Autograph Letter Signed ('A. Powell-Cotton') from Antoinette Powell-Cotton, discussing the 'specimens from Angola' in her father Major P. H. G. Powell-Cotton's collection (the Quex Museum at Birchington) with the anthropologist J. H. Driberg.

Antoinette Powell-Cotton (1913-1997), daughter of Major P. H. G. Powell-Cotton (1866-1940), founder of the Quex Museum, Birchington, Kent [Jack Herbert Driberg (1888-1946), social anthropologist]
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25 Craven Road, London, W2. 29 January [1930s].
SKU: 12430

Antoinette (Tony) Powell-Cotton was the daughter of Major Percy Horace Gordon Powell-Cotton (1866-1940), explorer, naturalist, founder in 1896 of the Quex Museum (the Powell-Cotton collection), at Birchington, Kent. 3pp., 12mo. Fair, on lightly-aged paper, with a couple of minor damp stains to the first leaf of two. She writes that her family have just spoken to Professor Herskovits [the American anthropologist Melville Jean Herskovits (1895-1963)], 'and he gave us a message that you would like to see our specimens from Angola'. Her family would be 'pleased to show them and feel sure we would glean a great deal of interesting information' from Driberg, but they are afraid Herskovits 'misunderstood us': 'We said we hoped to meet you one day at a lecture or something like that', but they feel that it is 'rather a long way to come from Cambridge especially to see the things which may not be at all in your line, and though we think the details obtained regarding them to be fairly accurate we are complete amateurs.' They would however be delighted to show Driberg the specimens in London, 'and to hear any comments & suggestions you may have to make'.