Hellenic Collections at Princeton
The Princeton University Firestone Library is one of the world's largest open-stack libraries, with over 5,000,000 volumes, 5,000,000 manuscripts, and 30,000 current serials. It is especially strong in the humanities, with outstanding collections in classics, classical philosophy, classical archaeology, and Byzantine art. Firestone Library and The Art Museum are depositories of unique research collections of classical, Late Antique, and Byzantine art; Greek papyri; Greek, Roman, and Byzantine coins; and Byzantine manuscripts. The Department of Art and Archaeology houses the archives of the Princeton Mount Sinai, Sardis, Morgantina, and Antioch expeditions, as well as excellent collections of photographs and architectural drawings of Mount Athos. The Index of Christian Art is a comprehensive resource for the study of Western Medieval and Byzantine iconography. Faculty, students, and visiting scholars also have access to the distinguished collections of the Princeton Theological Seminary and the Institute for Advanced Study.
For information on Princeton's collections of classical Greek and Byzantine art, please refer to Brunhilde S. Ridgway et al., Greek Sculpture in The Art Museum, Princeton University: Greek Originals, Roman Copies, and Variants, Princeton, 1994, and Slobodan Ćurčić and Archer St. Clair, eds., Byzantium at Princeton: Byzantine Art and Archaeology at Princeton University, Princeton, 1986.
Modern Greek Collections and Archives
The Modern Greek Collections include over 20,000 volumes and more than 250 current periodical titles covering all aspects of post-Byzantine Greek culture, with special strength in modern Greek literature. The Modern Greek archives comprise research collections focusing on several areas: incunabula and early Greek editions of classical authors; early travellers to Greece and the Levant; Anglo-American literary philhellenism; modern Greek literature and theater; modern Greek politics; and United States-Greek relations. Major recent acquisitions include: the modern Greek libraries (first and inscribed editions of works of modern Greek literature) and papers of Kay Cicellis, Adonis Decavalles, Kimon Friar, Edmund Keeley, John Lehmann, Eleni Vacalo, and Mario Vitti. These collections include manuscripts and correspondence of Nicolas Calas, Demetrius Capetanakis, Odysseus Elytis, Nikos Kazantzakis, Pantelis Prevelakis, Yannis Ritsos, George Seferis, and other major Greek, English, and American authors; the papers of Margaret Papandreou; the Alison Frantz photographic collection; the Richard Burgi collection of modern Greek theater playbills; the archive of the Constantinople metochion of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem; the Constantine Simitis, Antonio Solaro, and Addie Pollis collections on the Greek military dictatorship; the Alexander Xydis library and papers; the Nancy Crawshaw collection on Cyprus; and the Karl T. Rankin, Lincoln MacVeagh, and James Hugh Keeley diplomatic archives.
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