Collection Schott MSS - Siegfried Hugo Erdmann Schott Collection

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Schott MSS


Siegfried Hugo Erdmann Schott Collection


  • 1920s-1940s (Creation)

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8 A4 ring binders, 2 boxes, 5 notebooks and 1 sheaf of printed papers

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Biographical history

German Egyptologist. Born, Berlin 1897. Died, Innsbruck 1971. Studied Egyptology under H. Ranke at Heidelberg, 1924, then with H. Junker and K. Sethe. Dr. Phil., 1926. Employed initially as an assistant in the Berlin Museum, and also worked at the German Archaeological Institute, Cairo. During his time in Egypt he translated texts collected by the German E. Delta expedition in 1929. Also worked for Chicago House, Luxor, as an epigraphist. Lecturer, Göttingen University, 1943. Professor of Egyptology, Heidelberg University, 1952. Professor of Egyptology, Göttingen University, 1956. Professor (emeritus), Göttingen University, 1965-71. Published extensively, especially religious texts.

Archival history

(a) Professor Schott lent the original negatives to Dr R. L. B. Moss in 1950. They were used during the compilation of the second edition of the <i>Topographical Bibliography</i>, vol. i, Pt. 1.
(b) The original photographs made from these negatives are in the Abteilung Ägyptologie, University of Trier. There was an exchange of copies of photographs and negatives, completing some of the gaps in the Griffith Institute and Trier sets.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

(a) Professor Schott officially presented the negatives to the Griffith Institute in 1960.
(b) Photographs completing part of the Griffith Institute set were received in exchange from the Abteilung Ägyptologie, University of Trier (Professor E. Winter), in 1992.

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Scope and content

(a) Approximately 3,500 negatives recording scenes from private tombs at Thebes.
(b) There are also several hundred photographs which were received in exchange with the Abteilung Ägyptologie, Trier.

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Kept as received.

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Conditions governing access

Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright Griffith Institute, Oxford, and Abteilung Ägyptologie, FB III, Universität Trier, Universitätsring 15, D-54296 Trier.

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  • German

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

The original nitrate negatives were copied onto 35 mm safety film and the originals destroyed. The consultation set of prints are contact sheets made from the 35 mm negatives.

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Existence and location of originals

The original negatives are in the Griffith Institute. The original photographs are in Abteilung Ägyptologie, Universität Trier.

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Trier, Abteilung Ägyptologie (

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Publication note

  • Winter, E. 'Gründung eines Schott-Photo-Archivs in Trier' in Göttinger Miszellen 83 (1984), 95-8. Id. in Unijournal (Zeitschrift der Universität Trier), 1 (Feb. 1985), 8-9 ill.
  • Online publication 'Das Digitale Schott-Archive: Altägyptische Monumente und Antiken in Photographien des frühen 20. Jahrhunderts' (

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  • Shelf: 0617