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Photographic, 1905-1941

Reference Code: GBR/3437/AJBW/3

Scope and Contents

This series contains Alan Wace's personal photographic collection, including original bound photograph albums containing both positive and negative prints. Dated materials cover the period 1904 to 1941; however some undated material is inferred to be earlier or later than these dates. The photographs were in the majority taken during Wace's topographical and archaeological surveys on behalf of the British School at Athens, for example in Lakonia and Thessaly, and the excavations he undertook as a result in these locales. Other photographs were taken during Wace's travels to Italy, Asia Minor and Egypt, often with a focus on archaeological sites and sculpture collections in museums. Some albums are dedicated to photographs taken during Mediterranean study cruises, such as the Pelops and Peneios cruises in 1903-1904.
A few Wace family photos are also included.


  • Creation: 1905-1941



14 archive box(es) : positive and negative photographic prints, bound albums

Language of Materials



The photographic material is arranged by physical type, with positive prints first and negative prints second in the series. Albums of photographs and of negatives are arranged according to Wace's alphabetical (photographs) and numerical (negatives) system, which was chronological in order. Where there is no AJBW designated letter or number, the albums continue to be arranged in chronological order, as far as this can be ascertained, from earliest to latest.

Custodial History

The photograph albums, fourteen in total, were compiled and, in some cases, labelled by Alan Wace. The majority of negative albums are indexed at the front by Alan Wace. Other negatives and prints were kept in labelled envelopes, which were indexed and put in white envelopes by Elizabeth French during the 1980s. During the 2016 arrangement and repackaging project, following acession into the Faculty of Classics Archives in 2015, acid free tissue interleaves were placed in the albums. The prints previously kept in envelopes were placed in archival polyester sleeves.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Cambridge: Faculty of Classics Archives Repository

Faculty of Classics
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge CB3 9DA United Kingdom
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