Collection Kahle MSS - Paul Eric Kahle Collection

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Kahle MSS


Paul Eric Kahle Collection


  • 1940s-1955 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

6 boxes and 4 slip index boxes

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Name of creator


Biographical history

British Coptologist. Born, Bonn 1923. Died, Charlbury, Oxon 1955. Lady Wallis Budge Fellow, University College, at the time of his death. MA. D.Phil. Published material relating to the monastery of Deir el-Balaizah.

Archival history

In possession of his father, Professor P. Kahle, who presented the material in 1960.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Professor P. Kahle in 1960 (Kahle MSS 1/1-33, 2/1-12 & 16-18 and 3/1-3).
Group of copies and notes on New Testament Faiyumic Texts (Kahle MSS 2/13) presented by Professor R. McL. Wilson on 22/07/2009. Two typescripts (Kahle MSS 2/14-15) transferred from Sackler Library on 24/06/2014 after being found in one of the library books.

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Scope and content

Card indexes, photographs, notebooks, notes, copies, correspondence, typescripts, and negatives.

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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.

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Related units of description

Griffith Institute Archive:
-Wilson MSS. (continuation of the work in Kahle MSS. 20).

Publication note

-Material used in the publication of <i>Bala׳izah: Coptic Texts from Bala׳izah in Upper Egypt</i>, 2 vols. (Oxford, 1954).

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  • Shelf: 0420