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Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland

EDGE-PARTINGTON, James (1854-1930)


Reference code(s): GB 1446 MS 205 & 339

Held at: Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland

Title: EDGE-PARTINGTON, James (1854-1930)

Date(s): [1890-1898]

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 2 bundles and 1 volume

Name of creator(s): Partington | James | Edge- | 1854-1930 | ethnographer


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1854; educated at Rugby; read law and qualified as a solicitor, but never practised; voyage in the Pacific, 1879-1881, where he visited Fiji, Tonga and Samoa and collected a large number of artefacts - he thus became interested in ethnography; worked as a supernumerary in the Ethnological Collections of the British Museum; second Pacific voyage, 1895; died, 1930.
Publications: An Album of the Weapons, Tools, Ornaments, Articles of Dress of the Natives of the Pacific Islands, Drawn and Described from examples in public and private collections in England


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of James Edge-Partington comprising the original manuscript version of An album of the weapons, tools, ornaments of the natives of the Pacific Islands, issued for private circulation by James Edge-Partington and Charles Heape. Manchester, 1890-8, with illustrations (MS 339) and an index of objects from the Pacific arranged geographically, 1896, some of the objects were reproduced in An album... (MS 205).


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.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Description for MS 205 available in the RAI reading room.


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Archivist's note: Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.
Sources: Man, Vol. 31, (Jul., 1931), pp. 129-131.

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

Clothing | Textiles
Indigenous populations | Ethnic groups
Ornaments | Manufactured goods
Tools | Equipment
Weapons | Military equipment | Equipment

Personal names
Heape | Charles | b 1848 | landowner and businessman
Partington | James | Edge- | 1854-1930 | ethnographer

Corporate names