R. Engelbach MSS.

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 Engelbach MSS.

Dates of creation of the material Early 1940s.

Extent 2 boxes.

2. Context

Name of creator Engelbach, Reginald (1888-1946).

Administrative and biographical history
British Egyptologist and engineer. Born, Moretonhampstead, 1888. Died, Cairo, 1946. Educated at Tonbridge School. Trained as an engineer at the City and Guilds Institute, 1905-8. He suffered poor health and went to Egypt in order to recuperate, 1909-10. When he returned to Britain he studied Egyptology, Coptic, and Arabic at University College, London. From 1911 onwards he assisted Petrie on many excavations. During the First World War he was commissioned by Allenby to report on ancient sites in Syria and Palestine. Appointed Chief Inspector for Upper Egypt, 1920. Assistant Keeper, Cairo Museum, 1924. Chief Keeper, 1931. Retired 1941. He was awarded several honorary titles. He published extensively, some of his most important contributions being those where he was to able to apply his engineering expertise.
See Who Was Who in Egyptology (3rd ed. 1995), 141-2.

Custodial history Was the private property of R. Engelbach. Found amongst W. B. Emery's papers at the Egypt Exploration Society's dig house at Saqqâra.

Immediate source of acquisition Presented by Professor G. T. Martin in 1985.

3. Content and structure

Scope and content Site indexes to the Journal d'Entrée and Temporary registers of the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

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.

Language of material English.

Physical characteristics No problems.

Finding aids None.

5. Allied materials area

Location of originals These are the originals.

Existence of copies None.

Related units of description None.

Associated material Not known.

Publications Not published.

(February 20, 2004)

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