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Manuscript Collections

Cranstone Papers

Papers of Bryan Allan Lefevre CRANSTONE (1918-1989), anthropologist and museum curator

  • four boxes of material
  • the material includes correspondence, notes, typescripts and miscellaneous ephemera
  • the papers have been listed

elated Resources

Collections of papers: Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford; Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies


Full Listing

Box 1

Folder 1 Lecture Notes (master copies) on “Technology of Simple Societies”
Folder 2 Bound volume of lecture notes on “Primitive Technology”, taught at University College London.
Folder 3-17 Notes for individual lectures on “Technology of Simple Societies”

Box 2

Folder 1 Correspondence on pig milking, mostly with Michael Ryder, 1979-1987.
Folder 2 Drafts for article on pig milking, co-authored with Michael Ryder.
Folder 3 Notes and correspondence relating to Cranstone’s review of Te Maori (ed. Sidney Moko Mead, 1984)
Folder 4 i) Cranstone’s retirement card from PRM, 1986, and other miscellaneous retirement items.

ii) A bibliography of B.A.L. Cranstone, prepared by Kathryn Mercer, 2000.

iii) Certificate from State of Sabah, Malaysia, recognizing Cranstone’s attempt to climb Mt. Kinabalu in 1975.

iv) Envelope containing 5 certificates addressed to “Yang Mulia, Awang B.A.L. Cranstone, Pejabat Muzium, Brunei” dated 11 Oct 1975.


Folder 1 Notes for “Mus[eums] Ass[ociation] St Fagan’s Diploma Course”
Folder 2 Typescript of chapters for entries in The Encyclopaedia of Papua and New Guinea. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1972.
Folder 3 Notes for chapter on ‘Oceania’ in Dictionnaire Universel de L’art et des Artistes. Paris: Hazan. 1967.
Folder 4 “Tifalmin Lectures”
Folder 5 i) Draft of “Three Tribal Art Sales” article, 1987. ii) Notes for article in Arte de Nueva Guinea y Papua: Collecion A. Folch y E. Serra. Madrid: Fundacion Juan March, 1977.
Folder 6 Notes on “Earth as a Building Material”, a paper presented at the Museum Ethnographer’s Group Conference, 1987.
Folder 7 Obituary notes for Thor Heyerdahl, prepared for The Times in 1961. Folder 8 Reviews of Cranstone’s Melanesia: A Short Ethnography, 1961.

Box 4

Folder 1 Correspondence with Paul Elek ltd. regarding publication of Cranstone’s proposed book on technology, 1974-1979.
Folder 2 Correspondence with Granada Publishing Ltd. regarding publication of Cranstone’s proposed book on technology, 1979-1981.
Folder 3 “Technology Book, refs and notes, future chapters”
Folder 4 “Technology Book, misc. reading notes and correspondence”
Folder 5-10 Individual chapter drafts for Cranstone’s proposed book on technology.

Box 5

Miscellaneous teaching slides, annotated.

Box 6

Miscellaneous teaching slides, annotated.

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