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Egypt Exploration Society

working in Egypt for 125 years

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The Lucy Gura Archive

The Lucy Gura Archive is a unique record of the Society’s historical contribution to the field of Egyptology from the founding of the EEF in 1882. A brief history of the Society can be found here
The archive is named after a member, Lucy Gura, whose family made a substantial donation to the EES in 2007 for the digitisation of the oldest photographs in the collection.

Searching our collections online
Please click here to search the Society's holdings on our library and archive catalogue. You will be able to filter results based on sites and sub-archives. Please use the catalogue and archival reference codes when submitting your archive material request form.

You may find the following guides helpful when browsing the catalogue:
How to search for archive material in the online catalogue
Sub-archive levels and abbreviations used in the EES Lucy Gura Archive
The hierarchical structure of the EES Lucy Gura Archive
The Correspondence (COR) sub-archive
Sites investigated by the EES from 1882 to 2008

Browsing our collections online
As well as the online library and archive catalogue, you can also browse some of our digitised collections on our Flickr feed including: object record cards, watercolours, tomb record cards, and negatives.

Visiting our collections
The EES Lucy Gura Archive is freely accessible to researchers by prior appointment. To arrange a visit please complete an archive material request form and email it to archives@ees.ac.uk.
Some records preserved within the collections are particularly fragile; please ensure that you have read our handling guide prior to your arrival.

Opening times
The EES Lucy Gura Archive is open Monday – Friday, 10:30-16:30. See our calendar and news feeds for any holiday office closures.

Related collections
A number of other institutions hold material connected with the Society, related people, and the sites explored since our founding in 1882. These include:
The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, London (materials relating to sites and people, particularly those related to W M F Petrie)
The Griffith Institute, Oxford (materials relating to sites and people, including watercolours by Howard Carter, and notebooks and journals of early explorers)
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (materials relating to the Society’s American Branch, including the distribution of artefacts from archaeological sites in Egypt)
The British Museum, London (materials relating to distribution of artefacts from archaeological sites in Egypt, and documents relating to the Society’s co-founder Reginald Stuart Poole)
Somerville College, Oxford (materials relating to the Society’s founder, Miss Amelia B Edwards including a number of original watercolours)

Reproduction permission and fees
The Society normally charges reproduction fees for use of its images. Current rates (as of January 2014) for reproducing EES archival images can be found here. When ordering an image, to aid identification of the correct image, please quote the EES archival reference number if known or give a page/plate reference to an EES (or other) publication where the image has been reproduced previously. Different requirements are due for requests to publish papyri held in the care of the Society, please see here for further details
Please complete a request form and email to archives@ees.ac.uk

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