Bell (Gertrude) Archive

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 186 GB
  • Dates of Creation
      1874 - 1926
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      47 metres of library shelving
  • Digital Content

Scope and Content

The University's School of History, Classics and Archaeology collection of the papers of Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell (1868-1926) consist of Gertrude Bell's letters to her family, her diaries and a number of miscellaneous items. The School also curates the photographic section of the Gertrude Bell Archive which includes several thousand of her photographs, mainly (though not entirely) of archaeological sites. This collection is of particular interest to scholars of the archaeology or the early 20th century history of the Near and Middle East.

In 2017, the Gertrude Bell Archive was added to the UNESCO Memory of the World Register in recognition of its global significance. It is one of only a few archives to be recognised in this way in the UK.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. The Gertrude Bell Papers, together with digitised versions of the photograph collection, are all accessible on the Gertrude Bell web pages .

Acquisition Information

The photograph albums were presented to the Library by Elsa Richmond in October 1926. The letters and other papers were presented to the Library in 1965. Authorisation for the Newcastle University Library to exercise all legal rights to both the letters

Archivist's Note

This EAD description created 10/12/2018.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright relating to all works created by Gertrude Bell has been passed to Newcastle University Library. In all other cases, UK copyright rules apply.


No further material is expected to be added to the collection