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FRANKFORT, Henri (1897-1954)


Reference code(s): GB 1370 WIA, Henri Frankfort

Held at: Warburg Institute

Title: FRANKFORT, Henri (1897-1954)

Date(s): c 1919-1954

Level of description: collection

Extent: 4 boxes

Name of creator(s): Frankfort | Henri | 1897-1954 | archaeologist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Henri Frankfort was born, 1897; brought up in the Netherlands and served in the Dutch armed forces during the First World War. He later studied at University College London and the British School at Athens and led archaeological excavations in Egypt before taking his PhD from Leiden University in 1927. He subsequently spent several years in Iraq carrying out fieldwork for the University of Chicago, where he became a Professor in 1932; he also held an Extraordinary Professorship at the University of Amsterdam concurrently with the Chicago chair. In 1949 he left the United States to become Professor of the History of Pre-Classical Antiquity at the University of London and Director of the Warburg Institute, a post he retained until his death in 1954. Prominent among his research interests were the religions of Ancient Egypt and the Near East. The art historian Enriqueta Harris was his second wife.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Henri Frankfort, archaeologist, c 1919-1954, including notes, working papers, correspondence, offprints and photographs of excavations (unidentified). Topics covered include: History of Pre-Classical Antiquity: Ancient Egypt, Africa, Ancient Near East, Ancient Orient.


Language/scripts of material: English and French

System of arrangement:

Arranged in sections as follows: Notes, Working Papers, Correspondence, Off-Prints and Photographs of Excavations.

Conditions governing access:

Archive material is accessible for the purpose of private study and personal research and within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Archive reading room. Access is with permission from the Institute Director and by prior appointment only. Potential users are advised to browse the Institute website and contact the Archivist, Dr des Claudia Wedepohl, before planning a visit. Access to individual items in the Warburg Institute Archives may be restricted under the Data Protection Act or the Freedom of Information Act.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies, at the discretion of the archivist, may be provided for research use only (working papers: up to 10% of any archive pressmark; correspondence by authors for whom the department doesn't hold copyright: up to 10% of the institutes holdings). Traditional photography is allowed at the discretion of the archivist, no digital cameras. Scans and digital photographs can be ordered at the discretion of the archivist. Requests to publish original material have to be submitted to the Archivist.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Collection level description available on-line at the University of London Research Services website


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Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received from the family.


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Archivist's note: Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Apr 2008

African history | National history
Egyptology | Ancient civilizations | Ancient history | Historical periods

Personal names
Frankfort | Henri | 1897-1954 | archaeologist

Corporate names

Egypt | North Africa
East Asia
Middle East