Association of Social Anthropologists

Scope and Content

Records of the Association of Social Anthropologists, 1946-1999, comprising:
Files created by the Chair, 1975-1999, including minutes and committee papers; material relating to conferences and the Radcliffe-Brown Memorial Fund; correspondence with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); copies of the annals of the ASA and other publications.
Files created by the Secretary, 1946-1997, including AGM and committee minutes; papers relating to conferences, membership, the Radcliffe-Brown Memorial Fund and publications; correspondence with the ESRC and othe anthropological organisations.
Files created by the Treasurer, 1960-1998, including accounts and bank statements; papers relating to membership, tax, royalties, the Radcliffe-Brown Memorial Fund and conferences; minutes and committee papers.
Copies of the Annals of the ASA, ASA newsletters and other publications.
Photographs and papers relating to conferences.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Association of Social Anthropologists (ASA) was founded in 1946 with the following objectives: to promote the study and teaching of social anthropology; to hold periodical meetings; to present the interests of social anthropology and to maintain its professional status; to assist in any possible in planning research; and to collate and, if possible, publish information on social anthropology and a register of social anthropologists. The founder members were Alfred Reginald Radcliffe-Brown as President, Professor Sir Edward Evan Evans-Pritchard as Chair, and Professor Sir Raymond William Firth as Secretary.


Currently arranged in the following sections: Chair's files, Secretary's files and Treasurer's files; additional deposit M3280; additional deposit M3354

Access Information

Open, though some confidential files remain closed. Apply to the Archivist for details.

Other Finding Aids

Draft catalogue available in Archives Reading Room

Archivist's Note

Sources | British Library of Political and Economic Science catalogue. Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Updated Apr 2008 by Anna Towlson

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright retained by the depositor and their heirs.

Custodial History

Deposited by the ASA in Feb and Aug 2000, with additional deposits in 2005 and 2006



Related Material

LSE Archives also holds the papers of Sir Raymond William Firth (Ref: Firth).