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).
Lloyd E. Cotsen (1929-2017) was a former chief exucutive officer and chairman of the board of
Neutrogena Corporation. Cotsen earned a bachelor's degree in History from Princeton University
(1950), served in Navy during the Korean War, and received an MBA from Harvard Business School
(1957). He was an avid collector of materials related to folk art, children's literature, and
archeology, and accumulated vast collections of Japanese baskets, textiles, children's books,
and Chinese mirrors. Over his lifetime he donated portions of his collections to a varity of
insitutions, including San Fransico's Asian Art Museum, Princeton Univeristy, and the Museum of
International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 2000 UCLA renamed its Institute of
Archaeology the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology.
20.6 Linear Feet
(206 custom boxes)
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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