Griffith Institute Archive
Description of material
This description is based on the General International Standard Archival
1. Identity statement
Reference code n/a
Title Schott photographs.
Dates of creation of the material Probably 1920s to 1940s.
Extent 8 A4 ring binders, 2 boxes, five notebooks and a sheaf of printed papers.
Name of creator Schott, Siegfried (1897-1971).
Administrative and biographical history
German Egyptologist. Born, Berlin, 1897. Died, Innsbruck, 1971. Studied Egyptology under H. Ranke at Heidelberg, 1924, then with H. Junker and K. Sethe. Dr. Phil., 1926. Employed initially as an assistant in the Berlin Museum, and also worked at the German Archaeological Institute, Cairo. During his time in Egypt he translated texts collected by the German E. Delta expedition in 1929. Also worked for Chicago House, Luxor, as an epigraphist. Lecturer, Göttingen University, 1943. Professor of Egyptology, Heidelberg University, 1952. Professor of Egyptology, Göttingen University, 1956. Professor (emeritus), Göttingen University, 1965-71. Published extensively, especially religious texts.
See Who Was Who in Egyptology (3rd ed. 1995), 380.
Custodial history (a) Professor Schott lent the original negatives to Dr R. L. B. Moss in 1950. They
were used during the compilation of the second edition of the Topographical Bibliography, i, Pt. 1. (b)
The original photographs made from these negatives are in the Abteilung Ägyptologie, University of
Trier. There was an exchange of copies of photographs and negatives, completing some of the gaps in
the Griffith Institute and Trier sets.
Immediate source of acquisition (a) Professor Schott officially presented the negatives to the Griffith
Institute in 1960. (b) Photographs completing part of the Griffith Institute set were received in
exchange from the Abteilung Ägyptologie, Trier (Professor E. Winter), in 1992.
3. Content and structure
Scope and content Approximately 3,500 negatives recording scenes from private tombs at Thebes.
There are also several hundred photographs which were received in exchange with the Abteilung
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, and Abteilung Ägyptologie, FB III,
Universität Trier, Universitätsring 15, D-54296 Trier.
Language of material German.
Physical characteristics The original nitrate negatives were copied onto 35 mm safety film and the
originals destroyed. The consultation set of prints are contact sheets made from the 35 mm negatives.
Finding aids Catalogue.
5. Allied materials area
Location of originals The original negatives are in the Griffith Institute. The original photographs are
in Abteilung Ägyptologie, Universität Trier.
Existence of copies Trier,
Abteilung Ägyptologie, see
Related units of description None.
Associated material Not known.
Publications Winter, E. 'Gründung eines Schott-Photo-Archivs in Trier' in Göttinger Miszellen 83
(1984), 95-8. Id. in Unijournal (Zeitschrift der Universität Trier), 1 (Feb. 1985), 8-9 ill.
(February 20, 2004)