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Introduction to the Archives and Special Collections of the Department of Classics

The holdings of the Archives and Special Collections of the Department of Classics at the University of Cincinnati consist primarily of records relating to the department’s archaeological explorations over the past several decades. In addition to excavation records from famous sites such as the Palace of Nestor at Pylos and Troy, the Archives also houses records from numerous surveys in Greece and Albania.

Beyond excavation and survey records, the Archives contain personal papers and memorabilia of past members of the department, such as Carl W. Blegen, as well as individuals closely affiliated with the department, such Marion Rawson and Emmett L. Bennett, Jr. We also hold a number of original drawings and paintings by Piet de Jong who often worked with Carl W. Blegen at numerous sites.

For information regarding the collections of the Archives, please contact the archivist, Jeff Kramer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Collections – Excavations and Surveys

The excavation and survey records for the Archives and Special Collections of the Department of Classics are listed herein alphabetically by location. Entries contain information regarding the principal individuals involved in creating the records in the collection, the principal dates that the majority of the records were created, a scope and content note for the collection, and information regarding access to the collection. If a finding-aid is currently available, a link is provided.

 

Keos/Kea (Caskey) Excavation

Accession Code: EXV-KEOS/KEA (CASKEY)
Principal Creators: John L. Caskey (1908-1981), Elizabeth M. Schofield (1935-2005), and Elizabeth T. Blackburn
Title: Keos/Kea (Caskey) Excavation Records
Principal Dates: 1960-1970, 1981-2005
Principal Language: English
Scope and Content: John L. Caskey led excavations and study on the island of Keos/Kea at the sites of Ayia Irini and Kephala from 1960-1970 under the auspices of both the University of Cincinnati and of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. Investigation of the site and excavated material continued under the direction of Elizabeth M. Schofield until 1987.
Series (and subseries) in the Keos/Kea (Caskey) Excavation Records include: Administrative Records and Correspondence (Series I containing permits and grants; correspondence; material permission requests; director’s notebooks and guest notebooks; and excavation accounts), Excavation Records (Series II containing notebooks; finds records; illustrative and photographic records; unpublished reports/records; and other excavation records), Studies and Publications (Series III containing publication plans and assignments; original manuscripts submitted for publication; specialist studies; other records related to studies and publications), Other Records (Series IV), and Artifactual Materials (Series V containing samples).
Access: The collection is unprocessed but is available as is only per written permission from the Director of Record of the Keos/Kea Excavations. Please contact the archivist for further information.
Citation: University of Cincinnati, Archives and Special Collections of the Department of Classics, Keos/Kea (Caskey) Excavation Records
Notes (1): For additional information about the Keos/Kea excavations, see also the collections in the Archives of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens (the Archives in general are here while the Keos/Kea Excavations Finding-Aid is here).
Notes (2): Standards applied in the finding-aid conform to DACS (2013, revised March 2015 and posted here).
Finding-Aid: A finding-aid for this entry is in preparation.

 

Keos/Kea Survey

Accession Code: SUV-KEOS/KEA
Principal Creators: Jack L. Davis and John F. Cherry
Title: Keos/Kea Survey Records
Principal Dates: 1983-1987
Principal Language: English
Scope and Content: The Keos/Kea Survey was a multifaceted project organized by Jack L. Davis and John F. Cherry in 1983. Co-directed by Eleni Mantzourani and conducted under the auspices of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, the project applied intensive archaeological surface survey techniques to portions of the island of Keos/Kea for the purposes of documenting and explaining changes in the history of prehistoric and historic settlement and land use. The surrounding natural environment was also investigated.
Series in the Keos/Kea Survey Records include: Administrative Records and Correspondence (Series I containing permits and grants; correspondence), Survey Records (Series II containing notebooks; forms and find records; illustrative and photographic records), Studies and Publications (Series III containing other records related to studies and publications), Other Records (Series IV), and Artifactual Materials (Series V containing samples).
Access: The collection has been processed and is available only per written permission from the Director of Record of the Keos/Kea Survey. Please contact the archivist for further information.
Citation: University of Cincinnati, Archives and Special Collections of the Department of Classics, Keos/Kea Survey Records
Notes (1): Standards applied in the finding-aid conform to DACS (2013, revised March 2015 and posted here).
Finding-Aid: For the current version of the finding-aid, last edited in October 2016, click here.

 

Mallakastra Regional Archaeological Project (MRAP)

Accession Code: SUV-MRAP
Principal Creators: Jack L. Davis and Sharon R. Stocker
Title: Mallakastra Regional Archaeological Project (MRAP) Survey Records
Principal Dates: 1996, 1998-2003
Principal Language: English
Scope and Content: The Mallakastra Regional Archaeological Project (MRAP) was a multi-disciplinary and diachronic archaeological expedition initiated by Sharon R. Stocker, Jack L. Davis, and Muzafer M. Korkuti in 1996. The primary aim of the project was to investigate the history of prehistoric and historic settlement and land use in central Albania focused on the area around the Greek colony of Apollonia. The project employed intensive archaeological surface survey techniques while investigating the surrounding natural environment.
Series in the Mallakastra Regional Archaeological Project (MRAP) Survey Records include: Administrative Records and Correspondence (Series I containing permits and grants; correspondence; survey accounts), Survey Records (Series II containing notebooks; forms and find records; illustrative and photographic records; unpublished reports/records; other survey records), Studies and Publications (Series III containing publication plans and assignments; specialist studies; other records related to studies and publications), Other Records (Series IV), and Artifactual Materials (Series V containing samples and artifacts).
Access: The collection has been processed but is closed pending publication. Please contact the archivist for further information.
Citation: University of Cincinnati, Archives and Special Collections of the Department of Classics, Mallakastra Regional Archaeological Project (MRAP) Survey Records
Notes (1): Standards applied in the finding-aid conform to DACS (2013, revised March 2015 and posted here).
Notes (2): For the MRAP Website, click here.

Finding-Aid: The current version of the finding-aid is unavailable pending publication.

 

Nemea Valley Archaeological Project Archaeological Survey (NVAP-AS)

Accession Code: SUV-NVAP-AS
Principal Creators: Jack L. Davis and John F. Cherry
Title: Nemea Valley Archaeological Project Archaeological Survey (NVAP-AS) Survey Records
Principal Dates: 1983, 1984-1989
Principal Language: English
Scope and Content: The Nemea Valley Archeological Project Archaeological Survey (NVAP-AS) was a multifaceted project organized in 1983 by James C. Wright and co-directed by John F. Cherry, Jack L. Davis, and Eleni Mantzourani. Conducted under the auspices of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, the primary aim of the project was to investigate, document, and explain changes in the history of prehistoric and historic settlement and land use within approximately 80 square kilometers centered around the Nemea Valley. The project employed intensive archaeological surface survey techniques while investigating the surrounding natural environment.
Series (and subseries) in the Nemea Valley Archaeological Project Archaeological Survey (NVAP-AS) Survey Records include: Administrative Records and Correspondence (Series I containing permits and grants; correspondence; and survey accounts), Survey Records (Series II containing notebooks; forms; illustrative and photographic records; unpublished reports/records; and other survey records), Studies and Publications (Series III containing publication plans and assignments; original manuscripts submitted for publication; specialist studies; other records related to studies and publications), and Other Records (Series IV).
Access: The collection has been processed and is available only per written permission from the Director of Record of the NVAP-AS Survey. Please contact the archivist for further information.
Citation: University of Cincinnati, Archives and Special Collections of the Department of Classics, Nemea Valley Archaeological Project Archaeological Survey (NVAP-AS) Survey Records
Notes (1): Standards applied in the finding-aid conform to DACS (2013, revised March 2015 and posted here).
Notes (2): For the NVAP-AS Website, click here.
Finding-Aid: For the current version of the finding-aid, last edited in October 2016, click here.

 

Pylos (Blegen) Excavation

Accession Code: EXV-PYLOS (BLEGEN)
Principal Creators: Carl W. Blegen (1886-1971) and Marion Rawson (1899-1980)
Title: Pylos (Blegen) Excavation Records
Principal Dates: 1939, 1952-1969
Principal Language: English
Scope and Content: Carl W. Blegen led the excavation of the site known as the Palace of Nestor (Epano Englianos) in 1939 (with K. Kourouniotis) and from 1952-1966 (with S. Marinatos) under the auspices of both the University of Cincinnati and the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. Subsequent study by him and his team, particularly Marion Rawson, continued in the years 1967-1969 (also with S. Marinatos).

Series (and subseries) in the Pylos (Blegen) Excavation Records include: Administrative Records and Correspondence (Series I containing correspondence; material permission requests; and excavation accounts), Excavation Records (Series II containing notebooks; finds records; illustrative and photographic records; and unpublished reports/records), Studies and Publications (Series III containing original manuscripts submitted for publication; specialist studies; guide to the Palace of Nestor materials; other records related to studies and publications), Pylos Tablets Records (Series IV containing administrative records and correspondence; other records), Other Records (Series V), and Artifactual Materials (Series VI containing samples and artifacts).
Access: The collection has been partially processed and is available only per written permission from the Director of Record of the Pylos Excavations. Please contact the archivist for further information.
Citation: University of Cincinnati, Archives and Special Collections of the Department of Classics, Pylos (Blegen) Excavation Records
Notes (1): For additional information about the Pylos excavations, see also Blegen, Carl William under Collections – Personal Papers and Memorabilia. For additional information regarding the Pylos tablets, see Bennett, Emmett Leslie, Jr. under Collections – Personal Papers and MemorabiliaAlso see the collection in the University of Cincinnati Archives and Rare Book Library (available here) regarding Carl W. Blegen. Finally, also see the collections in the Archives of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens (the Archives in general are here while the Pylos Excavations Finding-Aid is here).
Notes (2): Standards applied in the finding-aid conform to DACS (2013, revised March 2015 and posted here).
Finding-Aid: For the current version of the finding-aid, last edited in October 2016, click here.

 

Pylos Regional Archaeological Project (PRAP)

Accession Code: SUV-PRAP
Principal Creators: Jack L. Davis and John Bennet
Title: Pylos Regional Archaeological Project (PRAP) Survey Records
Principal Dates: 1990-1997
Principal Language: English
Scope and Content: The Pylos Regional Archaeological Project (PRAP) was a multi-disciplinary, diachronic archaeological survey formally initiated in 1990 by Jack L. Davis. The primary aim of the project was to investigate the prehistoric and historic settlement and land use in western Messenia focused around the Bronze Age administrative center known as the Palace of Nestor. The project employed archaeological surface survey techniques while investigating the surrounding natural environment.
Series (and subseries) in the Pylos Regional Archaeological Project (PRAP) Survey Records include: Administrative Records and Correspondence (Series I containing permits and grants; correspondence; director’s notebooks and guest notebooks; and survey accounts), Survey Records (Series II containing notebooks; forms; illustrative and photographic records; photographs and slides; unpublished reports/records; and other survey records), Studies and Publications (Series III containing original manuscripts submitted for publication; Sandy Pylos), and Other Records (Series IV).
Access: The collection has been processed and is only available per written permission from the Director of Record of the PRAP Survey. Please contact the archivist for further information.
Citation: University of Cincinnati, Archives and Special Collections of the Department of Classics, Pylos Regional Archaeological Project (PRAP) Survey Records.
Notes (1): Standards applied in the finding-aid conform to DACS (2013, revised March 2015 and posted here).
Notes (2): For the PRAP Website, click here.
Finding-Aid: For the current version of the finding-aid, last edited in October 2016, click here.

 

Troy (Blegen) Excavation

Accession Code: EXV-TROY (BLEGEN)
Principal Creators: Carl W. Blegen (1886-1971), Marion Rawson (1899-1980), and John L. Caskey (1908-1981)
Title: Troy (Blegen) Excavation Records
Principal Dates: 1931-1968
Principal Language: English
Scope and Content: Carl W. Blegen led the excavation of the site identified as Troy (Hisarlık) from 1932-1938 under the auspices of the University of Cincinnati. The concession was obtained in 1931 by William T. Semple from the Turkish Ministry of Culture. Among the team members was Wilhelm Dörpfeld, who had excavated at the site previously.
Series (and subseries) in the Troy (Blegen) Excavation Records include: Administrative Records and Correspondence (Series I containing permits and permit-related records; correspondence; director’s notebooks and guest notebooks; and excavation accounts), Excavation Records (Series II containing notebooks; finds records; illustrative and photographic records; unpublished reports/records; and other excavation records), Studies and Publications (Series III containing publication plans and assignments; original manuscripts submitted for publication; specialist studies; other records related to studies and publications), Other Records (Series IV), and Artifactual Materials (Series V containing samples).
Access: The collection has been partially processed and is available only per written permission from the Director of Record of the Troy Excavations. Please contact the archivist for further information.
Citation: University of Cincinnati, Archives and Special Collections of the Department of Classics, Troy (Blegen) Excavation Records
Notes (1): For additional information about the Troy excavations, see also Blegen, Carl William under Collections – Personal Papers and Memorabilia. Also see the collection in the University of Cincinnati Archives and Rare Book Library (available here) regarding Carl W. Blegen. Finally, also see the Carl William Blegen Papers in the Archives of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens (available here).
Notes (2):
Standards applied in the finding-aid conform to DACS (2013, revised March 2015 and posted here).
Finding-Aid: For the current version of the finding-aid, last edited in April 2017, click here.

 

Troy (Rose) Excavation

Accession Code: EXV-TROY (ROSE)
Principal Creators: C. Brian Rose, Manfred Korfmann (1942-2005), and Getzel Cohen (1942-2015)
Title: Troy (Rose) Excavation Records
Principal Dates: 1988-2002
Principal Language: English
Scope and Content: C. Brian Rose led the excavations and study of the post-Bronze Age areas at the site identified as Troy (Hisarlık) from 1988-2002 under the auspices of the University of Cincinnati. The excavation was co-directed by Manfred Korfmann from the University of Tübingen.
Series (and subseries) in the Troy (Rose) Excavation Records include: Administrative Records and Correspondence (Series I containing permits and grants; correspondence; material permission requests; director’s notebooks and guest notebooks; and excavation accounts), Excavation Records (Series II containing notebooks; finds records; illustrative and photographic records; unpublished reports/records; and other excavation records), Studies and Publications (Series III containing publication plans and assignments; original manuscripts submitted for publication; specialist studies; other records related to studies and publications), and Other Records (Series IV).
Access: The collection is unprocessed but is available as is only per written permission from the Director of Record of the Troy Excavations. Please contact the archivist for further information.
Citation: University of Cincinnati, Archives and Special Collections of the Department of Classics, Troy (Rose) Excavation Records
Notes (1): Standards applied in the finding-aid conform to DACS (2013, revised March 2015 and posted here).
Finding-Aid: A finding-aid for this entry is in preparation.

 

Collections – Personal Papers and Memorabilia

The personal papers and memorabilia for the Archives and Special Collections of the Department of Classics are listed herein alphabetically by individual. Entries contain information regarding the principle individuals referenced in the collection, the principal dates that the majority of the records were created, a scope and content note for the collection, and information regarding access to the collection. If a finding-aid is currently available, a link is provided.

 

Bennett, Emmett Leslie, Jr. (1918-2011)

Principle Creators: Emmett L. Bennett, Jr. and Carl W. Blegen
Principle Date(s): 1939-2004
Scope and Content: Correspondence from and to Emmett L. Bennett, Jr.. Holdings are diverse in type and contain correspondence, photographic material, notebook copies and transcriptions from Pylos, glossaries, and concordances. Other memorabilia includes Bennett's 2001 Gold Medal from the Archaeological Institute of America.
Access: Restricted. Please contact the archivist for information.
Finding-Aid: For the current version of the finding-aid, last edited in November 2016, click here.

 

Blegen, Carl William (1887-1971)

Principle Creators: John L. Caskey, Marion Rawson, Cedric Boulter, and Alan J.B. Wace
Principle Date(s): 1907-1967
Scope and Content: Letters from, to, and regarding Carl W. Blegen. Records are diverse in type, and exist in English, Greek, French, and German. Two letters – one written in Swedish and one written in Norwegian – also exist in translation. Correspondence of various types, including letters and postcards, exist along with three passports issued in 1933, 1947, and 1951. Other memorabilia includes Blegen’s personal camera with accompanying tripod and a copy of his Ph.D. dissertation on Korakou.
Access: Restricted. Please contact the archivist for information.
Finding-Aid: A document (PDF) with descriptions of each letter may be found here.

 

de Jong, Piet (1887-1967)

Principle Creator: Piet de Jong
Principle Date(s): 1928-1966
Scope and Content: Drawings and watercolors exist from the sites of: Ayioryitika, Gonia, Hymettos, Kea, Nemea, Prosymna (Argive Heraion), Pylos, Troy, Yiriza, and Zygouries. Dorothy Cox and L. Holland are also listed as artists of certain items. Both pencil drawings and watercolors exist.
Access: Restricted. Please contact the archivist for information.
Finding-Aid: A document (PDF) with descriptions of each item may be found here.

 

Rawson, Marion (1899-1980)

Principle Creator: Marion Rawson
Principal Date(s): 1926, 1928-1929

Scope and Content: Three diaries from 1926, 1928, and 1929 document Marion Rawson’s travels overseas. In addition, there are her two passports issued in 1926 and 1928.
Access: Restricted. Please contact the archivist for information.
Finding-Aid: For the current version of the finding-aid, click here.