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Series 7: Fieldwork and related works, 1964-1968 (continued)
Diaries, Books 1-4, 1964-1966 (continued)
Extent: Manuscript
Daily entries of Beck's activities throughout her stay in India. Including conversations with interviewees and the stories she collected.
BOX-FOLDER 22/3 Field notes basic sequence, January-April, 1965
Extent: Manuscript
BOX-FOLDER 22/4 Field notes basic sequence, April-July, 1965
Extent: Manuscript
BOX-FOLDER 22/5 Field notes basic sequence, July-September, 1965
Extent: Manuscript
BOX-FOLDER 22/6 Field notes basic sequence, August-December, 1965-January, 1966
Extent: Manuscript
BOX-FOLDER 22/7 Field notes basic sequence, November, 1965-February, 1966
Extent: Manuscript
BOX-FOLDER 22/8 Field notes basic sequence, February-April, 1966
Extent: Manuscript
BOX-FOLDER 22/9 Field notes basic sequence, May-September, 1966
Extent: Manuscript
BOX-FOLDER 22/10 Field notes basic sequence, February, 1966 and June, 1966
Extent: Manuscript
BOX-FOLDER 22/11 Index to field notes
Extent: Manuscript
The index of the core field notes of the social and religious structure of a Tamil-speaking community in South India which was used in writing D.Phil. Thesis, 1968.
See Box 24
BOX-FOLDER 23/1-7 Sundaram answers to Brenda's letters
Extent: Manuscript
Sundaram's answers to various topics asked by Professor Brenda Beck.
BOX-FOLDER 23/8-9 Mackensie manuscripts, Madras
Extent: Manuscript
BOX-FOLDER 23/10 Manuscript materials for sound recordings
Extent: Manuscript
Field notes describing recordings.
BOX 24 Index to field notes
Extent: Manuscript
Card index to basic field note sequences.
See Box 22 for notes.
Field notes were used in Brenda Beck's Phil Thesis, Oxford 1964. See Box 26 for thesis.
BOX 25 Indices to graphic materials
Small books containing the indices and description of graphic materials in the collection:
  1. Black-and-white negatives, 1964-1966
  2. Sundaram's black-and-white photos
  3. Key to India slide files
  4. Original color photo notes
  5. Miscellaneous photos
BOX 26 Theses, 1964, 1968
Contains two theses submitted by Brenda Beck to the University of Oxford, England: The Examination of Marriage Ritual among selected groups in South India, 1964 and Social and Conceptual order in Konku: a Region in South India, 1968.
Series 8: Graphic materials, 1964-1977
Subseries 1: Black-and-white negatives
The following images are a subset of prints available. The entire set of black-and-white prints can be viewed in the index Box 25.
BOX 27 Wedding ceremony and YMCA
Roll ID: AFC 2017/050: PH01-01
Extent: 35 mm black-and-white negatives; 32 images
Images include a wedding ceremony in the village and the community center, The YMCA. See pages 7, 9, 11, 13, 15 and 17 in Black-and-white negatives index for images.
YMCA and an Aiyupan Festival
Roll ID: AFC 2017/050: PH01-02
Extent: 35 mm black-and-white negatives; 26 images
Images of the YMCA along with an Aiyupan Festival with an elephant procession. Also included are images of different families in the village. See pages 17, 19, 21, 22, 23 25, 27, 29, and 31 in Black-and-white negatives index for images.
Brenda Beck, social and political activites
Roll ID: AFC 2017/050: PH01-03
Extent: 35 mm black-and-white negatives; 39 images
Images include a Coming of Age ceremony, an anti Hindu demonstration, Republican day and villagers voting. also incldued are Beck and families im the village. See pages 37, 39, 41, 43, 49, 51, and 53 in Black-and-white negatives index for images. See Box 21 for Coming of Age ceremony.
Families, temples and activities in Olapalayam
Roll ID: AFC 2017/050: PH01-04
Extent: 35 mm black-and-white negatives; 30 images
See pages 55, 57, 59, 61, 63 and 65 in Black-and-white negatives index for images.
Sundaram Pandaram, temples and superstitious objects
Roll ID: AFC 2017/050: PH01-05
Extent: 35 mm black-and-white negatives; 19 images
See pages 69, 71, 73, 77, 79 and 81 in Black-and-white negatives index for images.
Temples and village activities
Roll ID: AFC 2017/050: PH01-06
Extent: 35 mm black-and-white negatives; 33 images
Images include temples and temple offerings, pottery, ceremonies, gypsies and villagers. See pages 89, 91, 93, 97, 99, 101 and 103 in Black-and-white negatives index for images.
Festivals, temples, and pujas
Roll ID: AFC 2017/050: PH01-07
Extent: 35 mm black-and-white negatives; 37 images
Images include villagers performing temple rituals including puja along with partaking in different festivals. See pages 105, 107, 109, 111, 113, 115, 119, 121, and 123 in Black-and-white negatives index for images.
Mariamman Festival
Roll ID: AFC 2017/050: PH01-08
Extent: 35 mm black-and-white negatives; 31 images
Images include a procession to the temple along with a puja. Also includes images of the Mariamman Festival. See pages 127, 129, 131, 133, 135, 137, 139, and 141 in Black-and-white negatives index for images.
Aiyar and Mudeliyars, puja and the Sivan temple
Roll ID: AFC 2017/050: PH01-09
Extent: 35 mm black-and-white negatives; 35 images
Images of the the different caste members visiting the temple and performing puja. See pages 143, 145, 147, 149, 151, 153, 155, 157, and 159 in Black-and-white negatives index for images.
Rituals at the Sivan and Mariamman Temples
Roll ID: AFC 2017/050: PH01-10
Extent: 35 mm black-and-white negatives; 36 images
See pages 161, 163, 165, 167, 169, 171, 173, 175, 177, and 179 in Black-and-white negatives index for images. Also includes Brenda Beck and informant Pappamma.
The Kannpanasami Temples, and village activities
Roll ID: AFC 2017/050: PH01-11
Extent: 35 mm black-and-white negatives; 32 images
Images include The Kannpanasami Temple, pottery, possession, Nadar lineage festival and a Pariyan drummer. See pages 179, 181, 185, 187, 189, 191, 193, 195, and 197 in Black-and-white negatives index for images.
Wedding ceremony and caste members
Roll ID: AFC 2017/050: PH01-12
Extent: 35 mm black-and-white negatives; 34 images
Images include Sundaram, Beck, a weddding ceremony and villagers from the different caste systems. See Black-and-white negatives index.
Village residents
Roll ID: AFC 2017/050: PH01-13
Extent: 35 mm black-and-white negatives; 24 images
See Black-and-white negatives index.
Village residents
Roll ID: AFC 2017/050: PH01-14
Extent: 35 mm black-and-white negatives, 25 images
Images of the different villagers performing different activities including singing, riding a donkey and performing farming duties. Also includes the Olapalayam students and teachers on Independence Day. See Black-and-white negatives index.
Village residents
Roll ID: AFC 2017/050: PH01-15
Extent: 35 mm black-and-white negatives; 20 images
Images of caste members including the Periasamy Grounder, Udaiyar Vannati, and Chekkili. Also includes of Rettivalasu, Gannapunam and village residents weaving thread. See Black-and-white negatives index.
Villager residents and the town
Roll ID: AFC 2017/050: PH01-16
Extent: 35 mm black-and-white negatives; 28 images
Images of a cloth shop, a puja, a library and temples. See Black-and-white negatives index.
Village residents
Roll ID: AFC 2017/050: PH01-17
Extent: 35 mm black-and-white negatives; 26 images
Images include a Gounder family, an Aasari wedding, a wooden horse outside the Vangalamman temple, and kadai vidi. Also includes Sundaram's house, Brenda, Parani and family, and a group of children. See Black-and-white negatives index.
Village residents and activities
Roll ID: AFC 2017/050: PH01-18
Extent: 35 mm black-and-white negatives; 23 images
Angalamman, a Nadar Temple and gods. Also includes Marimuttu preparing for the Angalamman story, an audience watching the performance, the current karnam and his family, and Sundaram's house. See Black-and-white negatives index.
Village residents and activities
Roll ID: AFC 2017/050: PH01-19
Extent: 35 mm black-and-white negatives; 40 images
A puja, an Asani family, a group of children, a wedding and beach with Brenda and others, including fishermen. See Black-and-white negatives index.
BOX 28 Village residents and activities
Roll ID: AFC 2017/050: PH01-20
Extent: 35 mm black-and-white negatives; 39 images
Images include Isuman kovil, the Sivan festival, Mudeliyars, Aiyars, funeral ceremomies and a religious ritual. See Black-and-white negatives index.
Towns, village residents and activities
Roll ID: AFC 2017/050: PH01-21
Extent: 35 mm black-and-white negatives; 43 images
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