This website has been published to make information about the collections held at the Griffith Institute Archive more accessible. The first complete catalogue available was the Percy Newberry Collection, which was completed in 2016 thanks to a grant from the National Cataloguing Grants Scheme provided by The National Archives. Following receipt of a grant from the Anglo-Czech Educational Fund (charity no. 1110348) awarded to Dr Hana Navratilova, who is currently working on a biography of J. Černý, the Griffith Institute has started the online presentation of the Jaroslav Černý Collection. To date, a detailed catalogue of his correspondence and notebooks has been prepared, including cross-references to other archives containing Černý papers in Egypt, Europe, and the United States of America. In 2017 we will be working towards completing Černý’s catalogue and having collection level descriptions for all our holdings and improving the design of the online catalogue to be more fully integrated into the Griffith Institute website. We hope ultimately that this website will become the single access point to the Griffith Institute Archive, enabling researchers to search across collections, browse contextual information and download digital images of items.
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 180 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.