William Foxwell Albright papers, [ca. 1920]-1971

Mss.B.AL15p

Date: [Circa 1920]-1971 | Size: 51 Linear feet

Abstract

This collection contains largely correspondence (27 ln. ft.), mostly of a professional nature but there are some family or personal letters including extensive correspondence with Samuel Geiser. In addition, the collection contains drafts or copies of Albright's talks, supporting correspondence, etc.; his publications, field work, etc.; and material (documents, diaries, photos) portraying the Timna expedition,1950-1951, in South Arabia. There is also significant documentation on the American School of Oriental Research in Jerusalem beyond his years as Director (it was renamed the William Foxwell Albright Institute of Archaeological Research a year before his death). On the whole this collection documents in great detail the course of Albright's life as the leading Orientalist of his age.

Background note

William Foxwell Albright was an Orientalist, archaeologist, and linguist. After receiving his Ph.D. from John Hopkins in 1916, he took a professorship there in 1927, and then served as the W. W. Spence Professor of Semitic Languages, 1930-1958. As the Director of the American School of Oriental Research in Jerusalem, 1922-1929 and then 1933-1936, he accomplished important archaeological work and excavated at the , excavating, for example, at such significant sites in Palestine as Gibeah (Tell el-Fûl, 1922) and Tell Beit Mirsim (1933-1936). In addition, Albright contributed to the the interpretation of the Qumrân, or Dead Sea, scrolls.

Albright held many prestigious significant organizational positions, such as the presidency of: Palestinian Exploration Society (1921-1922, 1934-1935); American Oriental Society (1935-1936); Socierature (1938-39); and the International Organization of Old Testament Scholars (1956-1957). He also served on various committees of the American Philosophical Society, in particular the Research Committee.

Collection Information

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access:

Provenance

Presented by David F. Albright, Hugh N. Albright, Paul N. Albright, and Stephen F. Albright and accessioned, 1979.

Indexing Terms


Corporate Name(s)

  • American Oriental Society
  • American Philosophical Society
  • American School of Oriental Research in Jerusalem
  • International Organization of Old Testament Scholars
  • Palestinian Exploration Society
  • W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research

Genre(s)

  • Field notes.
  • Photoprints.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Chiapas (Mexico) -- Religion
  • Israel -- Antiquities.
  • Qumran Site (West Bank)

Subject(s)

  • Archaeology
  • Excavations (Archaeology) -- Israel.
  • Excavations (Archaeology) -- West Bank.
  • Excavations (Archaeology) -- Yemen.
  • Jews -- Antiquities.
  • Oriental antiquities.
  • Semitic languages


Detailed Inventory

Box 1. Personal and family papers, accounts, photos, etc.
 1 boxbox 1
Correspondence, 1920-1935
1920-1935600 itemsbox 2:
box 2
Correspondence, 1925-1932
1925-1932400 itemsbox 3
Personal correspondence, 1936
1936300 itemsbox 4
Correspondence, 1938-1940
1938-1940400 itemsbox 5
Correspondence, 1941
1941500 itemsbox 6
Correspondence, 1941-1942
1941-1942600 itemsbox 7
Correspondence, 1941-1951
1941-1951500 itemsbox 8
Correspondence, 1942
1942 box 9
Correspondence, 1943
1943400 items
Correspondence, 1943-1944
1943-1944500 itemsbox 11
Correspondence, 1944
1944500 itemsbox 12
Correspondence, 1945
 600 itemsbox 13
Correspondence, 1945-1967
1945-1967400 itemsbox 14
Correspondence, 1945-1959
1945-1959400 itemsbox 15
Correspondence, 1946
1946500 itemsbox 16
Correspondence, 1946-1952
1946-1952400 itemsbox 17
Correspondence, 1947
1947500 itemsbox 18
Correspondence, 1948
1948600 itemsbox 19
Correspondence, 1948
1948300 itemsbox 20
Correspondence, 1949
1949600 itemsbox 21
Correspondence, 1950
1950600 itemsbox 22
Correspondence, 1951
1951600 itemsbox 23
Correspondence, 1952
1952600 itemsbox 24
Correspondence, 1953
1953500 itemsbox 25