Collection Clère MSS - Jacques Jean Clère Collection

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Clère MSS


Jacques Jean Clère Collection


  • mid 1940s-1989 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

79 boxes, 49 document folders, 15 folders (containing impressions), and 13 packages

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Name of creator


Biographical history

French Egyptologist. Born, Paris 1906. Died, Paris 1989. Trained as an artist at the École Bernard Palissy and the École des Arts Decoratifs. First started studying Egyptology with Henri Sottas at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, 1924. Student, École du Louvre, 1925. Worked with Bruyère at Deir el-Medîna, and then with Bisson de la Roque at Madâmûd. Studied Egyptian language with Moret, Weill, and Sethe. Qualified in the history of religion, phonetics, Latin, Hebrew, Arabic, and Berber. Director d'Études at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, 1949. Visiting Professor, Brown University, 1951-2 and 1960-1. Wilbour Fellow, Brooklyn Museum, 1967. Published many linguistic articles as well as several monographs.

Archival history

Part of the estate of J. J. Clère.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by his widow, Madame Irène Clère, in 1995.

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Scope and content

Notebooks, loose notes, drafts of articles, teaching notes, photocopies, card indexes, copies of inscriptions, impressions, photographs, negatives, transparencies (cut into strips and in rolls), videotape recording, tracings, drawings, and correspondence.

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System of arrangement

  • Mostly kept as received.
  • Correspondence has been arranged in alphabetical order.

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Conditions governing access

Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright Griffith Institute, Oxford

Language of material

  • French

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No problems.

Finding aids

  • Preliminary file-level catalogue: refer to the PDF associated with this record.

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Existence and location of originals

  • These are the originals except for the following.

  • The originals of MSS group 04 and associated negatives, together with a small group of miscellaneous notes, correspondence, prints, etc., are in the Musée du Louvre. There are photocopies for most of this group in the Griffith Institute archive, but these may not be comprehensive. Also, there are no copies of the associated negatives in the Institute.

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Griffith Institute Archive:

  • Video, based on a film made by J. J. Clère at the 23rd Congress of Orientalists in Cambridge in 1954: see Griffith Institute videos, no. 4.

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  • Publication details are indicated in the Clère catalogue.

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  • Shelf: 0501-0507, 0510-0514