Griffith Institute Archive

Description of material

This description is based on the General International Standard Archival Description ISAD(G)

1. Identity statement

Reference code n/a

Title Newberry MSS.

Dates of creation of the material Probably from the late 1890s to 1949.

Extent 40 boxes and 6 bundles.

2. Context

Name of creator Newberry, Percy Edward (1869-1949).

Administrative and biographical history
British Egyptologist and botanist. Born, Islington, London 1868. Died, Godalming 1949. Educated at King's College School, then King's College, London. Studied botany and archaeology. Involved with the Egypt Exploration Fund (later Society) from early on in its history, eventually becoming its Vicepresident. Worked with Petrie at Hawara and Kahun in 1889-90. Led the Archaeology Survey expedition to Beni Hasan and el-Bersha, 1890-4. Surveyed the Theban Necropolis as well as supervising excavations there on behalf of various sponsors. Brunner Professor of Egyptology, Liverpool, 1906-19, Hon. Reader in Egyptian Art, Liverpool, 1919, Fellow, King's College, London, 1908. Professor of Ancient History and Archaeology, Cairo University, 1929-33. Published a large volume of material in various periodicals as well as many monographs.
See Who Was Who in Egyptology (3rd ed. 1995), 312.

Custodial history The estate of P. E. Newberry.

Immediate source of acquisition 1. All papers (except those mentioned in group 2) given by Newberry's widow via Mr W. Dawson, in 1951. 2. Three notebooks in the possession of Mr W. Dawson, in 1960.

3. Content and structure

Scope and content Notebooks, notes, copies of inscriptions, photographs, and correspondence.

System of arrangement Cataloguing and rearrangement under review.

4. Access and use

Legal status Property of the Griffith Institute.

Access conditions Only the correspondence is available at present. The cataloguing of the rest of the Newberry material is currently under review, access to the uncatalogued material is granted at the discretion of the Keeper of the Griffith Institute Archive.

Copyright conditions Copyright Griffith Institute, Oxford.

Language of material English.

Physical characteristics No problems.

Finding aids Catalogue for correspondence.

5. Allied materials area

Location of originals These are originals.

Existence of copies None.

Related units of description Not known.

Associated material There is a copy of one of E. W. Lane's notebooks in the British Library, made by Mrs Newberry, amongst Newberry's MSS.

Publications Some of the papers relate to Newberry's publications.

Notes Only the correspondence can be consulted at present. The cataloguing of the rest of the Newberry material is currently under review, access to the uncatalogued material is granted at the discretion of the Keeper of the Griffith Institute Archive.

(Posted October 16, 2003; Updated September 17, 2014)