Collection MMA MSS - Metropolitan Museum of Art Photographs Collection

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Metropolitan Museum of Art Photographs Collection


  • 1900s-1940s (Creation)

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Extent and medium

20 boxes

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Archival history

Property of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Photographs acquired by exchange for Ashmolean Museum photographs, with Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, before 1955.
Supplementary photographs presumably purchased in 1955.

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Scope and content

  • Thebes, private tombs: one incomplete set of Series T photographs [15 boxes] and a few duplicate photographs of the same [2 boxes], there are also some glass negatives of some of the same [1 box]
  • Thebes, Valley of the Kings, royal tombs: an incomplete set of photographs [1 box]
  • Thebes. Valley of the Queens, the tomb of Nefertari (QV 66), photographs [1 folder, in the same box as Valley of the Kings]
  • Deir el-Bahari (Deir el-Bahri), Temple of Hatshepsut, incomplete set of photographs [1 box]

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

One set of the Theban tomb photographs arranged by tomb number, the other set (duplicates) is arranged by Metropolitan Museum photograph number. Set of photographs of Theban royal tombs arranged by tomb number. The Deir el-Bahari (Deir el-Bahri) photographs are arranged by Metropolitan Museum number.

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Conditions governing access

Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions. Consultation only.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Language of material

  • English

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

No problems.

Finding aids

Catalogue filed in TopBib office.

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Existence and location of copies

These are copies.

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Physical storage

  • Shelf: 0613B-0613C, 0614A-0614B