Manchester Museum Correspondence

Scope and Content

Correspondence primarily relating to the exchange of items between Manchester Museum and Bankside Museum, and the transfer of Roth's collection on to the Museum in 1919/20. The correspondence is with mainly with W M Tattersall (Keeper of the Museum).

As the correspondence contains unsigned copy letters of the Museum, it is assumed that it was originally in the custody of the Museum, and was added to the Ling Roth collection after accession.

/1 Letter from H. Ling Roth to Tattersall, 25 April 1911requests spindles from the Egyptian collection in exchange or Arawak cotton textiles. He also sends his book on Queensland natural history.

/2 Letter from H. Ling Roth to Dr. Tattersall, dated 30 April 1911, concerning the postage of a parcel of duplicates from his Guiana Indian collection, and the exchange for two spindles from the Museum's Egyptian collections. Looks forward to Tattersall's visit the Halifax. The letter includes an inventory of the items, with Museum accession number added.

/3 Copy Letter, dated 3 May 1911, from Mr. Coward to H. Ling Roth concerning the arrival of specimens sent in exchange for the Egyptian spindles, and Roth's book on Port Mackay.

/4 An acknowledgement from the Museum Committee of the Corporation of Warrington, dated 13 May 1913, concerning H. Ling Roth's gifts to the museum.

/5 letter from H. Ling Roth to Tattersall, dated 14 January 1916, concerning pamphlets and notes on the cranial measurements of inhabitants of Borneo.

/6 Copy Letter dated 17 January 1916, from Mr. Coward to H. Ling. Roth concerning the acceptance of notes and drawings on Sarawak and Borneo.

/7 Letter from H. Ling Roth to Tattersall 20 January 1916 . pleased to her Tattersall's brother is safe (war service). Will be visiting Manchester soon and asks if it would be possible to inspect the Museum's collection of looms.

/8 Copy letter, 22 January 1916, from Mr. Coward to H. Ling Roth concerning the receipt of three parcels of pamphlets and a discussion of three looms housed in the museum - have a Central African, West African and Peruvian looms, which he is welcome to inspect.

/9 Letter from H. Ling Roth to Mr. Coward, dated 10 February 1917, offers his notes on the Indo-Chinese tribes on the Burmese border, and a record book he compiled while researching stick insects. Also offers his collection of Port Mackay butterflies, but wants them mounted properly.

/10 Copy letter, dated 12 February 1917, to H. Ling Roth from Mr Coward concerning the gift of items (butterfly collection, stick insect book) to the ethnographical department, and agrees the Museum Committee has been wary of adding objects where these involve cost.

/11 Post card from H. Ling Roth to Mr. Coward, dated 3rd April 1917, concerning a record book and the addition of tables and diagrams.

/12 Copy letter dated 8 May 1917, from Mr Coward to H. Ling Roth concerning the offer of a gift of slides to the museum.

/13 Letter, dated 9 January 1918, from H. Ling Roth to Coward concerning the duplicates of articles made by the natives of Uganda (axe mallet, pattens) which he offers to the Museum.

/14 Postcard dated 4 Feb 1919, addressed to Charles Leigh, concerning Burmese objects.

/15 Post card from H. Ling Roth to Dr. Tattersall, 23 February 1919, concerning lantern slides of Borneo and tatu [tattoo].

/16 copy Letter from Mr. Coward to H. Ling Roth, 25 February 1919, concerning the acceptance of a cartridge pouch and lantern slides.

/17 Letters from H. Ling Roth to Charles Leigh (University of Manchester Librarian). dated 27 February 1919, concerning Jesse Haworth's purchase of his Tasmanian collection for the Museum; sends details of the collection; had to sell because he needed the money.

/18 Post card from H. Ling Roth to Charles Leigh, dated 3 March 1919, concerning the postage of three packages.

/19 Post card from H. Ling Roth to Charles Leigh, dated 4 March 1919, concerning the gift of a pouch to the Museum's Tasmanian collection.

/20 Envelope addressed to the librarian, University of Manchester, postmark dated 1919, with note on reverse about an item in the small box.

/21 Letter from H. Ling Roth to Dr. Tattersall, dated 7 April 1919, offers photos of Hungarian peasantry, circa 1860.

/22 Copy letter, dated 8th April 1919, from Mr. Coward to H. Ling Roth concerning the receipt of six coloured photographs of Hungarian peasantry.

/23 Letter from H. Ling Roth to Dr. Tattersall, dated 20 March 1920, concerning the postage of drawings of west Africa, these are only "oddments", and explains at one time was planning to study the ethnology of the area, with his brother Norman, but discontinued because of his brother's illness. Offers the Museum a Sobo fetish.

/24 Copy letter, dated March 29 1920, from the Acting Keeper of the Museum (Mr Coward) to H. Ling Roth concerning the safe receipt of a box of notes and photographs, and accepts the Sobo fetish.