The collection consists of 215 cuneiform tablets, the majority of which were written by students in ancient Mesopotamian schools.
Tablet subjects include writing composition and language, mathematics, science, law and religion. The chronological range
of the tablets extends from the Uruk Period (c. 3200 BCE) to the Old Babylonian period (c. 1800-1600 BCE). The collection
was donated to UCLA by Lloyd Cotsen in January, 2011.
The Lloyd Cotsen Cuneiform Tablet Collection was created from other smaller, private collections, acquired over several decades.
The tablets in the Cotsen Collection were chosen specifically for their scholastic content. The tablets were integrated in
the existing Cotsen Children's Library Collection housed at Princeton University. In 2011 the Cotsen Institute donated the
cuneiform tablet section of the Children's Library to UCLA Special Collections.
206 boxes house 215 tablets (9 boxes are partitioned to hold 2 tablets)
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the
creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright
owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
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