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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63 boxes, and 15 folders of impressions. Also additional material consisting of 92 packages, 9 bundles of slip index cards, 3 large boxes, and 1 box containing 35 mm transparencies in rolls.

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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, notes, drafts of articles, teaching notes, xeroxes, card indexes, copies of inscriptions, impressions, photographs, negatives, transparencies, 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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Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright Griffith Institute, Oxford

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  • French

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Existence and location of originals

These are originals.

Originals of MSS. group 04 in the Musée du Louvre (xerox copies in the Griffith Institute archive), together with a small group of miscenalleous notes, correspondence, prints, etc.

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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 indicated in Clère catalogue.

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  • Shelf: 0501-0507, 0510-0514