fonds WALTON - Papers on Vernacular Architecture by James Walton

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Papers on Vernacular Architecture by James Walton


  • [1950s-1980s] (Creation)

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0.04 cubic metres

2 boxes

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Biographical history

James Walton was born in Yorkshire in 1911. He studied at the Universities of London and Leeds, before emigrating to Lesotho, Africa, in 1947. He held the post of Deputy Director of Education there until 1960 and then moved to Cape Town in South Africa where he was Managing Director of Longman Southern Africa.

Walton gained recognition for his pioneering studies of vernacular architecture. He was a founder member of the Vernacular Architecture Group in Britain and a founder and Honorary Life President of the Vernacular Society of South Africa. He was also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He was published widely in Africa and around the world.

James Walton died in Cape Town in 1999.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute by Dr James Walton in 1992.

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Scope and content

These unlisted papers comprise notes, cuttings, drawings and photographs relating to roofs, especially slate and cruck-frame construction.


Further accruals are not expected.

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Conditions governing access

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including data protection laws. 24 hours' notice is required to access photographic material.

Conditions governing reproduction

A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute for Archives' terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.

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This material has not yet been catalogued. Please contact the Borthwick Institute for more information.

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The James Walton Collection, comprising manuscripts, drawings, photographs, newsletters, lectures, portfolios, plans, press cuttings and pamphlets, is held by Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

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GB 193

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ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Created 22.10.15




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