The Percy Newberry Collection has been listed thanks to a cataloguing grant from the The National Archives in 2015. The collection comprises a wide range of material on topics including Predynastic Egypt, Theban tombs, Egyptian flora and fauna, early Egyptian travellers, ancient Egyptian religion and culture, as well as Newberry's genealogy. Formats include notebooks, research notes, photographs, tracings, rubbings and neswpaper clippings.
The collection has been divided into 5 series: Biographical Material; Correspondence; Research Notebooks; Subject Files and Research Material.
Correspondence from Amelia Blanford Edwards (1831-1892) relating to the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund; production of Newberry's book Beni Hasan; the work of Fraser and Blackden; telegram on the death of Edwards. Also includes letter to Griffith on his proposal to delay Newberry's publication and on transliteration and Egyptian types.
Some letters have been dictated by Edwards and signed by Emily Paterson, Private Secretary.
Note: MSS 13/4 is also numbered 97 MSS 13/5 is also numbered 131 MSS 13/7 is also numbered 107 MSS 13/18 is also numbered 124 MSS 13/19 is also numbered 125 MSS 13/24 is also numbered 144 There is an additional letter between MSS 13/25 and MSS 13/26 which is numbered 140 MSS 13/27 is also numbered 60 MSS 13/28 is also numbered 36 MSS 13/29 is also numbered 59 MSS 13/31 is also numbered 2 and 54
Correspondence from Johann Peter Adolf Erman (1854-1937) including relating to unpublished copy of insciptions from Siut and the Berlin Worterbuch, Newberry's publication of Rekhmara, and discussion of two hieroglyphic groups [in German].
Note: MSS 14/26 is also numbered 29 MSS 14/27 is also numbered A.30 MSS 14/28 is also numbered A.31
Correspondence from Sir Arthur John Evans (1851-1941) including relating to Evans' research, cylinder seals and arranging visits. Also includes letter relating to early Egyptian cults and their symbols which has the following note on the back by Newberry which appears to be an idea for an article: 'Primitive cults of Egypt as Illustrated by Nome Signs'.
Notes: MSS 14/36 is also numbered 15 MSS 14/38 is also numbered 274 MSS 14/39 is also numbered A.33 MSS 14/40 is also numbered A.34
Correspondence from E. Fallaize (British Association for the Advancement of Science and Royal Anthropological Institute) including relating to a presidential address by Newberry, and funding the work of Miss Caton-Thompson in the Northern Fayum.
Correspondence from Cecil Mallaby Firth including asking Newberry to purchase an amethyst bead, on the effect of the war on the relationship between Great Britain and France, Pierre Lacau and the exploitation of Egyptian antiquities by foreign museums. Also includes letter written from Saqqara thanking Newberry for a plan.
Correspondence from Thomas Gann including two letters to Professor J. L. Myres relating to the shipment of antiquities and two letters to Newberry relating to sending him orchids and the sale of Gann's collection.
Note: MSS 17/3 is also numbered A.342 MSS 17/4 is also numbered A.343 MSS 17/5 is also numbered 286
Correspondence from Robert Grenville Gayer-Anderson (1881-1945) including relating to an article sent by Newberry (1926) and asking his advice on identifying his collection of scarabs and seals at the Fitzwilliam Museum (1944).
Correspondence from F. W. Green (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge) including relating to a sale at Sothebys; photos of a stelae of Tyty; bequest from Sir Herbert Tompson and candidates for a position in demotic and coptic; and standards on boat mast heads including notes and sketches; World War Two.
Note: MSS 20/49 is also numbered A.7 MSS 20/50 is also numbered A.189