Records of The Scottish Anthropological and Folklore Society
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- Scottish Anthropological and Folklore Society (Organization)
Biographical / Historical
Overlapping the last few years of the Local Branch, a group of individuals, some existing members of the Local Branch, formed a Scottish Anthropological Society. The individuals met on 15 June 1932 at the Royal Scottish Museum again on the 18 June to decide on the aim of the Society which was to further the study of anthropology generally but with special emphasis on the anthropology of Scotland.
The provisional council met on 8 November and set up various committees to deal with: an anthropometric survey of Scotland; folklore dialect; comparative religion; general ethnology; and propaganda. The Society arranged talks on a variety of topics including: Finland; Scottish dialects and some methods of analysing and recording their pronunciation; the Leningrad Exhibition of Iranian Art, 1935 and its ethnographical aspect; Scottish placenames; May civilisation of Yucatan; a moslem community in Britain; and nursery rhymes. The society also produced a journal named The Proceedings. The key members included Professor H J Rose, Mr William Grant, Professor A Sayce, Mr G R Gair (later Robert Gayre of Gayre) and Mr Robert Kerr.
In 1936 the Society changed its name to The Scottish Anthropology and Folklore Society. In the late 1950s the membership of the Society began to dwindle and it was wound up in 1960.
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- Records of The Scottish Anthropological and Folklore Society
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