The historical archive and library collections of the Gypsy Lore Society, mostly mid 19th to mid 20th century.
Wagtail emblem of the Gypsy Lore Society, which was founded in Edinburgh in May 1888 by scholars interested in the songs, stories and language of the Romany Gypsies, with the purpose of publishing their research in the Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society.
From 1907 to 1973 the GLS was based in Liverpool, where many of its most active members were closely associated with the city and the University, in particular John Sampson (1862-1931), R.A. Scott Macfie (1868-1935) and Dora Yates (1879-1974).
Gypsy Lore Society Collections
The Scott Macfie Gypsy Collections include photographs of Gypsies in various countries, with an emphasis on Britain 1900 - 1940. Photos by Gypsy Lore Society members Fred Shaw (d. 1940) and Ivor Evans (1886-1957) have contemporary captions.
Copyright: Gypsy Lore Society collections, University of Liverpool unless stated otherwise.