Reference code(s): GB 1446 MS 123-139
Held at: Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland
Title: CROOKE, William (1848-1923)
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 18 boxes
Name of creator(s): Crooke | William | 1848-1923 | colonial administrator
Born, 1848; educated: Tipperary Grammar School; Trinity College, Dublin; Indian Civil Service, 1871-1895; Collector and Magistrate at various times of the districts of Saharanpur, Gorakhpur, Mirzapur in the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh; wrote prolifically on India, particularly on Ethnology, Anthropology and Folklore; died, 1923.
Scope and content/abstract:
Papers of William Crooke including:
Collection of 27 Greek stories, manuscript notes, [c 1895].
Collection of 118 Indian stories, told by various people; recorded and translated by W. Crooke and others, manuscript notes, .
Notes on religion, magic, rites, customs, prehistory, etc. with particular reference to India, [and] part of a manuscript of a new edition of Popular religion and folklore in northern India, [1890-1921].
Papers, notes and correspondence on death, funeral and the soul, including material used in Religion and folklore of Northern India, and draft chapters and articles.
Material for a glossary of Indian terms arranged in alphabetical order and supported by notes, references and correspondence.
Correspondence between Crooke and John Murray, publishers. London and accounts relating to Things Indian, by Crooke, 1906-1923.
Loose notes and references by Crooke including on Finger folklore; Hair and Swinging rites.
Bibliographies, notes, papers, references and cuttings gathered by Crooke.
Notes on folklore, magic, rites and customs, including prehistory, mainly India.
Lecture notes and papers by Crooke, 1915-.
Draft of a history of Rajput society or of Rajputanas, [1908-1915].
Notes for a lecture, 'Cults of Mother Goddess' and correspondence concerning cow worship and cattle veneration.
Annotated typescript draft of book entitled, The folk-beliefs of the Homeric poems.
Notes and correspondence pertaining to edition The Diary of John Fryer's voyage in the Hakluyt Society series and notes and correspondence pertaining to Fanny Parkes' 'Wanderings of a Pilgrim', 1908-1916.
Papers relating to an entry in the Encyclopaedia Britannica by Crooke: 'Saints and martyrs (Indian)' including a glossary of saints and martyrs.
Correspondence, including detailed description of native cloths and wooden and stone vessels, 1900-1921.
ACCESS AND USE
Language/scripts of material: English
System of arrangement:
As outlined in the scope and content.
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.
Detailed catalogue available in the reading room.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:
Immediate source of acquisition:
Presented by Mr J.E. Crooke, 11 Mar. 1955.
Existence and location of originals:
Existence and location of copies:
The papers of John Murray are held in the National Library of Scotland.
MS 127: Some of the material appears in Hobson-Jobson: a glossary of colloquial Anglo-Indian terms and phrases and of kindred terms; new edition; by Sir Henry Yule and Arthur Coke Burnell; edited by William Crooke. (London, John Murray, 1903.
MS 128: Things Indian: being discursive notes on various subjects connected with India by William Crooke, (London, John Murray, 1906)
MS 137: 'The Diary of John Fryer's voyage' was originally published as A new account of East India and Persia in 8 letters, being 9 years' travels begun in 1672 and finished 1681; by John Fryer, (London, Richard Chiswell, 1698). It was reissued under the same title but with the addition of 'notes and introductions by William Crooke' and published in 3 volumes, 1909-15 in London as the Hakluyt Society 2nd series, nos.19-20, 39.
Archivist's note: Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.
Sources: Obit: Man, Vol. 24, (Jan., 1924), pp. 6-7
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 2008