Collection Berlin MSS - Berlin Academy Photographs Collection

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Berlin MSS


Berlin Academy Photographs Collection


  • c. 1912 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

9 boxes and 7 box files

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Archival history

All in the possession of Sir A. H. Gardiner.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The majority of the photographs were presented by Sir A. H. Gardiner during his lifetime, the rest were part of his bequest.

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Scope and content

Photographs of Abû Simbel, Amâda, Bîga, Dâbôd, el-Dakka, Dendûr, Edfu, Gammai, Gebel Addala, Kalâbsha, Konosso, el-Maarraqa, "Meschek", Philae, Qar Ibrîm, Saqqâra, el-Sebua, and Tâfa (Gardiner MSS 9, 12, and 14). Photographs of foreigners (Meyer photographs in Gardiner papers).

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System of arrangement

Kept as received

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Conditions governing access

Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions. Consultation only.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften.

Language of material

  • German

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No problems.

Finding aids

See Gardiner catalogue for MSS 9, 12, and 14. Philae photographs, list made by Prof. F. Ll. Griffith, filed with the photographs. Philae and Edfu photographs were collated and annotated by Miss Bertha Porter.

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Existence and location of originals

Originals in Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften.

Existence and location of copies

Except those in the notes and Sackler Library, not known.

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Publication note

-No systematic publication, though individual photographs have occasionally been reproduced.
-For photographs of foreigners taken in 1912-1913, see Meyer photographs (E. Meyer, <i>Fremdvölkerdarstellungen altägyptischer Denkmäler. Sammlung photographischer Aufnahmen aus den Jahren 1912-1913</i> (1913)).

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