Founded in 1881, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens provides graduate students and scholars from a consortium of about 190 North American colleges and universities a base for research and study in Greece. These institutions, with programs in classical archaeology, classics, linguistic studies, Byzantine, Ottoman, and modern Greek studies, archaeological sciences, political science, history, and other social sciences, regard the outstanding academic programs, excavations, libraries and other facilities of the American School as extensions of their own institutions’ graduate programs. The School's academic program for postgraduate students is viewed by many institutions as a requirement for the well-rounded Ph.D. in Greek area studies. In fact, many of today’s faculty in American universities in these core disciplines are alumni/ae of the School, a fact that accounts for the large number of consortia institutions.
In addition to its mission as a teaching institution, the American School enables students and scholars research opportunities in two world-class libraries, its rich archives, and a cutting-edge science laboratory. These facilities within the School cover topics related to Greece and the Mediterranean in art, history, classics, and archaeology, as well as scientific analysis of excavated material.
Blegen Library is one of the world's premier research libraries for classical studies and archaeology. Its collection, covering aspects of Greek civilization from earliest prehistory to late antiquity, includes more than 118,000 books and periodicals.
The Gennadius Library houses 145,000 titles of rare books and bindings, research materials, manuscripts, archives, and works of art that illuminate Hellenism, Greece, and neighboring civilizations from antiquity to modern times. Rare maps of the Mediterranean, early editions of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey and a laurel wreath belonging to Lord Byron are just some of the unique items to be found here.
The Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science operates on our main campus in a new state-of-the-art facility inaugurated in 2016. The Lab serves the interests of archaeological scholars both in Greece and abroad. Its research and cutting-edge scientific analysis, through over 150 sponsored projects to date, have helped us better understand the past.
The Archives of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) comprise administrative records (AdmRec) concerning the function and mission of the School, excavation records (ExcRec) from American archaeological projects in Greece, and personal papers of American archaeologists working in Greece. They also contain the personal papers of many leading historical and cultural figures in Greece in the 19th and 20th century, among them Heinrich Schliemann, the excavator of Troy and Mycenae, the Dragoumis family, Nobel Prize winners poets George Seferis and Odysseus Elytis, novelists Elias Venezis, George Theotokas, Stratis Myrivilis, and Margarita Lymberaki, composer and conductor Dimitris Mitropoulos, and Constantine Tsatsos, former President of the Hellenic Republic.