Collection Payne MSS - Joan Crowfoot Payne Collection

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Payne MSS


Joan Crowfoot Payne Collection


  • c.1960s-1990s (Creation)

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2 boxes

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Name of creator


Biographical history

British archaeologist and museum assistant. Born, Giza 1912. Died, England 2002. Began medical training at the London School of Medicine for Women, 1929. Uncompleted Diploma Course in Archaeology, Cambridge University, 1932-3. Excavated with her father John W. Crowfoot and other leading archaeologists, in England and Palestine. Appointed Cataloguer in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, cataloguing the whole of the Egyptian and Nubian collections, she also had a significant role in the arrangement and display of the Museums lithic collections in the Egyptian and Near Eastern galleries, 1957-79. She published many important publications on lithics as well as the Catalogue of the Predynastic Egyptian Collection in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, 1993; reprinted with addenda, 2000).

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Dr Helen Whitehouse, Keeper of Egyptian Antiquities, Ashmolean Museum in March and July 2006.

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Scope and content

Papers relating to Joan Crowfoot Payne, Catalogue of the Predynastic Egyptian Collection in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford, 1993; reprinted with addenda, 2000), including notes, lists, registers of graves and objects, and annotated maps (photocopies).

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Kept as received.

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Conditions governing access

Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright Griffith Institute, Oxford.

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  • English

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No problems.

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Preliminary catalogue.

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These are originals.

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Not known.

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Publication note

-Joan Crowfoot Payne, <i>Catalogue of the Predynastic Egyptian Collection in the Ashmolean Museum</i> (Oxford, 1993; reprinted with addenda, 2000).

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  • Shelf: 0511