Collection Gurney MSS - Oliver Robert Gurney Collection

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Gurney MSS


Oliver Robert Gurney Collection


  • 1940s-1990s (Creation)

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Extent and medium

42 folders and some loose papers

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Name of creator


Biographical history

British Assyriologist. Shillito Reader in Assyriology, Oxford University, 1945-78. Made Professor in 1965. Scholar of both Akkadian and Hittite. Editor of Anatolian Studies for almost 45 years.

Archival history

Not known.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented by Dr J. A. Black, Oriental Institute, Oxford in October 2002.

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Scope and content

Correspondence and notes relating to the geography of the Hittite Empire, Babylonian music, decipherment, and various other topics.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Kept as received.

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Conditions governing access

Property of the Griffith Institute. Access subject to prior approval by the Archivist.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright Griffith Institute, Oxford.

Language of material

  • English

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These are originals.

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