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DAYRELL, Elphinstone (1869-1917 ): 'Anthropology'


Reference code(s): GB 1446 MS 23

Held at: Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland

Title: DAYRELL, Elphinstone (1869-1917 ): 'Anthropology'

Date(s): 1911

Level of description: collection

Extent: 1 item

Name of creator(s): Dayrell | Elphinstone | 1869-1917 | colonial administrator


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1869; District Commissioner, Ikom, Eastern Province, Nigeria; Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 1909-1918; died, 1917.


Scope and content/abstract:

Manuscript notebook entitled 'Anthropology' by Elphinstone Dayrell based on his observations of the people of Ikom, Nigeria, comprising notes on Nsibidi signs and their meanings; notes on the months and seasons of the year; notes on the social conditions of the Ikom people; vocabularies translated into nine different Nigerian languages, including inserts of published vocabularies; notes on 'Nyam Innerra' 'cats cradle' and notes on the 'incest tabu'; also encloses several published articles on related themes. Notebook completed, 20 May 1911.


Language/scripts of material: English and a number of Nigerian languages

System of arrangement:

Single item

Conditions governing access:

Appointments are necessary for all visits; please contact the archivist by email to arrange; a fee of 10 is payable by all visitors except Fellows and Members; membership details can be found on the RAI web site; access to material referring to the most recent thirty years is restricted; some material is very fragile and may not be available for view; a few items are of restricted or forbidden access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies and scans for personal research only may be arranged at the discretion of the archivist; charges apply; in all cases forms governing use of copies must be signed; use of digital cameras is not allowed.

Physical characteristics:

118 pp. drawings, tables. 31 cm Handwritten Marbled paper boards, dark red leather spine; white inscribed label on upper cover.

Finding aids:

Collection level description available in the Institute's reading room.



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:



Related material:

Manuscript notebook entitled 'More folk stories from Southern Nigeria' by Elphinstone Dayrell (ref: MS 22)


Archivist's note: Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

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: May 2008

African cultures | National cultures
Dictionaries | Reference materials | Books | Publications | Communications media | Information sciences
Cultural anthropology

Personal names
Dayrell | Elphinstone | 1869-1917 | colonial administrator

Corporate names

Nigeria | West Africa | Africa