"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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  • 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 ...
  • Letter from Mfon Musa to Pafumnjati asking him to send food [c 1930s? ]

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/2/19
    Leaves: 1; Pages: 2; Measurements: 16.3cm x 13cm; Dates ca.1930s? (letter not dated); Script: Akauku Mfemfe; Condition: Poor; Comments: Mfon Musa, who is living in exile out of the Bamum Kingdom, is asserting that he is the rightful Bamum heir to the thron ...
  • 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 ...
  • Book of History [19 July 1911]

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/2/22
    Leaves: 25; Pages: 50; Measurements: 27cm x 17cm; Dates 19 July 1911; Script: Akauku Mfemfe with Western Arabic digits; Condition: Good; Comments: ...
  • Calendar of 1929 [1929]

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/3/1
    Leaves: 19; Pages: 38; Measurements: 8cm x 7cm; Dates 1929; Script: Akauku Mfemfe; Condition: Brittle; tied with small rope; Comments: The calendar follows the modern seven day week calendar as opposed to the traditional Bamum calendar which has eight days ...
  • Traditional book and medicine bag, with designated space for ink container ...

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/3/2
    Leaves:; Pages: 2 images for this item; Measurements: 30.5cm x 16.5cm; Dates early twentieth century; Script:; Condition: The traditional book bag and ink container belonged to the father of Nji Amza, whowas the direct son of King Njoya; sewn from animal s ...
  • Register of Judgments from 1912 to 1919

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/4/1
    Leaves: 46; Pages: 92; Measurements: 28cm x 21cm; Dates 1912-1919; Script: Akauku Nyiet; Condition: Good; Comments: Author unknown ...
  • Report on the Arrival of “the King” in Bapessi

    File Ref: EAP051/1/1/5/1
    Leaves: 1; Pages: 2; Measurements: 22cm x 18cm; Dates Unknown; Script: Akauku Mfemfe; Condition: Poor; Comments: “The King” referred to here is exiled “Mfon” Musa ...