Friday, October 31, 2008


The quickly expanding corpus of scholarly resources being digitized and served electronically by JSTOR includes a great deal of material relevant to the history of the Oriental Institute. Take for instance the following:

New Mesopotamian Gallery at the Oriental Institute

Oriental Institute Museum Staff
Near Eastern Archaeology, Vol. 67, No. 1 (Mar., 2004), pp. 52-53

The Egyptian Gallery of the Oriental Institute Museum Reopens
Emily Teeter
Near Eastern Archaeology, Vol. 62, No. 2 (Jun., 1999), pp. 93-127

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago
James Henry Breasted
The American Journal of Semitic Languages and Literatures, Vol. 35, No. 4 (Jul., 1919), pp. 196-204

Smart Museum of Art to Host Special Exhibition of Sumerian Temple Treasures from the Oriental Institute Museum
The Biblical Archaeologist, Vol. 60, No. 3 (Sep., 1997), p. 186

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago: A Beginning and a Program
James Henry Breasted
The American Journal of Semitic Languages and Literatures, Vol. 38, No. 4 (Jul., 1922), pp. 233-328

The Syrian Expedition of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago
C. W. McEwan
American Journal of Archaeology, Vol. 41, No. 1 (Jan. - Mar., 1937), pp. 8-16

Ancient Palestine Treasure Comes to Oriental Institute
The Science News-Letter, Vol. 32, No. 852 (Aug. 7, 1937), p. 85

The Oriental Institute: Thirty Years and the Present
Thorkild Jacobsen, John A. Wilson
Journal of Near Eastern Studies, Vol. 8, No. 3 (Jul., 1949), pp. 236-247

The New Head of the Oriental Institute
W. F. A[lbright]
Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, No. 61 (Feb., 1936), p. 19

Persepolis in Retrospect: Histories of Discovery and Archaeological Exploration at the Ruins of Ancient Parseh
Ali Mousavi
Ars Orientalis, Vol. 32, Medes and Persians: Reflections on Elusive Empires (2002), pp. 209-251

Obituary: James Henry Breasted
Geographical Review, Vol. 26, No. 1 (Jan., 1936), p. 162

An Adventure of Great Dimension: The Launching of the Chicago Assyrian Dictionary
Erica Reiner, Robert McC. Adams
Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, New Series, Vol. 92, No. 3 (2002)

... and there is much much more ...

Of course access to JSTOR is limited to those inside the domains of subscribing institution. Fortunatley this emeans most university and many public library systems.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Books from the OI

The OI has continued its practice of publishing annual lists of its publications:
New Titles - 2007
New Titles - 2006
New Titles - 2005

Fore earlier annual lists (dating back to 1997) and for topical and Series lists see here.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Oriental Institute News Feed

The Oriental Institute has an RSS (Really Simple Syndication) news feed for announcements of events. RSS makes it possible for you to easily keep up with websites. You can browse, read, and delete the web content just like email.

If you need assistance using it, the University offers help and tips.

And while I'm at it, this blog, The Oriental Institute: Fragments for a History of an Institution, also has a news feed.

Wouldn't it be great if the OI had an RSS feed from its What's New page?

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago: A Beginning and a Program

Google Books has surfaced a digitization of the first publication of the Oriental Institute, James Henry Breasted's The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago: A Beginning and a Program, Oriental Institute Communications, volume 1, Chicago, 1922.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A couple of reprints

The Oriental Institute has recently announced the availablity of reprints of two recent publications

The Oriental Institute announces the second printing, with minor corrections, of OIS 3. Performing Death: Social Analyses of Funerary Traditions in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean. 2007. This volume contains the collected papers from the The Oriental Institute's February 17-18, 2006, symposium of the same name. It is also available online.

The Oriental Institute announces the fourth printing of Robert Ritner's The Mechanics of Ancient Egyptian Magical Practice (SAOC 54; Chicago: The Oriental Institute, 1993; ISBN 0-918986-75-3; Pp. xviii + 322, 22 figures, 2 tables). It is not yet online, but will be soon.