"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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  • Record Book of People in Bapa (Bangwi Division), 1933

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/5/3
    Leaves: 1; Pages: 2; Measurements: 24.4cm x 22.3cm; Dates 1933; Script: Akauku Mfemfe and roman script (French language); Condition: Poor; Comments: On back is letter in French language ...
  • Elaborate Drawings by NJI NGÂPUT

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/7/13
    Leaves: 9; Pages: 17; Measurements: 22.2cm x 17.1cm; Dates Unknown; Script: Akauku Mfemfe (ready “Njoya”) inside King Njoya’s seal and a caption of “Lion” in roman script (English language); Condition: Good; Comments: ...
  • Bamum sketchings and historical notes [c 1940s]

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/7/14
    Leaves: 23; Pages: 44; Measurements: various sizes; Dates ca. 1940s; Script: Akauku mfemfe in pencil and various ink colors; some roman script (Bamum language);Arabic script; typed letter in roman script (French); Condition: Good (although torn on some pag ...
  • Famous story of the Rat illustrated and narrated [c 1940s]

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/11/5
    Leaves: 1; Pages: divided into 16 panels (photographed in entirety with 16 close up photographs of theindividual panels in correct order); Measurements: 50cm x 64cm; Dates ca. 1940s; Script: Akauku mfemfe in colored pencils and pen; Condition: Good; Commen ...
  • Envelope addressed to NJI MAMA from GBETNKOM Jacob [01 Nov 1931]

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/12/84
    Leaves: 1; Pages: 1; Measurements: 14.6cm x 11.5cm; Dates November 1931; Script: Akauku Mfemfe; Condition: Good; Comments: Envelope with stamps; NJI MAMA’s note says that the letter inside was from ISSA requesting medicine ...
  • Request to PEMBURA regarding NTENTIE; Nji Mama’s adds his notes in Bamum script

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/12/532
    Leaves: 1; Pages: 2; Measurements: 15cm x 12.5cm; Dates Unknown; Script: Original letter in Akauku Mfemfe in pen with Nji Mama’s notes added later in AkaukuMfemfe in pencil; Condition: Good; Comments: ...
  • Envelope addressed to “Tikonmbaful” Mama in Njintüt, from NGUPAYU Mani Bah in...

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/12/641
    Leaves: 1; Pages: 1; Measurements: 12cm x 9.3cm; Dates Unknown; Script: Roman script (Bamum language); Condition: Good; Comments: Address here is typical: “Yi pua Lewa Tikonmbaful Mama Nzintud (This is the letter ofTikompaful Mama Njintüt) A fa na me Mani ...
  • Some old styles of writing

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/13/137
    Leaves: 1; Pages: 2; Measurements: 18.2cm x 15.6cm; Dates Unknown; Script: Rii Nyi Mfù Men, Akauku Nyiet, and Akauku Mfemfe; Condition: Poor; Comments: The blue ball point pen notes on this manuscript were probably added by DayouEmmanuel in the early 1980s ...
  • Manuscript of NJOYA Mohalim Nouredine Mohamed Ben El-Hadj Sin of Manka...

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/13/153
    Leaves: 1; Pages: 1; Measurements: 25.8cm x 16.1cm; Dates 1971; Script: Akauku Mfemfe and Arabic script; Condition: Very good, with tearing and staining in the upper right hand corner; Comments: The document is decorated and multicolored. Apart from the va ...
  • Short history of Sakue, granddaughter of King Ngapna

    File Ref: EAP051/1/2/67
    Leaves: 1; Pages: 2; Measurements: 8cm x 12cm; Dates: Unknown; Script: Akauku Mfemfe script in pencil; Condition: Good; Comments: possibly referring to a letter written by Ngapna to Fifen ...
  • Charge of theft of money signed by King Njoya [26 Jan 1920]

    File Ref: EAP051/1/2/195
    Leaves: 1; Pages: 1; Measurements: 14.5cm x 17cm; Dates: 26 January 1920; Script: Akauku Mfemfe in pencil and blue pencil; Condition: Good; Comments: Includes a large signature of King Njoya, made like an official stamp, over the body of the letter ...
  • Writings of Usman DAN FODIO in Hausa language

    File Ref: EAP051/1/2/233
    Leaves: 1; Pages: 1; Measurements: 15cm x 17cm; Dates: Unknown; Script: Arabic script in black native ink; Condition: Good; added to the original document is a numeral in pencil made at some point prior to the commencement of work by the Bamum Scripts and ...
  • History of Kings and Queens following Nchare Yen and other stories [c 1907-1908]

    File Ref: EAP051/1/2/494
    Leaves: 1; Pages: 2; Measurements: 14cm x 17.5cm; Dates: ca. 1907-1908; Script: Bima and Lerewa in native black ink; Condition: Good; added to the original document are markings in the French language in pencil made at some point prior to the commencement ...
  • List of Bamum men sent to prison at Dschang [08 Apr 1905]

    File Ref: EAP051/1/2/959
    Leaves: 1; Pages: 2; Measurements: 24cm x 21cm; Dates: 1925; Script: Akauku Nyiet in purple ink, with numerals subsequently added in black ink; slight Arabic script; Condition: Fair (taped); added to the original document are markings made at some point pr ...