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Evans (Margaret) Collection

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0369 EVM
Held at: School of Slavonic and East European Studies
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Full title: Evans (Margaret) Collection
Date(s): 1883
Level of description: Collection (Fonds)
Extent: 2 volumes
Name of creator(s): Evans | Margaret | c 1851- 1893 | wife of Arthur John Evans
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Margaret Evans (?1851-1893) was born Margaret Freeman, the daughter of a historian, E A Freeman. In 1878 she married the archaelogist and journalist Arthur Evans. She took an active interest in his work which specialised in the Balkans. After their marriage they lived in Ragusa (now Dubrovnik), Croatia until 1882 when her husband was expelled from the country as a result of his journalistic activities. In 1883 she accompanied her husband on a trip to Greece, Macedonia and Bulgaria. On this visit Arthur Evans was able to complete his study of an ancient site at Scupi (later Üskub, now Skopje in Macedonia. Margaret Evans lived in Oxford for the remainder of her life as her husband became keeper of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford in 1884.


Scope and content/abstract:

Diaries of Margaret Evans, detailing a journey taken April-September 1883 with her husband the archaeologist and journalist, Arthur Evans, to Greece, Macedonia and Bulgaria. The first volume is entitled "Journal of Greek and Macedonian Travel" and the second "Journal of old Serbian and Bulgarian Travel".

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Two volumes as described in 'Scope and Content' above.

Conditions governing access:

Unrestricted access. Researchers wishing to consult the archives or seeking further information should contact UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) Library, 16 Taviton Street, London WC1H 0BW.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Librarian.

Finding aids:

Online catalogue available on the UCL Archives website.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Not known

Allied Materials

Related material:

SSEES also holds the papers of Arthur Evans relating to his political and journalistic activities in the Balkans, (Ref EVA)

The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford has a large collection of Arthur Evans' artefacts and papers relating to his career as an archaeologist. The Pitt-Rivers Museum, Oxford has a small collection (ref. B63) mainly of pencil drawings made by Arthur Evans in the Balkans.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Revised by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project. Sources: Bulletin of the Institute of Archaeology vol 13, 1976, pp 25-26, Dictionary of National Biography, Brown, A Before Knossos ... Arthur Evans' travels in the Balkans and Crete (Oxford, 1993)

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description ISAD(G), 2nd edition 2000 and National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Revised Apr 2002

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