File NEWB2/289 - Gardiner, (Sir) Alan Henderson - correspondence

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Gardiner, (Sir) Alan Henderson - correspondence


  • 1901 - 1947 (Creation)

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3 cm, 155 letters

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(23 April 1869 - 7 August 1949)

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Correspondence from Sir Alan Gardiner including on research, travel, his family, publication of articles in the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, and contemporary Egyptologists.

Includes correspondence relating to: the Ramasseum papyri; inscriptions including the inscriptions of Mes; work in Egypt including at the tombs of Amenemapt, User and Rekhmara, and the Osireon at Abydos; occurrences of names; the Carnavon tablet; Gardiner’s catalogue of Theban tombs; requesting notes from Newberry on tombs including the tomb of Khety; Gardiner's copy of an inscription compared to a copy by Max Müller; the Egypt Exploration Society (EES); Blackman taking pupils out to Egypt in 1919; employment of Mary Jonas as secretary to the EES; exhibition at the Burlington Fine Arts Club; confirmation of Newberry’s publication of scene in Tomb of Huy; work of Amice Calverley; funding for the EES; Newberry’s resignation from the EES; purchase of papyri for the British Museum; philology and deciphering hieroglyphs; Carter’s papers on tomb of Tutankhamun; the Second World War including news of Gardiner’s son John; research on the owl; agricultural land in Egypt; Menes; the Turin papyrus; Nitocris; writing a companion to Egyptian studies; obituary of Petrie written by Newberry; death of Paul Smither; Miss Phyllis Walker's donation of Howard Carter's records to the Ashmolean and infringement of copyright; contact with German Egyptologists after World War Two.

Egyptologists mentioned include Henry Lyons, Flinders Petrie, T. Eric Peet, Arthur Weigall, Pierre Lacau, Aylward Blackman, Raymond Faulkner.

Also includes some draft replies from Newberry and letters from Gardiner to Howard Carter relating to the publication of an article.

Also includes page of notes on names titled Sethe and notes on an article on Sebknofru and ‘On Transcriptions’.

A few letters include notes on the back mostly of one or two words.

MSS 18/1 is also numbered 5
MSS 18/2 is also numbered A.249
MSS 18/3 is also numbered 31
MSS 18/7 is also numbered A.1
MSS 18/8 is also numbered 67
MSS 18/10 is also numbered A.99
MSS 18/13 is also numbered A.302
MSS 18/18 is also numbered 354
MSS 18/19 is also numbered A.238
MSS 18/20 is also numbered A.241
MSS 18/21 is also numbered A.5
MSS 18/22 is also numbered A.295
MSS 18/29 is also numbered 263
MSS 18/31 is also numbered 288
MSS 18/32 is also numbered 253
MSS 18/35 is also numbered A.10
MSS 18/36 is also numbered A.11
MSS 18/37 is also numbered A.22
MSS 18/40 is also numbered 308
MSS 18/46 is also numbered 220
MSS 18/47 is also numbered 1a
MSS 18/48 is also numbered 1
MSS 18/55 is also numbered A.150
MSS 18/56 is also numbered A.137
MSS 18/57 is also numbered 151a
MSS 18/58 is also numbered A.157
MSS 18/59 is also numbered A.138
MSS 18/60 is also numbered A.138
MSS 18/61 is also numbered A.140
MSS 18/62 is also numbered A.141
MSS 18/66 is also numbered 143

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MSS 18/1-149

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MSS 49/8-12 including 49/8A

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