Griffith Institute Archive
Description of material
This description is based on the General International Standard Archival
1. Identity statement
Reference code n/a
Title Clère MSS.
Dates of creation of the material Most of the material dates from the mid-1940s to 1989.
Extent 63 boxes, and 15 folders of impressions. Also additional material consisting of 92 packages, 9
bundles of slip index cards, 3 large boxes, and 1 box containing 35mm transparencies in rolls.
Name of creator Clère, Jacques Jean (1906-1989).
Administrative and biographical history
French Egyptologist. Born, Paris 1906. Died, Paris 1989. Trained as an artist at the École Bernard Palissy and the École des Arts Decoratifs. First started studying Egyptology with Henri Sottas at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, 1924. Student, École du Louvre, 1925. Worked with Bruyère at Deir el-Medîna, and then with Bisson de la Roque at Madâmûd. Studied Egyptian language with Moret, Weill, and Sethe. Qualified in the history of religion, phonetics, Latin, Hebrew, Arabic, and Berber. Director d'Études at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, 1949. Visiting Professor, Brown University, 1951-2 and 1960-1. Wilbour Fellow, Brooklyn Museum, 1967. Published many linguistic articles as well as several monographs.
See Who Was Who in Egyptology (3rd ed. 1995), 102 and 4clere.html.
Custodial history Part of the estate of J. J. Clère.
Immediate source of acquisition Donated by his widow, Madame Irène Clère, in 1995.
3. Content and structure
Scope and content Notebooks, notes, drafts of articles, teaching notes, xeroxes, card indexes, copies of
inscriptions, impressions, photographs, negatives, transparencies, tracings, drawings, and
System of arrangement Mostly kept as received. Correspondence has been arranged in alphabetical
4. Access and use
Legal status Property of the Griffith Institute.
Access conditions No restrictions.
Copyright conditions Copyright Griffith Institute, Oxford.
Language of material French.
Physical characteristics No problems.
Finding aids Preliminary catalogue.
5. Allied materials area
Location of originals These are originals.
Existence of copies None.
Related units of description Video based on a film made by J. J. Clère at the 23rd Congress of
Orientalists in Cambridge in 1954. See Griffith Institute videos, no. 4.
Associated material None.
Publications Publication details indicated in Clère catalogue.
(June 19, 2003)
(June 19, 2003)