Henry Francis Herbert Thompson Collection
- Before 1939 (Creation)
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8 card index boxes
Name of creator
Thompson, (Sir) Henry Francis Herbert (1859-1944)
British Coptologist and Demotist. Born, London 1859. Died, Bath 1944. Educated at Marlborough College and Trinity College, Cambridge. Studied Law and was called to the Bar, but did not pursue this as a career. At the direction of his father he studied medicine, but work in the biological laboratories at University College, London threatened his eyesight. Encouraged by Petrie who he met during his time at University College, he embarked on his Egyptological career at the age of forty, studying with Griffith and Crum. He specialized in Coptic and Demotic, and became eminent in this field. Fellow, University College; Hon. D.Litt. Oxford; FBA. He assisted with the compilation of Crum's Coptic Dictionary. Published several Demotic and Coptic papyri as well as contributions towards other books. He left provision in his will for the foundation of a chair of Egyptology at Cambridge.
In W. E. Crum's custody in 1939.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Presented to the Griffith Institute at Sir H. Thompson's request by W. E. Crum in 1939.
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Scope and content
Greek dictionary card index, used in the compilation of W. E. Crum, A Coptic Dictionary (Oxford, 1929-39).
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Kept as received.
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Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions.
Conditions governing reproduction
Copyright Griffith Institute, Oxford.
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Related units of description
- Thompson, (Sir) Herbert - correspondence
- Letter from Thompson, undated, enclosing four photogtaphs of papyri with ?Greek-Byzantine characters.
- Letter from Spiegelberg (March 1925) with photograph of ostracon, Roman Period, in Munich, together with transliteration. Notes by Griffith and Thompson.
- Walter Ewing Crum Collection
- Used in the preparation of W. E. Crum, A Coptic Dictionary (Oxford, 1929-39).
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- Thompson, (Sir) Henry Francis Herbert (Creator)