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CLARKE, John: dictionary of the Fernandian tongue

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1446 MS 4
Held at: Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland
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Full title: CLARKE, John: dictionary of the Fernandian tongue
Date(s): 1854
Level of description: collection
Extent: 2 Vols.
Name of creator(s): Clarke | John | fl 1841-1854 | Baptist missionary


Administrative/Biographical history:

John Clarke was a Baptist missionary who spent time in Fernando Po (Bioko, Equatorial Guinea), 1841-1847 and Havanna la Mar, Jamaica, 1854.


Scope and content/abstract:

Manuscript copy of a dictionary of the Fernandian tongue in two volumes, 12 May 1854, collected by John Clarke from the people of the island of Fernando Po and the adjacent continent, 1 Jan 1841 to 11 May 1847.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
Fernandian and English

System of arrangement:

Single item

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.

Finding aids:

Collection level description available in the reading room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

The notebooks were copied from the original for the Ethnological Society, London.

Immediate source of acquisition:


Allied Materials

Related material:

For a dictionary of a number of African languages by Clarke, see MS 5.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

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:
Apr 2008

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