Ivor Evans Photographs

Scope and Content

The Ivor Evans photograph collection comprises negatives, slides and photographs taken by Ivor Evans during the 1920s and 1930s, of Gypsy sites and families in England. Slides PF and PH were a GLS Jubilee (1938) gift (see accompanying letter from Evans to Dora E. Yates dated 29 January 1938 at GLS.I.102-103). The slides have contemporary captions describing the subject written by Evans. PF images are duplicated by modern slides PI.Box A; PH images are duplicated by modern slides PI.Box C.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ivor Hugh Norman Evans (1886-1957)

Ivor Evans was an anthropologist and ethnographer who lived and worked in Malaya and North Borneo (now Malaysia), and became a Gypsy Lore Society member in 1927. During periods of leave in England, Evans visited Gypsy sites and families around the South-East and East Anglia, photographing the families he met. He retired to Suffolk in 1933, but decided to return to Borneo permanently in 1938. Evans was the author of many articles on George Borrow (1803-1881) and on English Gypsies for the Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society, and also of The religion of the Tempusak Dunsuns (Cambridge University Press, 1953).


  • Evans PJ : Ivor Evans photographic negatives
  • Evans PF, PH : Ivor Evans photographic slides

Access Information

Access to glass negatives and lantern slides is via copy prints.

Acquisition Information

Given by Ivor H.N. Evans in 1938 , the Gypsy Lore Society's 50th anniversary, as a Jubilee gift to the Gypsy Lore Society Library. Entry added in MS to Dora Yates's 1936 catalogue of the Scott Macfie Gypsy Collection as "Evans, Ivor H.N. Gypsy photographs. 2 boxes of slides (i.e. PF and PH) and 4 boxes of negatives (i.e. PJ)."

Alternative Form Available

Images on glass slides PF are duplicated by modern slides SMGC PI.Box A; PH images are duplicated by modern slides SMGC PI.Box C.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction and licensing rules available on request

Related Material

The Gypsy Lore Society Archive and Scott Macfie Gypsy Collections include letters from Ivor Evans to Dora Yates: see GLS.I.102-3 (1938-39), GLS.XIII.13 (1947), GLS.XVI.17, GLS.XVII.33-35 (1951), GLS.XIX.20-22 (1953), GLS.XX.65-66 (1954), GLS.XXII.24-29 (1955), GLS.XXXIV.94-95 (1967, enclosing photograph of Evans); typescripts of articles submitted to the Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society: SMGC.MS.17(4), SMGC.MS.32.3, SMGC.MS.32(4) (1930s-1960s); and a volume of press cuttings (1926-1927) collected by Evans: SMGC.K37. There are also 3 photographs of Evans at SMGC Gypsiologist Photos.Evans.1-3.

Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology holds biographical material and collections on Ivor H N Evans [source: NRA].