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Bates, Oric, 1883-1918, Papers, 1911-1917, bulk : A Finding Aid

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Archives, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Location: Peabody Museum Archives
Call No.: 995-6
Repository: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology Archives, Harvard University
Creator: Oric Bates
Title: Bates, Oric, 1883-1918, Papers,
Date(s): 1911-1917 (bulk)
Quantity: .5 linear feet
Abstract: The collection consists primarily of British maps of North Africa, most with annotations.

Processed by:

Victoria Swerdlow cataloguer; July 1987; edited by Patricia H. Kervick, Associate Archivist; January 2010

Conditions Governing Access:

Restrictions on access: none

Conditions Governing Use:

Restrictions on use: none

Related Peabody Museum Collections:

Biographical Sketch

Oric Bates (1883-1918) was the Peabody Museum's first scholar to work extensively in Africa. He received his A.B. from Harvard in 1905, and was subsequently involved with several Peabody expeditions, including those directed by George Reisner to Egypt, and others to Tripoli, Nubia, and the Libyan desert. He became Curator of African Archaeology and Ethnology at the Peabody in 1914, a position he held until his untimely death in 1918. In 1917, he began the Harvard African Studies publication series, of which he edited the first two volumes.

Scope and Content Note:

The collection includes British maps of North Africa, most with annotations (Tripoli, Mersa Matru, Ben-Ghazi, Cyrene, Dernah to Ras Bulau, and Ras Bulau to Alexandria) as well as several maps that were published in Harvard African Studies.
There are also related archaeological and ethnographic objects, and some human remains, collected or donated by Bates during several expeditions to Africa in 1902 and 1910-1917. Supporting documentation for objects can be found in the Museum accession files which include exhibition labels, lists of specimens, notes, correspondence, notebooks and financial records.

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