Joseph W. Shaw Papers


Collection Number: GR ASCSA JWS 006
Name(s) of Creator(s): Joseph W. Shaw (1935 -  )
Title: Joseph W. Shaw Papers
Date [bulk]: 1963-1969
Date [inclusive]:
Language(s): English
Summary: The collection consists of Joseph (Joe) Shaw's working notes on several architectural projects (Isthmia, Olympieion, Thebes), photographs, sketches, and newspaper clippings.
Quantity: 0.40 linear meters
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift of Joseph W. Shaw, 1990-1991, 1999.
Information about Access: The collection is available for research.
Cite as: American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Archives, Joseph W. Shaw Papers (Αμερικανική Σχολή Κλασικών Σπουδών στην Αθήνα, Αρχείο Joseph W. Shaw)
Note: The colection was processed by Eleutheria Daleziou, 2019.

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Joseph W. Shaw received his BA from Brown University (1957) and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania (1970). He was the Gorham P. Stevens Fellow at the ASCSA in 1969-1970. Shaw worked as an architect in many Greek excavations (1963-1969): Thebes (with E. Stasinopoulou-Touloupa); Isthmia (with Oscar Broneer, Paul Clement); Corinth (with Henry Robinson, Gladys Weinberg, Charles Williams); Mycenae (with Professor George Mylonas); Amnisos (with Stylianos Alexiou); Thera (with Spyridon Marinatos). He taught at the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Toronto for several decades.

Shaw has studied and published extensively on the Aegean Bronze Age. In particular, he and his wife, Maria, discovered, excavated, and published (starting in 1976) the site of Kommos on Crete—the seaport of Minoan Phaistos and Hagia Triadha. Their excavation of Kommos revealed a significant commercial centre, complete with a major harbour, monumental Minoan palatial buildings, massive stone storage complexes, a Minoan town and a Greek sanctuary. 



Folder 1

Original sketches for the hilltop of Aghia Paraskevi - Sophiko (Corinth) by Joseph Shaw, 6 June 1968. Sketch survey of Greek fortifications on acropolis [7 sketches]

Original sketches – Corinth Baths. Sketch notes for plan of architectural façade. 7 June 1968.  [11 sketches]

Contact prints

Folder 2

Proposed study of Eleusis Propylaea. Typewritten. 1 page/ [and one copy]

Photos – and contacts of photos from Eleusi Proplylea

One page handwritten with notes on Athens, Propylaea. Vital Statistics

One page with notes and sketches

One page with notes and sketches

Offprint Ιωάννου Ν. Τραυλού. "Ελευσίς. Ανασκαφαί 1950-1960," Αρχαιολογικόν Δελτίον, Τόμος 16 (1960). Αθήναι, 1962

Offprint. Ιωάννου Ν. Τραυλού. "Μελέτη προς ανάδειξιν του Αρχαιολογικού Χώρου Ελευσίνος," Αρχαιολογικόν Δελτίον. Τόμος 17 (1961/2).

Negatives Eleusis Blocks and Olympion 7. December 1963

Negatives Eleusis Blocks

Contact Prints - Eleusis photos

Folder 3

Eleusis Sketches

Folder 4

Isthmia - Working notes and sketches

Contact prints - Fall 1963 – Theater section photos, Isthmia

Folder 5

Mycenae – working notes and sketches. Attached contacts of photos

Folder 6

Olympieion Archaic building – large scale sketch folded. Copies of contact photos of Olympieion, Athens, 1964

Folder 7

Photos – Thebes

Contact prints of Thebes project

4 post-cards Thebes

Copies of correspondence between Shaw and Stasinopoulou-Touloupa about the Thebes project proposal

Newspaper clippings (Thebes)

Maps and sketches Thebes


Folder 1

Correspondence with Robert Scranton (1970-1989)

Folder 2

Material regarding Robert Scranton's obituary for the ASCSA Newsletter, Spring 1993

Folder 3

Various publications – maps

  • US Navy Diving Manual
  • Various maps (i.e Istanbul, Greece)
  • A notebook with the title “Homer summary”


[in Flat Storage, drawer #4]

Kommos excavations, see also ASCSA Administrative Records, Box 204/16.

Kommos Architectural Drawings (copies).
Guide to the Kommos Archaeological Storeroom in Pitsidia (2011).