A Directory of Archives useful for history of Archaeology Research.
For the 100th anniversary of excavations in Mycenae, which began in 1920, Cambridge Digital Library is hosting the digitised archive of the historic British School at Athens led excavations at the site between the 1920s and the 1950s.
Scope: photographs, drawings, notebooks, plans, excavation records
Digital Mycenae webpage: https://www.cam.ac.uk/stories/digitalmycenae
Mycenae Archive via Cambridge Library Online:
Transcribed diaries and field reports from 1930s excavations at Antioch, conducted by the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. The archive relating to these excavations also includes photographs and films, find cards, drawings, correspondence.
Access the transcribed reports and diaries here.
Browse document sets here.
Project website: vrc.princeton.edu/researchphotographs/s/antioch/page/introduction
Saliou, Catherine. Historie Urbaine de l'Orient romain tardif.[online]
Founded in 1881, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens continues to be an integral part of archaeological research in Greece, along with the other 'foreign' schools in Athens. The ASCSA has extensive archival collections, including the personal papers of staff and students, excavation records, administrative history records, and photographs.
Archive webpage: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/research/personal-papers-and-archives
Downloadable annual reports (from 1881): https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/ascsa-annual-reports
Explore the history of the School through "From the Archivist's Notebook" the blog of School archivist Natalia Vogiekoff-Brogan.
The Historic Environment Image Resource (HEIR) project at the School of Archaeology, University of Oxford is digitising historic lantern slides, dating from the late 19th to mid-20th centuries, in various collections in the University. Photographs cover a wide geographical area. An app developed in conjunction with the digitisation project enables users to upload their own current photographs of the sites represented in the lantern slides, and help HEIR archivists to create keywords for the digitised images.
Image database: http://heir.arch.ox.ac.uk
Project blog: https://heiroxford.wordpress.com/
Founded in 1879, the Hellenic Society continues to support research in the classical world. With subscriptions, it helped to finance travels and explorations into Greece and Asia Minor in the 1880s and provided grants for some of the early British School at Athens students.
The Society has made some of its archive relating to its founder George Macmillan, and one of the archaeologists it first supported, William Mitchell Ramsay, available online. The Society also holds the photographic collection of WJ Stillman, comprising historic images of Greece.
Digital Collections: https://www.hellenicsociety.org.uk/about-us/george-a-macmillan-lettres/
Doyle, Richella. 2009. The Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies Archive of George A. Macmillan's Personal Papers. Archaeological Reports 56: 203-218.
Founded in 1901, the British School at Rome joined the British School at Athens (est. 1886) as a centre for archaeologists, architects, artists and travellers to engage with the archaeology, architecture, art and history of Rome, Italy and beyond. Originally housed in the Palazzo Odescalchi, in 1916 the BSR moved to its current premises, a converted Edwin Lutyens building originally designed as the British Pavilion in the 1911 International Exhibition.
One early BSR director was Thomas Ashby, who alongside Assistant Director Eugénie Sellers Strong presided over the School in early 20th century. The archaeologist John Ward-Perkins, Director of the BSA just after WW2, also made an important contribution to archaeology in Italy through field surveys.
Archive projects include "Thomas Ashby and the First World War" and "Ashby and the Abruzzo".
Scope of collections:
Photographs, documents (inc. School administrative records, correspondence), maps, prints
Archives webpage: http://www.bsr.ac.uk/library/archive
Digital Collections website: www.bsr.ac.uk/library/digital-collections; http://www.bsrdigitalcollections.it/
Alessandra Giovenco, Archivist
Dyson, S. 2001. Eugenie Sellers Strong: Portrait of an Archaeologist.
Wallace-Hadrill, A. 2001. The British School at Rome: One Hundred Years. London: British School at Rome.
Founded in 1886, the British School at Athens (BSA) continues to be a centre for the study of archaeology, art and architecture of ancient Greece and the Greek world. The BSA has an extensive archive including administrative records of the School, records of the School's many excavations, and personal papers. A recent addition to the School's Digital Collections is the 1887 diary of Emily Penrose, daughter of the School's first Director Francis Cranmer Penrose, charting her time in Athens.
Archive webpage: www.bsa.ac.uk/about-us/archive/
Digital Collections: https://digital.bsa.ac.uk/