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G.H. Williams collection on Egypt 1925

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3041D

Scope and Contents

An album, measuring 200 x 260 mm, containing sepia photographs measuring 140 x 90 mm, with eight gaps (plates 7-8, 13-14, 16, 19, 26, 38) taken in Egypt January-March 1925. All are inserted upside-down, so the ornamentation on the cover appears on the back.

They cover part of a trip in January-April to Egypt, Palestine, and other areas of the Middle East recorded in two volumes of a diary - details of which are given in the main entry for the Williams collection in the Manuscript Catalogue. Some re-arrangement to bring like photographs together has been undertaken, but the order is still erratic (see, e.g. 61, 88). There are no captions, but it has been possible to make reasonably precise identifications of many from diary entries, and some of these have been included in the following catalogue, with the number of the relevant diary page. Much detail about photographic activities appears in the diary; references can be found on pages 16-18, 22, 24, 26-28, 37 (results), 39-40, 42, 46, 49, 63-64, 68 (Statue of Sekhet by magnesium light), 69, 92, 94-95, 103, 106, 109, 112, 117, 119, 123, 126, 128, 130, 132-133, 143, 147, 149, 152, 160, 171-173, II 128, 131-134. In a miscellaneous memorandum on page 191 he notes the names of good developing firms and adds 'Do not photograph the first Shadoof, or sailing boat, or sailing boat loaded with pots, or water wheel you see, you will see plenty of better ones later. Keep plenty of film for Denderah and Abydos, they are particularly fine ...'. He records that a Mr. Jones, who was on the boat up the Nile, sent him some photographs, (II 155) but there is no indication whether he included any in his album.


  • Creation: 1925-01 - 1925-03

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1 album(s) (96 images in 1 album)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Good to fair condition, some fading and yellowing.

Related Materials

Some account of the collection as a whole will be found in the Manuscript Catalogue and RCMS 53 (Williams' travel diaries), and Williams' postcards and photographs of the Middle East are found at Y304H-L, and postcards of Canada at Y3062I.


This collection level description was entered by SG using information from the original typescript catalogue.


Williams, George Howard, 1893-1975, businessman

Includes index.
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