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Marian Smith collection

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1446 MS 268
Held at: Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland
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Full title: Marian Smith collection
Date(s): 1845-1988
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 19 boxes
Name of creator(s): Smith | Marian Wesley | 1907-1961 | anthropologist x Akehurst | Marian


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in New York,1907; graduated BA from Columbia University, New York, 1934; PhD, 1938; university teacher; president of the American Ethnological Society; undertook fieldwork in north-western India; moved to Britain, 1952; married H. Farrant Akehurst; honorary secretary of the Royal Anthropological Institute in London, 1956; taught part-time in the Anthropology Department of the London School of Economics; died, 1961.
Publications: The Puyallup-Nisqually (1940)
Archaeology of the Columbia-Fraser Region (1950)


Scope and content/abstract:

Field notes, papers, charts, maps, photographs and references of Marian Smith, 1845-1988, notably on the following subjects: Salish, Coast Salish, North West Coast American Indians, British Columbian Sikhs, Indian subcontinent and Punjab and Bengal.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Original order.

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:

Detailed catalogue available in the RAI reading room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Presented by the Dr Marian W. Smith Bequest, July 1965.

Allied Materials

Related material:

All photographs filed in separate sequence. See also RAI Photograph Collection 4137-4390.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.
Sources: Oxford DNB.

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

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