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Collection Level Description: Papers of W.Y. Evans-Wentz

Reference: MSS. Eng. misc. b. 393, c. 841-5, d. 1238-47, e. 1349-67, f. 799-832; Eng. lett. c. 577-8; Eng. poet. d. 232, e. 180-3, f. 40-1
Title: Papers of W.Y. Evans-Wentz
Dates of Creation: 1902-83
Extent: 78 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Walter Yeeling Evans-Wentz (1878-1965) was an anthropologist.

Scope and Content

Papers of W.Y. Evans-Wentz, including:

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were bequeathed, with some Oriental manuscripts (now in the Department of Oriental Books, Bodleian Library) and artefacts (now on loan to the Ashmolean Museum) by Evans-Wentz, 1965. Many of the books and papers bequeathed were found to be so badly damaged by damp that they had to be destroyed.

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Further Information

Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 43358-435.

Publication Note

The papers were used by Ken Winkler in Pilgrim of the clear light. The biography of Dr Walter Y. Evans-Wentz (Berkeley, California, 1982).

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Diaries | 20th century

Evans-Wentz | Walter Yeeling | 1878-1965 | Anthropologist

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