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Letters tags

This is a list of the standardized tags currently used to organize and identify the Letters collections. This category of collection contains the personal and professional letters that were sent between the excavation and the museums. It also includes accounts, reports, cablegrams, bills of lading, etc.

The tags for the Letters collection often includes authorship. The identity of the author (Woolley, Leonard, etc.) is listed within “Important People” under “Terminology.”

field report: A report on the work in the field to the museum directors.

press report: A report intended forpublication in the popular press or journals. Often includes many edited and annotated drafts before finalization.

accounts: Contains records of finances, expenses, and estimates. Includes Woolley’s financial records during the excavations and the allocation of costs between the British Museum and University Museum.

telegram: Telegram, often used in lieu of letters when immediate communication was necessary.

cablegram: Cablegram, often used in lieu of letters when immediate communication was necessary.

handwritten: Identifies a letter that was handwritten.

typewritten: Identifies a letter that was typewritten.

annotated: Any handwritten addition to any letter or report in the margins, etc.

legal: Identifies a subject matter relating to governmental correspondence.

bill of lading: A document detailing the shipment of merchandise and transport of goods.

photo list: A document listing field photos by number and identifying content.

drawing list: A document listing field drawings by number and identifying content.

DoF: Division of Finds. Identifies documents pertaining to the distribution of objects (archaeological finds) between the Iraq National Museum, the British Museum, and the University Museum. Includes records of the divisions and documents that detail the procedures of the divisions.

acquisitions: Documents pertaining to the purchases and collection of antiquities and artifacts outside of those collected from the dig.