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Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt-Rivers' overall collection came in two halves: the first was acquired before 1884 and was donated to the University of Oxford to become the Pitt Rivers Museum's 'founding' collection; the second was acquired after 1880, and remained in Pitt-Rivers' possession, some of this collection was exhibited in his private museum in Farnham, Dorset.

The two sets of catalogues which form the inventories of Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt-Rivers' collection can be accessed from this page. The inventory of the first comprises the Accession Books at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. The volumes containing the catalogue of his second collection are held by Cambridge University Library, and are reproduced here with their kind permission.

There is a dedicated searchable database of both collections available here.

Alternatively, should you wish to take a more visually-focussed look through the volumes, you can access browsable web pages of both sets of volumes via the links below:

First Collection Volumes

Second Collection Volumes

Catalogue entries for the first collection were transcribed, enhanced and prepared by Alison Petch during the first Leverhulme Trust funded Pitt Rivers project, and enhanced during the Rethinking Pitt-Rivers project. In addition other members of the Pitt Rivers Museum staff have contributed to these entries. If you wish to consult the hard-copy catalogues please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Catalogue entries for the second collection were transcribed, enhanced and prepared by Alison Petch during the second Leverhulme Trust funded Rethinking Pitt-Rivers project. They were proof-read by Rachel McGoff, Jasmine Aslan, Corinna Gray, Gabrielle (Kathy-Anne) Hughes, Jozie Kettle, and Venya da Silva. If you want to see the original hard-copy volumes please contact Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

All completed August 2012.

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