Griffith Institute Archive
Description of material
This description is based on the General International Standard Archival
1. Identity statement
Reference code n/a
Title Stewart MSS.
Dates of creation of the material 1927 to mid-1940s.
Extent 2 boxes.
Name of creator Stewart, William Arnold (1882-1953).
Administrative and biographical history
British artist and designer. Born, Ilkley, 1882. Died, High Wycombe, 1953. Educated at Bradford Technical College and then the Royal College of Art. Chief textile designer, Lister and Co., Bradford. Moved to Cairo in 1911 to take up a post teaching at the Department of Art and Crafts in the Egyptian Ministry of Education, and was later the Principal of the School of Arts and Crafts. Worked for G. A. Reisner, reconstructing some of the furniture of Queen Hetepheres found at Gîza. In 1930 he was appointed Supervisor of Technical Education to the Palestine Government, and then later Controller of Light Industries. Retired 1947.
See Who Was Who in Egyptology (3rd ed. 1995), 405.
Custodial history Formerly in the possession of Stewart's eldest daughter, then later his son, Lt. Col.
J. A. Stewart.
Immediate source of acquisition Donated to the Griffith Institute by Lt. Col. J. A. Stewart in 1980.
3. Content and structure
Scope and content Journal, photographs, typescript and various notes connected with Stewart's work
on the reconstruction of some of the furniture of Queen Hetepheres for the Harvard-Boston
Expedition. Xerox of a typescript entitled 'Creative Work in Palestine. Technical and Crafts
System of arrangement Kept as received.
4. Access and use
Legal status Property of the Griffith Institute.
Access conditions No restrictions.
Copyright conditions Hetepheres material, copyright Griffith Institute, Oxford. The original of the
xerox copy of the Palestine related material was in the possession of Stewart's son in 1980, who at that
time had sent it to the Development Records Project, Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford.
Language of material English.
Physical characteristics No problems.
Finding aids None.
5. Allied materials area
Location of originals Hetepheres material, these are the originals. Palestine related material, original
with Lt. Col. J. A. Stewart in 1980.
Existence of copies None.
Related units of description None.
Associated material Not known.
Publications Not published.
(February 20, 2004)