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William Matthew Flinders Petrie Collection File
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Accession and Archivist's notes

Three groups of material relating to the Petrie Journals.
-Original archive wrappings for Journals, as received, with notes and comments.
-Ann Petrie note dated November 1969 and a photocopy of a typewritten list of W. M. F. Petrie's publications.
-Photocopy of letter from Rachael Sparks, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, 07-03-2004, describing W. M. F. Petrie MSS in other repositories.

Album 1 - El-Kab (Quibell)

Album with 30 photographs of excavations at El-Kab between December 1897 and April 1898, led by James Edward Quibell, assisted by his sister Kate Quibell and Annie A. Pirie (later Quibell).

Quibell, James Edward

Album 2 - Deshasheh

-Album titled 'Deshasheh 1897' containing photographs from Petrie's excavations at Deshasheh in 1897.
-The introduction on the third page reads: 'Deshaheh is a village on the western edge of the Nile Valley, about twenty miles south of the entrance to the Fayum. At about two miles back in the desert is a low range of cliffs about 80 ft high. The southernmost end of these cliffs is an isolated hill which contains the inscribed tomb of Anta and many unnamed tomb pits; the cliffs for half a mile north of this are pierced with many more tombs, and contain another inscribed tomb, of Shedu. A serdab of a great mastaba, now destroyed, contained the series of statues of Nenkheftka. While in the hill above was the tomb and coffin inscribed of his son Nenkheftek. The excavations were made in Feb. and March 1897 for the Egypt Exploration Fund. / W.M. Flinders Petrie. / The whole cemetery is of about the Vth dynasty 3600 BC.'
-The final 2 pages of photographs in the album (Petrie MSS 5.2.77-85) are of a statuette now in London, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, 14210.

Album 5 - Egyptian Miniatures Part A. Old Empire

-Album containing photographs of Old (and also some Middle) Kingdom antiquities and monuments.
-Most of the photographs show the Giza pyramids, especially the Great Pyramid, as well as many private tombs.
-This album includes the photograph showing Petrie standing outside the tomb he lived in the early 1880s when surveying the pyramids (Petrie MSS 5.5.23c [upper right]).
-Other sites in this album include pyramids, tombs and other monuments at Saqqara, Meidum, Dahshur, Abusir, Hawara, Zawyet el-Amwat and Biahmu.

Handwritten copy of Petrie Journals 1893-1897

Handwritten copies, created by Kate Bradbury (m. Griffith), excerpts of Petrie's journals from December 1893 to January 1897. Presumably created by Bradbury when the Petrie journals were circulated to friends and sponsors. The excerpts include:
-Pages 1-9 - February-April 1893 - Petrie photographing objects in the museums in Bologna, Florence, and Turin, as well as visits to archaeological sites in Italy including Pompeii.
-Pages 11-51 - 1893-4 - excavations at Qift (Koptos).
-Pages 52-81 - 1894-5 - excavations at Tukh (Nubt), Ballas and Naqada, Petrie assisted by J. E. Quibell, B. P. Grenfell and Hugh Price.
-Pages 82-90 - 1895-6 - excavations at Thebes including the Ramesseum, Temple of Thutmose IV and the Temple of Amenophis II.
-Pages 91-119 - 1896-7 - excavations at Beni Mazar and Bibeh.

Griffith, Kate

Handwritten copy of Petrie Journals 1897-1901

Handwritten copies, created by Kate Bradbury (m. Griffith), excerpts of Petrie's journals from November 1897 to February January 1901, notes associated with the journal and copy of the N. de Garis Davies journal for 1898 to 1899. Presumably created by Bradbury when the Petrie journals were circulated to friends and sponsors.
-Pages 1-21 - 1897-8 - Excavations at Dendera of the mastaba tombs and cemetery, also a description of a trip into the desert around Dendera, Petrie assisted by A. C. Mace and N. de Garis Davies.
-Pages 23-39 - 1898 to 1899 - Excavations at Hu (Diopolis Parva), Petrie assisted by A. C. Mace, and D. Randall-MacIver.
-Pages 40-51 - 1899 to 1900 - Excavations at Abydos, Umm El Qa‘ab.
-Pages 52-58 - 1900 to 1901 - Excavations at Abydos, Umm El Qa‘ab.
-Pages 59-62 - 1901 to 1902 - Excavations at Abydos, temple and cemeteries.

-Pages 63-73 - loose items associated with the notebook, some related to Petrie’s journals.

-Pages 74-76 - Excerpts from Norman de Garis Davies journal - 1898-1899 - Excavating the tomb of Ptah-hotep at Saqqara, includes a brief letter and note in Davies' hand.

Griffith, Kate

Legends copied by Černý from Album of Photographs of Egyptian Objects in the Museums of Bologna, Florence and Turin

Notebook containing legends copied by Jaroslav Černý on 19-21 July 1954 from album of photographs taken by W.M. Flinders Petrie of Egyptian objects in the Museums of Bologna, Florence and Turin in April 1893.

Note: Although these legends correspond with the album Petrie MSS 3.1 'Photographs of Egyptian Objects in the Museums of Bologna, Florence and Turin', they are not included in it. It is not known whether the photographs were rehoused or if there is a duplicate album with legends seen by Černý held elsewhere.

Černý, Jaroslav

Letter exchange between C. H. Read and Petrie

Correspondence exchanged between Charles Hercules Read and W. M. F. Petrie in 1907, two letters and one draft letter.
-C. H. Read to Petrie, 27-03-1907, 2 pages, comparing the scale of excavations in Egypt undertaken by the Germans and Americans and that the British were falling behind.
-Petrie to C. H. Read, not dated but presumably 1907, 3 pages, a draft of the reply in response to Read's letter of 27-03-1907, refutes Read's statement, and to the contrary, the British were in fact 'leading the way', describes his excavations in the Palace of Apries at Memphis, has funding for excavating in Egypt for the next 5 to 10 years, and the British Society of Antiquaries need to continue its support of British excavations.
-Petrie to C. H. Read, 27-05-1909, 1 page, the Hilton Price collection sale at Sotheby's.

Modern 35mm negatives of Petrie's photographs taken at the Giza Museum in Cairo

Modern negatives created from Petrie's original nitrate negatives which were then deaccessioned.

These photographs were numbered by Petrie himself and are the same as in the album of photographs entitled 'Koptos and Ghizeh Museum' (Petrie MSS 5.4, specifically Petrie MSS 5.4.30-61), except for 516, 518, 552, and 570.

Note: Only digital versions of the negatives nos. 516, 518, 552 and 570 (which are not present in the album Petrie MSS 5.4) are included here. Links to the original prints in the album are included for the remaining entries instead. The following negatives are missing (only prints in the album exist): 502, 504, 550, 592, 609, 611 and 616.

Modern negatives of Petrie's photographs from Italian museums

Modern negatives created from Petrie's original nitrate negatives which were then deaccessioned.

These photographs are the same as in the album of photographs from Italian museums (Petrie MSS 3.1), however, there is not a negative for every print. The following negatives are missing: 29, 36, 37, 81, 90, 98, 185, 213, 222, 226, 233, 234, 243, 274, 321, 352, 356, 368, 369, 413, 472 and 532.

Petrie 'Post Card Album'

Album, 36 x 24.5 cm, "Post Card Album” impressed on the cover, 38 pages with 192 postcards. Most of the postcards have not been used, those which have been posted are all addressed to Alfred Lionel Lewis (d. 1920), a Prehistorian and Vice President of the Royal Anthropological Institute. The Pitt-Rivers Museum, Oxford, also possesses a collection of Lewis’ scale models of prehistoric monuments. Most of the postcards are listed in the order they are presented in the album.

France
Prehistoric monuments
-Carnac
-Locmariaquer
-Le Croisic
-Champ-Dolent
-Saint-Vran
-La Rochelongue
-Glomel
-Trégunc
-Corley
-Kerien
-Saint-Nazaire
-l’île d’Oléron
-Saint-Renan
-Porspoder
-Kérangoaker
-Ploufragan
-Rouen
-Pleumeur-Bodou
-Plouescat
-Commequiers
-La Rochepot
-Morvan
-Solutré-Pouilly
-Draguignan
-Les Ventes
-Vallée d’Iton
-Pacy-sur-Eure
-Saint-Micaud
-Neaufles-Auvergny
-Ussy
-Berrias-et-Casteljau
-Saint-Agrève
-Saint-Cergues
-Saint-Alban-sous-Sampzon
-Souppes-sur-Loing
-Aude
-Evreux
-Bretteville
-Neuville-Bosc
-Boubiers
-Delincourt
-Yzeures-sur-Creuse
-Connerré
-Saint-Nectaire
-Martinvast

  • Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil (series produced during the C. Hauser excavations)
    -Sers
    -Fontenille
    -Poitiers
    -Roullet-Saint-Estèphe
    -Bernac

Churches
-Gurat, église monolithe Saint-Georges
-Lanterne des Morts (Charente, Quercy, Cellefrouin, Château-Larcher, Vivonne)
-Aubeterre, l’eglise Saint-Jean

Several series of postcards produced for congresses
-Congrès Préhistorique de France, Autun, 1907 (Alise-Sainte-Reine, Mont Beuvray, Camp de Chassey, Solutré-Pouilly)
-IVe Congrès préhistorique de France, Cambéry, 1908 (Pierre-Châtel, Saint-Saturnin, Aiguebelette, Aix-les-Bains, Butte de Montjay, La Balme, Lac du Bourget)
-Ve Congrès préhistorique de France, Beauvais, 1909 (Trie-Château, Champignolles, Villers-Saint-Sépulcre, Champlieu, Sainte-Geneviève, Beauvais)
-XIVe Congrès d’Anthropologie et d’Archéologie préhistoriques, Genène, 1912 (small flint figures)

Belgium
Prehistoric monument
-Tervueren

United Kingdom
Prehistoric monuments
-Coria (Corbridge; Corstopitum) (objects)
-Arran, Shiskine
-Penrith, “Giant’s Grave”
-Aylesford pit Kent, Bennett Coll.

Objects in museums
-Colchester Corporation Museum (The Colchester Vase, British 1st and 2nd Century vessels)
-Glastonbury Bronze Bowl
-Oxford, Ashmolean Museum (Knossos, great store-jar and fresco-painting)

Miscellaneous
-Westminster Abbey, funerary wax effigies of British Kings and Queens

Petrie, (Lady) Hilda Mary Isabel

Petrie 'Scraps' photograph album

Album, 24 x 30 cm, “SCRAPS” impressed on the cover, 52 pages, most photographs glued onto the page (using stamp-papers) or mount-slots cut into the page. Most of the photographs are commercial picture cards of locations in the United Kingdom, typically measuring 6.5 by 10.5 cm, many with printed captions, as well as Petrie's annotations. These were presumably purchased by Petrie when travelling around the country. The majority of the photographs are commercial images. Most of the photographs are listed in the order they are presented in the album.

United Kingdom
-Tunbridge Wells, Rusthall Rocks, High Rocks
-Carshalton Church, Surrey
-Windsor Castle
-Savernake Forest
-Walton Parsonage
-Broad Street, Hereford
-Clifton Suspension Bridge
-Bristol Cathedral (interior)
-St Mary Radcliffe Church, Bristol
-Cheddar Gorge (two 10 x 16 commercial prints)
-St Mary Magdalene Church, Taunton
-Wells Cathedral (interior)
-Charmouth (multiple views, where Petrie was born and grew-up, includes a view of “our old house / Montefiore's”)
-Monkton Wylde
-Whitchurch
-Whitchurch Canonicorum Church
-Wooton House
-Forde Abbey
-Lyme Regis, landslip near
-Exeter Cathedral (interior)
-Torquay
-Antstey’s Cove
-Lustleigh Cleave
-Chagford
-Lynton
-Lynmouth
-Ilfracombe
-Durham Cathedral
-Sudley House, near Liverpool
-Ben Leagach, Glen Torridon
-Edinburgh
-Family group in the garden of a house (annotated: “Mrs Y., Mary, Wm., C. Mr. Y. Fred & Cecy”)
-Perth
-Rochester, Cathedral and Castle
-Dover Castle, St Mary in Castro [church with Roman lighthouse]
-Reculver, St Mary’s Church
-Sandwich, St Peter’s Church, St Bartholomew’s Chapel
-Stonehenge [Petrie’s own photos?]
-Avebury
-Silbury Hill
-Cromlech, The Devil’s Den
-Southampton, Bargate and The Arcades
-Netley Abbey
-Portchester Castle
-Drewsteignton, Cromlech, “The Three Spinsters”
-St Austell, Holy Trinity Church

France
-Mont Saint-Michel

USA
-Bloomer Cut, near Auburn, CA
-Kessler Peak, Cottonwood Canyon, UT

Egypt
-Giza, Great Sphinx and Khufu Pyramid

Nigeria
-“Bp. Crowther’s residence / Gbebe / River Niger”.

Australia
-Melbourne (views from the Botanic Gardens, Fitzroy Gardens, The Treasury, the Yarra at Studley Park)

New Zealand
-Gold miners

Canada

  • House 13, Masset, BC

Artworks
-"The Blind Beggar” by J. L. Dyckmans, National Gallery
-“The Reading Girl (La Leggitrice)” by Pietro Magni, National Gallery

Varia
-Photograph of a young man standing at the base of a rock formation. Perhaps W. M. F. Petrie? Location, probably United Kingdom, Cheddar Gorge?
-Christmas greetings card addressed to Mrs Petrie [W. M. F. Petrie’s mother] from Elizabeth Flinders Naylor, 1891
-Engraving of an ancient Egyptian bronze statuette or coffin of a bat
-Portrait of Lord Shaftesbury (Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury) (1801-1885)

Petrie, (Lady) Hilda Mary Isabel

Petrie Journal 1880 to 1881 (Giza)

-Journal letters
-November 30, 1880, to June 22, 1881.
-Handwritten.
-Petrie's first visit to Egypt commencing with a measurement-survey of the Giza pyramids, which was continued and completed the following season (1881 to 1882).
-Main site: Giza.
-Other sites: Dahshur and Saqqara.

Petrie Journal 1881 to 1882 (Giza and Nile voyage)

-Journal letters.
-October 3, 1881, to May 8, 1882.
-Handwritten.
-Petrie's main activity was the continuation of the measurement-survey of the pyramids at Giza, which was started the preceding season (1880 to 1881). This was the first season that Petrie took photographs using the pinhole camera he built himself.
-Main site: Giza.
-Other sites: Saqqara, Abusir, Maidum, el-Hiba, Kom el-Ahmar, Amarna, Dendera, Thebes, Medinet Habu, Ramesseum, Luxor, Medinet el-Faiyum, Dahshur, Hawara.

Petrie Journal 1883 to 1884 (Tanis)

-Journal letters.
-November 7, 1883, through to July 7, 1884.
-Handwritten.
-In early December 1883, Petrie, accompanied by his friends Prof. and Mrs Sheldon Amos, charters a dahabiyeh from Cairo, travelling through the Wadi Tumilat to Ismailia, Petrie prospects sites along the way including the site for Petrie's next season which is later identified by him as Naucratis. In February 1884, Petrie begins his first large-scale excavations at Tanis which continue into June.
-Main site: Tanis (San el-Hagar).

Petrie Journal 1884 to 1885 (Naucratis)

-Journal letters
-November 8, 1884, to May 31, 1885.
-Handwritten.
-At Naucratis, Petrie is assisted by F. Ll. Griffith, who is on his first visit to Egypt. In April 1885, Griffith is left to continue excavating at Naucratis while Petrie returns to Tanis to continue the previous season’s work. It was at Naucratis that Petrie earned the moniker “father of pots”, Griffith's being the “father of potsherds”, which is mentioned by Petrie in the journal.
-Main sites: Naucratis (Naukratis) and Tanis (San el-Hagar).
-Pages 15-68 and 92 are photocopies.
-Page 69 is missing.
-There are two pages numbered 101 and two pages numbered 133.

Petrie Journal 1885 to 1886 (Naucratis, Nabesha, and Dafana)

-Journal letters
-November 23, 1885, to June 1, 1886.
-Handwritten.
-Petrie, assisted by F. Ll. Griffith and E. A. Gardner, resumes excavating at Naucratis. In January 1886, Gardner is left to continue excavating at Naucratis while Petrie and Griffith begin excavating at Nebesha. At the end of March 1886, Petrie moves to Dafana and excavates there.
-Main sites: Naucratis (Naukratis), Nabesha (Tell Nebesha; Tell Farun), and Dafana (Tell Dafana; Daphnae).
-Other sites: Tanis (San el-Hagar).
-Pages 7-9 and 45-6 are copies of letters by Petrie's mother Anne.

Petrie Journal 1886 to 1887 (Nile voyage and Dahshur)

-Journal letters
-November 29, 1886, through to May 30, 1887.
-Handwritten.
-Petrie and F. Ll. Griffith charter a boat for two months which will take them from Minya to Aswan enabling them to visit many sites along the way. At the end of the two months, they return to Luxor where Petrie commences with his main task of collecting material for his “Racial Types” project which involves the photographing and making squeezes of scenes in the temples at Karnak before he moves across to the West Bank to continue this work in the temples and tombs there. Later in the season, Petrie moves on to Dahshur to survey the pyramids.
-Main sites: Aswan, Karnak, Dahshur.
-Other sites: Ramesseum, Valley of the Kings.
-Pages 34 and 34A are copies of letters by Petrie's mother Anne.

Petrie Journal 1887 to 1888 (Medinet el-Faiyum and Hawara)

-Journal letters.
-December 5, 1887, through to May 12, 1888.
-Handwritten.
-Petrie begins the season excavating in the temple of Sobek at Medinet el-Faiyum, then moves on to Hawara where he surveys the pyramid, as well as finding many mummy-portraits from the Roman Period cemetery there.
-Main sites: Medinet el-Faiyum and Hawara.
-Other sites: Byahmu (Biyahmu), Medinet el-Gurob (Ghurab; Gourob).

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