Dr Howard Morphy, Curator, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, and myself are editing the correspondence of F J Gillen to Sir Baldwin Spencer, chiefly between 1894 and 1903. The correspondence is at the Pitt River Museum. There are 185 items written by Gillen, totalling some 150,000 words. They are significant in tracing the development of their anthropological concepts and provide background data for the Horn Expedition and the first three Spencer and Gillen monographs. There is reference to zoological collecting. We hope to complete the project within a year.
At the same time we are editing the letters of Mounted Constable E C Cowle to Spencer, written from Illamurta police outpost, southwest of Alice Springs between 1894 and 1902. These total about 50,000 words and contain anthropological and some ecological material. This will form a separate publication.