The E.A. Wallis Budge Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Budge, E. A. Wallis (Ernest Alfred Wallis), Sir, 1857-1934
Dates: 1909-1935
Extent: 12 boxes (20 linear feet)
Language(s): English, Ethiopic, Egyptian
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1857 July 27 Born, Cornwall, England
1878-1884 Student, Semitic Languages, Cambridge University
1883 Joined staff of British Museum in London
1894-1924 Keeper of the department of Egyptian and Assyrian antiquities, British Museum
1920 Knighted
1934 November 23 Died

Biographical Information

Ernest Alfred Wallis Budge was a prominent British archeologist specializing in Middle East antiquities. He mastered numerous ancient languages and embarked on several archeological excavations in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Sudan. He played a key role in discovering many tablets, manuscripts, and papyri from these regions and produced important translations such as The Book of the Dead (1899), Coptic Homilies (1910), and Literature of the Ancient Egyptians (1914).


Scope and Content

This collection is arranged in three series. It contains bound manuscripts of works by Budge from 1909 to 1915, unbound manuscripts of works by Budge from 1923 to 1935, and an extensive collection of index cards created for the Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary (edited by Budge, copyright 1920).


Administrative Information

Processing Information

This collection was processed, and the original finding aid was written in the winter of 1996, by Douglas Denne under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. The finding aid was edited by Sarah Seraphin and Daved Anthony Schmidt in April of 2009.


There are no special restrictions to the access of this collection. It may be examined by library patrons under the normal rules and conditions of Special Collections.

Use of Materials

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The E.A. Wallis Budge Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.



Series 1: Bound Works
Box 1
- Texts relating to St. Mena of Egypt and Candus of Nicaea in a Nubian dialect, with facsimile (April 29, 1909)
- Facsimiles of Egyptian hieratic papyri in the British Museum, with descriptions, translations, etc. 1910
- Coptic Martyrdoms, Etc.: In the Dialect of Upper Egypt; with English Translations. 1914
Box 2
- Coptic Homilies in the Dialect of Upper Egypt, edited from Papyrus Codex Oriental 5001 in the British Museum with five plates and seven illustrations in the text 1910
- Miscellaneous Coptic Texts in the Dialect of Upper Egypt, edited, with English translations by E.A. Wallis Budge, with forty plates and twenty illustrations in the text, Volume 1. 1915
- Volume 2 of above.
- "Book of Discourses by Eusebius, Athanasius, Proclus, John of Constantinople and other monophyte writers". undated
Series 2: Unbound Works
Box 3
- 11 file folders: Ethiopic Versions of the Book of the Miracles of the Virgin Mary. January 9, 1923
- Baralam and Yewasef, being the Ethiopic Version of a Christianized Recension of the Buddhist Legend of Buddha and the Bodhisattva; the Ethiopic Text edited for the first time with an English Translation and introduction... by Budge (August 17, 1923)
- The Teaching of Amen-Em-Apt, Son of Kanekht the Egyptian Hieroglyphic Text and an English Translation, with Translations of the Moral and Religious Teachings of Egyptian Kings and Officials Illustrating the Development of Religious Philosophy in Egypt during a period of about Two Thousand years 1924
1"The Syriac Text of the Homilies on Christian Life and Character by Philoxenus of Mabbogh"  
2"The Ethiopic Text of the North Maskanam Manuscript Synaxarium"  (April 1924)
- Supplement to Cook's Handbook for Egypt and the Egyptian Sudan 1925
- Introduction to: Catalogue of the Egyptian Collections in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge [edited with Professor J.H. Middleton] 1925
- The Mummy: A Handbook of Egyptian Funerary Archaeology; Second Edition, Revised and greatly enlarged. 1926
Box 4
- The Book of the Cave of Treasures: A History of the Patriarchs and the Kings, Their Successors, from the Creation to the Birth of Christ 1927
- The Bandlet of Righteousness: An Ethiopian Book of the Dead. The Ethiopic text of the Book of the Dead in facsimile from two manuscripts in the British Museum (February 17, 1929)
- Translations of the Ethiopic Texts:
1The History of the Martyrdom of St. George written by his servant Pasicrates. [MS Orient #686]  
2The Encornium on St. George and a description of his 12 Miracles by Theodosius. [MS Orient #691]  
3The Cult of St. George of Lydda, the Patron St. of England. The Encornium on St. George. [MS Orient #713]  (November 21, 1929)
- The Rosetta Stone in the British Museum (Religious Tract Society) 1929
- The Chronology of Gregory Abril Faraj, the Son of Aaron, the Hebrew Physician, commonly known as Bar Bebraeus, being the First Part of his Political History of the World, translated from the Syriac 1932
- Rise and Progress of Assyriology 1925
- Translation of folio, beginning with: "By the powers of our Lord Jesus Christ we begin to write the Book on the Succession of the Generations, that is to say, 'Me'Arath Gazze, which was composed by St. Mar Ephraim O Our Lord, help Thou me in Thy mercy. Amen."
Box 5
- Egyptian Tales and Romances: Pagan, Christian, and Muslim 1935
- Index and a Hymn to Atem by the King. undated
- Assyrian Texts, being Extracts from the Annals of Assur-bani-pal undated
- Variants of Assyrian Texts above
- The Index of Tutankhamen (2 bundles of index cards)
Series 3: Index Cards
7 wooden crates containing 10,000 index cards for the Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary, by Sir E.A. Wallis Budge. 1920


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