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.

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.


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The George Mylonas Papers Catalogued

Born in Izmir, George Mylonas (1898-1988) studied archaeology at the University of Athens and at Johns Hopkins University. He was the ASCSA's first bursar in the 1920s and worked with David M. Robinson at Olynthus. Mylonas taught archaeology at the Washington University Saint Louis from 1933 until his retirement in 1968. Mylonas is known for his excavations at Eleusis and Mycenae. A large part of his papers are housed in the Archives of the American School.

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Starting in the fall of 2017, Blegen library is undergoing a major reclassification project.

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School Summer Newsletter

The American School's Summer 2017 issue of the newsletter is now online for viewing.

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