Griffith Institute Archive
Description of material
This description is based on the General International Standard Archival
1. Identity statement
Reference code n/a
Title Gunn MSS.
Dates of creation of the material c.1920s to 1950.
Extent 17 boxes, 14 purpose made slip-boxes, 7 packages, and 20 rolls.
Name of creator Gunn, Battiscombe George (1883-1950).
Administrative and biographical history
British Egyptologist. Born, London 1883. Died, Oxford 1950. Studied hieroglyphs at University College, London, as a student of Margaret Murray. Assistant to Gardiner helping him with the lexicographical work on Onomastica. Excavated at various sites including Amarna, Haraga, and Saqqâra. Assistant Curator at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo in 1928-31. Curator of Egyptian Antiquities at the University Museum, Philadelphia, 1931-4. Professor of Egyptology, Oxford, 1934-50. Edited the Journal of Egyptian Archeology, 1934-40.
See Who Was Who in Egyptology (3rd ed. 1995), 183-4.
Custodial history Bequeathed by B. G. Gunn to the Griffith Institute.
Immediate source of acquisition The estate of B. G. Gunn.
3. Content and structure
Scope and content Notebooks, notes, articles (some unpublished), lecture notes, photographs,
correspondence, squeezes, drawings, tracings, and casts.
System of arrangement Mostly kept as received. Sir Alan Gardiner sorted the MSS before they were
transferred to the Griffith Institute.
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 Some tracings, squeezes and photographs need to be handled with great care.
Finding aids Catalogue.
5. Allied materials area
Location of originals These are originals, except where indicated in Gunn catalogue.
Existence of copies Copies of photographs and notes made from Gunn MSS., to be used in proposed
publication by D. Magee and J. Malek. Kept in Topographical Bibliography room.
Related units of description None.
Associated material Not known.
Publications Publication details indicated in Gunn catalogue
(April 7, 2003)