Collection Gunn MSS - Battiscombe George Gunn Collection

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Gunn MSS


Battiscombe George Gunn Collection


  • c.1920s-1950 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

25 boxes, 3 outsize boxes, 8 purpose-made slip boxes, 1 package, and 2 rolls

Context area

Name of creator


Biographical history

British Egyptologist. Born, London 1883. Died, Oxford 1950. Studied hieroglyphs at University College, London, as a student of Margaret Murray. Assistant to Gardiner helping him with the lexicographical work on Onomastica. Excavated at various sites including Amarna, Haraga, and Saqqâra. Assistant Curator at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo in 1928-31. Curator of Egyptian Antiquities at the University Museum, Philadelphia, 1931-4. Professor of Egyptology, Oxford, 1934-50. Edited the Journal of Egyptian Archeology, 1934-40.

Archival history

Bequeathed by Professor B. G. Gunn to the Griffith Institute.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The estate of Professor B. G. Gunn. Various notes on Heqanakhte papers presented by Mr T. G. H. James in 1985.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Notebooks, notes, articles (some unpublished), lecture notes, photographs, correspondence, squeezes, drawings, tracings, and casts.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Mostly kept as received. Sir Alan Gardiner sorted the MSS. before they were transferred to the Griffith Institute.

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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

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Some tracings, squeezes, and photographs need to be handled with great care.

Finding aids


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Existence and location of originals

These are originals, except where indicated in Gunn catalogue.

Existence and location of copies

Copies of photographs and notes made from Gunn MSS., to be used in proposed publication by D. Magee and J. Malek. Kept in Topographical Bibliography room.

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Publication note

  • Publication details indicated in Gunn catalogue.

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