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Martin Biddle Director's Office records

0001.08

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Penn Museum Archives
Creator:
Biddle, Martin, b. 1937
Title:
Martin Biddle Director's Office records
Date [inclusive]:
1977-1981
Call Number:
0001.08
Extent:
16.4 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Martin Biddle was the Director of the University Museum from 1978 to 1981. In addition, he served as a Professor in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Pennsylvania. His administrative records consist of forty archival boxes of correspondence, administrative memos and reports and material related to exhibitions. The records are in two series; alphabetical and chronological.
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Biography/History

Martin Biddle was educated at the Merchant Taylors' School and at Pembroke College, Oxford, attaining B.A. and M.A. degrees. Following military service as a 2nd Lieutenant/Lieutenant in the Royal Tank Regiment, Biddle was employed as an Inspector of Monuments for the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works before accepting a position to lecture in Medieval Archaeology at the University of Exeter and as a fellow at Old Souls College, Oxford.

Biddle served as Director at the Winchester Research Unit of the Winchester Excavations Committee before accepting the position as Director of the University Museum in 1977. He also was appointed Professor in the Department of Archaeology at Penn with secondary appointments in the departments of History, History of Art and American Civilization and in the Graduate Groups of Classical Archaeology and Religious Studies.

Biddle was a member of many archaeological and antiquarian societies in both Britain and the United States. He worked and supervised digs in England and the Middle East in his specialty, Urban Archaeology. He published extensively in England and in America.

Biddle remained Director until 1981 when his resignation was requested by the University President.

Scope and Contents

Martin Biddle served as Director at the Winchester Research Unit of the Winchester Excavations Committee before accepting the position as Director of the University Museum in 1977. He also was appointed Professor in the Department of Archaeology at Penn with secondary appointments in the departments of History, History of Art and American Civilization and in the Graduate Groups of Classical Archaeology and Religious Studies. He remained Museum Director until 1981.

The Martin Biddle Administrative records consist of forty archival boxes of materials. The files are organized in two series; alphabetical and chronological and some of the records may overlap with the previous Director, Froelich Rainey and Biddle's successor, Robert Dyson. The alphabetical files contain mainly correspondence, administrative records and information regarding exhibitions. The chronological files date from May 1978 to June 1981.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Penn Museum Archives,  2/16/2015

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Jody Rodgers

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)
  • Egypt
  • Tikal Site (Guatemala)
Personal Name(s)
  • Biddle, Martin, b. 1937
  • Bruckner, Geraldine M., b. 1901-d. 1982
  • Craig, Richard T.
  • Dyson, Robert H., 1927-
  • Rainey, Froelich, Director of the University Museum
  • Ralph, Elizabeth K., 1911-2000
Subject(s)
  • Classical Architecture
  • Excavations (Archaeology)
  • University of Pennsylvania MASCA
  • What in the World? (television program)

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General note

CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA MUSEUM

University Archaeological Association (1889–1899) First President Joseph Leidy President William Pepper, Jr. 1893–1897

Board of Managers, Department of Archaeology and Palaeontology / Free Museum of Science and Art President Charlemagne Tower, Jr. elected Jan 14, 1892 resigned Oct 9, 1894 President William Pepper, Jr. elected Oct 9, 1894 died Aug 3, 1898 President Daniel Baugh acting Aug 3, 1898 elected Jun 22, 1899 President Justus C. Strawbridge elected Jan 19, 1901 resigned 1903 President Sara Yorke Stevenson elected Jan 15, 1904 resigned Feb 24, 1905 President Samuel F. Houston acting Mar 17, 1905 elected Jan 19, 1906 1910

Directors of the University of Pennsylvania Museum Stewart Culin Jun 1, 1892–Jun 28, 1899 George Byron Gordon Feb 1, 1910–Jan 30, 1927 Jane M. McHugh (Acting) 1927–1929 Horace H. F. Jayne 1929–1940 George C. Vaillant 1941–1945 Marian Angell Godfrey (Acting) 1945–1947 Froelich G. Rainey 1947–1976 James B. Pritchard (Acting) 1976–1977 Martin Biddle 1977–1981 Robert H. Dyson (Acting) 1981-1982 Robert H. Dyson 1982–1994 Jeremy A. Sabloff 1994–2004 Richard M. Leventhal 2004-2006 Jeremy A. Sabloff (Interim) 2006-2007 Richard Hodges 2007-2012 Julian Siggers 2012-

Collection Inventory

Alphabetical files, 1977-1981.

Box

A General.

1

Accreditation-rough copy.

1

Accreditation 1982.

1

Accreditation Copy and Attachments (1 of 2).

1

Accreditation Copy and Attachments (2 of 2).

1

African section.

1

Aga Khan Award for Architecture (1 of 2).

1

Aga Khan Award for Architecture (2 of 2).

1

Akhenaten Temple Project.

1

Alaska.

1

Amarillo Art Center "Treasures of Ancient Egypt".

2

American Association of Museums.

2

American Association of Museums 1975-1980.

2

American Association of Museums 1981-1982.

2

American Association of Museums Convention Philadelphia 1982.

2

American Association of University Professors.

2

American Council for the Arts.

2

American Historical Archaeology/American Civilization 1977-1981.

2

American Law Institute/American Bar Association Course of Study.

2

American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE).

2

American Research Institute in Turkey 1976-1979.

3

American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) 1980.

3

American Research Institute in Turkey Fellowship Porgram Dec.1980.

3

American Research Institute in Turkey-Papers Dec. 1980.

3

American Section Caracol (Belize).

3

American Section Tikal 1976-1981.

3

American Section General 1976-1981.

3

Annenberg School 1977-1979.

4

Annenberg School 1980.

4

Anthropology 1976-1979.

4

Anthropology 1980.

4

Archaeological Institute of America.

4

Archaeological Site Information.

4

Archaeological Society of Athens.

4

Archives 1981.

4

Association of Science Museum Directors 1979-1981.

5

Association of Science Museums.

5

Ban Chiang (Thailand) 1977-1981.

5

Ban Chiang Exhibition.

5

Biddle 1976, 1977, 1978 (Misc.).

5

Biddle 1979 (Misc.).

5

Biddle 1980 (Misc.).

6

Biddle 1981 (Misc.).

6

Biddle, Birthe Kolbe (Asst. Curator, European Archaeology Section).

6

Biddle, Craig.

6

Board of Managers Ad Hoc Committe Reviewing the 1978.

6

Board of Overseers 1981.

6

British Airways.

6

British Broadcasting Corporation.

6

Brooklyn Museum.

6

Bruckner, Geraldine.

6

Budget FY 1978.

6

Budget FY 1979.

6

Budget FY 1980.

7

Budget FY 1980-.

7

Budget FY 1980/81 April discussion.

7

Budget FY 1981.

7

Budget Review by Sub-Committee on Budget and Planning.

7

Building and Grounds 1976-1978.

7

Building and Grounds 1979.

7

Building and Grounds 1980.

7

Business Office.

7

Buten Museum of Wedgewood.

7

Carbon 14 Lab 1978-1979.

8

Carbon 14 Lab 1980-1981.

8

Carbon 14 Lab 1982 (1 of 2).

8

Carbon 14 Lab 1982 (2 of 2).

8

Carpeting.

8

Case Statement 1979.

8

Case Statement-Backup Papers.

8

Case Statement-Replies.

8

Case Statement Study.

8

Cellulose Nitrate Project (Negative Preservation).

9

Center for Medieval Studies.

9

C.E.T.A. (Comprehensive Employment and Training Act) 1978.

9

China-Chinese Jade Book.

9

China-General.

9

China-Ming Tomb Proposal.

9

Classical Archaeology (CLARC) 1975-1976.

9

Classical Archaeology (CLARC) 1977-1978.

9

Classical Archaeology (CLARC) 1979-1982.

9

Classical Archaeology (CLARC) Meetings.

9

Clippings-Other Museums news.

9

Clippings-University Museum news.

10

Colleges and Universities-Misc.

10

Committee for the Humanities in PA.

10

Complimentary letters.

10

Computer/Computing 1976-1981.

10

Congressional Arts Caucus.

10

Conservation.

10

Conservation of the Built Environment.

10

Continuum.

10

Cook, Alan M.

10

Craig, Richard (current).

10

Craig, Richard (1 of 2).

11

Craig, Richard (2 of 2).

11

Crockett Report.

11

Curators 1979.

11

Curators-Budget Requests-General 1980.

11

Curators-Museology 1976.

11

Curators-Research and Publications 1976-81.

11

Curators 1975-78 (Missing).

11

Cyrene(Libya)-Solicitations.

11

D General.

11

Daily Pennsylvanian.

11

Deaccessioning Policy 1978-1979.

11

Dean's Search Committee (FAS).

12

Director's Office.

12

Director's Office-Objects on Display.

12

Director's Reports 1972-(1980).

12

Dumbarton Oaks.

12

E General.

12

East European Archaeology Conference.

12

Education 1976-1978.

12

Education 1979-1981.

12

Egypt 1976-1978.

12

Egypt 1979.

13

Egypt 1980.

13

Egyptian Artifacts for Sale-Sotheby Parke-Bernet, Inc.

13

Egypt-"The Future of Egypt's Past" Conference.

13

Egypt-"The Search for Ancient Egypt" Exhibit.

13

Egypt Today.

13

Encyclopedia Brittanica.

13

Endowments.

13

Evans Collection.

13

Exhibitions 1976.

13

Exhibitions 1977-1978.

13

Exhibitions 1979-1981.

14

Exhibitions-Basketry.

14

Exhibitions "Camera and I, Belau of Micronesia".

14

Exhibitions "Chinese Jade".

14

Exhibitions "Dowries from Kutch" (India).

14

Exhibitions "Echoes of the Samurai".

14

Exhibitions "Egyptian Mummy".

14

Exhibitions "Era of the Pet: Four Centuries of People and their Dogs".

14

Exhibitions "Florence and Philadelphia" (not held).

14

Exhibitions "Great Ideas".

14

Exhibitions "Lenape".

14

Exhibitions "Maasai".

14

Exhibitions "Music and Dance in Papua New Guinea".

14

Exhibitions "Polynesia".

14

Exhibitions "Shiva, The Manisfestations of".

14

Exhibitions-Syrian.

15

Exhibitions-"Turkish Architecture".

15

Expedition Magazine.

15

Exhibitions 1976-1981.

15

Exhibitions Committee 1971-1980.

15

Explorers Club.

15

F General.

15

Interim Report on FAS Advisory Board on Development.

15

FAS Meetings, Memos, Minutes 1976-1977.

15

FAS Meetings, Memos, Minutes 1978.

15

FAS Meetings, Memos, Minutes 1979.

15

FAS Meetings, Memos, Minutes 1980.

15

Faculty Senate.

15

Fakes and Mysteries.

15

Feasibility Study 1980.

16

Feasibility Study 1981.

16

Films.

16

Finance.

16

Fort Hill, PA-Robert F. Lenhart.

16

Fumigation.

16

G General.

16

Gifts of Artifacts 1976-1981.

16

Goddard College Architectural Research Committee.

17

Goff, Ron.

17

Gordion (Turkey) 1976-1979.

17

Gordion (Turkey) 1980-.

17

Gordion Reports (Rodney S. Young).

17

Gorman, Chester (Selected copies from Anthropology Department files).

17

Gorman, Chester 1975-1981.

17

Graduate Group-Anthropology.

17

Graduate Group-Religious Studies.

17

Grants-Misc. Information on Obtaining.

17

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance 1979.

18

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance 1980.

18

Guidelines and Policies 1979-1981.

18

H General.

18

Hellenic Cruise-Finances 1979.

18

Hellenic Cruise-General.

18

Hellenic Cruise-General 1978.

19

Hellenic Cruise-Reunion 1979.

19

History of Art, Department of.

19

Hitchcock, William M.

19

Hudson, Daphne.

19

Hurst, John G.

19

Identification of Objects.

19

India.

19

Institute of Museum Services 1979-1981.

19

Institute of Nautical Archaeology.

19

Insurance.

19

International Classrooms 1977-1981.

20

International Congress on Medieval Studies.

20

International Programs.

20

Introductions and Recommendation letters.

20

Investment.

20

Iran.

20

Istanbul.

20

Jordan.

20

K General.

20

Karnak.

20

Keeper of Collections 1977-1978.

20

Keeper of Collections 1979.

20

Keeper of Collections 1980-1981.

20

Keeper of Monographs.

21

Keeper of Publications 1976-1979.

21

Keeper of Publications 1980.

21

Keeper of Publications 1981.

21

Kevorkian Lecture Series 1977-1982.

21

Knauer, Georg W.

21

Kourion.

21

L General.

21

Labor.

21

Legacy 1981.

21

Legacy/Robeck (WHYY).

22

Library to 1981.

22

Lilley-Pennsylvania Program.

22

Loans 1976-1980.

22

Loans (Out as of December 1, 1980).

22

Lucy Wharton Drexel Medal.

22

M General.

23

Main Line School Night.

23

Mallowen, Dr. Barbara.

23

Malyan 1976-1979.

23

Malyan 1980-.

23

Malyan 1980- (Also 2 bound reports) "Problems of Large Scale Multi-Disciplinary Research: the Malyan Project" and "Summing Up: Malyan Project 1971-1978".

23

Management Team-General.

23

Management Team-Meetings.

23

Marketing/Feasibility/Implementation.

23

MASCA 1977-1978.

23

Executive Committee Meeting 27 April, 1981.

23A

From R.H. Dyson.

23A

Board of Managers.

23A

Board of Managers 1975-1978.

23A

Ad Hoc Committee Review of Board of Managers 1979.

23A

Board of Managers-General Correspondence 1979.

23A

Board of Managers-General Correspondence 1980.

23A

Executive Committee.

23A

Long Range Planning and Development Committee.

23A

Membership Committee.

23A

Nominating and Government Relations Committee to 1980.

23A

Research and Publications Committee.

23A

M. Biddle Synthesis of the University Museum (Dec. 1976).

23A

Middle East Center 1979-1980.

23A

Monographs 1979-1981.

23A

Morocco 1976-1993.

23A

Morocco: Lixus (Rainey and Pritchard 1976-1994).

23A

Museum Council 1979-1981.

23A

Museum Services Reports To and By Mary Elizabeth King 1977-1980.

23A

Museum Shop 1977-1981.

23A

NEA-Application for Renovation Grant 1979.

23A

Overseers, Board of-Reorganization 1980-1981.

23A

Permission to Film 1979-1981.

23A

Reorganization From a Board of Managers To a Board of Overseers.

23A

"Vikings in England" Exhibition.

23A

MASCA 1979.

24

MASCA 1980.

24

MASCA 1981.

24

MASCA-Society and Technology: Metallurgy in Ancient Mesopotamia.

24

Medieval London Project.

24

Medoff, Claudia (Keeper, American Section Collections).

24

Members' Events 1978-1979.

24

Members' Events 1980-1981.

24

Members' Newsletters 1978-1981.

25

Membership 1976-1979.

25

Membership 1980.

25

Meyer, William.

25

MICA.

25

"A Mission Eroded" 1978.

25

Mobile Guides.

25

Munn, Mark.

25

Museum Council 1976-1980.

25

Museum Physical Plans 1975-1976.

25

Museum Program Survey 1979.

25

National Conservation Advisory Council.

26

National Exhibits by Blind Artists 1977-1979.

26

Near East Section.

26

Nevil Gallery for the Blind.

26

Nightingale, Mrs. John T.

26

Oceania Section.

26

Organization Charts 1980.

26

Oriental Studies Section.

26

Orthodox Archaeology.

26

Overseers, Board of-Development and Long Range Planning 1982.

26

P General.

26

Papyrus Collection (with photographs).

26

Penn-Bosphorus Project.

26

Penn-Cairo Coordination Committee.

26

Penn-Israel Program (Tel Michel).

26

Pennsylvania Museums Coalition 1978.

26

Pennsylvania Museums Coalition 1979.

26

Pennsylvania Museums Coalition 1980.

27

Pennsylvania Museums Coalition 1981.

27

Pennsylvania Museums Coalition 1982.

27

Pennsylvania, Commonwealth of 1976-1980.

27

Pennsylvania, Commonwealth of 1981-.

27

Performong Arts Society of Philadelphia.

27

Personnel.

27

Philadelphia, City of.

27

Philadelphia Area Cultural Consortium.

27

Philadelphia City Council Budget Hearings FY 1980.

27

Philadelphia Museum of Art.

28

Philadelphia Transnational Project.

28

Photography.

28

Pitcairn, Mrs.

28

Planning Coordination Group.

28

Political Science Department.

28

Pope, Arthur Upham (Bio. Info).

28

President Meyerson, Martin.

28

Program for the Eighties.

28

Proposed Institute of Field Archaeologists.

28

Provost Girifalco.

28

Provost Gregorian and Stellar.

28

Public Information Officer 1978-1980.

28

Public Information Officer 1981-1982.

28

Public Service Announcements 1980-1981.

28

Publications 1976-1982.

28

Publicity 1975-1979.

28

Publicity 1980.

29

Puerto Rico.

29

Qadesh, Tell Nebi Mend.

29

Rainey, Froelich 1977-.

29

Ralph, Elizabeth K. (Director, Radiocarbon Lab).

29

Registrar.

29

Renovations 1975-1977.

29

Renovations 1978.

29

Replica.

29

Rescue Archaeology.

29

Research and Publications Committee 1981.

29

Research Associates 1977-1979.

29

Research Associates 1980-1981.

29

S General.

30

SAS Dateline.

30

SAS Dean's Correspondence.

30

SAS Dean's Minutes, Meetings and Memos 1981-1982.

30

Scheduling Committee.

30

School of Arts and Sciences.

30

Secretary of the Museum.

30

Security/Life Safety 1981.

31

Security (Ward Report).

31

The Shape of Time: A Workshop with George Kubler on Visual Imagery.

31

Smithsonian Institutiion.

31

South Asia 1974-1976.

31

South Asia 1977-.

31

Staff Memos 1976-1978.

31

Staff Memos 1979-1981.

31

Staff-Open Office Hours.

31

Statement of Activity.

32

Thera and Aegean World.

32

Tricentennial.

32

UNESCO Convention on Cultural Property-House Bill 3403.

32

U. of P. Academic Planning and Budget Advisory Committee.

32

U. of Pennsylvania- Annual Reports.

32

U. of Pennsylvania-Council.

32

U. of Pennsylvania-General 1976-1978.

32

U. of Pennsylvania-General 1979.

33

U. of Pennsylvania-General 1980.

33

U. of Pennsylvania-General 1981.

33

U. of Pennsylvania-General 1982.

33

U. of Pennsylvania-General Planning and Budget Questionnaire 1979.

33

U. of Pennsylvania-Guidelines for Sponsored Research 1980.

33

U. of Pennsylvania-International Relations.

33

U. of Pennsylvania-Strike 1980.

33

U.S. Legislature.

33

Victorian Tea Dance May 15, 1983.

33

Vikings in England Exhibition.

33

Visitors in the Museum.

33

Volunteer Guides.

33

Walmsley.

34

War or Peace.

34

What in the World-CBS Cable.

34

What in the World-Channel 10.

34

What in the World-Channel 12.

34

What in the World-Channel 57.

34

What in the World-Contracts, Trademark, Acheson.

34

What in the World-Tax.

34

WNET-"Civilization and the Jews".

34

Women's Committee 1976-1978.

35

Women's Committee 1979-1980.

35

Women's Committee 1981.

35

Women's Committee Tours.

35

Work Processing Info.

35

World Archaeology.

35

Zinman, Phillip.

35

Zoo Reception for Staff 1982.

35

Chronological files, 1977-1981.

Box

May 1978-July 31, 1978.

36

August 1, 1978-September 19, 1978.

36

October 1978.

36

November 1978.

36

December 1978.

36

January 1979 (1 of 2).

36

January 1979 (2 of 2).

36

February 1979.

37

March 1979.

37

April 1-15 1979.

37

April 16-30 1979.

37

May 1979.

37

June 1979.

37

July 1979.

38

August 1979.

38

September 1979.

38

October 1979.

38

November 1979.

38

December 1979.

38

January 1980.

38

February 1980.

38

March 1980.

39

April 1980.

39

May 1980.

39

June 1980.

39

July 1980.

39

August 1980.

39

September 1980.

39

October 1980.

40

November 1980.

40

December 1980.

40

January 1981.

40

February 1981.

40

March 1981.

40

April 1981.

40

May 1981.

40

June 1981.

40

Calendar (Copy) M.B. 1977-1979.

40

Calendar (Copy) M.B. 1980.

40