Collection Dakin MSS - Alec Naylor Dakin Collection

Identity area

Reference code

Dakin MSS


Alec Naylor Dakin Collection


  • c.1939-1945 (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

1 folder

Context area

Name of creator


Biographical history

British Egyptologist. Born, Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire 1912. Died, Bristol 2003. Educated, Heath School, Halifax, and read Literae Humaniores at Queen's College, Oxford; BA, 1935. He was the first Lady Wallis Budge Fellow at University College, 1936-42. Published several articles, including one with P. C. Smither titled 'The Semnah Despatches', and another on Middle Kingdom stelae in Queen's College, Oxford (now in the Ashmolean Museum). Entered the Foreign Office in May 1940 and worked as a cryptographer at Bletchley Park. After the war left Egyptology and became a schoolmaster but took it up again in the 1970s.

Archival history

Dakin sent his papers with 'Notes on Auxiliaries' to Sir Alan Gardiner when he left Egyptology in the mid-1940s.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Formed part of the bequest of Sir Alan Gardiner.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

1 folder containing unsorted notes.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Kept as received.

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright Griffith Institute, Oxford.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

No problems.

Finding aids

See Gardiner catalogue page 124.

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

These are originals.

Existence and location of copies


Related units of description

Not known.

Publication note

Not published.

Notes area

Alternative identifier(s)

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Description control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion




Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related genres

Related places

Physical storage

  • Shelf: 2103