Griffith Institute Archive
Description of material
This description is based on the General International Standard Archival
1. Identity statement
Reference code n/a
Title Baumgartel MSS.
Dates of creation of the material Probably 1960 to 1975.
Extent Three boxes containing folders. One small box containing glass negatives.
Name of creator Baumgartel, Elise Jenny (1892-1975).
Administrative and biographical history
German/British prehistorian. Born, Berlin 1892. Died, Oxford 1975. Studied medicine and Egyptology at the University of Berlin. Excavated at Hermopolis. Assistant Keeper of Egyptology, Manchester Museum.
See Who Was Who in Egyptology (3rd ed. 1995), 35-6.
Custodial history Not known.
Immediate source of acquisition Material relating to proposed third edition of 'Egypt's Beginnings'
submitted to the Griffith Institute by E. Baumgartel for publication in 1974. Material related to
Predynastic objects in Brooklyn Museum, via the Department of Antiquities, Ashmolean Museum,
Oxford, in February 2002.
3. Content and structure
Scope and content Two typescripts with pages from the published edition and handwritten notes and
editing marks, together with small box of glass negatives of plates marked 'Plates for Part 2'. Both
entitled ''Egypt's Beginnings', being the third edition of The Cultures of Prehistoric Egypt by Elise J.
Baumgartel.' Also notes on the manuscript by Barry Kemp, dated 1975.
Collected notes and photographs relating to predynastic material in The Brooklyn Museum. Two reports, one a copy of 'Report of Henry de Morgan on his researches in the Nile Valley between Esneh and Gebel-Silsilèh, during the winter of 1907-1908' the other, no title or date, addressed 'To A. Augustus Healy, Esq., President of the Brooklyn of Arts & Sciences' [sic].
System of arrangement Kept as received.
4. Access and use
Legal status Property of the Griffith Institute.
Access conditions No restrictions.
Copyright conditions Copyright Griffith Institute, Oxford, except for photographs and xeroxes of
reports belonging to The Brooklyn Museum.
Language of material English.
Physical characteristics No problems.
Finding aids None.
5. Allied materials area
Location of originals
These are originals. The Brooklyn Museum owns the original copies of excavation
reports copied for Baumgartel.
Existence of copies None.
Related units of description None.
Associated material Not known.
Publications Earlier editions of Baumgartel, 'The Cultures of Prehistoric Egypt', Volume i (1947),
revised 1955. Volume ii (1960).
(March 24, 2003)