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Journals

The Journals, or more correctly journal-letters, cover 38 seasons, with a date range of 1880-1 to 1928-9, which cover Petrie’s first season in Egypt (measuring the Pyramids at Giza) through to 1928-9 (Petrie’s excavations at Tell Fara in Palestine). There are approximately 5,000 journal pages.

The earlier handwritten Journals are by Petrie, then following his marriage in 1897, much of the writing was compiled by his wife, Hilda.

A basic presentation of three of these journals is available on the Griffith Institute website, see the entries for the first three journals for further information.

Ostraca

867 groups of documentation, mainly for ostraca with hieratic inscriptions, as well as a small number of ostraca with demotic or Coptic inscriptions, or ostraca with figures.
Writing boards with hieratic inscriptions are also included.
Most of the documents are photographs. The rest of the material includes transcriptions, translations, facsimiles, correspondence, annotated off-prints and various notes.

-Museums, Černý MSS 1.1-522 (523-4, numbers not allocated)
-Collections, Černý MSS 1.525-594
-Not identified, Černý MSS 1.595-625
-Miscellaneous, Černý MSS 1.626-830

Notebooks

The majority of the notebooks are A5 or similar. Most of the content is handwritten unless specified otherwise.
Many of the notebooks contain transcriptions of hieratic texts from ostraca, papyri and other objects. Also recorded are transcriptions of graffiti (hieratic and hieroglyphic) and hieroglyphic texts from monuments.
Texts were often copied in situ at sites or in museums and were continually collated. Transcriptions were also made using photographs and publications as source material.
Some notebooks are thematic focusing on economic and social history issues. These subjects include Egyptian administration (nomes), prices, topography (e.g. Deir el-Medîna), etc.
Notebooks compiled from material consulted in Egyptian collections, mostly in European countries and Egypt. Černý visited museums with major collections of hieratic material from Deir el-Medîna, most notably, Museo Egizio, Turin; British Museum, London; [Ägyptisches] Museum, Berlin; and Rijksmuseum, Leiden.
Černý compiled a series of slip-indexes for the transcriptions (slip-indexes, see Černý MSS 23 to 46).

Photographs

277 groups of photographs. Most black and white images. Series includes photographs taken at sites including wall scenes in temples and tombs, and objects in museums, private collections, seen with dealers, location not known and not identified:
-91 groups for sites and wall scenes, Černý MSS 2.1-184, 405-416
-182 groups for objects in museums, private collections, dealers, location not known and not identified, Černý MSS. 2.185-400, 2.417-725
-2 photographs of Oriental Congresses: 1928, Černý MSS 2.401; 1931, Černý MSS 2.402
-2 photographs of Egyptologists: Ludwig Keimer, Černý MSS 2.403; Adolf Erman, Černý MSS 2.404

Correspondence

Professional and personal correspondence, the majority of letters date between 1946-1970 and are addressed to J. Černý in London, Oxford, Prague and other European, American and Egyptian addresses and locations. The letters contain Egyptological information regarding text readings, translations, exchange of information on objects in museums or in situ, sites and texts.

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