Collection Clark MSS - Robert Thomas Rundle Clark Collection

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Clark MSS


Robert Thomas Rundle Clark Collection


  • late 1920s-1970 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

9 boxes and 1 card index box

Context area

Name of creator


Biographical history

British historian and Egyptologist. Born, Devonport 1909. Died, Birmingham 1970. Educated at Plymouth College, then St John's College, Oxford, 1928-31. Employed by Department of Extramural Studies, University of Birmingham, rising from tutor to Deputy Director, 1941-1961. Initiated course at the University in hieroglyphs, and also taught Egyptology at the Department of Ancient History. Specialised in Egyptian religion.

Archival history

In the possession of his family.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Material on the iconography of Osiris presented by Mrs Marjorie Clark (wife), via Prof John Baines, in 1971. Main bulk of material presented in batches by Mrs Alison Trowell (daughter) in July 2015, February 2017, October 2017, and May 2021.

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Scope and content

Notes, notebooks, some correspondence, annotated offprints, lantern slides, and a small number of photographs and negatives.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Material accessioned in 1971 classified by Prof John Baines; subsequently catalogued with reference to his article 'R. T. Rundle Clark's papers on the iconography of Osiris', JEA 58 (1972), 286-95. The rest of the material is kept as received.

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Conditions governing access

Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright Griffith Institute, Oxford.

Language of material

  • English

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

No problems.

Finding aids

Catalogue for material accessioned in 1971. None for rest.

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Existence and location of originals

These are originals.

Existence and location of copies

Not known.

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Other archives:

  • The family is still in possession of a notebook (reference scans in the Griffith Institute).

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Not published.

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