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Patricia Crone papers

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the research materials and administrative files of Institute for Advanced Study School of Historical Studies Faculty Patricia Crone. Research files include notes, writings and professional correspondence. Administrative files include material related to School of Historical Studies Faculty searches and other Institute for Advanced business.


  • 1967-2015

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Patricia Crone was the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study from 1997 until retiring in 2014. She was Professor Emerita in the School until her death at the age of 70, on July 11, 2015, in Princeton, New Jersey.

Born in Kyndeløse, Denmark, on March 28, 1945, Crone studied at the University of Copenhagen before completing both her undergraduate education (1969) and Ph.D. (1974) from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Upon earning her Ph.D., Crone became Senior Research Fellow at the University of London’s Warburg Institute. In 1977, she accepted a position as University Lecturer in Islamic History and Fellow of Jesus College at the University of Oxford, where she taught for thirteen years. Following her time at Oxford, Crone moved to the University of Cambridge and served as an Assistant University Lecturer in Islamic Studies and was Fellow of Gonville and Caius College from 1990–92, after which she was University Lecturer until 1994. Crone was then a University Reader at Cambridge until 1997, when she joined the Faculty of the Institute.


36 linear feet

Language of Materials



The Patricia Crone papers consist of research materials and documentation related to the work of former Institute for Advanced Study School of Historical Studies Faculty Patricia Crone from 1967-2015.

Arrangement note

Archivists maintained the original order of these materials. Materials remain grouped by file type.

Custodial History

Patricia Crone donated this collection to the Institute for Advanced Study in a letter composed in 2013. Crone's literary executor, Michael Cook, formally donated the materials to the Shelby White and Leon Levy Archives Center in 2016 in accordance with Crone's wishes.

Processing Information

Upon receipt, archivists Casey Westerman and Max Lavery rehoused physical materials in acid-free container for long-term storage and preservation. Westerman and Lavery retained the original order of all physical materials and described the analog papers according to archival standards.

Westerman and Lavery additionally transferred digital materials on an isolated server for preservation purposes. However, digital materials remain unprocessed at this time.

Guide to the Patricia Crone papers
Finding aid prepared by Casey Westerman and Max Lavery.
2018 August 23
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Language of description note
This finding aid is written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2019-08: Revised and expanded by Casey Westerman and Max Lavery.
  • 2022-01-05: Caitlin Rizzo revised this finding aid to comply with DACS archival standards.