The collection comprises material collected by William Arthur Crabtree. It includes a card index of English/Bantu and Bantu/English vocabularies, incorporating 13 different Bantu languages and symbols relating to their hypothetical common roots, with some tentative conclusions about Bantu origins, together with material on Luganda and Kavirondo (Masaba dialect).
Crabtree, William Arthur
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- ReferenceGB 102 MS 380335
- Dates of Creation1902-1921
- Language of MaterialEnglish and other Bantu.
- Physical Description2 boxes
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Administrative / Biographical History
William Arthur Crabtree was born c.1868, at Darlington. He was educated at St. Peter's School, York and King's School, Canterbury. He also attended St. Catherine's College and Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He obtained a BA in 1889. In 1890 he trained at the Church Missionary College. On 23 November 1891 he was posted to the East Equatorial Africa Mission, Frere Town, with the Church Missionary Society. From 1892 to 1906, he worked as a missionary explorer in Uganda.
His publications included Elements of Luganda Grammar, Together with Exercises and Vocabulary, (1902, revised 1921), A Manual of Lu- Ganda, (1921), and Primitive Speech, (2 parts, 1922).
The material has been arranged into the following sections: Bantu origins; Luganda; Kavirondo (Masaba dialect); miscellaneous.
Conditions Governing Access
Bequeathed to SOAS and presented in 1982
Languages include Bantu, Luganda, Kavirondo
Other Finding Aids
Associated Material held elsewhere: Church Missionary Society Archive, University of Birmingham Library
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No publication without written permission. Apply to archivist in the first instance