Griffith Institute Archive
Description of material
This description is based on the General International Standard Archival
1. Identity statement
Reference code n/a
Title Calverley MSS.
Dates of creation of the material Late 1920s to early 1950s.
Extent 2 boxes and 10 slide boxes.
Name of creator Calverley, Amice Mary (1896-1959).
Administrative and biographical history
British artist and musician. Born, London, 1896. Died, Toronto, 1959. Educated in Canada, and then from 1922 studied music at the Royal College of Music. While at Oxford she began making archaeological drawings under the direction of Sir Leonard Woolley. This led onto her working for Sir Alan Gardiner and the Egypt Exploration Society; she copied and subsequently published parts of the temple of Sethos I at Abydos.
See Who Was Who in Egyptology (3rd ed. 1995), 80.
Custodial history (a) Leica Kodachrom transparencies of reliefs from the interior of the Temple of
Ramesses II at Abydos, in the possession of Miss Calverley. (b) 10 photographs of the ceiling of the
Cenotaph of Sethos I at Abydos, in the possession of Miss Calverley. (c) 383 photographs made from
Miss Calverley's negatives for Sir Alan Gardiner. (d) Correspondence, in the possession of Miss
Calverley's niece, Mrs S. Rampen.
Immediate source of acquisition (a) Given by Miss Calverley in 1950. (b) Given by Miss Calverley in
1956. (c) Presented by Sir Alan Gardiner. (d) Presented by Mrs S. Rampen in 1986.
Related documentation Griffith Institute Archive MSS Correspondence box file.
3. Content and structure
Scope and content Over one thousand colour slides, several hundred black and white photographs,
System of arrangement The slides have been arranged in order of Porter and Moss, Topographical
Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs, and Paintings, vi. Photographs are kept as
received. Correspondence is arranged alphabetically.
4. Access and use
Legal status Property of the Griffith Institute.
Access conditions No restrictions.
Copyright conditions Copyright Griffith Institute, Oxford.
Language of material English.
Physical characteristics No problems.
Finding aids Handwritten catalogue for slides.
5. Allied materials area
Location of originals The slides are originals. The photographs were made from Miss Calverley's
negatives which at that time were kept at Chicago House.
Existence of copies Not known.
Related units of description Broome MSS. Gardiner MSS 36.18-24, seven boxes of transparencies -
hieroglyphs from Temples of Sethos I and Ramesses II at Abydos, probably from Miss Calverley.
Gardiner MSS 43, Abydos Enterprise.
Associated material Slides formerly deposited with the School of Archaeology and Oriental Studies,
University of Liverpool, then in the possession of Mrs S. Rampen in 1986.
Publications The material was used for reference whilst preparing the publication of the Temple of
Sethos I at Abydos. See Calverley, A. M. The Temple of King Sethos I at Abydos i-iv (1933-1958).
(February 20, 2004)