Collection Breasted photographs - James Henry Breasted | Nubian Photographs Collection

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Breasted photographs


James Henry Breasted | Nubian Photographs Collection


  • prints 1924-1957 - negatives 1905-1906 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

11 photograph boxes and 1 folder

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Biographical history

American Egyptologist and orientalist. Born, Rockford, Ill. 1865. Died, New York 1935. Educated at North-Western College, Naperville, Ill., then Chicago College of Pharmacy, 1882-6. Started a career in pharmacy before going on to study Hebrew at the Congressional Institute. Then Yale University, 1890-1. AM degree, 1892. Went to Berlin to study Egyptology with Erman, 1894. Assistant in Egyptology and assistant director of Haskell Oriental Museum, University of Chicago, 1895-1901. Director of Haskell, 1905. Instructor in Egyptology and Semitic Languages, 1896. Professor of Egyptology and Oriental History, 1905. Whilst working on the Berlin dictionary in 1990-4, he was also able to record many texts from monuments in various German museums which formed the basis of his publication Ancient Records. Director, University of Chicago Egyptian Expedition, 1905-7. Was awarded many honours during his career. Founded the Oriental Institute at Chicago which was financially backed by J. D. Rockefeller, Jnr.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Possibly part of Dr Moss' request forming part of the photographic exchange scheme between Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, and Chicago, Oriental Institute, 1950-7.

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Scope and content

Photographs of Nubian Temples made during Breasted's expedition, 1905-6. Photostats of temple plans annotated with Chicago, Oriental Institute photograph numbers.

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Kept as received.

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Conditions governing access

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

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright Chicago, Oriental Institute.

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  • English

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No problems.

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Typewritten catalogue kept with photographs on stack shelf.

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Existence and location of originals

The originals are in Chicago, Oriental Institute.

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Not known.

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-Some used in Chicago, Oriental Institute publications.

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  • Shelf: 0615