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Wace, Alan John Bayard - correspondence

Correspondence from Alan John Bayard Wace including relating to his work at the VictoriaAlbert Museum and embroideries.

Includes correspondence relating to: embroideries belonging to Newberry; his appointment to the V (1924); requesting information on vase found in tomb of Thutmose IV inscribed 'Vase of Keftiu'; inviting Newberry to give lecture on textiles; arranging to visit embroidery collections including Newberry's; the purchase of embroideries in Egypt; trip to America (1929); donation of a Persian papier mache panel by Newberry (1932); olives in Greece (1933); on appointment to the University of Cambridge; silphium columns; requesting reference for Pendlebury.

Note:
MSS 44/5 is also numbered 294
MSS 44/9 is also numbered 25
MSS 44/14 is also numbered A.125
MSS 44/15 is also numbered A.126
MSS 44/16 is also numbered A.125a
MSS 44/20 is also numbered A.133

Wainwright, Gerald Averay - correspondence

Correspondence from Gerald Averay Wainwright including relating to travel to Egypt; a stela in the Cairo Museum; the tomb of Teti-ki; 'finances of independent Egypt' and the Egyptian Railway (1925); Newberry's research on nome standards (1932); hieroglyphic sign of a seven petaled flower.

Note:
MSS 44/44 is also numbered 208
MSS 44/45 is also numbered A.131

Walker, Phyllis - correspondence

Correspondence from Phyllis Walker (Niece and heir of Howard Carter) relating to the execution of Howard Carter's estate.

Includes correspondence relating to: publishing an unpublished manuscript started by Carter on his early career; transfer of files to Oxford including copy of a letter of receipt from the Ashmolean museum; copy of two letters from E.T. Leeds on donation of files; work during World War Two and moving (1942); news of Mrs Burton (1943); copyright infringement (1945); reference to Howard Carter's paintings including of birds, Deir el-Bahari and the Ramesseum; sale of furniture at Sotheby's; Executors Spink and Captain Ingram's handling of objects and objects arriving broken to the Metropolitan Museum, New York; Burton's help with the sale of objects; copy of letter from Etienne Drichton (Director General, Cairo Museum) relating to the donation of objects from the tomb of Tutankhamun to the Cairo Museum (1940).

Also includes: letter of thanks to Mrs Newberry (1939) and on the death of Harry Burton (1940); copy of letter from Alan Gardiner to Phyllis Walker on the donation of Howard Carter's records relating to the tomb of Tutankhamun to the Ashmolean and copyright ownership (1945); copy of letter from E.T. Leeds (Keeper, Ashmolean Museum) thanking Walker for the gift of Carter's records (1945).

Ward, John - correspondence

Correspondence from John Ward including referring to Newberry's excavation work, Archibald Sayce and meeting in Luxor (1899); congratulating Newberry on the publication of Rekhmara (1900); and congratulating Newberry on his marriage and moving to Kent after the death of his wife (1907).

Whitaker, Hugh - correspondence

Correspondence from Hugh Whitaker including relating to travel to Egypt and his house in Venice, inviting Newberry to stay, news of people in Egypt, his marriage.

Also includes letter of thanks to Mrs Newberry.

Note:
MSS 45/48 is also numbered A.190

Wylde, Henry C - correspondence

Correspondence from Henry C. Wylde relating to the etymology of ship (1910), Newberry's search for a house (1913) and work on a glossary (n.d.).

Note:
MSS 46/83 is also numbered 282

Research Notebooks

Percy Newberry's series of notebooks includes notebooks on single subjects, indexed notebooks on a range of subjects and research journals. Many of the notebooks have been numbered (in the form NB followed by a number) by Newberry and are referenced elsewhere in his research notes. As such it appears that these notebooks were used as reference books by Newberry, and they often include lists of bibliographic references for a subject.

Unfortunately it is evident that this series of notebooks is not complete and there are numbered notebooks referred to in Newberry's research material that do not appear to be in the collection.

Notes on the pomegranate, boomerang and ensigns on pots

Notebook with index at the front.

Notes on hieroglyphs and early versions of composite signs formed with the standard or sacred pole [R12] including:
-Pomegranate tree
-Boomerang
-Harpoon
-with the hieroglyph for sand dunes on top [N25]
-with the Min emblem on top [R22]

Very neat and written in prose so possibly intended for publication. Includes references to publications and museum objects. Roughly a quarter of the notebook has been used.

Notes on nomes

Ringbound notebook containing mostly handwritten notes on nomes, with some additional loose notes, some of which appear to have been cut from other notebooks. First half of the notebook is on nomes in Lower Egypt and the second half on Upper Egypt. Both sections start with a list of the nomes in numerical order and the notes are arranged accordingly. Some pages are titled but do not contain any notes.

The first half of the notebook contains notes on nomes in Lower Egypt including Predynastic nome insignia, titles connected with nomes in Lower Egypt, Thoth and Thoth priests, the Ibis and other animals associated with nomes. There is also the following loose material:

-handwritten notes on the 12th nome of Lower Egypt and sketches of a calf

-typed notes on the name of the 15th nome of Lower Egypt, with draft of a letter to Alan (probably Alan Gardiner)

-handwritten notes on Thenessus and the nome of Nesyt

The second half of the notebook contains notes on nomes in Upper Egypt and the animals associated with the nomes. There is also the following loose material:

-typed and handwritten notes on Coptos

-cutting of an image of an engraving with the caption 'Nilinsel aus dem Sonnen-tempel des Neuserre' [Island in the Nile river from the sun temple of Neuserre]

-handwritten notes on Abydos and tracing

-handwritten notes on the 13th nome which appear to have been taken from other notebooks, also a note written by Diana Magee

The notebook also includes the following references: to a 'notebook on Sais and folder'; a 'Harpoon folder'; and 'see Folder Pig'.

Notebook on ships

Indexed notebook titled 'Ships and Shipping' and numbered NB 42.

Contains notes on parts of ships, names of ships, nautical terms, titles connected with ships and timber used for ships. Also includes tracings and drawings.

This notebook was previously in a box labelled, during previous archival processing, 'Special Subjects 1'.

Cylinder seal impressions

Notebook housed in an envelope containing cuttings and drawings of cylinder seals and impressions from Abydos, including the tombs of Khasekhemwy and Neterkhet (also known as Djoser). Pages of the notebook have been numbered by Peter Kaplony on 26th November 1959. Notebook also includes loose pages of draft plates for Newberry, P.E., 'Impressions of seals from Abydos', in Annals of Archaeology and Anthropology, Volume 2, p.130 with plates xxii-xxv (1909) (OEB 146367).

This notebook was previously in a box labelled, during previous archival processing, 'Scarabs and Cylinders'.

Neithhotep and tomb

Folder titled 'Nîthotēp Naqada Tomb' containing notes and research material relating to Neithhotep and the identification of the Naqada tomb (TopBib v.118).

Includes:
-Typed and handwritten notes on Queen Hetep (Neith-Hetep) and her tomb at Naqada
-Notes on objects inscribed with name of Queen Neithhotep
-Cuttings from Petrie, W. M. Flinders. 1901. <i>The Royal Tombs of the Earliest Dynasties</i>. London: Egypt Exploration Fund (OEB 147184) including Plate II and Plate VA
-Copies of ivory labels found in the tomb of Neithhotep (Cairo Museum, CG 14102, CG 14103, CG 14106, CG 14104) from Morgan, J. de 1897. <i>Recherches sur les origines de l'Égypte: ethnographie préhistorique et tombeau royal de Négadah</i>. Paris: Ernest Leroux (OEB 145679)
-Notes on the correct reading of the name of Neithhotep
-List of the contents of Chamber B
-Notes on seals found in the tomb of Neithhotep
-Notes and cuttings of a plan and section of tomb of Merneith (TopBib v.82)
-Typed notes on Libyan Amazons
-Notes and sketches of ivory tablet of Aha from the tomb at Naqada (Cairo Museum, CG 14142) (TopBib v.118)

Dynasty I and Kings 1-4 (Narmer/Menes, Hor-Aha, Djer and Djet)

Folder titled 'History Dynasty I Kings 1-4' containing 6 paper folders labelled by Newberry and two envelopes.

Folder titled 'Dyn 1 Lists' includes:

-Notes, rubbings and drawings on the Palermo Stone

-Notes on King lists for the 1st Dynasty

Folder titled 'Dyn 1 Narmer Menes - 1' includes:

-Notes on Narmer, Menes, Aha and monuments bearing the name of Narmer, including draft notes for Alan Gardiner

Folder titled 'Dyn 1 Aha - 2' includes:

-Two letters from Walter Emery to Newberry on 'The Son of Isis' and Hor-Aha seal, August 1938 (there are replies to this correspondence in Envelope 2, NEWB075).

-Tracings and cuttings from Emery, Walter B. 1939. ?or-A?a. Excavations at Saqqara (1937-1938). Cairo: Government Press (OEB 138960), Petrie, W. M. Flinders. 1901. The Royal Tombs of the Earliest Dynasties. Part 2. London: Egypt Exploration Fund (OEB 147184), Petrie, F. et al, 'Abydos II', (1903) (OEB 146956)

-Notes, tracings, drawings and cuttings relating to Aha

Folder titled 'Dyn 1 Zer Ta - 3' includes:

-Notes, tracings, cuttings and drawings relating to Zer [also referred to as Djer]

-Cutting of Newberry, Percy, 'Egyptian Historical Notes II: 6. The Stela of King Zer', in Proceedings of the Society of Biblical Archaeology Volume 36 (OEB 187736)

-Cuttings from Petrie, W. M. Flinders. 1900. The Royal Tombs of the First Dynasty. Part 1. London: Egypt Exploration Fund (OEB 147184) and Petrie, W. M. Flinders. 1901. The Royal Tombs of the Earliest Dynasties. Part 2. London: Egypt Exploration Fund (OEB 147184).

Folder titled 'Dyn 1 Zet - 4' includes:

-Notes, tracings, cuttings and drawings relating to Zet and the Tomb of Zet [also known as Djet]

-Notes on seals of the reign of King Zet

Folder titled 'Emery Hor aha' includes:

-Notes, tracings, and cuttings including from Petrie, W. M. Flinders. 1901. The Royal Tombs of the Earliest Dynasties. Part 1. London: Egypt Exploration Fund (OEB 147184), Petrie, W. M. Flinders. 1901. The Royal Tombs of the Earliest Dynasties. Part 2. London: Egypt Exploration Fund (OEB 147184) and Petrie, W. M. Flinders, et al. 1902-1904. Abydos, 3 vols. London: Egypt Exploration Fund (OEB 146956).

The two envelopes include:

-Tracings and drawings of seal impressions from The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

-Notes on labels including ivory and wooden labels of the 1st Dynasty, labels used for oils and unguents, and labels for necklaces and strings of beads

Deforestation, dessication and climate changes in Egypt

Folder titled 'Deforestation : Dessication' containing research notes on deforestation, dessication and climate changes in Egypt.

Includes

-Notes on the Libyan Desert or Sahara including on deforestation

-Notes in preparation for a lecture titled 'Taming the land and interpretation of nature'

-Notes on articles by Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker

-Notes on deforestation

-Notes on the former fertility of Egypt

-Newspaper cutting on soil erosion in Africa by Elspeth Huxley from The Times, 10 June 1937

-Notes on the geology of Egypt

-Typed lecture notes on deforestation, flora and fauna in Egypt

-Notes on dessication or drying up of lakes and rivers

-Typed draft titled 'Deforestation of Mediterrannean Lands'

-Notes on deserts

Nomes

Folder titled 'Egypt. Nomes. Lower Egypt' containing notes on places and nomes in Egypt.

Includes:
-Notes on the Nile and bibliographic references to the Nile
-Envelope containing notes on Ta-Seti and Aswan including tracing and drawing of a fragment of a stela depicting Khasekhem with a bow on his head published in Quibell, J. E. and F. W. Green 1900-1902. <i>Hierakonpolis</i>, Part 2. London: Bernard Quaritch (OEB 147893)
-Notes on Edfu
-Notes from Mariette-Bey, A. 1871. <i>Dendérah: description générale du grand temple de cette ville</i>, Volume 4, Plate 34, (Paris, 1871) (OEB 144495)
-Nome priests
-Notes and tracings of birds possibly relating to the 18th nome of Upper Egypt Nemty

Oils and unguents

Folder titled 'Oils and Unguents' containing a handbound notebook titled 'Oils and Unguents'. Notebook contains notes on oils and unguents including head dressing, oil used on the skin, massage, nwdw seeds, oil from moringa, oil and unguent used in rituals, variant writings of the oil name h3tt thnw or oil from Tehenu-land or Libya with publication references.

Also includes cuttings and drawings of attestations in tomb scenes, seals and labels.

This folder was previously in a box labelled, during previous archival processing, 'Flora and Fauna 1'.

Trees

Folder titled 'Trees' containing two notebooks (one handbound) also titled 'Trees'.

Handbound notebook titled 'Trees' contains notes relating to trees including on tree names, characteristic trees and shrubs of Egypt, incense, the date palm, tamarix, sycamore fig, sacred tree in nomes, nebak or zizyphus spina-Christi, and carob.

Also includes page of tracings titled 'Pomegranate and Early Kings' and a photograph of a pomegranate tree.

The second notebook contains an index at the front and includes notes relating to trees including on carob, castor oil including photograph of the castor oil tree or ricinus communis, ebony, persea tree, pine trees, balamites, tjeret-tree, date palm, and almond.

Also includes lists of occurences of other tree names. Roughly half of the notebook has been used. Page 11-12 on the pomegranate has been cut out.

This folder was previously in a box labelled, during previous archival processing, 'Flora and Fauna 1'.

Animals - Hippopotamus, Horse and Chariot, Lion, Monkey, Bats, Cheetah, Hyena, Bear, Jerboa, Porcupine, Deer, Ostrich

Folder numbered 3 and titled 'Hippopotamus, Horse and Chariot, Lion, Monkey, Bats, Cheetah, Hyena, Bear, Jerboa, Porcupine, Deer, Ostrich' containing five handbound notebooks titled 'Hippopotamus', 'Horse and Chariot', 'Lion', 'Monkey, Bats, Cheetah, Hyaena, Bear, Jerboa, Porcupine, Deer' and 'Ostrich'.

Notebook titled 'Hippopotamus' contains typed notes and draft on the hippopotamus.

Notebook titled 'Horse and Chariot' contains notes on the horse and the chariot including their introduction into Egypt, early references to them, representations in art, as well as notes on mules and charioteers. Also includes:

-Cutting of an image of a side of a painted box from the tomb of Tutankhamen showing Tutankhamen in a chariot (Cairo Museum, JE 61467)

-Cuttings of images of the interior and exterior of a chariot of Tuthmosis IV (Cairo Museum, JE 46097)

Notebook titled 'Lion' contains notes on lions including hunting lions, references to and representations of lions, their distribution and behavior. Also includes cutting of an image of a side of a painted box from the tomb of Tutankhamen showing Tutankhamen shooting lions from his chariot (Cairo Museum, JE 61467).

Notebook titled 'Monkey, Bats, Cheetah, Hyaena, Bear, Jerboa, Porcupine, Deer' includes:

-Notes on different species of baboon and monkey including cutting of drawings of two baboon-shaped objects

-Notes on the bat

-Notes on the cheetah including photograph of Newberry with a cheetah

-Notes on the jerboa

-Notes on references to the hyena

-Notes on references to the bear

-Notes on references to the porcupine including cutting of a porcupine inscription (Egyptian Museum of Berlin, 1132)

-Draft on the fallow deer including tracing and drawings

Notebook titled 'Ostrich' includes notes on the ostrich including their distribution and on ostrich feathers worn in the hair. Also includes:

-Cuttings from The Illustrated London News of a fan made out of ostrich feathers and fan handle found in the tomb of Tutankhamun, 22 January 1927 (TopBib i2.583 [242])

This folder was previously in a box labelled, during previous archival processing, 'Flora and Fauna 2'.

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