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Sumerian cuneiform tablets

 Collection — Box: 1
Call Number: MS Q4


Cuneiform tablets from the ancient Sumerian civilization of Mesopotamia, including receipts, records of legal matters, and other inscriptions.


  • Creation: approximately 2112-529 BCE

Language of Materials

Sumerian; Akkadian

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.


1 box (10 tablets)

Physical Location


Other Finding Aids

See the attached for a detailed list by numbered section and item: Transcription and translation by Professor Tom B. Jones, U. of Minnesota.

Note: The short list contains in addition the original descriptions of Edgar J. Banks; but these often differ markedly from Jones' more recent descriptions.

Page 18 of the PDF document is a diagram of the box.

Another copy of the short list, and of the box-diagram, is laid in the large compartment in the box.

Custodial History

10 tablets bought from Edgar J. Banks, ca. 1915. 1 tablet from the estate of Kate I. Hansen, received 1969.


  • Sumerian and Akkadian cuneiform texts in the collection of the World Heritage Museum of the University of Illinois. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1972-

Processing Information

Box made by wlm in 1972.

Guide to the Cuneiform Tablets Collection
Sumerian Cuneiform Tablets
Finding aid prepared by alh, March 6, 1973. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2005. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2022.
Description rules
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Sumerian cuneiform tablets, Department of Special Collections, MS Q4, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States