The American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Archives

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; scholars 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.


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Journey of a Portrait

07/14/2014
First it hung on the walls of the American Academy in Rome; then in 1932 it followed its owner, Gorham Phillips Stevens, to Athens where he served as Director of the American School from 1939 to 1947.

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Robert Blegen visits the Blegen Library

05/14/2014
Robert D. Blegen, nephew of Carl W. Blegen (son of youngest brother John), visited recently the Blegen Library and the Blegen House on Ploutarchou 9

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Kostis Kourelis on the Forgotten Architects of the Corinth Excavations

03/17/2014
On March 11th, Professor Kostis Kourelis of Franklin and Marshall College delivered a fascinating lecture about architects who worked for the Corinth excavations from 1903 to 1933.

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