Francis Kelsey and Bernard Grenfell, Theadelphia, spring 1920 Photo: George R. Swain. Kelsey Museum neg. KK061

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Bernard Grenfell was one of the leading experts on Egyptian papyri in the early 20th century. Theadelphia was one of a number of Graeco-Roman towns in the Fayum where papyri were found in large numbers.

Kelsey made invaluable contributions to building the collections today housed in the Kelsey Museum. In addition, he acquired rare papyri and manuscripts for the University, as well as hundreds of books for the University Library. He also bought photographs and lantern slides for teaching. To enable all these acquisitions, he sought the financial assistance of wealthy Detroit industrialists.