Crabtree, William Arthur
Name of creator(s): Crabtree | William Arthur | b 1868 | missionary and philologist
Administrative/Biographical history: William Arthur Crabtree was born c1868, at Darlington. He was educated at St. Peter's School, York and King's School, Canterbury. He also attended St. Catharine's College and Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He obtained a BA in 1889. In 1890 he trained at the Church Missionary College. On 23 November 1891 he was posted to the East Equatorial Africa Mission, Frere Town, with the Church Missionary Society. From 1892 to 1906, he worked as a missionary explorer in Uganda. His publications included Elements of Luganda Grammar, Together with Exercises and Vocabulary (1902, revised 1921), A Manual of Lu-Ganda (1921), and Primitive Speech (2 parts, 1922).
Immediate source of acquisition: Bequeathed to SOAS and presented in 1982.
CONTENT AND STRUCTURE
Scope and content/abstract: Papers, 1902-1921, collected by William Arthur Crabtree, including a card index of English/Bantu and Bantu/English vocabularies, incorporating 13 different Bantu languages and symbols relating to their hypothetical common roots, with some tentative conclusions about Bantu origins, together with material on Luganda and Kavirondo (Masaba dialect).
System of arrangement: The material has been arranged into the following sections: Bantu origins; Luganda; Kavirondo (Masaba dialect); miscellaneous.
ACCESS AND USE
Language: English, Bantu, Luganda, Kavirondo
Conditions governing access: Unrestricted.
Conditions governing reproduction: No publication without written permission. Apply to archivist in the first instance.
Finding aids: Unpublished handlist.
Date(s) of descriptions: 15 May 2000