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Typescript copies of letters (A-G) to Sir James George Frazer

The six boxes which comprise Add.Ms.b.35-37 contain over 1100 typescript copies of letters written to Sir James George Frazer, arranged by surname of correspondent. Their existence is explained in the archival history above, with related information in the catalogue record for Add.Ms.c.56. The typescripts were made between 1947 and 1955, and are transcripts of letters written between 1888 and 1930, with the bulk dating from 1900-1920, 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.b.35 are the first two boxes in the alphabetic sequence of letters, covering the surnames A-G. There are 383 typescript copies of letters in these first two boxes, as well as three other items catalogued as stand-alone items: typescript copies of an offprint, an extract, and a cutting of an article (Items 351a, 372, and 380a). Of the eleven copies of letters written by J. G. Frazer, five are published in Robert Ackerman's 'Selected Letters of Sir J. G. Frazer', and none are represented by originals in the Add.Ms.c.56-61 series (see the Allied Materials note below). There is one letter written to Lilly Frazer, from Wickham Steed (Item 366).

Most of the letters are from correspondents represented by one or two letters only, but there are four groups of more than 15 letters from one correspondent: from John Sutherland Black (Items 83-95), Edward Clodd (Items 173-197, which include 6 letters written by JGF to Clodd), William Crooke (Items 241-267), and W. Warde Fowler (Items 314-330). There are also two third-party letters: from J. B. Postgate to A. B. Cook (Item 227), and from J. H. Driberg to John Roscoe (Item 284), each probably originally enclosures in letters sent to Frazer. None of these letters are represented by originals in the Add.Ms.c.56-61 series.

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

Typescript copies of letters (H-P) to Sir James George Frazer

Add.Ms.b.36 is part of a group, Add.Ms.b.35-37, which contain over 1100 typescript copies of 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.b.35.

ADD.Ms.b.36, the third and fourth boxes in the alphabetic sequence of letters, covers the surnames H-P, and contains 343 typescript copies of letters in these two boxes. Most of the letters are from correspondents represented by two or three letters only, but there are three large groups of letters from one correspondent: Rendel Harris (Items 4-24a), A. W. Howitt (Items 84-100), and James Hope Moulton (Items 243-283). A group of letters from E. S. Hartland also features a roughly equal number of letters from J. G. Frazer (Items 33-62), so that both sides of the correspondence are represented in a way not seen elsewhere in the collection, and on the farther side of inequality, the R. R. Marett letters are almost entirely written to him by J. G. Frazer, with just three of them written by Marett to Frazer (Items 189-211).

Of the 43 copies of letters in ADD.Ms.b.36 written by J. G. Frazer, 25 were published in Robert Ackerman's 'Selected Letters of Sir J. G. Frazer', and none are represented by originals in the ADD.Ms.c.56-61 series (see the Allied Materials note below). There are five letters written to Lilly Frazer (Items 28, 152, 182, 298, 305).

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

Typescript copies of letters (R-Z) to Sir James George Frazer

Add.Ms.b.37 is part of a group, Add.Ms.b.35-37, which contain over 1100 typescript copies of 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.b.35.

Add.Ms.b.37, the fifth and sixth boxes in the alphabetic sequence of letters, covers the surnames R-Z, and contains 392 typescript copies of letters in these two boxes, two other items catalogued as stand-alone items, and a group of seven items (which aren't copies) found together at the bottom of the second box. The two other copy items are a copy caption by Northcote Thomas for a photograph (Item 274), and a copy of a clipping (Item 389a). The group of seven items (Items 393-399) is miscellaneous original material, and includes a letter from the Trinity College Bursar to the Librarian (Item 393) about a group of Frazer letters sent to him in 1958 (our items Add.Ms.c.56-61); other items, letters and proofs sent to Frazer are closely related to those original manuscripts housed as Add.Ms.c.56-61.

Most of the letters in Add.Ms.b.37 are from correspondents represented by two or three letters only, but there are three large groups of letters from one correspondent: G. G. Ramsay (Items 1-32), Northcote Thomas (Items 261-266, 269-278), and a large cache of letters written by J. G. Frazer to John Roscoe with three letters from Roscoe in the gaps: Items 33-106, 109-144, 146-171.

Of the 146 copies of letters in Add.Ms.b.37 written by J. G. Frazer, five were published in Robert Ackerman's 'Selected Letters of Sir J. G. Frazer', and none are represented by originals in the Add.Ms.c.56-61 series (see allied materials note below). There are ten copies of letters written to Lilly Frazer.

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

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

Institute of Theoretical Astronomy

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'Cooperation in Europe'

In 1972, Batchelor invited Chairmen of European national committees of theoretical and applied mechanics to meet in Warsaw to discuss the idea of a European Mechanics Council. However the move provoked serious concern amongst senior members of IUTAM who took steps to prevent the meeting. However, the incident resulted in the establishment of a IUTAM study group to look into regional cooperation in general.

Euromech

Batchelor helped found the European Mechanics Committee (Euromech) in 1964 intended to organise colloquia on new research in specialist areas of mechanics. He chaired it until 1987 and later supported the change of name to European Mechanics Council. At this time the structure of the organisation changed, with three committees charged with organising conferences on turbulence, fluid mechanics and solid mechanics.

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