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Qasr Ibrim

Photographs of Coptic papyri from EES excavations at Qasr Ibrim, now in Cambridge University’s Oriental Faculty.

Research Material

Along with the subject files and notebooks is a large body of research material that does not have any apparent order. It includes several draft manuscripts, card indexes, research notes, tracings, drawings, and photographs. Topics include predynastic Egypt, Egyptian antiquities including scarabs and seals, ancient Egyptian religion as well as relating to research on sites in Egypt including copies of inscriptions, plans and drawings.

In a letter on the transfer of the Newberry collection to the Griffith Institute Archive in 1951 Dr I. E. S. Edwards (Keeper of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum) lists: Tracings of tomb inscriptions and decorations (packed in brown trunk); A group of texts and other material dealing with the Second Intermediate Period; and a large collection of "scholar's notes" on various subjects for the most part classified but in some cases merely labelled "Miscellaneous notes". It is this material which now constitutes this series. This material was arranged during previous archival processing according to subject and evidence of this work is still visible by the grouping and labelling of material.

It has been difficult to determine the date of much of this research material. Where a date range is provided it is often based on publications referenced by Newberry in his notes.

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.

Squeezes - Demotic

Griffith squeezes and other material connected with the publication of Catalogue of the Demotic Graffiti of the Dodecaschoenus.

For this publication Griffith used squeezes made by various people. Three identifiable groups, those made by Hess, Spiegelberg, and Roeder, have been catalogued separately. Only a few listed here have been attributed. The Catalogue, vol. i. pp. 4-7 gives details of the recording of the graffiti.

Unpublished graffiti, some equated with Roeder, Der Tempel von Dakke Nos. 2, 8, 9, 11,12, 18[a].

-El-Dakka - Nos. 1-3, 5, 8, 10, 12 (photograph by Breasted), 13, 14, 22, 23 - TopBib.vii.41
-Dendûr - No. 1, and photograph (by Blackman) One ‘opposite Dendûr, Ajûala (?)' - TopBib.vii.28
-Kalabsha - Nos. 1-4. Four unpublished. Letter from Maspero - TopBib.vii.11
-Ajûala No. 1 and photograph (by Blackman) - TopBib.vii.40
-Island of Bîga - Nos. 2-9 - One unpublished - TopBib.v.257
-Philae - - Nos. 2-4, 6, 15-23, 25-6, 28-32, 34, unpublished before 40, 46, 48, 54-6, 58-61, 64-5, unpublished (facsimile) after 66, 69-70, 76, unpublished before 85, 85, unpublished after 86, 87-9, 94-7, 100, 103-4, unpublished after 105, unpublished before 106, 107, unidentified tracing (not 108 as indicated), unpublished after 109, unpublished before 110, 111, unpublished after 111, 113, unpublished before 115, Nos. 115, 118, 120-2, 124, 127, 130, 135, 160-4, 187-9, unpublished after 192, 193-5, 204, 205, 212, 216-21, unpublished after 221, 227-34, 236, unpublished near 241 ? 242, 246-8, 251, 253, unpublished after 259, 261, 262(7), 275, 278, 286, 288, 291, 297-8, 300, 305-8, 311-13, unpublished after 313, 314, 316-9, unpublished after 319, 321, 325, 333, unpublished after 333, 334, unpublished before 335, unpublished after 335, 336-8, 340, 343, 353, 355-8, unpublished after 359, 360, 367-8, 373-5, unpublished after 375, 377, 390-3, 400, unpublished after 400, 403-7, unpublished after 407, 413-14, 418-19, unpublished among 419-425, 422-4, unpublished after 424, unpublished near 424 (?), 425, unpublished before 426, 426, 428, 434, 437, 439, 442-4, 446, unpublished before 447, 447-8.

Drawings prepared for plates:

Some proofs: Philae

Squeezes of Meroitic and related material

Meroitic and Related Material. Offering table with Meroitic script belonging to a Robert Garrett. With correspondence.

-Gebel Harden – Fragment of sandstone stela with Meroitic cursive text on both faces. With correspondence and extract from official report. TopBib.vii.272
-Meroë – No. 30, Takideamani. Sandstone offering-table. Berlin 2255. TopBib.vii.254
-Gebel Geili – Cartouche of a Meroitic king. With correspondence and copy. TopBib.vii.272
-Philae – Hadrian’s Gate. Meroitic texts (by Spiegelberg) [=Griffith, Meroitic Inscriptions ii, pls. XXXV-XL, Nos. 119-123].
-Kalâbsha – Meroitic cursive text of Blemmye King Kharamadēye. TopBib.vii.13(16)
-Amâra – Stela of Ademeqē, with Meroitic cursive text. TopBib.vii.164

Subject Files

In a letter relating to the accession of Newberry's collection to the Griffith Institute Archive in 1951 Dr I. E. S. Edwards (Keeper of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum) lists 'Files containing notes on individual subjects (mainly in filing cabinets)'. This series is made up of files which are all consistent in appearance and contain notes on individual subjects. Each file tab is labelled with a subject heading and contains research notes. Some of the files contain research that has evidently been done at different times but subsequently gathered together. For example files contain pages cut from notebooks.

Some organisation of this material was done during previous archival processing. Unfortunately it is not possible to know whether the contents of the files are as they were when received or whether related material has been added to these files from elsewhere in the collection.

There is evidence in Newberry's correspondence that in the period after the Second World War to the end of his life in 1948 Newberry was organising his research material in preparation for a general publication on ancient Egyptian history and archaeology. It is possible these files were created by Newberry in preparation for this publication and as such form a distinct series within the collection.

Texts from objects and sites

299 groups of documentation. Texts from objects in museums, private collections and seen with dealers, and texts from sites including parts of inscriptions in tombs and temples and from in situ objects. Documentation includes photostats, hand-copies, facsimiles, tracings, photographs and notes. The notes include translation reference material, as well as accompanying notes on other aspects of the subject material, such as prosopography.

-Texts from objects, Černý MSS 4.1-256
-Texts from sites, Černý MSS 4.257-288

The Coptic Bible & Genesis

Annotated copy of ‘An unedited Coptic leaf of Genesis in Cambridge University Library (P. Camb. UL Or. 1699 P i)’, published in Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 35 (1998).
Annotated copy of review of K.-H. Schüssler’s Biblia coptica: Die koptischen Bibeltexte, puiblished in Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 35 (1998)
Photocopies and photographs (colour & b&w); notes and photocopied articles; correspondence; drafts.


36 groups of material on translations, commented translations and notes.
Translations mainly of papyri and monuments.

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