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COLLECTION Identifier: BER-19

Berenson Library antiquities photograph collection


Includes photographs of Prehistoric, Egyptian, and Classical Antiquities that are part of the Berenson Library core photo collection.


  • 1880-1959
  • Majority of material found within 1890 - 1940

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English and Italian.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for materials resides with the creators of the items in question, unless otherwise designated.


4,586 photographic prints (30 archive boxes) : b&w
29.5 linear feet
42 negatives (photographs)
The collection consists of images of antiquities in Europe, Middle East, and North Africa. Most of the photographs show temples, statues, mosaics, and ceramics in Egypt, Greece, and Italy as they were in the first half of the 20th century. A significant number of photos documents objects and archaeological sites in Athens, Istanbul, Naples, and Rome. Other images of special interest depict Theban tombs in the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens.


The collection is organized in five series: 1. Prehistoric, 2. Egyptian, 3. Aegean civilizations, 4. Etruscan, and 5. Greco-Roman. Series 3, 4, and 5 are organized in subseries. Files within series and subseries are arranged alphabetically by the name of the city.

Processing Information

Processed by Spyros Koulouris
Link to catalog
Berenson Library antiquities photograph collection, 1880-1959: A Finding Aid
Biblioteca Berenson
August 08, 2017
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Biblioteca Berenson, I Tatti - The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies Repository

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Florence 50135 Italy
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