A letter of introduction

  A Letter of introduction, Cambridge, 1938 This letter of introduction was written for Dr Kissling by anthropologist A.C. Haddon to help with a research trip that he took to Aotearoa New Zealand in 1938. It reads:   'Dr W. Kissling, who is a research student at the University of Cambridge, and is also in charge of the Lantern slide collection in the University Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, is on his way to New Zealand where he is to do some ethnological research work for the Museum. This work will include the taking of photographic records for the Museum Collections.   Any help given to Dr Kissling will be appreciated.'   Whilst in Aotearoa New Zealand, Dr Kissling took photographs of Māori craft and agricultural practices. Some of these can be seen here.   This letter shows the diversity of Dr Kissling's interests and the responsibilities that he undertook whilst researching at The University of Cambridge.   Dr Werner Kissling (1895-1988) was a German photographer and ethnographer who spent most of his life documenting Scottish crafts, architecture, and agricultural practices. He was associated with Dumfries Museum from the mid-1950s until his death in 1988.
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