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Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of photocopies of Wenzel's notes on Sudanese architecture and 35mm slides. The material was produced on a salvage archeological study of doorways and other decorative elements of Nubian houses in the Wadi Halfa District of the Sudan that was scheduled to be flooded by the Aswan High Dam. The work was carried out on expeditions sponsored by the Sudan Unit, University of Khartoum.
Please note that the contents of the collection and the language and terminology used reflect the context and culture of the time of its creation. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution or National Anthropological Archives, but is available in its original form to facilitate research.
Marian Barbara Wenzel was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1932. She earned at BA in Philosophy from Columbia University in 1957 and a PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, in 1966. Wenzel is best known for her work studying the art and architecture of medieval Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the early 1960s, she was commissioned by the University of Khartoum to conduct a salvage archeological study of doorways and other decorative elements of Nubian houses in the Wadi Halfa District of the Sudan. In 1972, she published House Decoration in Nubia based on this research. Wenzel died in 2002.
Collection title changed from "Marian W. Cavendish papers."
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Received from Marian Wenzel in 1964. Original materials were returned to Wenzel to be deposited at the University of Khartoum in 1965.
Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The Marian Wenzel papers concerning Nubian architecture are open for research.
Access to the Marian Wenzel papers concerning Nubian architecture requires an appointment.
Marian Wenzel papers concerning Nubian architecture, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Conditions Governing Use
The Pitt Rivers Museum holds Wenzel's original notebooks in the Papers of Marian Barbara Wenzel.
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