The dispossessed

Scope and Content

'A study of changes in African marriage and family systems under the impact of urbanization (with special reference to Eastern Native Township - and to conditions in and around the city of Johannesburg)', a Ph.D. thesis based on a study made in 1950-1953, and including photographs and maps.

Administrative / Biographical History

Laura Longmore, a British South African, graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1948. She was a lecturer in African life and administration and in anthropology at the University of Witwatersrand, and contributed to academic, medical and scientific journals. She undertook expeditions to study flora and fauna, bird life, archaeology and marine environments, and attended conferences on a range of subjects. Longmore was a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs and the Royal African Society, and a Fellow of the American Anthropological Association, the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Commonwealth Society.

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 Laura Longmore, 1963.


Includes index.

Other Finding Aids

MSS 55 V

Donald H. Simpson, ed., 'The manuscript catalogue of the library of the Royal Commonwealth Society' (London, 1975), p. 119.

A catalogue of the collection can be found on ArchiveSearch.

Related Material

The R.C.S. Manuscripts Collection includes other works by Laura Longmore, 'Political dilemma' (RCMS 202) and 'Polygamy' (RCMS 203), and miscellaneous papers (RCMS 204).


An abridged version of the main text (but not the appendices, tables or illustrations) appeared in 'The dispossessed', published by J. Cape, 1959.

Additional Information

This collection level description was created by RAS.

Longmore, Laura, fl 1948-1998