Griffith Institute Archive
Description of material
This description is based on the General International Standard Archival
1. Identity statement
Reference code n/a
Title Smither MSS.
Dates of creation of the material c.1939 to 1943.
Extent 1 notebook.
Name of creator Smither, Paul Cecil (1913-1943).
Administrative and biographical history
British Egyptologist. Born, Chiswick 1913. Died, Oxford 1943. Studied at Queen's College, Oxford, 1936. BA, 1939. Entered the Foreign Office in 1940. Specialized in Middle Egyptian. Published several articles in JEA, including one with A. N. Dakin entitled 'The Semnah Despatches', and another on Middle Kingdom stelae in Queen's College, Oxford (now in the Ashmolean Museum).
See Who Was Who in Egyptology (3rd ed. 1995), 397.
Custodial history Property of his widow, Mrs. R. Pilgrim. Deposited on permanent loan in 1963.
Immediate source of acquisition Passed to the Griffith Institute by W. K. Simpson at Mrs R.
Pilgrim's request in 1963.
3. Content and structure
Scope and content Notebook containing the transcription and notes on papyrus Reisner I.
System of arrangement Kept as received.
4. Access and use
Legal status On permanent loan from Mrs R. Pilgrim to the Griffith Institute.
Access conditions No restrictions.
Copyright conditions Copyright uncertain.
Language of material English.
Physical characteristics No problems.
Finding aids None.
5. Allied materials area
Location of originals These are originals.
Existence of copies None.
Related units of description None.
Associated material Not known.
Publications Lent to W. K. Simpson and used by him in the preparation of 'The Record of a Building
Project in the Reign of Sesostris I: Papyrus Reisner I' (Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, 1963).
Acknowledgement of this is given on page 15 of the publication.
(May 29, 2003)