"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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  • Official Bamoun Palace Collection [c 1912-1975]

    Collection Ref: EAP051/1/1/13
    Digital images of records created and accumulated since the late nineteenth and early twentieth century under the direction of Sultan Ibrahim Njoya (r. 1889-1933), Sultan Seidou Njimolouh (r. 1933-1992), and the current Sultan Ibrahim Mbombo Njoya (r. 1992 ...
  • Registrar of judgment by King Njoya [ 1913-1929]

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/1/1
    Leaves: 145; Pages: 289; Measurements: 28cm x 21cm; Dates 1913-1929; Script: Akauku Nyiet; Condition: Poor; Comments: The register appears to have been written by many secretaries as indicated by the various styles of hand writing. ...
  • List of Persons (Census) [1902-1912]

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/1/2
    Leaves: 17; Pages: 32; Measurements: 27cm x 20cm; Dates ca. 1902-1912; Script: Akauku Nyiet; Condition: Brittle and decomposing paper; edges torn throughout; Comments: Acquired from Nji Mapon, heir of Mapon, daughter of King Njoya. The place and year of th ...
  • Book of the History of Bamum Kings originating in Rifum, including a chapter...

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/1/3
    Leaves: 26; Pages: 51; Measurements: 22cm x 16cm; Dates ca.1900; Script: several early variants, prior to Akauku Nyiet; Condition: Poor; pages decomposing and brittle; Comments: The artistic work in the center of pages reproduce Bamum script characters in ...
  • History Book of the Bamum Kingdom, including: - History of Kings - History of...

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/2/1
    Leaves: 45; Pages: 89; Measurements: 28cm x 21cm; Dates ca. 1910?; Script: Akauku Mfemfe; Condition: Fairly good, with foxing of edges; Comments: The book is actually several independent writings on the history of the Bamum Kingdom, all very original ...
  • 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 ...
  • Book of “Mission” (concerning the procedure for having his men summon certain...

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/2/3
    Leaves: 5; Pages: 10; Measurements: 20.2cm x 16cm; Dates 1920; Script: Akauku Mfemfe; Condition: Good; slight foxing on edges ...
  • 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 ...
  • Letter from King Musa to Pafumnjati urging him to send Yacouba for an...

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/2/5
    Leaves: 1; Pages: 2; Measurements: 23cm x 10.5cm; Dates 28 May 1946; Script: Bamum; Condition: Poor; Comments: In this letter King Musa (the deceased King Njoya’s son, living in exile in the area of Bamenda, who claims to be the rightful heir to the Bamum ...
  • List of People

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/2/6
    Leaves: 1; Pages: 2; Measurements: 24cm x 17 cm; Dates unknown; Script: Akauku Mfemfe; Condition: Poor; Comments: Twenty names are listed, with no other information available ...
  • 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 ...
  • Letter by Mfon (“King”) Musa to Pafumnjati [1941]

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/2/10
    Leaves: 1; Pages: 2; Measurements: 12cm x 6cm; Dates 1941; Script: Akauku Mfemfe; Condition: Poor; Comments: Mfon Musa, at this point living in exile, informs Pafumnjati that the whiteman’s administration is very powerful. Musa and his followers must remai ...
  • 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: ...