Collection Stewart MSS - William Arnold Stewart Collection

Creative Work in Palestine

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Stewart MSS


William Arnold Stewart Collection


  • 1927 to mid 1940s (Creation)

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Extent and medium

2 boxes

Context area

Name of creator


Biographical history

British artist and designer. Born, Ilkley 1882. Died, High Wycombe 1953. Educated at Bradford Technical College and then the Royal College of Art. Chief textile designer, Lister and Co., Bradford. Moved to Cairo in 1911 to take up a post teaching at the Department of Art and Crafts in the Egyptian Ministry of Education, and was later the Principal of the School of Arts and Crafts. Worked for G. A. Reisner, reconstructing some of the furniture of Queen Hetepheres found at Gîza. In 1930 he was appointed Supervisor of Technical Education to the Palestine Government, and then later Controller of Light Industries. Retired 1947.

Archival history

Formerly in the possession of Stewart's eldest daughter, then later his son, Lt. Col. J. A. Stewart.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated to the Griffith Institute by Lt. Col. J. A. Stewart in 1980.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Journal, photographs, typescript, and various notes connected with Stewart's work on the reconstruction of some of the furniture of Queen Hetepheres for the Harvard-Boston Expedition.
Xerox of a typescript titled 'Creative Work in Palestine. Technical and Crafts Education 1918-1946'.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Kept as received.

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Property of the Griffith Institute.
Hetepheres material, no restrictions.
Palestine related material, consultation only.

Conditions governing reproduction

Hetepheres material, copyright Griffith Institute, University of Oxford.
The original of the xerox copy of the Palestine related material was in the possession of Stewart's son in 1980, who at that time had sent it to the Development Records Project, Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford, from where it was most likely returned to him. Current location not known.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

No problems.

Finding aids


Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Hetepheres material, these are the originals.
Palestine related material, original with Lt. Col. J. A. Stewart in 1980.

Existence and location of copies

Not known.

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Not known.

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Publication note

Not published.

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Physical storage

  • Shelf: 0621