The cultures of Southern Sudan have been central to anthropological research and teaching since the publication of Evans-Pritchard’s classic works on the Zande and Nuer in the 1930s and 1940s. A number of collections from Evans-Pritchard and other figures in the history of the study of the cultures of the Southern Sudan are represented in the collections of the University of Oxford’s Pitt Rivers Museum.
Information & Museum Studies
The James Madison Carpenter Collection of Traditional Song and Drama is one of the most important and extensive collections of its kind. The bulk of it comprises British material which Carpenter (1888-1983), a Harvard graduate, gathered in the period 1928-35. The remainder comprises material gathered from various parts of the USA and probably dates from immediately after this period.
The National Association for the Promotion of Social Science, known as the Social Science Association, was an influential forum for the development of social policy between the 1850s and 1880s to which many notable Victorians gave papers and addresses. Leading politicians, intellectuals, bureaucrats, churchmen and businessmen were among its members. It was influential in many different areas - legal reform, penal policy, education, public health and commercial relations – and provides vivid insight into Victorian social and institutional development.
There were two major aims in the LEADERS (Linking EAD to Electronically Retrievable Sources) project:
1.To carry out research on the needs of users of archive and records collections
2.To develop a toolset to deliver finding aids, transcriptions and digital images of archives over the Internet
The National Railway Museum is one of the leading museums of transport and mobility in the world. Through its Institute of Railway Studies & Transport History, managed and funded jointly with the University of York, it has in the last 10 years developed an international reputation for the academic study of the history of railways in the United Kingdom and overseas. In order to maximise the academic use of the NRM's collections, this project aims:
British Fiction, 1800–1829: A Database of Production, Circulation & Reception (DBF) arises from more than fifteen years’ general research into Romantic-era British fiction, by the project director, Professor Peter Garside. The project provides a comprehensive bibliographical record of the production of fiction during the first three decades of the nineteenth century, supplemented by a variety of contextual secondary materials drawn from the period.
The St Andrews French Book Project intends to create an analytical bibliography of all books published in the French language before 1601. It is the first ever global survey of early French books, based on an exhaustive investigation of over 1550 libraries worldwide. It is also the first major national bibliographical project to have been designed and completed entirely in the electronic age.
TV Times is now the only record of many programmes shown on ITV, and particularly of those that no longer exist. TV Times exists in a relatively complete form in only two sources: the British Library and British Film Institute. The project was designed to commision the British Library to produce a microfiche version of their holdings (supplemented, it transpired, by editions from a private source located by teh research team); to digitise these; and then to extract the programme listing information into a searchable database.
The aim of the Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture (LAVC) project is to unlock the full research potential of the large and varied archive of the University's former Institute of Dialect and Folk Life Studies, now stored in the Brotherton Library’s Special Collections, by creating an innovative electronic resource.
The outcome of the project is a compilation of sources for provenance research of Chinese works of art, for use by institutions and researchers. Using The Burrell Collection in Glasgow as a pilot, the project documents records relating to dealers and collectors who specialised in Chinese art during the first half of the twentieth century.