Breasted, James Henry, 1865-1935

James Henry Breasted was a scholar, author, and explorer; as America's first Egyptologist, he pioneered the Oriental Instiutute at the University of Chicago. After graduating from Yale, he studied Egyptology in Berlin before teaching at the University of Chicago. During a long sabbatical from teaching he undertook the field work that formed the foundation of his reputation and scholarship, leading to a groundbreaking series of widely-read books and articles. His pioneering efforts, personal energy, and accomplishments as author and explorer made him one the the key historians of the early 20th century.

From the description of James H. Breasted letter to John L. Myres, 1930 June 19. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 63147354


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