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DURHAM, Mary Edith (1863-1944): newspaper cuttings


Reference code(s): GB 1446 MS 54

Held at: Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland

Title: DURHAM, Mary Edith (1863-1944): newspaper cuttings

Date(s): 1912-1920

Level of description: Collection level

Extent: 1 bound volume

Name of creator(s): Durham | Mary Edith | 1863-1944 | Balkan traveller and author


Administrative/Biographical history:

Mary Edith Durham born in London on 8 December 1863; educated at Bedford College, 1878-1882; became an artist, and trained at the Royal Academy Schools. Following illness and at nearly forty years old she travelled to the Balkans and worked as a political missionary. She first visited the area in 1900 in search of health and was an anthropologist as well as a gifted artist. She travelled to the Balkans annually from 1900 to 1914. When uprisings occurred, in 1903 and 1909, she provided medical aid and food. Durham was offered a permanent home in Albania by the Albanian Government. She refused, choosing to remain independent and settled in London writing books and articles. She died in London on 15 November 1944.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Mary Edith Durham, 1912-1920, comprise album of newspaper cuttings, largely taken from The Nation, on various subjects including World War One, Christianity, and mainly by W.H. Nevinson and including letters to the editor of The Nation, and other publications by Durham. Loose items include a typewritten copy of a 'Memorandum for His Excellency the Minister of Foriegn Affairs, The Consulta, Rome' concerning Albania's supply of copper and coal, Foriegn Affairs: A Journal of International Understanding (No 8, Vol 1, 1920) and Yllit Mengjezit (The Morning Star) (No 6, Vol 2, 1917).


Language/scripts of material: English and Albanian

System of arrangement:

Bound volume is arranged in chronological order, though loose items, some undated, can be found within the volume.

Conditions governing access:

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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.

Finding aids:

Hand list available in the Institute's Reading Room.



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Archivist's note: Entry compiled by Samantha Velumyl.

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

Christianity | Ancient religions | Religions
Coal | Fuels
Copper | Metals | Inorganic chemicals | Chemicals
Press cuttings | Newspaper press | Press
War | International conflicts
World War One (1914-1918) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)
International politics

Personal names
Durham | Mary Edith | 1863-1944 | traveller and anthropologist
Nevinson | Henry Woodd | 1856-1941 | social activist and journalist

Corporate names
The Nation

Albania | Eastern Europe