The correspondence sent to Graves by Eva Meyerowitz, anthropologist of the Akan and sculptor, is rooted in their shared interest in matrilineal religions and how these may be studied through oral tradition, mythology and symbolism. She also provided information for Graves about his collection of Ashanti gold weights. Graves provided assistance in editing and, through Karl Gay, typing her book 'The Akan of Ghana: Their Ancient Beliefs'. The correspondence also develops into descriptions of Meyerowitz's work as a sculptor in South Africa, her early life in Germany, her participation in the martial arts of judo and karate, and life in multi-racial, multi-occupancy housing in London. The final letter (6 July 1984) is addressed to Beryl Graves. The bundle contains one letter, perhaps a draft or unsent, from Graves to Meyerowitz (15 June 1954) which discusses 'The Greek Myths'.
Correspondence of Eva Meyerowitz
Scope and Content
Material was arranged in chronological order, with Graves's letter at the back of the bundle, an order which has been retained.
Canelluñ Collection number: CC0437
This refers to the arrangement of the papers in Robert Graves’ study before they were transferred to the College.