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The Griffith Institute Archive

The Griffith Institute Archive houses a diverse and significant collection which explores the wealth of Ancient Egypt, the jewel being Howard Carter's complete excavation records for the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun.
Born out of the personal collection of Francis Llewellyn Griffith, the first Professor of Egyptology at Oxford, the Archive has grown to be a highly respected and internationally recognised resource for Egyptologists, as well as scholars across a wide range of disciplines including archaeology, architecture and the history of art and science. There are more than 130 substantial groups of material, from complete excavation records to watercolours, photographs and correspondence. The scope of our records ranges from Egyptology's infancy at the beginning of the 19th Century to the plethora of new media amongst our most recent accessions.

Records in the archive of the Griffith Institute


AINSLIE, (Revd) Alexander C. (1831-1903)
Album of drawings and watercolour sketches made in Italy, Greece, Egypt, Syria and Palestine in 1853.

ALINARI, Edition (end of 19th century)
Photographs of monuments in Florence, Naples, Palestrina, Rome, the Vatican and Turin.

ARUNDALE, Francis (1807-1853)


BARNS, (Revd.) John Wintour Baldwin (1912-1974)
Papers, including notebooks and indexes.
Transcriptions of hieratic documents.
BARRY, (Sir) Charles (1795-1860)
Two albums of drawings, plans, etc., of Egyptian monuments.

BARTLETT, William Henry (1809-1854)

BAUMGARTEL, Elise Jenny (1892-1975)
Manuscript material in preparation of her book Egypt's Beginnings. Photographs of Predynastic objects in Brooklyn Museum of Art. Seven card index boxes with entries on Predynastic cemeteries at Naqada and Ballas.

Photographs of Edfu, Karnak, Konosso, and various Nubian temples. Photographs of foreigners (E. Meyer).
Available for consultation only.
BIRCH, Samuel (1813-1885)
One notebook.
Currently not available for consultation for reasons of conservation.
BLACKMAN, Aylward Manley (1883-1956)

BONOMI, Joseph (1799-1878)
Drawings, watercolours and sketches made in Egypt, Nubia, Palestine, and elsewhere.
Introductory note.
BRACCI, Pietro (1700-1773)
Bound manuscript on Egyptian hieroglyphs.
Sample pages.
BRADBURY, Kate (1854-1902)See under Griffith (née Bradbury), Kate.
BREASTED, James Henry (1865-1935)
Photographs of Nubian Temples.
Available for consultation only.
BROOME, Myrtle Florence (1888-1978)

BRUNTON, Guy (1878-1948)
Drawings, indexes, and correspondence, concerning button seals, and negatives of the Matmar excavation.

BRUNTON, Winifred Mabel (1880-1959)
One watercolour.

BURTON, James (1788-1862)
Nine mounted photographs made from drawings of El-Kâb, Philae, and Amada.
Available for consultation only.
BURTON, Harry (1879-1940)See TAA Archive.


CALVERLEY, Amice Mary (1896-1959)
Photographs and transparencies of the Temples of Sethos I and Ramesses II at Abydos.

CARTER, Howard (1874-1939)
Notebooks, notes, maps, drawings, watercolours, etc.
MSS. Group I. G (maps and plans, including the tomb of Tutankhamun). MSS. Group VI and VII (Miscellaneous).
Records of work carried out in the Valley of the Kings before the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun.
Records of excavations in the Delta and Middle Egypt.
See also TAA Archive.
CATON-THOMPSON, Gertrude (1888-1985)
Notes, papers, correspondence, etc., on prehistoric Faiyûm.

ČERNÝ, Jaroslav (1898-1970)
Papers, including notebooks, copies, transcriptions, photographs, indexes and correspondence.
Transcriptions of hieratic documents.
Photographs of TT 55, Qurna (Temple of Sethos I), Deir el-Shelwît (Temple of Isis), and Luxor Temple.
Available for consultation only.
CLACKSON, Sarah Joanne (1965-2003)
Various papers, photographs, correspondence, etc., mainly concerning Coptic and Greek papyri and ostraca and Coptic archaeology.
CLARK, Robert Thomas Rundle (1909-1970)
Notebooks and notes.

CLARKE, Somers (1841-1926)
Notebooks, notes, plans, tracings, photographs, and correspondence, including El-Kâb material.

CLÈRE, Jacques Jean (1906-1989)
Notes, copies, negatives and photographs, impressions of texts, card-indexes, etc.
Preliminary catalogue and a biographical note.
CRAWFORD, Osbert Guy Stanhope (1886-1957)
Maps, plans and drawings.

CRUM, Walter Ewing (1865-1944)
Coptic papers, including notebooks, copies, photographs, dictionary slips, and correspondence.


DAKIN, Alec N. (1912-2003)

DAVIES, Norman de Garis (1865-1941) and Anna (Nina) Macpherson (1881-1965)
Papers, including notebooks, notes, tracings and squeezes, made in Theban tombs and elsewhere, photographs, collection of coloured hieroglyphic signs, indexes of scenes in Theban tombs, etc.
Online publication of Theban tomb tracings made by Norman de Garis and Nina Davies.
DAWSON, Warren Royal (1888-1968)
A diary and a list of publications.

DENNIS, James Teackle (1865-1918)
Some 250 facsimile copies of graffiti and ostraca from Deir el-Bahri, made during Naville's excavations in 1906-7.

DÉVAUD, Eugène Victor (1878-1929)
Coptic etymological index and various notes and studies.

DILLEY, Wilfrid Joseph (1874-1941)
Photographs, small group of family papers and copy of a publication on Arab architecture.

DODGSON, Aquila (1829-1919)

DRIVER, (Sir) Godfrey Rolles (1892-1975)
A collection of 19th Century photographs of Jerusalem, Lebanon, etc.

DUQUESNE, Terence (1942-2014)
Complete papers.
Recent acquisition, not yet available for consultation.


EDWARDS, Amelia Ann Blandford (1831-1892)
Notebook with various notes and extracts, 1881-8. Albums containing watercolours and sketches, some used in A Thousand Miles up the Nile.
Online presentation of the 'Small Egyptian Scraps, 1874' album.
EDWARDS, Iorwerth Eiddon Stephen (1909-1996)
Notes on Australian museums made with D. O'Connor, notebooks, photographs, negatives, proofs, transparencies, xeroxes, and correspondence.

EISLER, Robert (1882-1949)
Manuscript of a monograph on the constellations of the Babylonian and Egyptian spheres.

EMERY, Walter Bryan (1903-1971).
Photographs, tracings and plans of several Theban tombs.

ENGELBACH, Reginald (1888-1946)
Site index to the Journal d'Entrée and the Temporary register of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.


FOUCART, Georges (1865-1943)Visitor's book 1925-1948.


GARDINER, (Sir) Alan Henderson (1879-1963)
Notebooks, copies, transcriptions, photographs, indexes (including a vocabulary of the Pyramid Texts), correspondence, etc.
Transcriptions of hieratic documents.Sample catalogue.
GELL, (Sir) William (1777-1836)
Three notebooks.

GILULA, Mordechai (1936-2002)
Complete papers.
Recent acquisition, not yet available for consultation.
GLEYRE, (Marc) Charles Gabriel (1806-1874)
Photographs of drawings in the Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs, Boston MA, Museum of Fine Arts.
Available for consultation only.
GOLENISHCHEV, Vladimir Semionovich (1856-1947)
Copies of texts, mostly from Theban tombs.

GRDSELOFF, Bernhard (1915-1950)
Papers, including notebooks, notes, copies, photographs, and correspondence.
Transcriptions of hieratic documents.
GREEN, Frederick William (1869-1949)
Original painting of the 'Decorated Tomb' at Hierakonpolis.

GRIFFITH, Francis Llewellyn (1862-1934)
Papers, including notes, notebooks, photographs, and squeezes, records of Oxford Excavations in Nubia, and correspondence.
Transcriptions of hieratic documents.
GRIFFITH (née BRADBURY), Kate (1854-1902)
Three boxes and two notebooks.

Plaster casts of four Egyptian objects in Edinburgh, Reading, and Samos, once in the possession of Professor J. Černý.
Available for consultation only.
Lantern slides from various sources.

Items which cannot be incorporated into other series. Includes photographs of Egyptologists etc.
Photographs showing the excavation of the tomb of Tutankhamun have now been transferred to the Tutankhamun Archive records (formerly Griffith Institute Miscellaneous 102.1 to 47, now TAA Archive ii.6.1 to 47).
Photographs from various sources, including 19th Century Studio Photographs by Abdullah Frères, A. Beato, F. Bonfils, W. Hammerschmidt, P. Sébah and others.
Egyptian Mirage - The online presentation of the Griffith Institute's collection of 19th Century Studio Photographs of Egypt.Levantine Mirage - The online presentation of the Griffith Institute's collection of 19th Century Studio Photographs of the Near East.
Antique and modern postcards from various sources.

Paper squeezes from various sources.
Online presentation of Griffith Institute Squeezes from the tomb of Sethos I (KV 17) in the Valley of the Kings, and the Theban tombs of Khaemhet (TT 57) and Paser (TT 106).

Original drawings made for various publications.
Catalogue and online publication.
GRIFFITHS, John Gwyn (1911-2004)
Miscellaneous papers.
Recent acquisition, not yet available for consultation.
GUNN, Battiscombe George (1883-1950)
Papers, including notebooks, notes, photographs, squeezes, tracings and indexes.
Transcriptions of hieratic documents.
GURNEY, Oliver Robert (1911-2001)
Correspondence and notes on the geography of the Hittite Empire, Babylonian music, decipherment, and related topics. Non-Egyptological.


HARDEN, Donald Benjamin (1901-1995)
Transcripts of diaries kept during his stay as a Commonwealth Fund Fellow at the University of Michigan 1926-8, and albums of photographs taken during trips to Italy, Tunisia and Egypt 1923-9.

HARDEN, (Rt. Revd) John Mason (1871-1931)
Fifteen notebooks on Ethiopic.

HAWKER, Edward James (1817-1892)
Three albums of drawings and watercolours.

HAY, Robert (1799-1863)
Typescript copy of journal, photographs of drawings made in the tomb of Neferhotp (TT 49), and thirteen mounted photographs made from drawings of El-Kâb, Philae, and Amada.
Available for consultation only.
HEATHCOTE, Reginald St. Alban (1888-1951)
Negatives of photographs taken at various sites in Egypt and Sudan, 1922-1933.
Online presentation of the images.
HESS von WYSS, Jean-Jacques (1866-1949)
Notebooks and notes on demotic and Meroitic, including copies of papyri and squeezes.

HINCKS, (Revd) Edward (1792-1866)
Correspondence and miscellaneous papers.

HOREAU, Hector (1801-1872)
Watercolours of Egypt painted in 1838 (many are the originals of Panorama d'Égypte et de Nubie).
Online publication.
HORSFALL, (Capt) R. E. (?-?)
Negatives of Egyptian sites and monuments taken before 1914.

HOSKINS, George Alexander (1802-1863)
Three albums of drawings and watercolours.
Online publication.


JANSSEN, Jacobus Johannes (Jac. J.) (1922-2011)
Transcribed hieratic documents, photographs, annotated photocopies, notes on Deir el-Medina, unpublished material, etc.
See also.
JELF, Charles Gordon (1886-1915)
Notebook containing notes on work in Theban tombs, financed by Sir Robert Mond, 1909-10.

JOHNSON, John de Monins (1882-1956)
Negatives taken during the excavations at Antinoë, 1913-14.


KAHLE, Paul Eric (1923-1955)
Coptic papers, including notebooks and indexes.

KENETT, Frederick Leslie (1924-2012)
Approximately 50 black and white photographs and two colour negatives of objects in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

KIRWAN, (Sir) Laurence P.

Twenty albumen prints of scenes from the Temple of Haroeris and Sobk Triads at Kôm Ombo.

KUHN, Karl Heinz (b. 1919)
Notes, negatives, transcripts, photographs and photostats of Coptic documents.


LANE, Edward William (1801-1876)
Drawings, notebooks, notes and correspondence.
LEE, John (1783-1866)
Notebook, and lithographs of some monuments by Madeley.

LEEK, Frank Filce (1903-1985)
Notes on organic remains from the tomb of Tutankhamun, correspondence.

LINANT DE BELLEFONDS, Louis Maurice Adolphe (1799-1883)
Copies of diary (1821-2), glass negatives, and modern prints (1818-26).
Available for consultation only.
LIEDER, (Revd) Rudolph Theophilus (1798-1865), and Alice (née Holliday) (?-1868)
Paper squeezes of monuments made in Egypt 1850-3.

LUCAS, Alfred (1867-1945)See TAA Archive.


MACE, Arthur Cruttenden (1874-1928)
Journals (1898-1902, work with W. M. F. Petrie and G. A. Reisner).
Tutankhamun diary and account. See TAA Archive.

MACKAY, Ernest John Henry (1880-1943)See under MOND, (Sir) Robert L.
Photographs of well-known monuments.
Available for consultation only.
MARIETTE, François Auguste Ferdinand (1821-1881)
Catalogue of objects found in the Serapeum at Saqqâra in 1850-2 and now in the Louvre. Copied by Mrs M. M. Emery.

Photographs of private and royal tombs at Thebes (incomplete sets). Photographs of the Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahri (incomplete set).
Available for consultation only.
MILEHAM, Geoffrey Spurrell (?-?)

MILNE, Joseph Grafton (1867-1951)
Two albums of photographs of Sinai and other sites.

MÖLLER, Georg Christian Julius (1876-1921)
Five slip-cover boxes containing copies, transcriptions, facsimiles, drawings and some photographs of mummy labels in Demotic, Greek or bilingual.

MOND, (Sir) Robert Ludwig (1867-1938)
Prints and negatives of scenes in Theban tombs, notebook and notes (some by EMERY, W. B. and MACKAY, E. J. H.).

MOSS, (Col) W. E. (?-?)
Newspaper cuttings.

MURRAY, Margaret Alice (1863-1963)
Notes on The Hierakonpolis finds.


NAGEL, Georges (1899-1956)
Two albums of photographs taken at Deir el-Medîna.
Available for consultation only.
NAVILLE, Henri Édouard (1844-1926)
Original drawings for The Temple of Deir el Bahari.

NEWBERRY, Percy Edward (1869-1949)
Papers, including notebooks, notes, copies, photographs and correspondence.

NEWBOLD, (Sir) Douglas (1894-1945)
Two volumes on history and archaeology of the Beja tribes of the Eastern Sudan.

NEWTON, Francis Giesler (1878-1924)
Article on churches in Sardinia and watercolours of Italian architectural features. (Non-Egyptological.)


O'CONNOR, D. (1938-)
Notes on some objects in the Nicholson Museum, Sydney.


PAGET, Rosalind Frances Emily (1844-1925)
Coloured drawings of hieroglyphs.

PARKINSON, Harold (1918-1995)
Measured perspective drawing of the tomb of Tutankhamun (original and prints), drawings of reconstructions of Egyptian boats and drawings of Eighteenth Dynasty tombs. Models, plaster and resin moulds and casts for the mask of Tutankhamun, a plaque depicting a scene from the lid of a box in Tutankhamun’s tomb and a group of small figurines.

PAYNE, Joan Crowfoot (1912-2002)
Papers relating to her Catalogue of the Predynastic Egyptian Collection in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, 1993; reprinted with addenda, 2000).

PEET, Thomas Eric (1882-1934)
Notebooks with copies and transcriptions and various indexes. One small watercolour. Group of family papers and ephemera.
Transcriptions of hieratic documents.
PETRIE, (Lady) Hilda Mary Isabel (1871-1956)
Two albums with mostly non-Egyptian photographs and postcards.

PETRIE, (Sir) William Matthew Flinders (1853-1942)
Two notebooks, "journals" consisting of letters sent home from Petrie's excavations, and eight albums of photographs taken in Egypt and Italian museums. Notes and copies made at Gîza, Saqqâra, Dahshûr, etc., are among the papers of SAYCE, A. H.
Scans and transcripts of "journals" for 1880-1, 1881-2 and 1883-4.
Petrie's photographs of Egypt. Landscape, monuments, people.
PHILLIPS, John (1930-1999)
2,500 slides (35mm), taken in the early 1960s at sites in Egypt and in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

PORTER, Bertha (1852-1941)
Copies of some stelae in the British Museum.


REMELÉ, Ph. (1844-1883)
Twenty-one photographs of the temples at El-Khârga and El-Dâkhla, taken in 1873-4.

RENOUF, (Sir) Peter Le Page (1822-1897)

RHONÉ, Arthur (1836-1910)
Notes and correspondence.

ROEDER, Günther (1881-1966)
Photographs, tracings and squeezes of Dodecaschoenus graffiti.

ROSS, John Gordon (1920-2006)
Transparencies, negatives, prints. 19th Century Studio Photographs, antique and modern postcards. Some notes and correspondence.
Online presentation of some of John Ross's photographs of EgyptThe Griffith Institute does not house any non-Egyptologial photographs taken by John Ross, these images may be registered with photographic agencies. The Griffith Institute is not able to provide any further information on this material, supply agency contact details or forward any requests on behalf of a Third Party.
ROWE, Alan (1891-1968)
Copies of reports, photographs and correspondence connected with Beisan excavations by Philadelphia University.


SAYCE, (Revd) Archibald Henry (1845-1933)
Some notes, including copies made by W. M. F. Petrie.

SCHARFF, Alexander (1892-1950)
Synopsis of Theban tomb scenes.

SCHOTT, Siegfried Hugo Erdmann (1897-1972)
Negatives and prints of scenes in Theban tombs.

SCHULMAN, Alan (1930-2000)
Notes, copies of inscriptions, photographs, etc. of objects and sites, mostly concerning ancient Egyptian monuments from the Memphite area.

SEGAL, Walter (1907-1985)
Notes, drawings, negatives and photographs of furniture from the tomb of Tutankhamun, from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and from the British Museum in London, as well as from other collections and gathered from publications.
Online publication of the material from the tomb of Tutankhamun.
SELIGMAN, Charles Gabriel (1873-1940)
Drawings of Meroitic subjects.

SIMPSON, James Parker (1841-1897)
Some 50 photographs taken in Egypt in 1888. Copyright Simon B. Simpson OBE.
For a note about the Simpson photographs on the website of the Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East, by Jaromir Malek, click here.
Complete online presentation of the Simpson photographs
SLOLEY, Robert Walter (1879-1958)
Various notes.

SMITHER, Paul C. (1914-1943)
Notebook concerning pReisner I.
Transcriptions of hieratic documents.
SOMERS CLARKE (1841-1926)See under CLARKE, Somers.
SPIEGELBERG, Wilhelm (1870-1930)Fundjournal I, Theben, 7. Nov. 1898 - 27. Jan. 1899, and II, 27. Jan. - 9. Feb. 1899, and squeezes made in Theban tombs.
STEWART, William Arnold (1882-1953)
Notes on the restoration of furniture of Queen Hetepheres. A copy of unpublished Creative Work in Palestine.

STOBART, (Revd) Henry (1824-1895)
Squeezes made in Theban tombs and the Valley of the Kings, see Griffith Institute squeezes 4.1- 106.


TAA Archive [TAA = Tutankhamun]
Records of the excavation of the tomb of Tutankhamun and related material, by H. Carter, H. Burton, A. C. Mace, A. Lucas, and others.
Online resources for the Tutankhamun Archive in the Griffith Institute

THOMPSON, (Sir) Henry Francis Herbert (1859-1944)
Greek dictionary card index.

THOMPSON, Gertrude (1888-1985)See under CATON-THOMPSON, Gertrude.


VARTAVAN, Christian Tutundjian de (b. 1965)
Notes, reports and negatives and photographs of botanical specimens from the tomb of Tutankhamun. Correspondence.


WAINWRIGHT, Gerald Avery (1879-1964)
Photographs of Egyptian sites and museum objects.

WALTERS, Colin Christopher (1937-2006)
Complete papers.
Recent acquisition, not yet available for consultation.
WEBB, Peter (1955-1992) and Ron DAVEY (?-?)
Notes, colour transparencies and photographs of shabtis, monuments and other objects.

WEIGALL, Arthur Edward Pearse Brome (1880-1934)
Negatives, mainly connected with the tomb of Tutankhamun.

WELLCOME, (Sir) Henry (1853-1936)
Journals, excavation records (Abû Geili, Jebel Moya, Saqadi, Dar el-Mek, etc.), indexes, maps, plans and photographs.

WILD, James William (1814-1892)
Notebooks, drawings and plans.

WILKINSON, Alexandra (Alix) H. (1932-2011) Notes, drafts and photographs on ancient Egyptian gardens and cultivation, and some on jewellery.
WILKINSON, (Sir) John Gardner (1797-1875)
Journal 1841-2 and some correspondence.
Except for the items mentioned immediately above, the papers of Sir John Gardner Wilkinson are housed in the Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. Contact specialcollections.enquiries@bodleian.ox.ac.uk. Consult the catalogue for the Wilkinson papers held by the Bodleian Library.
WILLIAMS, John (1797-1874)
Four albums of rubbings.

WILSON, Robert McLachlan (1916-2010)
Copies, notes, transcripts, photographs and correspondence concerning New Testament fragments in Faiyumic.

WYLIE (?-?)
Negatives of Egypt, Greece and Palestine.


YATES, Miss ? (?-?)
Negatives of Cairo.

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