The papers of Anthony Forge, British anthropologist, professor and specialist in the art and aesthetics of the Abelam people
of Papua New Guinea, include field notes, photographs and original Abelam art commissioned by Forge during his fieldwork in
the Sepik region of Papua New Guinea, 1958-1963. Also included are writings by Forge, writings of others, research proposals,
teaching materials, reel-to-reel audio recordings, films, and documentation of the Wenner-Gren Foundation conferences in Basel,
Switzerland (1984) and Mijas, Spain (1986). This collection is arranged in eleven series: 1) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS, 2) CORRESPONDENCE,
3) FIELDWORK RESEARCH, PAPUA NEW GUINEA 4) WRITINGS, 5) PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIALS, 6) RESEARCH PROPOSALS, 7) TEACHING MATERIALS,
8) SUBJECT FILES, 9) MEETINGS AND CONFERENCES, 10) AUDIO/VISUAL MATERIALS, and 11) ORIGINALS OF PRESERVATION PHOTOCOPIES.
Born in West London, England, on February 27, 1929, Anthony Forge was educated at Highgate School. In 1948 he went on to
do national service in Intelligence. He graduated from Cambridge University in 1953, where he studied anthropology under
Edmund Leach. After graduation he spent three years in the printing industry, his father's profession, before enrolling in
the London School of Economics, where he began graduate studies in anthropology and formed a close and lasting friendship
with anthropologist Sir Raymond Firth.