Collection Sayce MSS - Archibald Henry Sayce Collection

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Sayce MSS


Archibald Henry Sayce Collection


  • 1872-early 1930s (Creation)

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Extent and medium

1 box and 1 album

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Biographical history

British Assyriologist. Born, Shirehampton 1845. Died, Bath 1933. Educated at Grosvenor College, Bath, then Queen's College, Oxford. Hibbert Lecturer, 1887. Gifford Lecturer, 1900-2. Professor of Assyriology, 1891-1919. Rhind Lecturer, 1906. Huxley Lecturer, 1906. D.Litt. LL.D. DD. Specialised in Carian and Hittite languages, as well as Assyrian and West Asian archaeology and philology. Also worked in Egypt copying inscriptions, etc.

Archival history

Material other than photograph album probably with Professor J. Garstang at the time of Sayce's death. The photograph album was in the possession of Professor J. Garstang before being passed to Professor O. R. Gurney. Packet of correspondence presented by Professor O. R. Gurney.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Photographs album and other papers presented by Professor O. Gurney in 1987, the packet of correspondence probably handed over at the same time (info.Dr Jaromir Malek). The rest of the material was presumably presented by Professor J. Garstang in 1949.

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Scope and content

Notes, photographs, squeezes, correspondence, and offprints. Contain, amongst others, references to Assyriological, Greek, Cypriot, and Egyptological material. Includes notes made by Petrie which were with Sayce at the time of his death.

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System of arrangement

Presumably 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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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

No problems.

Finding aids

Catalogue (not complete).

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These are originals.

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Other Archives:

  • Group of letters to A. H. Sayce bequeathed by him to the Bodleian Library, Oxford in 1933.
  • Large group of papers, including notebooks, articles, essays, reports, lectures, sketches, photographs, tracings of inscriptions, correspondence, newspaper cuttings and other notes in The Queen's College, Oxford as part of the Library collection.

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  • Shelf: 0515A