The American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Charles Morgan and Jack Caskey at the groundbreaking of the Davis Wing, 1958

Charles Hill and Janet Barton Morgan

Biographical Note

Charles Hill Morgan was born 1902 in Worcester, Massachusetts. He studied at Harvard, receiving his PhD in 1928. In 1930, he began his thirty-eight year association with Amherst College, interrupted only by his three year WWII service in combat intelligence and his many stays in Greece.

In 1928, Charles Morgan married Rev. Janet Barton, who later became the deacon at Grace Episcopal Church in Amherst. Janet Morgan was also a talented photographer, attested by the photographs in this collection which were taken when she was in Greece. 

Charles Morgan’s interests and activities were wide-ranging: at Amherst, he strengthened the fine arts teaching department and was instrumental in building the college’s Mead Art Museum collection; his scholarly interests resulted in publications on Greek sculpture, Michelangelo, George Bellows and Benjamin West; he was chairman of the American Friends of Greece during the occupation of Greece, served on the Board of the Archaeological Institute of America, was head of the American Farm School at Salonika, and devoted many years to the ASCSA.

Charles Morgan’s association with the ASCSA started as a student (1927, 1928/29); later he was Visiting Professor (1933-1934), Assistant Director (1935-1936) and Director (1936-1938). “Among the memorable achievements of Morgan’s directorate was the excavation of the area of the Agora in Corinth.” This work resulted in the publication, The Byzantine Pottery (Corinth 11 [1942]). From 1950 to 1959, he was Chairman of the Managing Committee and Trustee and during his tenure his “good judgment, integrity and personal devotion to the School” enabled him to revive every aspect of the School, which was recovering from the devastating years of the war.

Charles Morgan received the Allied Legion of Merit, the Belgian Croix de Guerre, the Greek Grand Cross of the Royal Order of the Phoenix, and was made an honorary citizen of Athens.

From Homer A. Thompson, “Necrology: Charles Hill Morgan (1902-1984)” AJA 88:3 (1984) pp. 439-440.

Scope and Content

This small collection contains some of Charles Morgan’s correspondence, notes, ASCSA memos and minutes from the 1930s, and plans of the Agora and Corinth. The bulk of the collection are snapshots, negatives, rolls of film, and lantern slides of archaeological sites—especially Corinth and the Agora—in Greece; photographs of objects in Greek and Italian museums; about one hundred Alison Frantz photographs; and Janet Morgan’s photographs of Greece.

Most of this material was donated by Charles and Janet Morgan’s daughter, Prudence Morgan Fitts.

Container List

BOX 1: Correspondence, etc.

Folder 1:  Donation letter from Prue Morgan Fitts and accession history
Folder 2:  Correspondence (1931–1933)*
Folder 3:  Correspondence (1934)*
Folder 4:  Correspondence (1935)*
Folder 5:  Correspondence (1936–1937)*
Folder 6:  ASCSA Memos and Minutes (1935–1936)
Folder 7:  Charles Morgan’s Notes (undated notes transcribed by Charles Morgan’s son)
Folder 8:  Plans of Agora and Corinth (nd) - The Agora plan should be dated before the beginning of the American Excavations and is entitled Τοπογραφική Υπηρεσία Υπουργείου Συγκοινωνίας. Κτηματογράφησις Αθηνών-Προαστείων και Περιχώρων (1:500).
Folder 9:  Miscellaneous
Folder 10: Photographs, Snapshots, Negatives, Postcards of Corinth, Agora and undated and
            unidentified archaeological sites, objects in situ and museum objects
Folder 11: Snapshots of undated and unidentified excavations, objects, festivities; Lantern slide: Corinth
            Acc# 2006-02-PP041

* Correspondence with Philip R. Allen, Oscar Broneer, Edward Capps, George H. Chase, Louis Lord, Lincoln MacVeagh, John Hill Morgan, Richard Stillwell, Homer A. Thompson, W. Stuart Thompson

BOX 2: Photographs

Folder 1: Agora Excavations (with Negative Numbers)
Folder 2: Statuary in Italian Museums (professional photographs and postcards)
Folder 3: Objects in Greek Museums (professional photographs and postcards)
Folder 4: Greek Objects (most Photo Emile)
Folder 5: Alison Frantz Photographs (AE 4; AT1, 5, 53, 54(four), 56, 73, 74, 75, 76, 79, 80, 82, 84, 85,
              86, 95, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 112, 114, 116, 122, 131, 133, 136, 137, 138, 147, 148,
              152, 154, 155, 161, 168, 184, 222, 231, 240, 242, 248, 260, 269, 294, 303, 329, 334, 336,
              337, 338, 340, 343)
Folder 6:  Alison Frantz Photographs (CR35, 39; EU1, 14; F56, 64, 78, 93, 96, 106, 116, 130, 178; PE6,
            11, 14, 15, 19, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34, 37, 39, 40, 43, 45)
Folder 7:  Alison Frantz Photographs (SC5, 8, 9, 10, 12; ST16, 17, 21, 23, 31, 39, 45, 46, 47, 51, 52, 53,
            55, 56, 60, 61)
Folder 8:  Miscellaneous Objects

BOX (Flat) 3: 34 Rolls of Film (1936–1938)

Labeled: “Byz June ’38”, “Byz ’38”, “Byz Fall ’37”, “Byz”, “Potters Kiln ’38”, “Mosques Castles …”, “Play Garden 2 Pottery”, “Salamis Corinth”, “Threshing ?”, 4 are not labeled.

BOX (Flat) 4: Janet Morgan’s Photographs

Folder 1:  8 B/W photographs. All labeled, most of Patmos. “Ethnographic Board, Smithsonian
            Building” stamped on some. Very curled. (One dated 1938)
Folder 2:  9 B/W labeled photographs of Greece (1936)
Folder 3:  31 B/W labeled photographs of Greece (1928–1960)
Folder 4:  13 B/W labeled photographs of Greece (Two dated 1936)
Folder 5:  Duplicates of photographs in Box 1 Folder 10
Folder 6:  6 B/W labeled photographs of Greece (1937–1938)
Folder 7:  15 B/W unlabled photographs of Greece(?) (nd)
Folder 8:  13 mounted B/W mostly labeled photographs of Greece. Were in envelope “old
            Greek Pictures (some used in ‘This is Greece’ World War II)” (nd)
Folder 9:  6 mounted B/W labeled photographs of Greece (nd)
Folder 10:  Drawing of “seal” labeled “Library of Gladys R. Davidson” (nd)
Folder 11:  2 mounted B/W photographs of Greece (nd)
Folder 12:  2 mounted B/W photographs of Greece (nd)
Folder 13:  4 B/W imprinted photographs; one labeled “Thera Apr 29” another “Delos Apr 29”
Folder 14:  2 B/W imprinted photographs of Greece? (nd)
Folder 15:  4 B/W imprinted photographs of Greece; numbered with written description (1929?)
Folder 16:  16 B/W imprinted photographs of Greece?; some labeled Gortyn, Crete, Lesbos,
              Knossos, Melos, Mt. Ida (1929)

The collection was processed by Lizabeth Ward Papageorgiou in 2007.

For more information, please contact the Archivist:
Dr. Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan
The American School of Classical Studies at Athens
54 Souidias Street, Athens 106 76, Greece,
phone: 210-723-6313 Fax: 210-725-0584
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