Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)US3
TitleUniversity of Birmingham Staff Papers: Papers of Robert Elwyn Bradbury
Extent12 small, 9 large boxes
DescriptionThe files relate mainly to language, culture and folk-lore in the Benin area of Southern Nigeria.

First trip to Benin: Fieldnotes on Benin City and surroundings, 1951-1952; fieldnotes mainly on the Ekho area, 1951-1952.

Second trip: Esako miscellaneous notes from records, 1931-1949; fieldnotes mainly on the Ehor area, 1952; fieldnotes from Benin, 1953-1954; fieldnotes mainly on the Ovia river cult, 1953-1954

Third trip: Benin Scheme fieldnotes, 1957-1961;

Other papers include notes on a 35mm film series; notes on photographs and slides; Benin Division records, 1900-1952; miscellaneous notes and press cuttings relating to Benin, 1885-1957; notes from the Benin Voice publication, 1949-1958; Esako miscellaneous notes from records, 1918-1939; other miscellaneous notes from records 1917-1937; notes on Isoko; notes on Itsekiri, 1914-1930; Ivbiosak on miscellaneous notes; North West Edo intelligence reports, 1918-1941; work of associates on the Benin scheme.
ArrangementThe files have been preserved in their original order and are arranged alphabetically within series relating to places
Access ConditionsAccess to all registered researchers
Finding AidsA temporary handlist is available as a pdf file. Click on the link in the document field below. A paper copy is also available in the Special Collections Department.
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryDr Robert Elwyn Bradbury of the Birmingham University Centre for West African Studies made three field tours in Benin over a 10 year period. The first was in 1951-2 when he spent 18 months as a Horniman Student of the Royal Anthropological Institute. The notes he made formed the basis of his doctoral thesis (London 1956). The second trip was in 1952-4 as a Research Fellow of the International African Institute, and completed the basis for his contribution to the Ethnographic Survey of Africa, The Benin Kingdom , 1957. The third tour was from 1956-1961 (interrupted by periods at Ibadan) during which he worked for Ibadan University, at first on the Benin Historical research scheme.

Reference: Catalogue for GB 0150 US3.
AcquisitionThis collection was deposited in 1971 by Bradbury's widow
Associated MaterialsBradbury's widow retains some notebooks containing personal material. Please contact the Archivist for further information