HT Henry Francis Herbert Thompson (1859-1944), Egyptologist
Herbert Thompson was born in London, 2 April 1859. He was educated at Marlborough and Trinity College, Cambridge, BA, 1881. He became a barrister but then turned to medicine instead. He abandoned medicine after research in the laboratories of University College, London, and particularly the use of a microscope, damaged his eyesight. He succeeded to a baronetcy, 1904, and followed his father as Chairman of Golders Green Crematorium. He became interested in Egyptology and studied with Flinders Petrie, Francis Griffith and Walter Crum at University College, London. He was a Lecturer at University College, London, 1915-16, and a fellow. He worked on Demotic papyri in the British Museum and, with Walter Crum, on the publication of a Coptic dictionary. He was a generous supporter of archaeological digs; he bequeathed his working library to the Egypt Exploration Fund and his rare books to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; and he left a legacy to establish a Chair in Egyptology at Cambridge University. He died in Bath, 26 May 1944.
Correspondence and papers, 1906-40
The collection mainly comprises notes and correspondence.
The Library also holds 20 card index drawers of notes and some additional notes, kept in Room 207 (uncatalogued).
HT/2 Notes on Demotic papyri in the British Museum, London, prepared for Kurt Sethe
Thompson prepared a short catalogue of the collection for the Museum. These notes are a collation of references from E. Revillout, Corpus Papyrorum
With additional notes on BM 10484 and 10491-504
English, French, German and Demotic
HT/4 Notes on eponymous priests under the Ptolemies
English, Greek, Coptic and Demotic
HT/5 Notes on Coptic manuscripts
Comprises notes on the form of manuscripts, including scripts, materials and bindings
English, French, German and Coptic
HT/6 Notes on bilingual manuscripts
English, French, Greek and Coptic
HT/8 Notes on taxes
Thompson published a series of articles on Demotic tax receipts in the Proceedings of the Society of Biblical Archaeology (1913)
English, German, Coptic, Greek and Demotic
HT/9 Notes on manuscripts about loans
English, Greek and Demotic
HT/10 Miscellaneous notes
English, German, Coptic and Demotic
With photographs of papyri and ostraca
HT/11 General academic correspondence
1 bundle, ms and typescript
Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent
English, French, Italian and German
HT/19 Watercolours of Egyptian artefacts
Signed 'L. E.' and 'G. G.'