Revised as of July 2014
The mission of the Blegen Library is to develop and maintain a first rank research collection in support of the academic programs, membership, and cooperating institutions of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.
The collection supports research into the art, archaeology, philology, history, literature and philosophy of ancient Greece, including the area comprised by the modern state as well as areas that formed part of the Greek world in ancient times. The periods covered include prehistoric through late Roman.
The presentation of the Acquisitions Policy follows the classification system in use at the Blegen Library and the level of acquisition is indicated in descending order by “all” or “almost all”, “most”, “many”, “limited” or “very limited”.
The Blegen Library collects almost all scholarly books relating to the archaeology, art, culture, literature, society, thought, etc. of Greece and the Greeks, including those outside the boundaries of the modern state, from prehistory to late antiquity. The library endeavors, so far as is reasonably possible, to include all significant works of recorded knowledge in all applicable languages.
The Blegen Library collects many or most scholarly books relating to the archaeology, art, culture, literature, society, thought, etc. of Roman, pre-Roman, and Graeco-Roman societies throughout the larger Mediterranean region from prehistory to late antiquity.
The Blegen Library collects in all currently significant formats including print and electronic media. In the case of the same information being available in more than one format, the format deemed most appropriate for use by the majority of the School’s members will be the one selected. Duplication may occur such as in cases where journals may be available in both print and electronic forms for little or no additional costs.
A – Bibliography, History of Scholarship, Encyclopedias, Congresses, Prosopography, Archaeological science/methodology/theory, etc.
Most bibliographies directly relevant to research on classical antiquity
Limited history of scholarship
All congresses on ancient Greece and the Greeks
Most congresses relating to adjoining and/or related regions and cultures
All Greek prosopography
Most Roman prosopography
Very limited archaeological science/methodology/theory (see Fitch and Wiener Laboratory libraries)
B - History
All scholarly books on the history of ancient Greece and Greek territories
Many scholarly books on Roman history
Limited purchases of most important books on ancient histories of countries other than Greece
C – Geography, Topography, Excavation, Monuments, etc.
All excavation reports on ancient Greek sites
Most on sites from adjoining and/or related areas
D – Ethnology, Ethnography, Prehistoric Archaeology, etc.
Very Limited Ethnology and Ethnography
All scholarly books relating to prehistoric culture of Greece
Limited books relating to other prehistoric cultures as they relate to Greek archaeology
E – Archaeology of Art, etc.
Most scholarly books relating to ancient Greek and Roman art
All museum catalogues and guides if they contain primarily Greek and/or Roman art
F - Architecture
All scholarly books on ancient Greek architecture and city planning
Most scholarly books on ancient Roman architecture and city planning
Limited books on other ancient architecture
G - Sculpture
All scholarly books on Greek sculpture, and catalogues of collections
Most on Roman sculpture as it relates to the archaeology of Greece
H-I – Terracottas, Glyptic, etc. / Jewelry, Bronzes, Metal-Work
All scholarly books and catalogues on Greek terracottas, glyptic, glass, jewelry, etc.
Many on Roman terracotta, glyptics, etc.
Limited purchases on Roman provincial (i.e. outside the Aegean area) or medieval minor arts in general unless they relate to the archaeology of Greece
J – Painting, Ceramics, Mosaics
All scholarly books on Greek and Roman pottery found in Greece, Italy and Asia Minor
Limited specialized studies on pottery found outside of Greece and Italy
Most works on Roman wall painting in Italy and Greece, and on Greek and Roman mosaics
K - Numismatics
All scholarly books and catalogues on Greek and Roman coins of Greece, Italy and Asia Minor
Limited purchases of books on coins of other civilizations, if they pertain to material found in Greece
L - Religion
All scholarly books on Greek religion and representation in art
Many on Roman religion
Very limited purchases on other religions except those that pertain to cults found in ancient Greece, or comparative religion
M – Social, Legal, and Economic History, etc.
All scholarly books on Greek social history, legal history, economic history, military history, trade and professions, technology, oracles, theatrical production, etc.
Many scholarly books on Roman social history, legal history, economic history, military history, trade and professions, technology, oracles, theatrical production, etc.
N – Language – Ancient
Most scholarly books on ancient Greek grammar and etymology
Many scholarly books on Latin grammar and etymology
Very limited (reference grammars) for other ancient languages
Very limited textbooks
O – Language – Modern
Very limited (basic references)
P – Literature and Philosophy
Almost all scholarly books on ancient Greek literature and philosophy
Many on Latin literature and philosophy
Q – Epigraphy and Palaeography
All scholarly books pertaining to Greek epigraphy, Greek papyrology, and Aegean scripts
Many books on Latin epigraphy
R – Greek Authors
All texts and commentaries on ancient Greek authors
Almost all literary criticism
Very limited translations
S – Latin Authors
All new Loeb and Budé texts and many other texts of Latin authors
Some literary criticism
T – Mediaeval and Modern Greek and Latin
U – Collected Works of Individual (Modern) Scholars (Kleine Schriften, etc.)
All within the subject parameters of this policy
V – Works by Several Scholars, Honorary Volumes. (Fest-, Gedenkschriften)
All within the subject parameters of this policy
W – Periodicals
All relating to the art, archaeology, philology, history, literature and philosophy of ancient Greece, including the area comprised by the modern state as well as areas that formed part of the Greek world in ancient times
Limited relating to neighboring and/or related regions
X – Societies
Effectively a sub-category of Periodicals – see above
Y – Series of Monographs
Moribund category. Nothing is added, most remaining holdings require re-classification
Z – Miscellaneous – Encyclopedias, Dictionaries
Very limited in all sub-categories aside from:
Most – Greek and Latin
Limited – other ancient languages
Limited – modern languages of scholarship
The Blegen’s Collection Development Librarian is responsible for the selection of materials. Suggestions from members and readers are welcome while ultimate responsibility for the content of the collection rests with the Head Librarian.
The Blegen Library seeks the least expensive means to acquire materials. We negotiate discounts with preferred vendors. We seek to reduce administrative costs by establishing notification or approval plans and by consolidating periodical subscriptions and standing orders with select vendors who can provide us with competitive pricing and value-added services such as the provision of MARC records.
The Blegen Library has never actively collected American doctoral dissertations. Copies of dissertations are often deposited in the Blegen if substantial parts of the research were conducted here.
The Blegen Library has made no effort to collect auction or other sale catalogues for any category of antiquities.
The Blegen Library welcomes gifts of books, journals, or offprints which may be appropriate for its collection as defined by the Acquisitions Policy. Gifts are accepted with the understanding that the Library will make all decisions regarding their retention, location, cataloging, or any other consideration relating to their use. A letter from the Library will be sent to acknowledge all gifts. Gifts may be added to the collection, donated to another library, or sold with the proceeds to benefit the Blegen Library.