Carl William Blegen Papers, 1908-1971
I take this opportunity to say that if ever you learn that I am being held by brigands for ransom I hope that you and the School will show complete indifference, never sending or offering more than enough money to pay my board and other reasonable expenses during my captivity (Carl W. Blegen to Bert H. Hill, Aug. 17, 1921).
COLLECTION NUMBER: GR ASCSA CWB 001
EXTENT: 8 linear meters
LANGUAGE: English and Greek
CITE AS: American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Carl W. Blegen Papers
Carl W. Blegen died August 24, 1971, bequeathing to the American School a large collection of documents, photographs, and memorabilia which had belonged to the inhabitants of 9 Plutarch St., namely, Blegen and his wife Elizabeth, and Bert Hodge Hill and Ida Thallon Hill.
1887: Born January 27
1904: B.A. Univ. of Minnesota
1907: B.A. Yale Univ.; began graduate studies
1910: Student at ASCSA (Yale fellowship)
1911 - 1913: Fellow in Archaeology, ASCSA
1911: Excavation at Locris
1911 - 1914: Excavations at Corinth
1912 - 1915: Travels with Emerson Swift
1913 - 1920: Secretary, ASCSA
1915 - 1916: Excavation at Korakou (published 1921)
1918 - 1919: World War I Relief work in Macedonia & Bulgaria. Decorated in 1919 by the Greek government Saviors Order
1920: Ph.D. Yale University
1920 - 1926: Assistant Director, ASCSA
1921 - 1922: Excavation at Zygouries (published in 1927)
1923 - 1924: Excavation at Hymettos (published in 1924)
1924: Excavation at Phlius
1924: Friday, June 11, married to Elizabeth Denny Pierce at Lake Placid, N.Y.
1925: Excavation at Prosymna
1926 - 1927: Acting Director, ASCSA
1926 - 1928: Excavation at Prosymna (published in 1937)
1927: Joined faculty at Univ. of Cincinnati as Prof. of Classical Archaeology & Fellow of the Graduate School
1931: Elizabeth bought the house at 9 Plutarch Street in Athens
1932 - 1938: Excavations at Troy
1939: Excavation at Pylos, Nestor’s Palace
1939 - 1942: Taught at Univ. of Cincinnati
1942 - 1945: Joined the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) at Washington, D.C.
1945 - 1946: Joined U.S. Department of State at Athens
1946: Univ. of Cincinnati
1948 - 1949: Director at ASCSA
1950 - 1957: Head of Department of Classics, Univ. of Cincinnati
1951: Honorary degrees from the Univ. of Oslo & Univ. of Thessaloniki
1952 - 1969: Continuation of Excavations at Pylos
1957: Retirement from Univ. of Cincinnati & appointed Professor Emeritus, honorary degree from Oxford (D.Litt.)
1958: Honorary degree from Univ. of Cincinnati (LL.D.)
1963: Honorary degrees from Cambridge (Litt.D.), Univ. of Athens (doctorate), Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem.
1965: Gold Medal from the Archaeological Institute of America
1966: September 21, his wife Elizabeth died; Gold Medal from the Society of Antiquaries in London
1967: Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal from Yale Graduate School
1969: Gold Medal from the Univ. of Cincinnati
1971: August 24, died; buried August 25 at Athens First Cemetery
The collection is open for research. Requests to publish material from the collection should be directed to the Archivist.
SCOPE AND CONTENT
The collection includes a variety of personal and professional papers, and a large number of letters from various Blegen family members. It is divided into five series: Series I. Archaeological Papers and Notes; Series II. Professional Correspondence; Series III. Personal Correspondence; Series IV. Miscellaneous; V. Photographs. The papers date from 1910 to the time of his death in 1971.
Series I: Archaeological Papers and Notes contains excavation papers, field reports, and manuscripts; travel journals relating to ASCSA field trips and notebooks with lecture notes from when he was an American School Fellow; and personal diaries documenting various trips, including the ones he made to Northern Greece, after the First World War, as a member of the American Red Cross. Note that diaries covering the period from 1922 to 1939 are missing and that the excavation notebooks of Pylos have been filed separately, as part of the Excavation Records Group of the American School. The majority of the excavation reports are from the time when Blegen was Assistant Director of the School and deeply involved in the School’s excavations. Most of the manuscripts concern oral papers which were never published. Finally, some of the notebooks and diaries include photographic logs which correlate with the photographs in Series VI.
Series II: Personal Diaries contains Blegen’s travel journals from various trips throughout Greece either as part of the American School program or the Red Cross missions. A number of these diaries include photo records, some of which correlate with photos in Series VI. The diaries are arranged chronologically. Blegen’s notes on his leisure trip to Europe in 1913 can be compared to an account of the same trip in Emerson Swift’s Youthful Rambles. On the Trail of the Classics, 1912-1915 (California 1975).
Series III: Professional Correspondence contains letters associated with excavations, books and publications, applications, finances, students, and other issues. Also included in this Series is Blegen’s correspondence with Michael Ventris, A.J. Beattie and John Chadwick pertaining to the decipherment of the Linear B tablets. Blegen’s professional correspondence has been arranged in alphabetical order according to the agency of origin.
Series IV: Personal Correspondence contains letters from Blegen’s parents (1910 - 1924), mostly in Norwegian; his brothers and sisters; other family members and family friends; his wife Elizabeth; and from his good friends Bert H. Hill, Ida Thallon Hill, and Marion Rawson, his collaborator at Troy and Pylos.
Series V: Miscellaneous contains Blegen’s manuscripts on Greek politics and correspondence concerning their publication; personal documents (birth certificate, passports, letters of introduction; some financial documents; news clippings; and a few three-dimensional object, like his trowel. Of particular interest are his political manuscripts which shed light on a little known facet of Blegen, that of his concern with the politics of Greece and her relations with the United States. Also of important note is that in 1945-46 Blegen joined the U.S. Department of State at Athens. Finally, the Miscellaneous Series includes some of Blegen’s books, including some written by his brother Theodore (Ted) Blegen. His archaeological books were given to the ASCSA Library, while his collection of fiction is currently housed at Loring Hall (the School’s hostel). His large collection of Greek books was given to the University of Cincinnati.
Series VI: Photographs includes photos of Blegen himself, his wife, family and friends, as well as photographs taken during his several trips, such as the European trip with Emerson Swift in 1913-1915 (see Youthful Rambles. On the Trail of the Classics, 1912-1915 (California 1975) by Emerson Swift), the island cruise of 1923 with the ASCSA members, and his trips to Macedonia, as a Red Cross representative.
SERIES I: ARCHAEOLOGICAL PAPERS, JOURNALS, AND NOTES
1 Excavation Reports and Notes (Argive Heraeum[1927-28]; Corinth; Hagiorgitika; Hymettus, Nemea, Phlious; Korakou, Gonia; Kyparissi)
2 Excavation Reports and Notes (Pylos; Troy; Yiriza; Zygouries; Zygouries, Hagiorgitika, Mount Hymettus)
3 Pylos Tablets
4 Manuscripts (“Corinthian History of the Dorian Invasion”; “Overland Communication in Greece during LH III”; “Pottery as Evidence for Trade and Colonization in the Aegean Bronze Age”; “The Date of the Treasury of Atreus”; and part of manuscript on the location of Ephyra)
5 Manuscripts (“Helladika,” “Pylos”)
6 Manuscripts (“Two Athenian Grave Groups of about 900 BC,” cf. Hesperia 21 (1952) 279-294.
7 Manuscripts (on Troy)
8 Book Reviews, Photographic Lists.
9 Various Notes
Journals and Notebooks
* Trip to Central Greece (8 - 22 October 1910); and Various Topographical Notes
* Northern Trip (Nov. 1911)
* Lecture Notes - Foreign Schools (1911-12)
* Trip to the Cyclades (4 - 10 May 1912)
* Northern Trip (Oct. 1912)
* Epigraphy Notes (1911); Draft of Fellowship Report (1912)
* Lecture Notes (11 Dec. 1912 -5 March 1913)
* Trip to Thessaly and Macedonia (3-28 Aug. 1917); including photo record.
* 1917 Corinth Accounts, Erechtheum Frieze
* Peloponnesian Trip 1921; Erechtheum Frieze (including photographic record 1921 & 1922)
* ASCSA Accounts (1922-1926)
* Notes on Archaeology of Southern Acropolis
* Athenian History Notes
* Bibliography: History of Corinth
* Sources of History of Corinth I
* Sources of History of Corinth II
* History of Corinth: Mythical to Dorians
* Prosopographic Study of Ancient Corinth
* Corinthian Notes
SERIES II: PERSONAL DIARIES
1. Trip to Europe (July 1 - September 30, 1913)
2. October 1. - December 31, 1913
3. January 1 - February 26, 1914
4. Trip to the Dodecanese (5 - 16 March 1914)
5.  Notes on the “building addition of 1914”
6. December 20, 1914 - February 27, 1915
7. December 20, 1914 - August 7, 1915
8. August 8, 1915 - March 13, 1916 (including notes on Prehistoric Sites/Corinthia)
9. November 1, 1916 - April 1, 1917 (including photographic record for 1917; and manuscript on Allied Policy in Greece in 1915)
10. Athens (Erechtheum) and Corinth (Photographic record 1914-16)
11. August 3-28, 1917 (including photo record 1917)
12. Cash Account 1917-1918
13. Trip to Northern Greece (6 Nov. - 3 Dec. 1918) with notes on war refugees
14. 10 Jan. - 17 May 1919
15. April 1922
Note: For more information on Blegen’s involvement with the Red Cross, see Jack L. Davis, “The American School of Classical Studies and the Politics of Volunteerism,” in Philhellenism, Philanthropy, or Political Convenience? American Archaeology in Greece, ed. Jack L. Davis and Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan, Hesperia 82:1, 2013.
Diaries (1947 - 1971); not all years are represented (e.g., no diaries from 1951, 1966, 1969 and 1970)
SERIES III: PROFESSIONAL CORRESPONDENCE
Institutional (Companies, Museums, Institutes, Universities) A - B
Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Adams & Peck
Acres of Books
Aldine Publishing Company
American Academy in Rome
American Academy of Arts & Sciences
American Association of University Professors
American Association of University Women
American Council of Learned Societies
American Farm School of Thessalonica
American Historical Association & American Historical Review (Boyd Shafer)
American Journal of Archaeology (Richard Stillwell)
American Numismatic Society
American Philological Association
American Philosophical Society
American Red Cross
American Research Institute in Turkey
ASCSA & ASCSA Auxiliary Fund
American School of Oriental Research in Jerusalem
American Women’s Organization in Greece
Anatolia College (Thessaloniki)
Antioch College (Yellow Springs, OH)
The Archaeological Club
Archaeological Institute of America
Armour and Company
Art and Archaeology
Associate Alumnae of Vassar College
Association International d’Archeologie Classique
Athens Police Department
Austrian Archaeological Institute (Vienna)
Bankers Trust Company
Barnes and Noble
B.T. Batsford, Ltd.
Battelle Memorial Institute
George Biraziller, Inc.
The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
British School of Archaeology
Heinrich Burk Buchhandlung
Institutional (Companies, Museums, Institutes, Universities) C - Q
Cambridge Ancient History
Carleton College (Northfield, Minn.)
Cincinnati Art Museum
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Scholarship Foundation
The Clarendon Press
The Classical Bulletin (St. Louis University)
The Classical Journal
The Classical Weekly
College Year in Athens
Committee on International Exchange of Persons
Committee for Professor A.D. Keramopoullos’ Celebration
Congres International d’Archeologie Classique (IX)
Congress International of Classical Studies (III, IV)
Congresso Internazionale di Archeologia (VII)
Connecticut General Life Insurance Co.
Constantinople Women’s College
Cullen & Dykman (re: John Thallon)
Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts
Deutsches Archaologisches Institut
Deutsche Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin (see Mitteilungen des Instituts fŸr Orientforschung)
Directory of American Scholars
Dutch Classical Society
Ecole francaise d’Athenes
The English-speaking Union of the Common Wealth
Ephoria of Herakleion
Ephoreia I Y , Olympia
Evans Brothers, Ltd.
Faber and Faber
Field Travel Service, Inc.
Fifth and Third Union Trust Co.
First International Congress of Mycenaeology
W. & G. Foyle, Ltd.
Friends of the Gennadius Library
Friends of Greece Relief Distribution
Friends of the National Archaeological Museum
Garden House Hotel, London
Greek American Cultural Institute
Greek Archaeological Service (re: G. Papathanassopoulos)
Greek Embassy, Washington
Greek Humanitarian Society
Walter de Gruyter & Co.
J.S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Harper & Row, Publishers
Harvard University (Fogg Museum of Art)
Haverford College (Haverford, PA)
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (Nelson Glueck)
W. Heffer & Sons, Ltd.
Hellenic Traveller’s Club
Historia, Victor Ehrenberg Bibliography
Historical & Philosophical Society of Ohio
Hospital Care Insurance
Hotel Cavandish, London
Illinois Classical Conference
Illustrated London News (Edward Bacon)
Institute of International Education
Instituto per gli studi micenei ed egeo-Anatolici
Internal Revenue Service
International Council of Museums
International Nickel Company of Canada,Ltd.
The Israel Museum (Jerusalem)
International Social Service
Istanbul American College
Istanbul Archaeological Museum
Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana (Ranuccio Bianchi Bandinelli)
The Jacques Cattell Press
Joint Library of the Hellenic & American Societies
The Kingsley Hotel, London
Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Lake Forest College
Lake Placid Club
Library of Congress
The Literary Club of Cincinnati
London Electrotype Agency
Louvre, Palais du (Musees Nationaux)
MacMillan & Co.
A.H. Marquis Co.
Meriden Gravure Co.
Merrill Lynch (Harold Hugo)
Methuen & Co. Ltd. Publishers
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Ministry of the President, Department of Antiquities
Ministry of Religion and Public Education (Ministry of Culture)
Minnesota Alumnai Association
Mitteilungen des Instituts fur Orientforschung
The National Archaeological Museum, Athens
The National Bank of Greece and Athens
The National Ministry of Children and Orphans
New York University
Nomarchia of Argolid and Corinthia
Nomarchia of Nauplion
The Northern Assurance Company
Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance
W.W. Norton Co. Inc. Publishers
The Ohio Classical Conference
Ohio Medical Indemnity
Ohio, State of, Department of Taxation
Orientalisches Seminar der Universitat
Oxford University Press
Oxford Classical Dictionary
Pall Mall Press
Parker and Son (Booksellers)
Peerless Camera Store
Cleng Peerson Memorial Fund Committee
Phi Beta Kappa
Phoenix Assurance Co.
Princeton University Press
The Putney School
Institutional (Companies, Museums, Institutes, Universities) R - Z
George Rainbird Limited
Rand McNally and Company
Random House, Inc.
Rathbone Books Limited
Reviews on File
Royal Sailing Club of Greece
Scuola Archeologia Italiana
S.S. Pierce Co.
St. Andrew’s Church Committee
St. Paul’s Anglican Church
A.G. Sandoz Publishers
Saturday Evening Post
Social Security Administration
Society of Antiquaries of London
Society of Antiquity Lovers
Society for the Care and Repair of Monuments in Turkey
Society of Cretan Historical Studies
Society for Historical and Educational Research on Crete
Soprintendenza alle Antichita Firenze
Southern Connecticut State College
Standard Oil Company of New York
Swedish Academy, Nobel Committee
Swedish Royal Academy of Letters, History, and Antiquities
Teacher’s Insurance and Annuity Association of America
The Texas Company
Thames & Hudson, Ltd.
Thomas Cook & Son
W. Stuart Thompson, Architect, A.I.A. and Associates
Toronto Star Weekly
Travel Bureau, Inc.
The Triopian Foundation
Turkey, President of
U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. Educational Foundation
U.S. Embassy, Athens
U.S. Embassy, Turkey
United States Information Service
Universite de Lige
University of Aberdeen
University of Athens
University of California (Library)
University of Cincinnati (& Club)
University of Illinois (Library)
University of London
University of Michigan
University of Michigan Press
University of Minnesota (& Alum. Assoc.)
University of Pennsylvania (& Univ. Museum)
University Press Cambridge
University World Cruise
Vassiliades & Theofanides, Studebaker Agency
Visual Publications, Ltd.
Volos Archaeological Museum
Walters Art Gallery
Yale University (& Club)
Individuals A - B
Abramovitz, Kassie (Katherine)
Adams, Mr. and Mrs.
Adossides, Mrs. Elli
Afet, Prof. Bayan
Agard, Walter R. (to B. Hill)
Ailshie, W.K. (William)
Akerstrom, Prof. Ake
Akurgal, Dr. Ekrem
Alexiou, S. (Stylianos)
Allen, J.T. (James)
Allen, W. Herbert (from Sumner Holbrook)
Ames, Van Meter
Androutsakis, D. (Dionyssios)
Angel, J. Lawrence
Antonopulos, Christ (DDS)
Aring, Charles D. (MD)
Athanasiades, Eustr. and Hero (Ero)
Atkins, Mrs. Belle Clay Hancock
Babbitt, Frank C.
Baker, Hollis S. and M.
Bakoulis, Ioannis (see Hetty Goldman)
Barbour, George and Dorothy
Barnum, Earl M.
Bassett, S.E. (Samuel)
Bastias, John C.
Bates, Fredrick O.
Bates, W.N. (William)
Beattie, A.J. (and from Homer Thompson and articles and statements referring to the Blegen/Beatties Linear B controversy)
Bechtel, K.K. (Kenneth) (and from travel agent)
Beer, Ethel S.
Bellinger, Alfred (and to J. Caskey and to the ASCSA Managing Committee)
Bennett, Emmett (see also Nestor)
Bennett, Margaret (and from children)
Bennett, W. Tapley Jr.
Bentley, M. Julia
Berard, J. (Jean)
Black, Anna S.
Bloomberg, Marguerite (and to B. Hill and from Oberlin)
Boegehold, Alan L.
Boethius, Axel (“Bo”)
Boulter, Cedric (and from the University of Cincinnati)
Bourberin, Konstantinos I.
Boutroy, Miss L. (Louie)
Brakinou, S.G. (Sparti)
Brardt, William F.
Braunholtz, M. Herford
Briggs, Ellis O.
Brini, M. Louise
Brown, Gary M.
Buck, Carl D.
Cabot, Maud B.
Caldwell, Robert & Martha
Camerer, E.E. (Emil)
Capps, Edward (kept separately)
Carroll, Harry J.
Chadwick, John (and articles and statements referring to the Blegen/Beattie Linear B controversy)
Chase, G.H. (and to and from others re: printing of Blegen's work)
Child, V. Gordon
Clarke, Eleanor P.
Clement, Paul A. (and from Evelyn Mohr)
Cole, Ashley T.
Cox, D. (Dorothy Hannah)
Crawford, Frederick C.
Crossland, R.A. (Ronald)
Cummer, W. Willson
Curtis, A. (and to B. Hill)
Dall’Asta, Eberhard R.
Davis, Mary C.
DeCamp, John P.
De Jong, Effie
De Jong, Piet (and to Homer and receipts)
Denman, Frank T. (and insert on Linear B)
Deroy, L. (Louis)
Dewing, Arthur S.
Dickerman, Sherwood O.
Dinsmoor, William Jr.
Dinsmoor, William Sr. (and Interim Report to ASCSA, and petition to AIA listing requirements to fix the National Archaeological Museum)
Dinsmoor, Zillah (Mrs. William Sr.)
Dohan, Edith A.
Dorwin, John T.
Draper, John W.
Droppers, Seton R.
Dutcher, George Matthew
Edson, Charles F.
Eisenhardt, Dr. Ewald
Eliot, C. William J.
Else, Gerald F.
Ephron, Henry D.
Erhardt, John G.
Evans, Arthur (copy)
Evjen, Harold P.
Ewald, Dr. F.
Eyland, Priscilla S.
Fant, Jesse E.
Fischer, Sara (and from J. Caskey)
Flanagan, John T.
Ford, George H.
Fowler, H. (Harold) (and notes on Erechtheum Frieze)
Fox, W. Sherwood
Frankenfurter, Estelle S. (and from her sister)
Freienmuth von Helms, Johann C.
French, Elizabeth (Wace) (and notes on pottery from Pylos)
Frick, William M.
Gale, Oliver M.
Gandert, Prof. O.F.
Geerlings, Gerald K.
Georgacas, Demetrius J.
Giannestras, N.J. (MD) (Nicholas)
Gill, Margaret A.V.
Gillieron, E., Fils
Gilman, Margaret (and to B. Hill)
Glueck, Nelson (see Hebrew Union College)
Goldman, Hetty (and notes on excavation at Colophon and notes and lists - Ioannis Bakoulis)
Graham, J. Walter
Green, Hilary M.N.
Greenbaum, M. (Meyer)
Gulick, Prof. Charles
Gunst, Mrs. H.W.
Hafner, Victor L.S.
Haley, J.B. (and to B. Hill)
Harrison, Wallace K.
Hatch, Prof. W.H.P.
Haugen, Mr. and Mrs. W.S. (Fern)
Hawthorne, John G. (and request for research grant, Isthmus)
Hill, Bert H. (kept separately)
Hill, Priscilla Capps (and from Martin Shallenberger)
Hiller, Virginia B.
Hoenigswald, Henry M.
Hoffmeyer, Ada Bruhn
Holbrook, W. Sumner Jr.
Hollister, John B. (and poem)
Homans, Mary A.
Hoppin, Eleanor D.
Hoppin, Joseph Clark
Houston, Oscar R. (Standard Oil Company of New Jersey)
Hughes-Brock, Mrs. Helen
Iacovidis, Spyros (and CV)
Izant, Grace Goulder
Jaffee, Robert I. (and to Plenderlief and bronze analysis)
James, Edward M.
Janus, Christoper G.
Johnson, Allan C.
Johnson, Franklin P.
Johnston, Mary E.
Jolly, Alison Bishop
Jones, Dramin D.
Jones, Howard M. (poem)
Jones, Leslie W.
Jordan, Imelda M.
Kanter, Helene J.
Karouzou, Semni Papaspyrides
Kasadami, I.and D.
Kates, George N.
Keagy, W.R. (“Bob”)
Kelsey, Prof. Francis (and to B. Hill)
Kenna, The Rev. E.V.S.
Kilby, Charles H.
King, Lida Shaw
Kittredge, Bill (& Caryl)
Kokonis, Aziza (and invoices)
Kolar, Albert R. (M.D.)
Korecky, Dr. M.
Kosay, Dr. Hamit Z.
Kosmopoulos, Leslie (see also Walker, Alice Leslie)
Kousoulas, Christos J.
Kurumu, Turk Tarih
Landeau, Jeanette K.
Lang, Mabel (and to Mr. Peckham and to M. Rawson and lecture notes)
Lapp, Paul W.
Larkin, Edwin & Florence
Lawson, Carol Skinner
Leanti, Margaret Bliss
Lee, Charles W.
Lee, Lt. Gen. John C.H.
Levi, Doro Anna
Levillain, Mr. Jean
Lewis, Helene M.
Logan, John G.
Lord, Louis (re:Shirley Weber) (and minutes and program of Managing Committee meetings)
Lord, Mary Louise
Lotspeich, C.M. (Claude)
Lotspeich, William D. (MD)
Ludington, Morris H.
MacMahon, Robert C.
Marsh, Mr. and Mrs. George Henry
Martin, C.B. (and to B. Hill)
Martin, Dorothy (and receipt from C. Blegen)
Mason, Laurens D.
Matson, Fred (and business card)
Matz, F. (Friedrich)
Mavris, Dr. N.G. (Nicholas)
Mayfield, Frank H. (MD)
McCauley, Leo P.
McCormick, Richard P.
McCredie, James R.
McDonald, Bill (and reference to Guggenheim)
McDonald, Mrs. William (Lib)
McGiffert, Arthur C.
McKay, Donald C.
Mendell, C.W. (Clarence)
Mercer, Ernestine E. (and to B. Hill)
Meritt, Lucy Shoe
Meyer, Karl E.
Miller, Helen Hill
Montgomery, Henry C.
Morgan, Charles H.
Mourikis, S. (Spyros)
Myres, J. L.
Nestor, John J.
Nilsson, Martin P.
Nutting, Willis D.
Oppenheim, Baron Max von (and business card)
Orlandos, Prof. H.K.
Osborn, Dr. Dale P.
Outcalt, R. Franklin
Overbeck, John C.
Page, Prof. Denys
Paine, Mrs. H.S.
Palmer, Leonard (and a speech)
Papadimitriou, John (and Mrs.)
Papaioannou, D., P., I. & G. (and from C. Blegen and B.Hill)
Papaspyrides, Semni (see Karouzou)
Papastavrou, Prof. J.S.
Parker, Wyman and Jane
Parsons, Arthur and Gladys
Perdike, Demosthenes K.
Petsas, Photios M.
Pettapiece, M.C. (D.O.)
Philippides, Mary Zelia
Popovitch, Dr. Vladislav
Pratt, Laura Parsons
Pratt, Norman T.
Prindle, Lester M.
Putnam, Michael C.J.
Quatrepoint, Robert (see Renouard, Pierre for Blegen’s response)
Rackall, Mary Earle
Ramage, Edwin S.
Rambo, Eleanor F.
Rankin, Carl & Pauline
Raubitschek, Toni & Isabelle
Rawson, Marion (kept separately)
Rawson, Dorothy (kept separately)
Reeves, Charles H. (and to C. Mohrmann from C. Blegen)
Reisner, George A.
Renfrew, Jane M.
Renourd, Pierre (and Quatrepoint, Robert)
Ridgway, Mrs. Henry Wright (Bruni)
Robinson, C.A. Jr.
Robinson, D.M. (David)
Robinson, Henry S.
Russell, Mary E.
Russell, Sandra L.
Ryberg, Inez Scott
Saloway, Robert (Blegen responded to Solomon)
Sample, Mrs. Frances L.
Sanborn, Cyrus Ashton & Agnes
Santa-Olalla, Julio Martinez
Scobie, Ronald M.
Seager, R.B. (Richard) (see McGabe, G. his mother)
Sears, Sarah C.
Seraphetinides, Ser. E.
Shafer, Robert (with J. Caskey?)
Shapiro, Nancy R.
Shaw, J. Howland
Shaw, Joseph W.
Shawe, Wilfred H.
Shear, T. Leslie
Shear, T. Leslie Jr.
Shearing, Ann E.
Shipley, Charles W.
Shirer, Mrs. William (Tess)
Shoe, Lucy (see Merritt, Lucy Shoe)
Simpson, Jenny and Dick Hope
Sinker, Paul (and from R.A. Close, British Council representative)
Sirkin, Helen and Abe (see Marinatos for a copy of a reply to Mrs. Sirkin)
Sittig, Ernst (German article)
Smith, Chard Powers (and article of Pylos)
Smith, Mildred (see University of Cincinnati)
Smith, Peter (Petros)
Snowden, Frank M. Jr.
Snyder, John W.
Spitzer, Carl B.
Spitzer, Doreen Canaday
Stern, Joseph Jr.
Stevens, Gorham P.
Strosetzki, Dr. Norbert
Swift, E.H. (Emerson) (and to E.M. Antoniades)
Taft, Fran (Mrs. Seth)
Taft, Robert Jr.
Talbot, Phillips & Mildred
Tavarez, Vera and Manuel
Taylor, Lily Ross
Taylor, O.E. (Otis Ellery)
Taylour, The Lady Millicent
Taylour, Lord William (and from M. Rawson for C. Blegen)
Thaw, Jeanette (to E. Blegen)
Thayer, J. Appleton
Themelis, Petros G.
Theocharis, D. (Dimitrios P.)
Thomas, Hylton A.
Thompson, Dorothy Burr
Thompson, Glenn & Margaret
Thompson, Homer A. (and to W. Canaday, J. Caskey, A. Frantz, P. de Jong and trip itinerary for 8/1970)
Thompson, Stuart (and Gladys)
Todd, Otis Johnson
Toll, Richard (and family)
Trufant, Samuel A. (MD)
Tselios, K and N. (Christos and Nikolaos)
Turner, Prof. E.G. (Eric)
Tzini, G. (Georgios)
Box 14: (including unindentified)
Van Buren, A.W. (and to B. Hill)
van der Osten, H.H.
van Dijk, A.
Van Ingen, Ruth E.
Van Pelt, John V.
Vaughan, Agnes Carr
Vazquez, Antonio N. Briceno
Veale, Douglas (and instructions to Honour Graduates - Oxford)
Vorgias, I.N. (Βοργιάς, Ι.Ν.)
Wace, Alan (and to B. Hill, and report of excavations at Mycenae); also folder with photocopies of letters from Alan Wace to Carl Blegen
Wace, Helen Pence
Walker, Alice Leslie (and from Cosmopoulos, and report of excavations at Corinth)
Walker, John and D.D.
Wallace, Paul W.
Warren Jr., James E.
Warrington, G.H. (George)
Washington, Henry S.
Weber, Roland von
West, Allen B.
Weston, Arthur H.
White, Paul Dudley
Whittaker, G. Howard
Whittall, Cedric G.
Wilber, Allen S.
Williams, Charles K.
Williams, E. Watson (MD)
Williams, ? (1914)
Wilson, Lillian M.
Winters, Robert K.
Wogec, Mary Frances B.
Wolf, C. Umhau
Woolner, E.K. esq.
Workman, John Rowe
Wrightsman, Charles and Jane
Wulfing, John Max
Wyatt, Natalie M. (Gifford)
Wyman, Mrs. Frances
Young, J. Donald
Zervis, Nikos I.
Zervos, C. (Christian)
Zeydel, Edwin H.
Unidentified (by first or possible last name)
Unidentified (by year and undated)
Unidentified (in Greek)
Box 15 Correspondence with E. Capps and J. Caskey
1 E. Capps (1919-1921)
2 E. Capps (1922-1923)
3 E. Capps (1924-1925)
4 E. Capps (1926-1929)
5 J. Caskey (1939-1959)
6 J. Caskey (1960-1965)
7 J. Caskey (1966-1970)
Box 16 Correspondence with B. H. Hill and Ida Thallon Hill
1 B.H. Hill (1912-1914)
2 B.H. Hill (1920-1923)
3 B.H. Hill (1924-1925)
4 B.H. Hill (1926-1929)
5 B.H. Hill (1930-1939)
6 B.H. Hill (1940-1958 & Undated)
7 Ida Thallon Hill
Box 17 Correspondence with Marion and Dorothy Rawson
1 M. Rawson (1939-1959)
2 M. Rawson (1960-1962)
3 M. Rawson (1963-1965)
4 M. Rawson (1966-1970 & Undated)
5 D. Rawson (1957-1969)
6 Letters to M. Rawson (1960 and 1970)
SERIES IV: PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE
1 Letters from his mother and father (1911-1912)
2 Letters from his mother and father (Jan. - June 1913)
3 Letters from his mother and father (July - Dec. 1913)
4 Letters from his mother and father (Jan. - June 1914)
5 Letters from his mother and father (July - Dec. 1914)
6 Letters from his father (1924-1928)
1 Letters from his mother and father (Jan. - June 1915)
2 Letters from his mother and father (July - Dec. 1915)
3 Letters from his mother and father (March - June 1916)
4 Letters from his mother and father (July - Oct. 1916)
5 Letters from his mother and father (1918)
6 Letters from his mother and father (1922-1924)
1 Letters from Hallward Blegen (1912 - 1924)
2 Letters from J.E. & Ida Blegen (1913 - 63)
3 Letters from Theodore C. Blegen (1912 - 1927)
4 Letters from Theodore C. and Clara Blegen (1948-1959)
5 Letters from Theodore C. and Clara Blegen (1960-1962)
6 Letters from Theodore C. and Clara Blegen (1963-1964)
7 Letters from Theodore C. and Clara Blegen (1965-1966)
8 Letters from Theodore C. and Clara Blegen (1967-1968)
9 Letters to Theodore C. and Clara Blegen (1964-1968)
1 Letters from Anne Helene Blegen (1912-1919, 1924)
2 Letters from Anne Helene Blegen (1946-1960)
3 Letters from Anne Helene Blegen (1961 - 1965)
4 Letters from Anne Helene Blegen (1966 - 1970)
5 Letters from Martha Blegen (1911-1913)
6 Letters from Martha Blegen (1914-1919)
7 Letters from Martha Blegen (1924-1941)
8 Letters from Martha Blegen (1948-1956)
1-2 Letters from Elizabeth Blegen (1923)
3 Letters from Elizabeth Blegen (1924)
4 Letters from Elizabeth Blegen (1928-1929)
5 Letters from Elizabeth Blegen (1931-1932)
6 Letters from Elizabeth Blegen (1933)
7 Letters from Elizabeth Blegen (1934-1935)
1 Letters from Elizabeth Blegen (1936 -1937)
2 Letters from Elizabeth Blegen (1938 -1949, 1951)
3 Letters from Elizabeth Blegen (1952 -1954)
4 Letters from Elizabeth Blegen (1955 -1959)
5 Letters from Elizabeth Blegen (1960 -1961)
6 Letters from Elizabeth Blegen (1963 -1964)
7 Letters from Elizabeth Blegen (undated)
Other Family and Friends
Clara E. Blegen
Andronikitis, Anesti and Elpida
Blegen, Einar and Singrid
Crum, Margie Blegen (Ted Blegen’s daughter)
Darley, Kathleen (Casey)
Helen (Elizabeth's niece)
Grove, Robert M.
Kehoe, Lucile (Mrs. Robert M.)
McConnell, Mae and Ruth
Palmer, Janice Blegen Hammer (see Spodick, Pearl Blegen)
Peterson, Douglas and Lois
Pierce, Mrs. William L. (“Mother Pierce”)
Reinke, Harold and Ruth (Ruth is Harald Blegen’s daughter).
Roberts, Cornelia M.
Robertson, Lois and Gordon
Spodick, Pearl Blegen and Palmer
Svedonitch, Mrs. Slavca
Taft, Mrs. Hulbert (Eleanor)
Wilson, Liz (Mrs. Russell)
Wright, E. Katherine
Wulsin, Mrs. Lucien (Peggy)
1 Letters to his mother and father (1915 -1928)
2 Letters to Theodore C. Blegen (1908-1913)
3 Letters to Theodore C. and Clara Blegen (1958 -1960)
4 Letters to Theodore C. and Clara Blegen (1961)
5 Letters to Theodore C. and Clara Blegen (1962)
6 Letters to Theodore C. and Clara Blegen (1963)
7 Letters to Theodore C. and Clara Blegen (1964)
8 Letters to Theodore C. and Clara Blegen (1965)
1 Letters to Theodore C. and Clara Blegen (1966)
2 Letters to Theodore C. and Clara Blegen (1967)
3 Letters to Theodore C. and Clara Blegen (1968)
4 Letters to Theodore C. and Clara Blegen (1969-1970)
5 Letters to Theodore C. and Clara Blegen from Elizabeth Blegen (1961)
6 Letters to Theodore C. Blegen from Anne H. Blegen (1931 and 1961)
7 Letters to Theodore C. and Clara Blegen from Anne H. Blegen (1961-1967)
8 Letters to Martha Blegen (1922-1939)
9 Letters to Martha Blegen (1940-1946)
10 Letters to Martha Blegen (1947-1950)
1 Letters to Martha Blegen (1951-1953)
2 Letters to Martha Blegen (1954-1957)
3 Letters to Martha and Anne Blegen (1947-1954)
4 Letters to Martha Blegen from Elizabeth Blegen (1924-1953)
5 Letters to Martha Blegen from Anne H. Blegen (1931-1939)
6 Letters to Anne H. Blegen (1910-1970); folder also includes four letters to Anne after Carl's death in 1971
7 Letter to Anne H. Blegen from Elizabeth Blegen (1931-1961)
8 Letters to and from Anne H. Blegen (1959-1966)
9 Letters to the Robert Blegen family from Anne, Carl and Ida Blegen (1966)
10 Letters to Denny Pierce (1970-1971)
SERIES V: MISCELLANEOUS
1&2 Political Manuscripts
“Geography and People of Greece”
“Politics and Political Parties in Greece”
“Constitution and Government of Greece”
3 Related Correspondence
4 Other manuscripts (e.g., “Early Impressions of Greece”)
1 Birth Certificate
Passports (1919, 1921, 1923, 1926, 1927, 1937, 1955, 1959, 1963)
Bureau de Contr™le InteralliJ Laissez-Passer, 1917
Bureau de Contr™le, American Red Cross permit to travel in Greece, 1918
Monument Pass, Antiquities de l’Egypt, 1928 - 29
Olsen Family Tree from 1965 Reunion
Drawing of a sealstone with Blegen’s initials
2 Curriculum vitae, letters of introduction, awards, diplomas, speeches, programs & announcements [oversize diplomas are kept separately]
3 Book contracts (Thames & Hudson, Cambridge Univ. Press)
4 Calling-cards, invitations, postcards, Christmas cards, Christmas list box [kept separately]
5 Travel mementoes
6 Pastel drawing of CWB by Julie Langsam (1958); Pencil drawing of man in costume by Phyllis K. Emmerson (1920)
7 “Poems to Order: Thera, June 17-21, 1928” by Robert Shelby Darbyshire
8 Pocket New Testament (1900); Church Youth Group booklet (1907-1908); Decennial Address Book, Class of 1908, Yale College
9 Old envelopes and stamps
1 Household bills and other receipts. List of embroideries included.
2 Life insurance, retirement plan, tax files, medical bills
3 Bank statements, cheques, etc. [kept separately]
4 Augsburg Park Association
Deaths of Bert Hodge Hill, Elizabeth Blegen, and Louise T. Semple
1 Bert Hodge Hill (will, sympathy letters, etc)
2-3 Elizabeth Blegen (certificates, letters and cards of sympathy, etc.)
4 Louise T. Semple
* Italian leather folder with embossed and gilted decoration
* Keys to ASCSA Main Building & file cabinet
* Copy of linear B tablet
* Silver plate from Univ. of Cincinnati for service, 1927-57
* Distinguished Service Professor Pin from the Univ. of Cincinnati
* Silver kylix (displayed at the Director's House. One of two; the other which belonged to Alan Wace is currently in the possession of Eizabeth French)
Various Books (most written by his brother Theodore Blegen, including The Saga of Saga Hill; one by his father John H. Blegen)
Also Blegen's personal volume of the Festschrift (Hesperia, vol. 35:4, 1966) that the ASCSA published and offered to Blegen on his 80th anniversary (January 27, 1967)
SERIES VI: PHOTOGRAPHS
2 Elizabeth D. Blegen
3 Friends and Colleagues (including portaits of Sophia Schliemann, Phil Davis, Horace Oakley, Cyrus Ashton Sanborn, and Frederick de Waele)
4 Travels with Emerson Swift (1912-1915)
5 Island Trip (1923): Photos taken by Phil Davis, Elizabeth Pierce; Natalie Gifford; F[ranklin] P. J[ohnson]; L[eicester] B. H[olland]; Hazel Hansen.
6 Island Cruise (cont’d) [oversize]
Blegen Family Photographs & Athens Memories Album (J. Glanagan)
Box 38 (digitized)
Various trips (1913-1917, 1921); also consult photo records in Boxes 3 & 4.
Box 39 (digitized)
Various trips (1922-1925)
Box 40 (digitized)
Various trips (1936-1938, Epirus 1970 [Ph A N-31/0374-0379], no date)
The papers of Carl W. Blegen came to the American School in 1971 following his death. They were partially processed by Dr. Carol Zerner to facilitate the organization of two exhibitions. In Search of the Homeric Heroes. The Development of Prehistoric Archaeology in the Aegean, June 1-July 28, 1990; and A Friendship in the Realms of Bronze, 21 Nov., 1989- 13 Jan., 1990. From 1995 to 1997, Mrs. Karen Niskanen and Shawna Leigh, under the supervision of Dr. Natalia Vogeikoff, processed the remaining Blegen papers and produced the present finding aid. In 2012, Robert Blegen, nephew of Carl Blegen, sent to the Archives, Carl's letters to his family. The latter were processed and incorporated into the existing finding-aid by Debora Ninios, under the guidance of Reference Archivist Eleftheria Daleziou.
Carl Blegen Papers at Cincinnati
When Blegen died in 1971 his archives were divided between Athens and Cincinnati, the majority in his house at Athens. In Cincinnati were notebooks and photographic albums from the University of Cincinnati excavations at Troy and miscellaneous other records that had been stored in Wilson Auditorium, where Blegen, Marion Rawson, and John L. Caskey shared an archaeological study.
Correspondence of importance for the history of the University of Cincinnati and of the Department of Classics was transferred to the central University of Cincinnati archives (Archives and Rare Books) where it was inventoried. Other correspondence stayed in archaeological studies within the Department of Classics in the old University Library (renamed Blegen Library).
All correspondence was piece catalogued under the supervision of Jack Davis (2003-2007). Jennifer Glaubius was responsible for that in Archives and Rare Books, Sarah Lima that in the Department of Classics. We are grateful to Hüseyn Öztürk for help with letters in Turkish, Barbara Breitenberger for letters in German, and to Signe Barfoed for letters in Norwegian.
Requests for further infomation about documents in the University archives (“Blegen Archive UC Archives”) should be addressed to Kevin Grace, University Archivist(http://www.libraries.uc.edu/libraries/arb/archives/grace.html).
Requests for materials in the Department of Classics (“Blegen Archive UC Department of Classics.pdf) should be directed to Carol Hershenson, Junior Research Associate (“email@example.com”). Hershenson also oversees the Troy archive in Cincinnati, a collection of glass slides that includes original views of ethnographic interest, and a collection of color slides taken at the time of the Pylos excavation.
Note from Jack L. Davis, Professor of Classics at the University of Cincinnati and Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens
For more information, please contact the Archivist:
Dr. Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan
The American School of Classical Studies at Athens
54 Souidias Street, Athens 106 76, Greece,
phone: 210-723-6313 Fax: 210-725-0584
Contact via E-mail