Ref NoPP MS 3
TitlePapers of Sidney Herbert Ray
Date(s) of Creationc 1900-1939
Level of DescriptionCollection
Extent6 boxes
Name of CreatorRay; Sidney Herbert (1858-1939); schoolmaster and linguist
Administrative & Biographical HistorySidney Herbert Ray was born in 1858. He became a schoolmaster in 1882. His interest in Oceanic languages began in about 1887 and he became a Fellow of the Anthropological Institute in 1888. He visited Torres Strait, New Guinea and Borneo 1898-1899 with the Cambridge Anthropological Expedition. In 1907 he received an Honorary M.A. from Cambridge. He became Vice-President of the Anthropological Institute in 1919 and Rivers Medallist at the Royal Anthropological Institute in 1928. He was occasional lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) from 1920s-1936. He died in 1939.

His publications include A Comparative Vocabulary of the Dialects of British New Guinea , (1895); Reports of the Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to Torres Straits , (1907-1935); Languages of Borneo , (1913); People and Language of Lifu , (1918); Languages of Northern Papua , (1919); Languages of Western Papua , (1919); Comparative Study of the Melanesian Island Languages , (1926); Languages of Central Papua , (1929); Grammar of the Kiwai Language , (1933), and Languages of South-Eastern Papua , (1938).
Held at:SOAS University of London
Source of AcquisitionDonated in March 1978.
DescriptionThe collection comprises the papers of Sidney Herbert Ray, chiefly relating to the languages and ethnology of the Pacific Islands.
System of ArrangementThe material has been arranged by geographical area, and alphabetically by language within each area. The areas covered include: Guam, Fiji, Louisade Islands, Loyalty Islands, Micronesia, New Caledonia, New Guinea, New Hebrides, New Ireland and New Britain, Santa Cruz Islands, and Solomon Islands.
Access StatusOpen
Language(s) of MaterialEnglish
Chamorro
Fijian
Misima-Panaeati
Kuanua
Fagauvea
Motu
Nauru
Lenakel
Ajië
Kwara'ae
Fwâi
Äiwoo
Multiple languages
Other Finding AidsUnpublished handlist
Related MaterialRelated Collections at SOAS: [ref. MS 68121] Catalogue of printed books and manuscripts relating to languages and the science of language, belonging to S.H. Ray (9 vols.)
Access Points - SubjectAcademic teaching personnel
Austronesian and Oceanic languages
Educational personnel
Ethnography
Linguistics
Oceanic cultures
Linguists
Teachers
Anthropologists
Comparative linguistics
Papuan languages
Malayo-Polynesian languages
Melanesian
Access Points - Places
Place CodePlace Name
1648148Borneo
2205218Fiji
6255151Oceania
7729896South Eastern Asia
4043988Guam
7521415Loyalty Islands
7729900Micronesia
2083546West New Britain
2097853East New Britain
2139685New Caledonia
2088628Papua New Guinea
2089693New Ireland
2103350Solomon Islands
2146208Torres Strait Islands
2134431Vanuatu
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