The American School of Classical Studies at Athens

The Archives of the American School consist of two repositories, separately housed but jointly administered by the Archivist—that of the Blegen Library and that of the Gennadius Library.

The Archives in the Blegen Library comprise administrative records related to the function and mission of the American School, excavation records from American archaeological projects in Greece, and personal papers of American archaeologists and architects working in Greece, such as Carl W. Blegen, Gorham P. Stevens, William B. Dinsmoor, Virginia R. Grace, and Homer A. Thompson. There are also extensive holdings of photographs of Greece and excavations in Greece during the early years of the American School. The Antiquities Collection of the American School is another one of its valuable resources with a large body of artifacts from a large number of sites in Greece, as well as Anatolia, Cyprus, and Egypt.

The Archives in the Gennadius Library contain many collections of personal papers that contribute to an understanding of political, social, economic, and cultural developments from the 18th to the 20th century in Greece and the Balkans (such as the papers of the founder of the Library, Joannes Gennadius, those of the Dragoumis Family, the papers of Stephanos Skouloudis and Konstantinos Mousouros, and others). The Gennadius Library also collects the papers of important Greek literary figures, including the papers of the Nobel prize-winning poets George Seferis and Odysseas Elytis, novelists Stratis Myrivilis, Angelos Terzakis, Elias Venezis, and philhellenes such as Heinrich Schliemann, the excavator of Troy and Mycenae. In addition, the Gennadius Library holds the papers of renowned orchestra conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos.


Archives News

New AMBROSIA Launched

The online home to the catalogues of the Gennadius, Blegen,Wiener Laboratory, and the British School, the new AMBROSIA is simpler and easier to use.

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Austrian Students from Vienna at the ASCSA

On October 27th, 2016, Dr. Georg Ladstätter of the Austrian Archaeological Institute and Professor Maria Stassinopoulou of the University of Vienna together with a small group of graduate students visited the Gennadius Library and the Archives of the American School.

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Colophon Excavations Archive

Deirmendere, Asia Minor, April 13, 1922. The excavation house is now in a little better order than it was yesterday and the day before... When both the tents were pitched, we gave the two ladies [Hetty Goldman and Lulu Eldrigde] the choice of living quarters and of course they took the lower tent, which we all claim to be better... The beds we have were shipped from Athens in large wooden boxes and we are using these boxes now as our bureaus..." wrote a young Benjamin Meritt (23 years old) to his fiancée Elizabeth Kirkland from Colophon.

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