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, 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.


IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Owing to extensive remodelling of our archival facilities, the Archives in the Blegen Library will remain closed, Jan. 15 - May 31, 2018, and the Archives in the Gennadius Library, Nov. 1, 2017 - May 31, 2018.  We are sorry for the inconvenience. The consolidation of all of the archives and special collections of the ASCSA under one roof (i.e. the East Wing of the Gennadius Library) is necessary for the modernization of the facilities and improvement of our services.


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


Access to the Archives in the Blegen Library

11/14/2017
Owing to the transfer of the Archives in the Blegen Library to the East Wing of the Gennadius Library, researchers will not be able to access the School’s archival collections between January 15th and May 31st, 2018.

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Landscaping Ancient Agora in the 1950s. Before-and-After Photos

09/05/2017
The Ancient Agora of Athens is considered by all, locals and tourists, to be a small oasis in the center of the city. Strolling in the largest archaeological park of Athens, in the shade of tall oaks, planes, and olives, we hardly realize how much effort was devoted to landscaping the site in the early 1950s. That was a major undertaking, one comparable to the reconstruction of the Stoa of Attalos itself. One only needs to see before-and-after photos in order to grasp the magnitude of this achievement.

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The George Mylonas Papers Catalogued

08/11/2017
Born in Izmir, George Mylonas (1898-1988) studied archaeology at the University of Athens and at Johns Hopkins University. He was the ASCSA's first bursar in the 1920s and worked with David M. Robinson at Olynthus. Mylonas taught archaeology at the Washington University Saint Louis from 1933 until his retirement in 1968. Mylonas is known for his excavations at Eleusis and Mycenae. A large part of his papers are housed in the Archives of the American School.

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