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Papers of Robert Hamilton Mathews, 1866-1984 [manuscript]
Bib ID 1186177
Format ManuscriptManuscript
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Mathews, R. H. (Robert Hamilton), 1841-1918
 
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Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1866-1984] 
5.75 m. (33 boxes) + 1 fol. box. 
Summary

MS 8006 comprises papers organised in the following series: 1. Diaries, 1879-1913. 2. Correspondence regarding the anthropology of Australian Aborigines, 1893-1918. 3. Notebooks, mostly anthropological and linguistic, 1872-1910. 4. Anthropological and linguistic working notes. 5. Drafts of papers on the anthropology of the Australian Aborigines. 6. Photographs of Australian Aborigines and Aboriginal rock art with accompanying notes. 7. Miscellaneous papers, 1870-1946, including biographical and bibliographical material on Mathews assembled by A.P. Elkin, 1942-46. 8. Publications and reprints of articles by Mathews on anthropology, 1890-1910 (13 boxes).

The Acc09.011 instalment largely comprises binders containing notes and transcripts relating to genealogical research undertaken by Mathews' son, William Washington Mathews. The remaining papers comprise correspondence, both from family and with anthropological societies in Europe and Australia; notebooks from R.H. Mathews years as a surveyor; family photograph albums; and ephemera. There are also papers accumulated by Janet Mathews (granddaughter-in-law of R.H. Mathews), who was an anthropologist in her own right. Much of the material is biographical rather than anthopological in nature (20 boxes, 1 fol. box).

Biography/History

Surveyor and anthropologist. After his retirement as a surveyor in the early 1890s, he spent twenty years researching the anthropology and languages of the Australian Aborigines. During this time he had over 100 papers published in anthropological and scientific journals. R.H. Mathews was the father of ornithologist Gregory Mathews.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS 8006, MS Acc09.011.

Related Material Memorial to John Gilbert at Drakes Ford, Western Australia; Located at; National Library of Australia Pictures collection PIC/9166/1 LOC Box PIC/9166.  Some R.H. Mathews papers are also held by the Mitchell Library, Sydney. 
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Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia ; E751.

Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available in the Manuscript Reading Room and on the Internat at: http://www.nla.gov.au/nla.ms-ms8006. 
Subjects Mathews, R. H. - (Robert Hamilton), - 1841-1918 - Archives.  |  Surveyors - Australia - Archives.  |  Anthropologists - Australia - Archives.  |  Linguists - Australia - Archives.  |  Aboriginal Australians - Languages.  |  Aboriginal Australians - Social life and customs.  |  Rock paintings - Australia.  |  Anthropology - Australia.
Time Coverage 1866-1984 
Occupation Surveyors.  |  Anthropologists.  |  Linguists.
Other authors/contributors Elkin, A. P. (Adolphus Peter), 1891-1979
Terms of Use Copying of R.H. Mathews' copyright material permitted for research purposes. 

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