James Henry Breasted Nubian Photographs Collection
- prints 1924-1957 - negatives 1905-1906 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
11 photograph boxes and 1 folder
Name of creator
American Egyptologist and orientalist. Born, Rockford, Ill. 1865. Died, New York 1935. Educated at North-Western College, Naperville, Ill., then Chicago College of Pharmacy, 1882-6. Started a career in pharmacy before going on to study Hebrew at the Congressional Institute. Then Yale University, 1890-1. AM degree, 1892. Went to Berlin to study Egyptology with Erman, 1894. Assistant in Egyptology and assistant director of Haskell Oriental Museum, University of Chicago, 1895-1901. Director of Haskell, 1905. Instructor in Egyptology and Semitic Languages, 1896. Professor of Egyptology and Oriental History, 1905. Whilst working on the Berlin dictionary in 1990-4, he was also able to record many texts from monuments in various German museums which formed the basis of his publication Ancient Records. Director, University of Chicago Egyptian Expedition, 1905-7. Was awarded many honours during his career. Founded the Oriental Institute at Chicago which was financially backed by J. D. Rockefeller, Jnr.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Possibly part of Dr Moss' request forming part of the photographic exchange scheme between Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, and Chicago, Oriental Institute, 1950-7.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Photographs of Nubian Temples made during Breasted's expedition, 1905-6. Photostats of temple plans annotated with Chicago, Oriental Institute photograph numbers.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
Kept as received.
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions. Consultation only.
Conditions governing reproduction
Copyright Chicago, Oriental Institute.
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
Typed catalogue kept with photographs.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
The originals are in Chicago, Oriental Institute.
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
- Some used in Chicago, Oriental Institute publications.