The American School of Classical Studies at Athens

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.


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

Q&A with Corinth’s Director Christopher Pfaff

Christopher Pfaff, Associate Professor of Classics at Florida State University, began as Director of the Corinth Excavations in July. He shares his reflections on and plans for the site in this Q&A.

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Inside the ASCSA Publications Office

What does a day at the Publications Office look like? What do they have coming up on the docket?

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VIDEOCAST - ‘The Best Way to Send Knowledge is to Wrap it Up in a Person’

Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan, Doreen C. Spitzer Archivist ASCSA Annual Archives Lecture co-organized with the Fulbright Foundation in Greece.

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