RepositorySpecial Collections Archives (GB 0029)
Ref NoEUL MS 105/38
Extent5 files
TitleMiscellaneous Papers
DescriptionFolders of miscellaneous papers (formerly loose) containing:

1. Green folder labelled 'Charming', containing loose research notes on charmers and charming, including: a list of charmers living in Devon in 1969 and 1971, lists of charmers and their specific charming abilities; notes on charmers through history; correspondence listing types of charm 1977; offprint of 'Unconscious and paranormal factors in healing and recovery: the 15th Frederic W.H. Myers Memorial Lecture' by Emilio Servadio, Society for Psychical Research, 1963 (1940s-1970s)

2. Blue folder labelled 'Medicine', containing: envelope of offprints of articles relating to medicine in folklore by Wayland D. Hand of the University of California Los Angeles (1970s); also loose correspondence and newspaper cuttings relating to folk healers, folk and home cures. Also includes offprints of articles on folk healing (1970s-1980s)

3. Blue folder labelled 'Skulls', containing postcards, research notes and photocopied materials relating to phrenology, heads/skulls and head cults, including the Tresmarrow skull, Launceston, and the Skull of Doom (1950s-1970s)

4. Envelope labelled 'Trees & other Vegetation', containing ts article on Devon place-names containing the root 'Nymet' and 'Nympton'; offprint of 'The Nymet area', by Barbara M.H. Carbonell, Transactions of the Devonshire Association for the Advancement of Science, Literature and Art, vol. LXIII, 1931; research notes on nimets, guardian trees, dancing trees, and thorn, ash, oak, mulberry trees; newscuttings on various types of tree (1920s-1970s)

5. Blue folder labelled 'Brutus the Trojan', containing research notes and extracts on the legend of Brutus (who helped free the Trojans from the Greeks and landed at Totnes, sometimes called the founder of Britain) and Gogmagog (giant who was thrown into the sea by Corineus at Plymouth) with sketch maps showing possible location of hill figure hewn out on the Hoe. Also contains select bibliography on hill figures, white horses and Totnes (1950s)
Printed material
Access StatusOpen
Creator_NameBrown; Theodora (1914-1993); folklorist; known as Theo
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