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Ur, Iraq expedition records

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Penn Museum Archives
Creator:
Gordon, G. B. (George Byron), 1870-1927
Creator:
Jayne, Horace Howard Furness, 1898-1975
Creator:
Legrain, Leon, 1878-1962
Title:
Ur, Iraq expedition records
Date [bulk]:
1922-1934
Date [inclusive]:
1920-1976
Call Number:
1018
Extent:
3.85 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Sir Leonard Woolley directed the excavations at Ur in southern Iraq from 1922 to 1934 for the Joint Expedition of the British Museum and the University of Pennsylvania Museum. As part of this involvement, the University of Pennsylvania Museum sent Leon Legrain, Curator of the Babylonian Section, during the 1924–1925 and 1925–1926 seasons. Most of the records of the Ur expedition are located at the British Museum. The Museum Archives hold only a few records. The records consist of general correspondence, indexes and catalogs, publications, and Legrain research. Where possible, a chronological order was imposed on the Near East records.
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[Item name]. Box [Box number]. Ur, Iraq expedition records. Penn Museum Archives. Accessed [Date accessed].
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Biography/History

Sir Leonard Woolley directed the excavations at Ur in southern Iraq from 1922 to 1934 for the Joint Expedition of the British Museum and the University of Pennsylvania Museum. As part of this involvement, the University of Pennsylvania Museum sent Leon Legrain, Curator of the Babylonian Section, as a cuneiformist during the 1924–1925 and 1925–1926 seasons. Most of the records of the Ur expedition are located at the British Museum. The Museum Archives hold only a few records.

Scope and Contents

The records consist of general correspondence, indexes and catalogs, publications, and Legrain research. Most of the correspondence appears to be letters and reports exchanged between the Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum (1922–1927, G. B. Gordon; 1928, J. McHugh, Secretary; and 1929–1933 H. H. F. Jayne) and F. Kenyon, the Director of the British Museum, and Woolley. Indexes include a field photograph catalog covering the twelve seasons of work as well as typewritten copy of the field object catalog (with Museum object numbers annotated in red ink). The publications series holds correspondence, notes, drafts, photographs, and manuscripts pertaining to the volumes of the publications of the Ur Excavations (Volumes III, IV, VI, VII, and X). The Archives holds other records relating to Ur which may be unpublished, these have been placed in a separate series: Legrain Research. The Near East Section curatorial records and the Directors' correspondence (Jayne to British Museum, 1925–1940) contain related material.

Where possible, a chronological order was imposed on the Near East records. Photographs were retained with the documents when they directly referred to content. Otherwise, the photographic collections hold material related to the excavations, artifacts, and travel photographs (see Standard Size Print collection). Oversize material is housed in the Map Cases and the Print Cabinet depending on size.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Penn Museum Archives

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by K. Moreau

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • University of Pennsylvania. Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
Form/Genre(s)
  • Card catalogs
  • Correspondence
Geographic Name(s)
  • Tall al-Muqayyar (deserted settlement)
Personal Name(s)
  • Gordon, G. B. (George Byron), 1870-1927
  • Jayne, Horace Howard Furness, 1898-1975
  • Legrain, Leon, 1878-1962
Subject(s)
  • Archaeological expeditions
  • Excavations (Archaeology)

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Collection Inventory

General Correspondence, 1920-1938. 0.7 Linear feet.

Scope and Contents note

Letters, reports from the field, financial statements, cablegrams, press releases and expense notebook. Arranged by type and then chronologically.

Box

[Correspondence], 1919-1921.

1

[Correspondence— Exp. I 1922], 1922.

1

[Correspondence— Exp. I Jan–Jun, 1923], 1923.

1

[Correspondence— Exp. II Jul–Dec, 1923] [Letters re: China, May 26 and June 3, 1924], 1923-1924.

1

[Correspondence— Exp. II Jan–Jul, 1924], 1924.

1

[Correspondence— Exp. III Aug–Dec, 1924], 1924.

1

[Correspondence— Exp. III Jan–Jul, 1925], 1925.

1

[Correspondence— Exp. IV Aug–Dec, 1925], 1925.

1

[Correspondence— Exp. IV Jan–Jul, 1926], 1926.

1

[Correspondence— Exp. V Aug–Dec, 1926], 1926.

1

[Correspondence— Exp. V Jan–Jul, 1927], 1927.

1

[Correspondence— Exp. VI Aug–Dec, 1927], 1927.

1

[Correspondence— Office of the Vice-President, University of Pennsylvania, 1928], 1928.

1

[Correspondence— Exp. VI Jan–Jun, 1928], 1928.

2

[Correspondence— Exp. VII Jul–Dec, 1928], 1928.

2

[Correspondence— Exp. VII Jan–Jul, 1929], 1929.

2

[Correspondence— Exp. VIII Aug–Dec, 1929], 1929.

2

[Correspondence— Exp. VIII Jan–Jul, 1930], 1930.

2

[Correspondence— Exp. IX Aug–Dec, 1930], 1930.

2

[Correspondence— Exp. IX Jan–Jul, 1931], 1931.

2

[Correspondence— Exp. X Aug–Dec, 1931], 1931.

2

[Correspondence— Exp. X Jan–Jul, 1932], 1932.

2

[Correspondence— Exp. XI Aug–Dec, 1932], 1932.

2

[Correspondence— Exp. XI Jan–Jul, 1933], 1933.

2

[Correspondence— Exp. XII Aug–Dec, 1933], 1933.

2

[Correspondence—] Iraq [Director of Antiquities, including re: reproductions, 1933, 1936–1938], 1933-1938 (Bulk, 1936) .

2

[Correspondence—] Resumes [of work done] and press releases [taken from correspondence, 1922–1934], 1922.

2

[Accounts— Legrain's Expense Notebook, Ur Expedition, 1924–1926], 1924-1926.

2

Indexes and Catalogues, 1922-1976 (Bulk, 1922-1934) . 0.25 Linear feet.

Scope and Contents note

Photo catalogue, field photo catalogue and index, register of inscribed materials, drawings of lyre, field object catalogue. Arranged by type and thereunder numerically.

Box

Ur Field Catalog [Typed copy with Museum number annotated in red].

3

Ur I— 1922–23— Nos. U. 1 – U. 1,054; and list of coded references with explanation.

3

Ur II— 1923–24— Nos. U. 1,101 – U. 1,788.

3

Ur III— 1924–25— Nos. U. 2,501 – U. 3,373.

3

Ur IV— 1925–26— Nos. U. 6,001 – U. 7,143.

3

Ur V— 1926–27— Nos. U. 7,500 – U. 9,360.

3

Ur VI— 1927–28— Nos. U. 9,501 – U. 11,231.

3

Ur VII— 1928–29— Nos. U. 11,400 – U. 13,108.

3

Ur VIII— 1929–30— Nos. U. 13,500 – U. 15,817.

3

Ur IX— 1930–31— Nos. U. 16,001 – U. 17,448.

3

Ur X— 1931–32— Nos. U. 17,601 – U. 18,207.

3

Ur XI— 1932–33— Nos. U. 18,207 – U. 18,723.

3

Ur XII, 1933–34— Nos. U. 18,724 – U. 20,094.

3

Field Photographs [Typed Catalogue (carbon copy)], 1922-1934.

4

Field Photographs [Handwritten Catalogue by L. Legrain], 1922-1934.

4

[Photograph Catalogues— Miscellaneous].

4

[Lists of Divisions and related documents]; Objects Presented to Other Institutions.

4

Ur tombs [Lists of Artifacts by Tomb No.].

4

List of Ur Bronzes Out for Cleaning, 1933.

4

Ur Register of Inscribed Materials, by Barnett, British Museum [photocopy], 1976.

4

Drawings of Lyre [revised reconstruction], 1976.

4

Site Abbreviations.

4

Publications, 1922-1976 (Bulk, 1922-1956) . 2.3 Linear feet.

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, notes, drafts, photographs, plans and drawings, catalogues, and manuscripts. Arranged by volume number and thereunder by type.

Box

[Correspondence—], Ur Dispute — Copies [1923, 1929, 1931–1935, 1947–1948], 1923.

4

Ur Excavations, General [Correspondence, 1942, 1945–1948, 1956, 1976], 1942-1976.

4

Ur 1922–1934, Expedition I through X [published plans and drawings], 1922-1934.

4

Ur Texts, Vol. III— Translation [#1 of 2].

4

Ur Texts, Vol. III— Translation [#2 of 2].

5

Ur Texts, Vol. III— Concordance [#1 of 2].

5

Ur Texts, Vol. III— Concordance [#2 of 2].

5

Ur Texts, Vol. III— Notes, Index, etc.; Catalogue.

5

[Ur Excavations, Vol. III—] A Duplicate Catalogue of Archaic Seal Impressions and Duplicate Photos.

5

Ur Excavations, Vol. III— Archaic Seal Impressions, Proto-Elamite Signs.

5

Ur Excavations, Vol. III— Seal Impressions, Notes on chronology — Hair, heads, costumes, types, races.

5

Ur [Excavations, Vol. X—] Seal Impressions, 1931–1932 [Catalogues and Photos], 1931-1932.

5

Ur [Excavations, Vol. X—] Seal Cylinders.

6

[Ur Excavations, Vol. X— Seal Cylinders] Duplicates [Photos].

6

[Correspondence re:] Woolley, Ur Excavations, Vol. IV [1953–1956], 1953-1956.

6

[Ur Excavations, Vol. IV— Plates] [#1 of 2].

6

[Ur Excavations, Vol. IV— Plates] [#2 of 2].

6

Correspondence, [Ur VI-VII, 1953–1954, 1965–1966, 1968–1970, 1972], 1953-1972.

6

[Ur Excavations, Vol. VI— Plate Drawings].

6

[Ur Excavations, Vol. VI— Plates].

6

Legrain Research. 0.6 Linear feet.

Scope and Contents note

Object Cards, some with photographs and sketches, classification, catalogue, and manuscripts. Arranged by subject

Box

[Legrain Research—] Ur Terra-Cottas, Catalogue [Legrain Manuscript, unpublished].

7

[Legrain Research— Ur Terra-Cottas] Classification of Ur TC in the University Museum.

7

[Legrain Research—] Ur Historical Inscriptions, Translations, 1919–1926 [#1 of 2], 1919.

7

[Legrain Research—] Ur Historical Inscriptions, Translations, 1919–1926 [#2 of 2], 1919-1926.

7

[Object Cards— Terra Cottas and (Tablets?)].

8

[Object Cards— Terra Cottas, Tablets and Notes on these and other objects].

9