Collection Smither MSS - Paul Cecil Smither Collection

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Smither MSS


Paul Cecil Smither Collection


  • c.1939-1943 (Creation)

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1 notebook

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Biographical history

British Egyptologist. Born, Chiswick 1913. Died, Oxford 1943. Studied at Queen's College, Oxford, 1936. BA, 1939. Entered the Foreign Office in 1940. Specialized in Middle Egyptian. Published several articles in the JEA, including one with A. N. Dakin titled 'The Semnah Despatches', and another on Middle Kingdom stelae in Queen's College, Oxford (now in the Ashmolean Museum).

Archival history

Property of his widow, Mrs. R. Pilgrim. Deposited on permanent loan in 1963.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Passed to the Griffith Institute by W. K. Simpson at Mrs R. Pilgrim's request in 1963.

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Scope and content

Notebook containing the transcription and notes on papyrus Reisner I.

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Kept as received.

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On permanent loan from Mrs R. Pilgrim to the Griffith Institute. No restrictions.

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Copyright uncertain.

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  • English

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Publication note

-Lent to W. K. Simpson and used by him in the preparation of <i>Papyrus Reisner I: The Records of a Building Project in the Reign of Sesostris I</i> (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1963). Acknowledgement of this is given on page 15 of the publication.

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