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Mandingo vocabulary

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1446 MS 3
Held at: Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland
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Full title: Mandingo vocabulary
Date(s): c 1880
Level of description: collection
Extent: 1 manuscript notebook
Name of creator(s): E J [or S?] Unknown: although cover of notebook mentions R. Caillié the notebook is obviously compiled by another, and includes word lists gathered by several explorers.


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Scope and content/abstract:

Mandingo vocabulary comprising handwritten list of words and phrases from Mandingo and other languages used in Timbuktu, West Africa, collected by Réné Caillié (1799-1838), a French explorer, and the first to return alive from Timbuktu; also mentions African explorers Mungo Park (1771-1806), Captain [George Francis] Lyon (1795-1832) and Major [Dixon] Denham (1786-1828), [Thomas Edward] Bowditch (1790-1824), and others.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English and African languages: Mandingo, Kissour, Dai-runga, Buebber, Shelluh, Bournou, Begharmi, Mandara, Timbuctoo, Fantee

System of arrangement:

Single notebook as outlined above in 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.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sarah Walpole

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:
Dec. 2007

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