This webpage gives the links for many documents transcribed as part of the Rethinking Pitt-Rivers research project (and afterwards). Most transcriptions were carried out by the researcher on the project, but some were kindly provided by other researchers, notably those associated with the 2012-13 'Excavating Pitt-Rivers' project. The transcriptions includes parts or the entirety of documents and letters written by Pitt-Rivers, or to him, between 1860 and 1900. It is hoped that the transciptions will ease access for others to difficult-to-obtain material. There are also transcriptions of some of his published work and a few talks and lectures.
Great care has been taken to ensure that, so far as possible, these have been transcribed correctly but readers are advised to check the originals before quoting them in their own work if possible. Note that some of these transcriptions also appear elsewhere on this site, and a few of the transcriptions appear more than once in the list below. The transcriptions are (almost) all listed in date order (earliest first) and subsequently ordered by document type: first unpublished documents, mostly letters, relating to the founding collection, second collection and more general correspondence; then published articles and papers.
We are very grateful to Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum, the National Archives, the Ashmolean Museum and the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford for allowing us to place these transcriptions here.
A. Introductory overviews
Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum's Pitt-Rivers' manuscripts [See here for scans of most of the letters from the Pitt-Rivers papers at S&SWM]
Unless otherwise stated all letters are addressed to Pitt-Rivers from a variety of correspondents.
B. Unpublished Sources
B.1. Letters relating to the Founding Collection 1850-1900
B.2. Letters relating to the Second Collection 1880-1900
B.3. Letters from / to Dealers post-1880
B.5 Series of letters transcribed from Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum's Pitt Rivers Papers:
NB not all letters have been transcribed, some other letters have been described only and some letters are not mentioned and were considered not relevant to this research project.
B.6. Letters in other archives and manuscript collections
Details of some the Pitt-Rivers notebooks at the PRM, including the notebooks: 1862 Catalogue of Arms; Ethnological Society's Classification and Distribution Committee; Early draft for Primitive Warfare?; A light-hearted side?
B.8 Inspector of Ancient Monument notebooks and other documentation
You can find on-line digital versions of Pitt-Rivers' field notebooks during his work as Inspector of Ancient Monuments here, they are held by the National Archives. Search for 'Work 39' when you open the earlier link and this gives you access to free downloads of microfilms of the notebooks.
National Archive workbooks details: National Archives workbook 39/9 pages 82-83 regarding Barvas pottery; National Archives workbook 39/10 pages 27-61 regarding photography; National Archives workbook 39/16 pages 214-230 about 1885 Inspector of Ancient Monuments tour of Scotland
A full listing of all the documents in the PRM Pitt-Rivers manuscript collection can be found here, which includes many letters and documents from his time as Inspector.
C. Published Sources and sources delivered to the public at lectures (and not published).
Most transcriptions have been done by Alison Petch during the 'Rethinking Pitt-Rivers' project. She thanks Rachel McGoff for her help in proof-reading some of these documents.