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Lodge Collection

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0369 LOD
Held at: School of Slavonic and East European Studies
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Full title: Lodge Collection
Date(s): 1919-1956
Level of description: Collection (Fonds)
Extent: 8 boxes
Name of creator(s): Lodge | Olive Clare | 1884-1953 | slavonic scholar
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Olive Clare Lodge (1884-1953) was the niece of the physicist, Sir Oliver Lodge. Shortly after the World War One she worked in Serbia and Poland as an aid worker, working in Serbia for the British Food Commission. In the interwar period OL was able to travel widely in Serbia [then part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes] and Bulgaria as a result of holding research fellowships from SSEES and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. During the Second World War she gave many lectures on Yugoslavia, raising funds for the Yugoslav Relief Society of which she was a committee member and after the war in 1952 she revisited the country. Lodge was the author of a number of publications on the life and customs of Bulgarian and Yugoslavian people particularly folklore rituals and also of several demographic studies of the areas.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Olive Clare Lodge, 1919-1953, comprising:
Papers on Lodge's demographic and anthropological research in Bulgaria and Yugoslavia (and a small amount in France) particularly her study of fire dances, spring rituals and other folk traditions. Also includes her notebooks and family trees containing demographic data collected on Bulgarian and Yugoslavian families, 1919-1953;
Writings, correspondence, notes, pamphlets and press cuttings, and a few photographs on Yugoslavia mainly during the World War Two and the immediate post war period, 1930-1956 (mainly 1941-1953)

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
Mainly English, some Bulgarian, French, German, Russian and Serbo-Croat.

System of arrangement:

Papers divided into two classes as described in scope and content.

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:

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Revised by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

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 Dec 2002

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