Collection Spiegelberg MSS - Wilhelm Spiegelberg Collection

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Spiegelberg MSS


Wilhelm Spiegelberg Collection


  • 1895-1899 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

1 standard box and 2 large boxes

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Name of creator


Biographical history

German Egyptologist and Demotist. Born, Hanover 1870. Died, Munich 1930. Educated at the Universities of Strasbourg, Berlin, and Paris, studying with J. Dümichen, A. Erman, and G. Maspero, respectively, 1888-92. Appointed Lecturer of Egyptology at Strasbourg University. He first concentrated on hieratic papyri especially the juristic texts, then on Coptic and Demotic studies, becoming one of the leading authorities in the field at that time. He published his acclaimed Coptic Dictionary, which was only superseded by W. E. Crum's work. Spiegelberg was a prolific author who wrote several hundred articles.

Archival history

(a) The diaries were given by W. Spiegelberg to Professor W. F. Edgerton.
(b) Squeezes, no documentation.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

(a) After Edgerton died Professor George R. Hughes deposited the diaries in the Griffith Institute in 1970.
(b) Squeezes, no documentation.

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Scope and content

Two diaries made in 1898-9 during the Marquis of Northampton's excavations at Thebes, and squeezes made in 1895 of some scenes in TT11, 12, 20, 50, 157, and 163.

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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

The diaries have joint copyright with The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago.
The squeezes are exclusively copyright Griffith Institute, University of Oxford.

Language of material

  • German

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

The bindings of the diaries are in a fragile condition and need to be handled carefully.

Finding aids

Catalogue for the squeezes.

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Existence and location of originals

These are originals.

Existence and location of copies

There are xeroxes of the diaries in The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago.

Related units of description

Griffith Institute Archive:

  • Folder with copies of mummy labels from the Collection Forrer, Strasbourg, made by Spiegelberg in 1893 amongst Möller MSS., box V.

Other Archives:

  • Spiegelberg MSS. in The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago.

Publication note

  • One of the squeezes was published by W. Spiegelberg in <i>Recueil de Travaux</i> xxii (1900), 118-19, cf. 115-17, 120-5.
  • Squeeze with the Harpist's song in TT 163, now in London, British Museum, EA 53337, published by J. Assmann in <i>JEA</i> 65 (1979), 54-77 pls. ix, x.
  • Squeezes from TT 12, studied and published by J. M. Galán and G. Menéndez in <i>JEA</i> 97 (2011), 143-66 figs. 1-11, esp. fig. 7 (squeeze no. 17) and fig. 8 (drawing of wall derived from squeezes).

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  • Shelf: 0621A
  • Shelf: 0818