Francis H. Bacon Papers


Collection Number: GR ASCSA  FHB 017
Name(s) of Creator(s): Francis Henry Bacon (1856-1940)
Title: Francis H. Bacon Papers
Date [bulk]:
Date [inclusive]: 1881-1938
Language(s): English
Summary: This small collection contains a typescript copy of the so-called "Assos Days" ("An Archaeological Expedition to Asia Minor. Letters and Journals of Francis H. Bacon, 1881-1882-1883"), a typescript account titled "How Francis H. Bacon Got Away from the Dardanelles for the Long Dreamed of Visit to Athens" (May 6, 1938), a typescript of the "Log of the Dorian," a collection of several portrait photos taken by Francis H. Bacon in 1929, 1931, and 1938 (portraits include: Carl W. Blegen, Bert H. Hill, Konstantinos Kourouniotis and Panagiotis Aristophron, Vasileios Leonardos, David M. Robinson, and Adolf Wilhelm), and photocopies of news published by Bacon in various newsletters. There is also a second copy (photocopy) of his travelling journal “Assos Days 1881-1883,” as well as a geological map by J. S. Diller (1881) and a map representing Mr. J. H. Haynes’s route (kept separately in Flat Storage, drawer #15). Finally, the collection includes Bacon's portfolio of F.S.D. (Full-Scale-Detail) moldings and rubbings of relief decoration of funerary monuments, capitals, and friezes in Asia Minor, and Greece. In 2022, descendants of the Bacon family donated to the ASCSA several of Francis Bacon's scrapbooks (the processing of the new gift is in process).
Quantity:  0.30 linear meters
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Francis H. Bacon, 1938; Helen Bacon Landry 1995; Tessa Dinsmoor, 1998; Robert S. Bacon and descendants, 2022.
Information about Access: The collection is available for research
Cite as: American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Archives, Francis H. Bacon Papers (Αμερικανική Σχολή Κλασικών Σπουδών στην Αθήνα, Αρχείο Francis H. Bacon)


Francis H. Bacon (1856-1940) studied architecture and graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1876. He and Joseph T. Clarke excavated at Assos, near the Dardanelles, the first classical excavation of the newly founded Archaeological Institute of America. Bacon is one of the three co-authors of the excavations's final publication, Investigations at Assos (1921). After Assos, Bacon became an interior designer working for A.H. Davenport.

Bacon was one of the few architects who continued to produce F.S.D. (Full-Scale Detail) architectural drawings in the early 20th century. He and his wife Alice Calvert are buried in the Dardanelles.

See also: N. Vogeikoff-Brogan, "Francis H. Bacon: Bearer of Precious Gifts from the Dardanelles," in From the Archivist's Notebook, June 9, 2019.

For more information, please contact the ARCHIVES at:
The American School of Classical Studies at Athens
54 Souidias Street
Athens 106 76
Phone: 213 000 2400 (ext. 425)