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British Library of Political and Economic Science

Association of Social Anthropologists


Reference code(s): GB 0097 ASA

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: Association of Social Anthropologists

Date(s): 1946-2006

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 64 boxes, 2 volumes

Name of creator(s): ASA | Association of Social Anthropologists


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Association of Social Anthropologists (ASA) was founded in 1946 with the following objectives: to promote the study and teaching of social anthropology; to hold periodical meetings; to present the interests of social anthropology and to maintain its professional status; to assist in any possible in planning research; and to collate and, if possible, publish information on social anthropology and a register of social anthropologists. The founder members were Alfred Reginald Radcliffe-Brown as President, Professor Sir Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard as Chair, and Professor Sir Raymond William Firth as Secretary.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Association of Social Anthropologists, 1946-1999, comprising:
Files created by the Chair, 1975-1999, including minutes and committee papers; material relating to conferences and the Radcliffe-Brown Memorial Fund; correspondence with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); copies of the annals of the ASA and other publications.
Files created by the Secretary, 1946-1997, including AGM and committee minutes; papers relating to conferences, membership, the Radcliffe-Brown Memorial Fund and publications; correspondence with the ESRC and othe anthropological organisations.
Files created by the Treasurer, 1960-1998, including accounts and bank statements; papers relating to membership, tax, royalties, the Radcliffe-Brown Memorial Fund and conferences; minutes and committee papers.
Copies of the Annals of the ASA, ASA newsletters and other publications.
Photographs and papers relating to conferences.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Currently arranged in the following sections: Chair's files, Secretary's files and Treasurer's files; additional deposit M3280; additional deposit M3354

Conditions governing access:

Open, though some confidential files remain closed. Apply to the Archivist for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright retained by the depositor and their heirs.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Draft catalogue available in Archives Reading Room


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:



Archival history:

Deposited by the ASA in Feb and Aug 2000, with additional deposits in 2005 and 2006

Immediate source of acquisition:


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

LSE Archives also holds the papers of Sir Raymond William Firth (Ref: Firth).

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Sources | British Library of Political and Economic Science catalogue. Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Updated Apr 2008 by Anna Towlson

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Sep 2000; updated Apr 2008


Personal names

Corporate names
ASA | Association of Social Anthropologists x Association of Social Anthropologists
Economic and Social Research Council
Radcliffe-Brown Memorial Fund