Photographs of indigenous South African tribes

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 115 RCS/Y305O
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
      English .
  • Physical Description
      1 album(s) 145 images in 1 album

Scope and Content

An album containing mounted prints, the majority sepia toned, with typescript captions and explanatory notes. The prints are of various sizes but the majority measuring approximately 200 x 150 mm. They were taken by Mrs Malcolm Barker, Miss Mignon Herring, Miss Killie Campbell, Miss Barbara Tyrrell, Dr Wager, Lyn Acutt and C, Whysall. The tribes represented are: Ndebele, Zulu, Tonga, Swazi, Shagaan, Bushmen, Basuto, Pondo, Xhosa, Fingo, Tembu. The album also contains two short articles (probably part of a longer series) on African tribal costume by Barbara Tyrrell, extracted from the Veld Trust News (February and March 1948).

Access Information

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (

Acquisition Information

Presented by Dr Killie Campbell, 20 April 1950.


Includes index.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue of the collection can be found on ArchiveSearch.

Alternative Form Available

This collection is available on microfiche: Africa, fiche numbers 173-176.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

The photographs are in good condition.

Related Material

The prints are designed to be used in conjunction with Barbara Tyrrell's South African tribal paintings (RCMS 211).

Additional Information

This collection level description was entered by KS using information from the original typescript catalogue.

DateText: 1930s-1950..