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Archive of W.Y. Evans-Wentz


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Papers of W.Y. Evans-Wentz, including:

  1. Pocket-books, containing intermittent diary entries, travel notes, and some verse, 1907-1938
  2. Letters to Evans-Wentz, 1902-38
  3. Annotated proofs of Evans-Wentz, The fairy-faith in Celtic countries (Oxford etc., 1911)
  4. Extracts concerning folklore, not used in The fairy-faith
  5. Articles, addresses, pocket-books and excercises containing notes on Celtic subjects and folklore
  6. Verse by Evans-Wentz
  7. Transcripts and translations of oriental, mainly Tibetan, texts
  8. Texts and notes, mainly on yoga and Buddhism
  9. Photographs of Evans-Wentz and friends and of scenes and people in India
  10. Miscellaneous issues of The Buddhist Chronicle, Ceylon, many containing articles by Evans-Wentz, 1922-1924


  • Creation: 1902-1983


2.73 Linear metres (45 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Eng. misc. b. 393, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. misc. b. 393, c. 841-845, d. 1238-1247, e. 1349-1367, f. 799-832; Eng. lett. c. 577-578; Eng. poet. d. 232, e. 180-183, f. 40-41

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13659


Archive of W.Y. Evans-Wentz

Biographical / Historical

Walter Yeeling Evans-Wentz (1878-1965) was an anthropologist.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were bequeathed, with some Oriental manuscripts (now in the Department of Oriental Books, Bodleian Library) and artefacts (now on loan to the Ashmolean Museum) by Evans-Wentz, 1965. Many of the books and papers bequeathed were found to be so badly damaged by damp that they had to be destroyed.


  • The papers were used by Ken Winkler in Pilgrim of the clear light. The biography of Dr Walter Y. Evans-Wentz (Berkeley, California, 1982).
Catalogue of the archive of W.Y. Evans-Wentz
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2019 by Alice Whichelow
EAD version 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom