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Papers of Roderick Urwick Sayce

Reference code(s): GB 0223 M/D/SAY

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Title: Papers of Roderick Urwick Sayce

Short title: Sayce, Roderick Urwick, papers

Dates of creation: 1627-1970 (mainly 1875-1970)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: To be supplied

Name of creator(s): Roderick Urwick Sayce


Administrative and biographical history: Prof. Roderick Urwick Sayce (1890-1970) was a social anthropologist and editor of Montgomeryshire Collections. He was born in Welshpool, Montgomeryshire, and studied at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, gaining an MA in Geography there following the First World War. From 1921 to 1927 he was professor and head of the Department of Geography and Geology at the University College of Natal, South Africa. He then lectured in Physical Anthropology and Material Culture at Cambridge University and from 1935 to 1957 was Keeper of the Victoria Museum at Manchester University as well as being an Honorary Lecturer in Anthropology. Sayce was editor of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain's Anthropological Journal, 1934-1936. He joined the Powysland Club in 1920 and edited its journal the Montgomeryshire Collections between 1930 and 1966. He was then elected vice-president of the Powysland Club and died in Welshpool in 1970.


Scope and content: Papers of Roderick Urwick Sayce, 1627-1970, comprising academic papers and journal articles on anthropology and related subjects, 1893-1970, relating in particular to Montgomeryshire, Britain, Ireland and South Africa; anthropological notes and newspaper cuttings, 1910-1963; extracts of feet of fines for Wales, 1627-1629; original manuscripts by Sayce and others, relating to anthropology and Montgomeryshire history, 1912-[1960]; postcards from Britain, Europe and South Africa, 1910-1959; photographs of Africa, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and stone circles, 1902-1952; correspondence relating to the Powysland Club, 1875, 1950-1961; professional and miscellaneous correspondence, 1901-1970; personal and financial papers, 1900-1966.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: anthropological papers and articles; anthropological notes and cuttings; original manuscripts; illustrative material; correspondence re. Powysland Club; professional correspondence; personal and financial papers.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Powys County Archives Service.
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Immediate source of acquisition: Transferred from the Powysland Museum, Welshpool.


Related units of description: Further papers are in National Library of Wales, R. U. Sayce Papers. Printed books from his library are also held by the National Library of Wales. Photographs are in National Library of Wales, Special Collections (PG 5190).


Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Powys County Archives Service, Papers of Roderick Urwick Sayce, catalogue; NLW, Schedule of R. U. Sayce Papers; NLW, Schedule of Powysland Club Deposit: the papers of R. U. Sayce; R. U. Sayce obituary, Montgomeryshire Collections 61 (1969-70), pp. 168-170.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of description: February 2005



Anthropology | Africa

Anthropology | Europe

Anthropology | Photographs

Anthropology | Research

Powys (Wales) | History | Research

Sayce, R. U. | (Roderick Urwick) | Archives

Wales | Photographs

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Sayce, R. U. (Roderick Urwick)

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