, arranged by surname of correspondent. The letters date from 1886 to 1955, but the bulk date from 1900 to 1920, earlier than the closely related Sir James George Frazer Papers also at Trinity College Library. Many of the correspondents here are also represented by letters in the Sir James George Frazer Papers.

The letters document the life and work of social anthropologist and classical scholar Sir James George Frazer. Research strengths include Frazer's writings in the 1900s and 1910s, social anthropology, folklore, classical scholarship, Trinity College academic and social life, and the impact of World War I. There is evidence here of Frazer's support of anthropologists who wished to embark on expeditions, discussions of anthropological theory and classical scholarship, and discussions of books Frazer published during this period: the second and third editions of 'The Golden Bough', as well as 'Lectures on the Early History of the Kingship', 'Adonis, Attis, Osiris', 'Psyche's Task', 'Totemism and Exogamy', 'The Letters of William Cowper', 'The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead', 'The Essays of Joseph Addison', and 'Folk-Lore in the Old Testament'.

ADD.Ms.c.56 is the first box in the alphabetic sequence of letters, covering the surnames A-F. There are 99 letters in this box, as well as four other items catalogued as stand-alone items: two cuttings (Items 28 and 83), one offprint (Item 56), and a group of notes on Sutherlandshire Folklore (Item 92). This box contains the only letters from J. G. Frazer in this grouping: two letters and a postcard to Henry Jackson (Items 87-87b). There is one letter to Lilly Frazer, from Hermann Diels (Item 64). Most of the letters are from correspondents represented by one or two letters only, and the largest group of letters is thirteen from Edward Clodd (Items 9-21).

Frazer, Sir James George (1854-1941) Knight, social anthropologist and classical scholar

Letters (G) to Sir James George Frazer

ADD.Ms.c.57 is part of a group, ADD.Ms.c.56-61, which contain over 530 letters written to Sir James George Frazer, arranged by surname of correspondent. A full description of the group may be found in the scope and content note for ADD.Ms.c.56.

ADD.Ms.c.57, the second box in the alphabetic sequence of letters to Sir James George Frazer, covers the surnames starting with G. There are 72 letters here, as well as three other items catalogued as stand-alone items: two cuttings (Items 14c and 65), an offprint of 'Janus Bifrons' by A. van Gennep (Item 23), a manuscript copy of a note to 'The Legends of the Jews' by Louis Ginzberg' (Item 31), a printed document entitled 'Flinders Petrie Papyri III, 142', and a manuscript extract about the Hemlock stone (Item 56a). There is one letter written to Lilly Frazer, from Wickham Steed (Item 38). Most of the letters are from correspondents represented by one or two letters only, and the largest group of letters consists of sixteen letters from Edmund Gosse (Items 39-52).

Frazer, Sir James George (1854-1941) Knight, social anthropologist and classical scholar

Letters (H-K) to Sir James George Frazer

ADD.Ms.c.58 is part of a group, ADD.Ms.c.56-61, which contain over 530 letters written to Sir James George Frazer, arranged by surname of correspondent. A full description of the group may be found in the scope and content note for ADD.Ms.c.56.

ADD.Ms.c.58, the third box in the alphabetic sequence of letters to Sir James George Frazer, covers the surnames starting with H-K. There are 88 letters here, as well as two other items catalogued as stand-alone items: a cutting with a story on witchcraft in China (Item 35) and a typescript draft of a paper on the Fetish in West Africa by Mary Henrietta Kingsley (Item 82). There is one letter addressed to Lilly Frazer, from Mary Henrietta Kingsley (Item 81). Most of the letters are from correspondents represented by one or two letters only, and the largest group of letters consists of fourteen letters from Edwin Sidney Hartland (Items 12-25).

Unusually, Item 37, a letter from Elizabeth Hughes Phillips to Frazer, is not an original letter but is instead a carbon copy of the typescript, with the gaps in the typescript not completed in manuscript.

Frazer, Sir James George (1854-1941) Knight, social anthropologist and classical scholar

Letters (L-P) to Sir James George Frazer

ADD.Ms.c.59 is part of a group, ADD.Ms.c.56-61, which contain over 530 letters written to Sir James George Frazer, arranged by surname of correspondent. A full description of the group may be found in the scope and content note for ADD.Ms.c.56.

ADD.Ms.c.59, the fourth and fifth boxes in the alphabetic sequence of letters to Sir James George Frazer, covers the surnames starting with L-P. There are 106 letters here, as well as five other items catalogued as stand alone items: three sets of notes, by Lilly Frazer (Item 6), Pauline Broglie, the Comtesse de Pange (Item 55), and Otto Stapf (Item 101), and two cuttings on the obituaries of William James Lewis (Items 5-5a). There are four letters addressed to Lilly Frazer, from Alfred Loisy (Item 11), Alexander Nairne (Item 28), R. A. Neil (Item 35) , and Bertha Plimmer (Item 81). The letter of John Parkinson (Item 56) contains 11 photographs of natives in Southern Nigeria.

Frazer, Sir James George (1854-1941) Knight, social anthropologist and classical scholar

Letters (R-S) to Sir James George Frazer

ADD.Ms.c.60 is part of a group, ADD.Ms.c.56-61, which contain over 530 letters written to Sir James George Frazer, arranged by surname of correspondent. A full description of the group may be found in the scope and content note for ADD.Ms.c.56.

ADD.Ms.c.60, the sixth box in the alphabetic sequence of letters to Sir James George Frazer, covers the surnames starting with R-S. There are 121 letters here, as well as three other items catalogued as stand-alone items: a cutting from 'The Times' on ancient ceremonies and rent customs (Item 17), a printed abstract of a paper by William Ridgeway (Item 33), and an offprint by W. H. D. Rouse (Item 56). There are four letters addressed to Lilly Frazer, from J. Batalha Reis (Item 13), Salomon Reinach (Item 15), William Somerville (Item 82), and Wickham Steed (Item 91).

Frazer, Sir James George (1854-1941) Knight, social anthropologist and classical scholar

Letters (T-Y) to Sir James George Frazer

ADD.Ms.c.61 is part of a group, ADD.Ms.c.56-61, which contain over 530 letters written to Sir James George Frazer, arranged by surname of correspondent. A full description of the group may be found in the scope and content note for ADD.Ms.c.56.

ADD.Ms.c.61, the seventh box in the alphabetic sequence of letters to Sir James George Frazer, covers the surnames starting with T-Y. There are fifty-one letters here, as well as four other items catalogued as stand-alone items: a photograph of a Benin juju to make yams grow taken by Northcote Thomas (Item 3) and a typescript by Thomas entitled 'Agricultural Rites, Benin City' (Item 4), and two clippings, one from 'The Graphic' depicting a rain-making rite (Item 11), and one from 'The Times' containing Frazer's obituary of William Wyse (Item 49). Two letters are addressed to Lilly Frazer, from Anne Wyse (Item 38), and Dorothy Young (Item 51).

Frazer, Sir James George (1854-1941) Knight, social anthropologist and classical scholar