Carter MSS i
- c. 1899-1922 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
9 boxes, 1 enclosure, 81 maps and plans
Name of creator
British Egyptologist. Born, London 1874. Died, London 1939. Privately educated. Employed by P. E. Newberry in 1891 working for the Archaeological Survey. Assisted in excavations for the Egypt Exploration Fund 1892-3, was with Petrie at Amarna in 1892, and as a draughtsman to the Deir el-Bahri expedition 1893-9. Appointed Chief Inspector of Antiquities of Upper Egypt 1899-1904. Discovered several royal tombs, including those of Hatshepsut, Tuthmosis IV and Amenophis I. Inspector of Lower Egypt 1905. Employed by Lord Carnarvon from 1909 onwards, to excavate in the Theban necropolis, the Delta and Middle Egypt. His most famous discovery, that of the intact tomb of Tutankhamun, was made in 1922. He spent the next ten years recording the tomb's contents. Most of Carter's records for Tutankhamun's tomb remain unpublished.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
This material was sent to the Griffith Institute by Mr Walter Hauser from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in 1955.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Work and excavations in Thebes:
- royal tombs
- private tombs
- maps and plans
- notes and records
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions.
Conditions governing reproduction
Copyright Griffith Institute, University of Oxford.
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Archived scans in Griffith Institute.
Related units of description
- Material relating to excavations undertaken by Lord Carnarvon and The Metropolitan Museum of Art at Thebes from 1911-1916, published by Christine Lilyquist, Excavations at Thebes: The Earl of Carnarvon and the Metropolitan Museum of Art at Carnarvon 62 and Surrounds, 1911–1916 (https://oi.uchicago.edu/research/individual-scholarship/individual-scholarship-christine-lilyquist (accessed 09/03/2022)).
- Carter MSS i.J partially published as part of 'The Search for Tutankhamun', see http://www.griffith.ox.ac.uk/gri/4search.html (accessed 09/03/2022).