Edwards I.E.S. MSS
- 1938-1996 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
5 boxes and 4 rolls
Name of creator
British Egyptologist. Born, London 1909. Died, London 1996. Educated at Merchant Taylor's school, where he studied Biblical Hebrew, then at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he read Arabic and Hebrew, graduating in 1933. Awarded the William Wright studentship in Arabic in 1932. Appointed Assistant Keeper in the Department of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities at the British Museum, taking up the position in 1934. He studied Egyptian under Glanville during his first few years in the Department. He published Hieroglyphic Texts from Egyptian Stelae, etc., viii in 1939. Elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1942, the year he was called up for military service. The first edition of The Pyramids of Egypt was published in 1947 and was reprinted many times. Appointed Keeper of the new department of Egyptian Antiquities in 1955. Made a Fellow of the British Academy in 1962, and awarded the CBE in 1968 for his services to the British Museum. He was instrumental in arranging the Tutankhamun exhibition at the British Museum in 1972. Was involved in the UNESCO rescue of the Philae Temples after his retirement from the Museum in 1974.
Part of the estate of Dr I. E. S. Edwards.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
The material concerning Australian Museums was presented by Dr Edwards during his lifetime. The rest of the papers was presented by Mrs Edwards after his death in 1996. Some additional papers that remained in the hands of Mrs Edwards were presented in 2001 via Professor Harry S. Smith.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Notes, notebooks, photographs, negatives, proofs, transparencies, xeroxes, and correspondence.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
Kept as received.
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
Property of the Griffith Institute. Only the Australian museums material is available at present.
Conditions governing reproduction
Copyright Griffith Institute, Oxford.
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Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
These are originals.
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
-Mostly not published.
-Some proof sheets for <i>The Treasures of Tutankhamun</i> (1972) and <i>The Pyramids of Egypt</i> (1947; revised 1961, 1985, 1991, and 1993).