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A. H. Sayce letters

Identifier: Manuscript Collection No. 264

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of ten letters written between 1876 and 1918 by Sayce to various colleagues and friends. Some letters are regarding the publication of an Assyrian grammar. Others deal with publications on Ancient Near Eastern civilization, culture, and linguistics. The remaining notes are of a more personal nature.


  • 1876-1918

Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Biographical Note

Archibald Henry Sayce was born in Shirehampton, England, on September 25, 1845. Despite poor health as a child, Sayce was reading Greek classics by the age of ten. In 1858, he began studying Hebrew. Sayce entered Oxford in 1865 where his education was hampered by poor eyesight and failing health. He earned his degree, however, and was elected a fellow and lecturer at Oxford in 1869 and was ordained the following year. Sayce remained a professor at Oxford the rest of his career with substantial sabbaticals. He studied in the Sudan from 1908 to 1910 and in the Far East from 1911 to 1912. Sayce resigned his professorship in 1915. He died on February 4, 1933.

Sayce was known as a student of Ancient Near Eastern civilization and culture, a philologist and Orientalist. He is best known for his work The History of Hebrews. Also of note is Sayce’s work with the Assyrian language.


0.01 cubic ft. (1 folder)


Consists of ten letters written between 1876 and 1918 by Sayce to various colleagues and friends.

Arrangement Note

Arranged by date.


Processed by Joan S. Clemens and Cindy Bunch, 2003; Brandon Wason, July 2016.

A. H. Sayce Letters, 1876-1918
Pitts Theology Library, Emory University
Date encoded: August 26, 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the Pitts Special Collections and Archives Repository

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