Collection Emery MSS - Walter Bryan Emery Collection

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Emery MSS


Walter Bryan Emery Collection


  • Probably 1920s (Creation)

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Extent and medium

1 box

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Name of creator


Biographical history

British Egyptologist. Born, Liverpool 1903. Died, Cairo 1971. Educated St. Francis Xavier's College, Liverpool, then the Institute of Archaeology, Liverpool University, 1921-3. Went out to Egypt for the first time as an assistant to the EES excavations at Amârna in 1923-4. Also worked for Mond at Luxor and Armant, 1923-8. Subsequently directed excavations at many sites in Egypt, notably his work at North Saqqâra in 1935-9. Served with the British Army 1939-46, afterwards attached to the British Embassy in Cairo. In 1951 appointed to the Edwards Professorship at University College London, which he held until his retirement in 1970. Worked in the Sudan and at Qasr Ibrîm in the 1950s and 60s.

Archival history

Not knwon.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Possibly acquired with the Mond MSS.

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Scope and content

Plans, tracings, and photographs made in TT 55, 92, and 97.

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System of arrangement

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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No problems.

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Existence and location of originals

These are originals.

Existence and location of copies

Not knwon.

Related units of description

Other Archives:

  • Scrapbooks with newspaper cuttings, etc. in Liverpool, Institute of Archaeology.
  • Papers in London, Egypt Exploration Society.
  • Some correspondence in London, University College.
    -Some material, formerly with Professor Geoffrey T. Martin. Currently in the McDonald Institute of Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge (info September 2022).

Griffith Institute Archive:

  • Mond MSS. 3 (Emery field journal, Thebes, 1924-5).
  • Mariette MSS. (Catalogue of objects found in the Serapeum at Saqqâra in 1850-2 and now in the Louvre. Copied by Mrs M. M. Emery).
  • Gardiner Correspondence = MSS. 42 (4 letters).

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  • Shelf: 0817