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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.

Correspondence

Newberry's correspondence was sorted and listed after his death by Warren Dawson and donated along with the rest of his material to the Griffith Institute Archive in 1950. The correspondence was arranged alphabetically by surname, with the exception of Arabic names which were arranged by first name. In the new numbering system these Arabic names have also been arranged by surname. A few letters have also been added to this series which were previously among the research material.

Dawson's reference codes have been included as alternative identifiers and his catalogue of correspondence has been included as the first item in this series.

Towards the end of his life Newberry began to organise his papers including listing and numbering some of his correspondence. These numbers have been included in the description of items. The letter lists are in items NEWB1/03 and NEWB1/04.

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.

Biographical Material

This series includes material created by Newberry as well as material on Newberry created by others. It includes newspaper cuttings, letter lists, diary notes, photographs, as well as material relating to Newberry's genealogical research.

This series also includes Newberry's excavation diary during his work for Lord Northampton from 1898 to 1899.

Qasr Ibrim

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

Apa John Archive

Notes and annotated photocopies relating to the Apa John archive in the John Rylands Library, including an unpublished draft of ‘The Archive of Apa Johannes’, by Dr Malcolm Choat, of Macquarie University, Sydney, with annotations by Sarah Clackson.

Coptic palaeography

Photographs, photocopies and scans of papyri.
Photocopies of dated and undated mss.
Annotated notes for seminar on palaeography, 21 May, 1992.
Prosopography and annotated photocopied articles.

Amarna

Amarna Coptic and Greek ostraca and graffiti - text of lecture given in 1995.
Notes.
Transcriptions and translations.
Copies of ostraca.
Correspondence.
Lecture on Ostraca and graffiti excavated at El-‘Amarna, with corrections and comments by Barry Kemp, presented at a conference in Münster in 1996.
OHPs, slides, photographs and photocopies of ostraca from excavations.

Oxyrhynchus

Lecture on Coptic Oxyrhynchus, given at Oxyrhynchus: a city and its texts, Oxford, 18 July, 1998.
A draft of the above paper, with comments by Dorothy Thompson.
A revised version of the same paper for publication.
Notes for 1998 Oxyrhynchus symposium at Oxford, including notes on Prague Museum and Petrie Museum texts.
Annotated photocopied articles, including published Oxyrhynchus texts.
‘Ashmolean Coptic Oxyrhyncha’ - draft catalogue entries.
Transcriptions and translations.
Lists of Greek papyri.
Transcriptions of Oxyrhynchus papyri, by John Tait.
A letter from Yamanaka Ichiro of Kyoto University with an accompanying illustrated list of the Oxyrhynchus material in the University’s collection.

Pachom Archive

Photographs of papyri, annotated photocopied articles, lecture notes entitled: ‘Between Byzantium and Islam: Coptic society as seen through the papyri’ (part of the Cambridge seminar series ‘Scribes and Scribblers: Reading written communication in Late Antiquity and Byzantium’).
Drafts of articles ‘Coptic pre-marriage agreement in the Schøyen collection’ and ‘Schøyen Coptic marriage contract. P. Schøyen ms. 1980’.

Bilingualism

Annotated drafts of a paper for a conference in Trier in 2000, ‘Bilingualism in Late Antique Egypt: The Coptic and Greek evidence’ and an uncorrected copy of ‘Coptic or Greek? Bilingualism in the Papyri’.
Notes.
Annotated photocopies of articles and lectures.

Dioscorus of Aphrodito

Correspondence.
Copies of papyri.
Transcriptions.
Photocopied articles and unpublished articles by various scholars.
Photographs (b&w) of papyri, including Corpus Christi Hoskyns ms. 541 folder xxxvi and a hypocephalus.

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

Articles and Lectures

48 groups of documents, handwritten and typewritten manuscripts.
Drafts and preparatory notes for both published and unpublished articles. Texts of lectures.

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