Collection Jelf MSS - Charles Gordon Jelf Collection

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Jelf MSS


Charles Gordon Jelf Collection


  • 1909 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

1 notebook

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Name of creator


Biographical history

British Egyptologist and journalist. Born, Rochester 1886. Killed in action near Loos (between Vermelles and Hulloch), 1915. Foundation Scholar, Marlborough. Won an open scholarship to Exeter College, Oxford in 1905, completing his BA degree in 1909 with a Second Class in both Moderations and Literae Humaniores. Attached to the Department of Antiquities in Egypt, serving under A. E. P. Weigall for seven months in 1909. Assistant master, Fonthill School, East Grinstead, 1910-11. Assistant correspondent for <i>The Times</i>, based in Berlin, 1911-15. Volunteered at the beginning of World War I, commissioned officer, Second Lieutenant in the 6th Battalion of The Buffs (East Kent Regiment), 1915.

Archival history

Not known. Previously in anonymous private possession in England.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented by Dr Donald P. Ryan in 1996.

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Scope and content

1 notebook containing notes on work in Theban tombs, financed by Sir Robert Mond, 1909-10.

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System of arrangement

Kept as received.

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Conditions governing access

Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright Griffith Institute, Oxford

Language of material

  • English

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No problems.

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This is an original.

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Related units of description

Griffith Institute Archive:

  • Hand drawn map (with key) giving the position of Private Tombs at Thebes, dated December 1909, compiled by Jelf (Gardiner MSS. 18.1.1-2)
  • Paper entitled 'The Tomb of Kheruef, Assasif.', hand copy presumably by A. E. P. Weigall, with plan by Jelf (Gardiner MSS. 18.5)

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