Donald R. Wright papers on Mandinka origins, history, and culture in The Gambia, Senegal, and Guinea-Bissau, 1967-1980 Edit

Summary

Identifier
MSS 302 large

Dates

  • 1967-1980 (Creation)

Extents

  • 1 Linear Feet (Whole)
    1 box (100 folders)

Subjects

Notes

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Donald R. Wright papers on Mandinka origins, history, and culture in The Gambia, Senegal, and Guinea-Bissau, 1967-1980 , MSS 302, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Accession information unknown.

  • Processing Information

    Inventoried by Peter Limb.

  • Scope and Contents

    In addition to translated transcriptions of Donald Wright's 1974-75 interviews relating to Senegambian history, with most of the interviews done in The Gambia and almost all in Mandinka language, also included are interviews recorded by S.M. Cissoko in 1967, a few other interviews in Wolof, plus some eighteenth century documents from British archives, and a dozen or so other papers, including some from the Conference on the Oral Traditions of Kaabu in Dakar in 1980. The collection is complemented by two other collections held elsewhere: one in the Oral History and Antiquities Division, The Gambia, the other in the Archives of Traditional Music, Indiana University, Bloomington (deposited by Dr. Wright in 1975, and "Recorded by Wright from Sept. 7, 1974-March 20, 1975 at various villages in Senegal and Gambia," with Mandinka village elders and griots and with B. K. Sidibe as interpreter), where it is known as "[Senegal and Gambia, Mandinka, Serer and Fula, 1974-1975] collected by Donald R. Wright"]). Also included are some publications of oral history by the Oral History and Antiquities Division, Old National Library, Banjul. The MSU copy, made on the suggestion and with the permission of Professor Wright, lacks the sound recordings, but includes some papers apparently not held in other collections, including papers from the Kaabu Conference.

  • Language of Materials

    Chiefly in English, some in Mandinka, Wolof and French.

  • Existence and Location of Originals

    MSU collection is a photocopy from original material loaned by Professor Wright (History Department, SUNY-Cortland), who retains the originals.

  • General

    Chiefly transcripts of recordings by Donald Wright from Sept. 7, 1974-March 20, 1975 at various villages, chiefly in The Gambia, some in Senegal.

  • General

    Inventory available.

  • Varying Form of Title

    Donald Wright papers.

  • Varying Form of Title

    Donald R. Wright papers.

  • Varying Form of Title

    Mandinka origins, history, and culture in The Gambia, Senegal, and Guinea-Bissau, 1967-1980.

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