"Bamum manuscript collection of the Archives du Palais des Rois Bamoun (APRB) in the Royal Palace of Bamum Kings in Foumban, Cameroon [c1896-1975]"

This fonds consists of digital surrogates of the Bamum manuscript collections of the Archives du Palais des Rois Bamoun. The three divisions within the Archives - Modern Archives, Reserve Archives and Museum Collection - are represented here, consisting of correspondence, journals, official palace records, calendars, maps, scientific and medical papers, and illustrations. The records were created and received by the Bamum royal family c1876-1975. A range of languages and scripts are represented in the archive, predominantly the variants of Bamum writing system - Lewa, Mbima, Nyi Nyi Nfa, Nyi Nfa Mfw Rii, Nyi Mfw Rii Men, A Ka Or Ku, and Mfemfe - alongside English, French and Arabic. Shumom, the artificial language invented by Bamom Ibrahim Njoya, also occurs within the documents. Many of the documents are transliterations in Bamum, Arabic and Latin scripts.

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  • Agreement of Loyalty pledged between King Njoya and His Scribes [18 May 1922]

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/2/2
    Leaves: 1; Pages: 2; Measurements: 32cm x 20cm; Dates 18 May 1922 (date signed); Script: Akauku Mfemfe; Condition: Poor; taped; foxing edges; Comments: The agreement includes 41 numbered stipulations and includes Njoya’s signature in red and blue pencil ...
  • Manual on the Art of Sorcery [ c 1908]

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/2/4
    Leaves: 4; Pages: 8; Measurements: 20cm x 16.2; Dates ca. 1908?; Script: Akauku Nyiet; Condition: Torn throughout; Comments: The manual is written as a “how to” guide for those learning the art of sorcery ...
  • Njangui record

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/2/7
    Leaves: 1; Pages: 2; Measurements: 19.5cm x 10.5cm; Dates unknown; Script: Akauku Mfemfe; Condition: Poor; Comments: A “njangui” is a communal savings organization; written on an English language advertisement ...
  • History of Brass Casting in the Bamum Kingdom

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/2/8
    Leaves: 1; Pages: 2; Measurements: 20.8cm x 16.2 cm; Dates unknown; Script: Akauku Nyiet; Condition: Poor; torn pages; Comments: The emphasis of the text is on the origin of brass work ...
  • History of Three Children of MFORIFUM: NCHARE, MFOMBAM and NGUONSO, who...

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/2/9
    Leaves: 1; Pages: 2; Measurements: 21.6cm x 13.7cm; Dates 1911; Script: Akauku Nyiet; Condition: Poor; Comments: This document is written in the Shümom language, which is the artificial spoken language invented by King Njoya (as opposed to the conventional ...
  • Guide to Medicinal Plants along with names of illnesses cured by them

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/2/11
    Leaves: 6; Pages: 11; Measurements: 22cm x 14cm; Dates unknown; Script: Akauku Nyiet; Condition: Poor; pages torn; Comments: ...
  • Inventory of Clothes in the Storeroom of King Njoya [1923]

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/2/12
    Leaves: 2; Pages: 3; Measurements: 27.1cm x 21cm; Dates 1923; Script: Akauku Mfemfe; Condition: Poor; Comments: The author of the document is an individual by the name of MEGNA and it has been suggested that he was in fact the person overseeing the storero ...
  • History of Kaliwa, a Powerful Warrior

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/2/13
    Leaves: 1; Pages: 2; Measurements: 28cm x 22cm; Dates Unknown; Script: Akauku Nyiet; Condition: Poor; torn pages; Comments: ...
  • Shümom Vocabulary

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/2/14
    Leaves: 1; Pages: 2; Measurements: 28cm x 22 cm; Dates Unknown; Script: Akauku Nyiet; Condition: Poor; torn edges; Comments: The original document is written in the script Akauku Nyiet but the document also contains notes written in the later script Akauku ...
  • Shümom Vocabulary

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/2/15
    Leaves: 1; Pages: 2; Measurements: 28cm x 22 cm; Dates Unknown; Script: Akauku Nyiet; Condition: Poor; torn edges; Comments: This document is a repeat of APRB 18 due to confusion about organizational procedure for archiving documents by our team working in ...
  • History of NCHARE YEN end MFONTE

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/2/16
    Leaves: 2; Pages: 4; Measurements: 21.2cm x 14cm; Dates Unknown; Script: Akauku Nyiet; Condition: Poor; torn edges; Comments: We learn from the document that Mfonté is a local ruler who submitted to NCHARE YEN, the warrior-king in Bamum history who founded ...
  • History of Kouripin, a Powerful Warrior

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/2/17
    Leaves: 1; Pages: 1; Measurements: 28cm x 18.2cm; Dates Unknown; Script: Akauku Nyiet; Condition: Poor; torn pages; Comments: The document says that Kouripin had the power of 1000 men ...
  • Akauku Mfemfe Syllabary Key and Numerals 0-9

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/2/18
    Leaves: 1; Pages: 1; Measurements: 17.5cm x 11cm; Dates Unknown; Script: Akauku Mfemfe; Condition: Poor; torn pages; Comments: The first five lines are the standard characters of the final version of the Akauku script (known as Mfemfe) in the order of reci ...
  • History of Nguekuen, the Enemy of King Nsangou

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/2/20
    Leaves: 2; Pages: 4; Measurements: 22cm x 14cm; Dates Unknown; Script: Akauku Nyiet; Condition: Poor; torn pages; Comments: The text says that when Nsangou became the King of the Bamum, he killed Nguekuen and used his skull as a drinking cup ...
  • Record of a Njangi

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/2/21
    Leaves: 1; Pages: 2; Measurements: 9.5cm x 10.5cm; Dates Unknown; Script: Akauku Nyiet; Condition: Good; Comments: A Njangi is a communal savings group ...