Gertrude Bell Collection

Scope and Content

Photocopy of diary of journey to Hayil, 1914 and extracts from letters to Col. Doughty-Wylie; letters to H. Bowman; lecture about GB by CJ Edmonds; Heussler’s correspondence with Dorothy van Ess. Photographic Collection.

Administrative / Biographical History

Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell (1868-1926) Traveller, Archaeologist and Government Official

Born 14 July 1868, the eldest daughter of Sir Hugh Bell, 2nd. Bt. Educated at Queen’s College, London and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, whence she graduated with 1st class Honours in History in 1887. Attached to Military Intelligence Dept., Cairo, 1915 and liaison officer of Arab Bureau in Iraq, 1916. Oriental Secretary to the High Commissioner, Iraq, 1917-20. Helped set up National Museum, Baghdad. Died Baghdad 12 July 1926.

Conditions Governing Access


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Acquisition Information

Family papers lent to Elizabeth Monroe for photocopying.

Archivist's Note

Fonds level description created by Clare Brown 11 June 1998 and revised by Debbie Usher 6 October 2003. File level description created by C. Brown 22 January 1998.

Conditions Governing Use

No restrictions on copying or quotation other than statutory regulations and preservation concerns

Custodial History

Gertrude Bell’s papers left to her niece, Elsa, Lady Richmond; correspondence with Humphrey Bowman removed from Bowman papers; Robert Heussler’s papers about Gertrude Bell.

Related Material

In Middle East Centre Archive

For further Gertrude Bell correspondence or papers about her see also:

GB165-0034 Bowman Collection Box 1 File 2

GB165-0341 Cox Collection

GB165-0086 Dickson Collection

GB165-0090 Doughty Wylie Collection

GB165-0147 Hogarth Collection

GB165-0155 Iliff Collection

GB165-0166 Kedourie Collection

GB165-0229 Philby Collection

GB165-0266 Smith Collection Box 3 File 4.

GB165-0295 Waterfield Collection Box 3 File 5

Location of Originals

Gertrude Bell Papers in Newcastle University Library.

Geographical Names