In the 1970s and 1980s an International Photographic Mission initiated and sponsored by the Association Internationale de Papyrologues and UNESCO made slides and photographs of the several thousand published Greek papyri held in the Cairo Museum. The International Photographic Archive of Papyri (IPAP) consists of about 6000 slides and large format negatives, in equal proportions, held at Oxford, Brussels, Cologne, Heidelberg and Copenhagen.
As part of its Script, Image and the Culture of Writing in the Ancient World programme funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents has undertaken a programme of cataloguing and digitising the photographs in the Archive with a view to making them more readily available to the scholarly community.
Digitised images of the majority of the photographs in Archive are now available from this site, organised according to published collections. The digitised images are drawn partly from the 4x5 inch and 6x9 cm black and white negatives taken by Adam Bülow-Jacobsen, partly from the 35mm colour slides and black and white negatives held in the Papyrology Room in Oxford. We are particularly grateful to Dr. Bülow-Jacobsen for making available the beautiful large format photographs which he took for the IPAP mission.