Fonds BC880 - Monica and Godfrey Wilson Papers

Correspondence Monica Wilson to The Principal, UCT Correspondence Nuffield Foundation to The Principal, UCT Correspondence Monica Wilson to The Principal, UCT Correspondence Monica Wilson to Prof. RW James Correspondence RW James to Monica Wilson Research projects at Stellenbosch Wes-Kaapse Navorsingsprojek Wes-Kaapse Navorsingsprojek Wes-Kaapse Navorsingsprojek Project: African Communities in the Western Cape
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Monica and Godfrey Wilson Papers


  • 1881-1982 (Creation)

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circa 320 boxes

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Monica Wilson, née Hunter was a South African anthropologist, professor of social anthropology at the University of Cape Town.

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Donors: Professor Francis Wilson and Dr Tim Wilson

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The papers of anthropologists Monica and Godfrey Wilson. Papers relating to their field work among the Nyakyusa people of Tanganyika, and subsequent publication of that research. Papers relating to Godfrey Wilson's fieldwork among the miners in Broken Hill, Northern Rhodesia. Papers relating to Monica Wilson's research into Langa and her academic career, particularly at UCT. These include: administrative papers, papers recording her involvement in the Academic Freedom Committee and Open Universities.

Collection also includes the papers of Monica Wilson's parents, David and Jessie Hunter, missionaries at Lovedale.


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The collection is housed on site at the Jagger Reading Room; no pre-booking necessary.

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The Fires Beneath: The Life Of Monica Wilson, South African Anthropologist, by Seán Morrow
Inside African Anthropology: Monica Wilson and her interpreters, Andrew Bank and Leslie J Bank (eds)

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  • Shelf: 76b