Three objects (two inscribed bricks and a fragment of an inscribed vase) were given to the Kelsey Museum by the American School of Oriental Research (ASOR).
1792-1750 BC); a “school exercise” (possibly one of the round tablets?
); a tablet from the time of “Eri-aku, the Arioch of the Bible”; and a merchant’s tag.
Another tablet that Banks described as being “divided into small squares containing numerals” is also said to have come from Larsa and could possibly be identified with KM 89540.
In this letter, Banks also mentioned sending a large inscribed cone with an inscription of King Lipit-Eshtar of Isin (KM 89532) that is said to have come from Isin.
However, some of the numbers in his catalogue do not conform to the current Kelsey Museum numbers. Cameron, founding professor of the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan and head of the department from 1949-1969, also went through the entire collection, apparently without knowing that Goetze had already inventoried the tablets. Over the years, several scholars have studied and published parts of the collection, but some 425 tablets remain unpublished.
The Kelsey Museum and the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative In 2003, Piotr Michalowski, NES professor at the University of Michigan, initiated a collaboration with the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI) at UCLA with the goal of making the entire cuneiform tablet collection of the Kelsey Museum available online. Goudsmit Collection of Egyptian Antiquities: A Scientist Views the Past.
Since there are in total about 350 Ur III documents in the Kelsey collection, however, an identification of those which came from Banks is not possible.
The files of the Kelsey Museum also contain a copy of a letter from Banks to Waterman in which he writes that he is sending Waterman two “case tablets” (i.e.
Previous Studies Sometime around 1950, Albrecht Goetze, professor at Yale University, came to Ann Arbor to go through the collection systematically.
He left two notebooks with his identifications of the texts.
All of the tablets from Umma seem to be administrative records as well, and Banks listed sixteen of these as having seal impressions.