Collection Barns MSS - John Wintour Baldwin Barns Collection

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Barns MSS


John Wintour Baldwin Barns Collection


  • c.1960-1974 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

2 boxes and 1 package

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Name of creator


Biographical history

British Egyptologist and papyrologist. Born, Bristol 1912. Died, Oxford 1974. Studied at University of Bristol, BA 1932, then at Oxford, MA 1942, D. Phil. 1947. Lady Wallis Budge Fellow in Egyptology, University College, Oxford, 1945-53. Lecturer in Papyrology, Oxford, 1953-65. Professor of Egyptology, 1965-74. Ordained 1956. Published mainly on papyrology.

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Not known.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented by his widow in 1974.
Barns MSS 4.6: transferred from the Bodleian Art, Archaeology and Ancient World Library (former Sackler Library) in June 2023.

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Scope and content

Notebooks, notes, copies of texts, photographs, lecture notes, drafts of articles, and facsimiles.

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Kept as received.

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Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions.

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Copyright Griffith Institute, University of Oxford.

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  • English

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Related units of description

Griffith Institute Archive:

  • Černý MSS 20.22 (Late Egyptian Grammar, copy made by the Revd J. W. B. Barns, together with associated material).

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  • Publication details indicated in catalogue.

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  • Portrait: Griffith Institute Photograph 101.14.

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  • Shelf: 0317A