Collection Mace MSS - Arthur Cruttenden Mace Collection

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Mace MSS

Title

Arthur Cruttenden Mace Collection

Date(s)

  • 1899-1902 and 1922-1924 (Creation)

Level of description

Collection

Extent and medium

2 boxes

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Name of creator

(1874-1928)

Biographical history

British Egyptologist. Born, Glenorchy, Hobart, Tasmania 1874. Died, Haywards Heath, Sussex 1928. Educated, St Edward's School, Oxford, then Keble College, Oxford. BA, 1895. Worked with W. M. F. Petrie at Dendera, Hû, and Abydos, between 1897-1901. Assisted G. A. Reisner on the California University excavations at Gîza, 1901-6. From 1906 onwards, he spent of the rest of his career working for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, culminating in the position of Associate Curator in 1922. He founded and directed the first Metropolitan Museum expedition to Egypt. Between 1922-4 he was engaged as an assistant to H. Carter during the early stages of excavating of the tomb of Tutankhamun. He was forced to resign this position due to poor health. He published several books and articles and collaborated with Carter on the first volume of the publication <i>The Tomb of Tut.Ankh.Amen</i> (1923).

Archival history

(1) Excavation journals: Formed part of the Mace estate. Formerly in the possession of his daughter, Mrs Margaret Orr. Later in the possession of his grandson, Mr David Orr.
(2) Tutankhamun account (typewritten version) and diary: This material is on loan to the Griffith Institute. Formed part of the Mace estate. Formerly in the possession of his daughter, Mrs Margaret Orr. Now the property of his grandson, Mr David Orr.
(3) Tutankhamun account (original handwritten version): This material is on loan to the Griffith Institute. Formed part of the Mace estate. Formerly in the possession of his daughter, Mrs Margaret Orr. Now the property of his grandson, Mr David Orr.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

(1) Excavation journals: Donated by Mace's grandson, Mr David Orr in September 2014.
(2) Tutankhamun account (typewritten version) and diary: Initially lent to the Griffith Institute by Mace's daughter, Mrs Margaret Orr. The continuation of this loan has been granted by his grandson, Mr David Orr (renewed in September 2014).
(3) Tutankhamun account (original handwritten version): Lent to the Griffith Institute by Mace's grandson, Mr David Orr in August 2015.

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Scope and content

(1) Excavation journals for 1899-1901 (working with W. M. F. Petrie) and 1901-2 (working with G. A. Reisner).
(2) Mace's account of the opening of the burial chamber of Tutankhamun - typewritten version (TAA iv.1). Diary for 1922-3 (TAA iv.2).
(3) Mace's account of the opening of the burial chamber of Tutankhamun - original handwritten version (TAA iv.3).

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Accruals

System of arrangement

Kept as received.

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Conditions governing access

(1) Excavation journals: Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions.
(2-3) Tutankhamun account and diary: Property of Mr David Orr. Consultation only.

Conditions governing reproduction

(1) Copyright Griffith Institute, Oxford.
(2-3) Copyright Mr David Orr.

Language of material

  • English

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No problems.

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None.

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Existence and location of originals

These are originals.

Existence and location of copies

Copies in the hands of the Orr family.

Related units of description

Other Archives:


  • Material still in the possession of Mace's family.
  • (1) Reisner's excavations records are kept in the archives of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Griffith Institute Archive:


  • (1) Petrie Journals: 1898-9, 1899-1900, and 1900-1.
  • (2-3) TAA Archive: TAA i.1 (card index); TAA i.2.2 (Mace's diary, November 14, 1923 to February 23, 1925); TAA i.3.22 (seal impressions notes).

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  • Shelf: 0106
  • Shelf: 0516B