University of Texas, Alexander Architectural Archive

Lucy Shoe Meritt:

An Inventory of her Collection, Including Manuscripts, Original Drawings, Plates, and Photographs, 1929-1970, 1995-1997

Collection Summary

Creator:Meritt, Lucy Shoe, 1906-2003
Title:Lucy Shoe Meritt collection
Dates: 1929-1970, 1995-1997
Abstract:Lucy T. Shoe Meritt began her career as a student, teacher, and scholar of classical archaeology and architecture in 1915. The collection consists of documents reflecting her many publications (at different stages of publication), drawings separate from publications, correspondence, personal papers, photographic material (including slides) separate from publications, oral history audiocassettes, and miscellaneous other material.
Quantity: drawings, manuscripts, photographic material, audiocassettes
Language:Materials are in English.
Repository:Alexander Architectural Archives, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

Biographical Sketch of Lucy Taxis Shoe Meritt

Lucy T. Shoe Meritt began her career as a student, teacher, and scholar of classical archaeology and architecture in 1915, when at the age of nine she saw the stereoptical views of Pompeii in the Memorial Hall Museum in Philadelphia.

Her interest in the classics was heightened at college where she was trained by her teachers to "see what you look at" and to ask "what is the significance." She received her bachelor's degree from Bryn Mawr College in 1927, her master's in 1928 and her doctorate in 1935.

She studied at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens from 1929-1934. It was during those years that she visited many classical sites in Greece and Asia Minor and made the drawings of the mouldings that appeared in her book, Profiles of Greek Mouldings, published in 1936.

She taught at Mount Holyoke College from 1937-1950. As a Fellow at the American Academy in Rome in 1937 and 1950, she investigated architectural mouldings in Italy. Her research was later published in two volumes, Profiles of Western Greek Mouldings (1952) and Etruscan and Republican Roman Mouldings (1965). She worked at the Roman site of Cosa in Tuscany and at the Greek site of Serra Orlando (Morgantina) in Sicily.

When the American School of Classical Studies in Athens established a publications office at Princeton, she was named Editor of Publications, a post she held from 1950-1972.

In 1972 Dr. Meritt returned to the family home in Austin, Texas and was a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin from 1973 until her death in 2003.

She authored numerous publications and held many offices in professional organizations. She received numerous awards and honors, including honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from Brown University and Hamilton College.

She was one of the world's foremost authorities on classical archaeology with particular reference to Greek, Etruscan, and Roman architecture, specifically profiles of mouldings. Her books and articles are considered definitive studies.

Virginia Phillips

September 11, 1996

Biographical sketch updated November 19, 2003.

Lucy Taxis Shoe Meritt: Vita

Born in Camden, New Jersey, August 7, 1906

Married Benjamin Dean Meritt, 1964

Philadelphia High School for Girls, 1919-1923

Bryn Mawr College, 1923-1929

Bryn Mawr College, B.A. 1927; M A. 1928; Ph. D. 1935. Undergraduate majors in Department of Greek and Department of Classical Archaeology

American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Special Fellow in Archeology, September 1929-July 1934 (trip to Egypt December 1929-January 1930, visited Constantinople May 1930, returned to United States July-August 1931, visited British and Berlin Pergamon Museums September 1931); 1969-1970 (as wife of Annual Professor)

Prepared manuscript of Profiles of Greek Mouldings for publication by American School of Classical Studies and for acceptance as dissertation for Doctor of Philosophy degree from Bryn Mawr College, August 1934-October 1935

Smith College, Cataloger of slides and photographs, Department of Art, November 1935-June 1936

American Academy in Rome; Fellow, September 1936-June 1937; Research Fellow, September 1949-June 1950; and worked out from Academy April-August 1957

Mount Holyoke College, Assistant Professor, 1937-1941; Associate Professor, 1941-1950

Institute for Advanced Study, Annual Membership, 1948-1949; Member, 1950-1973

American School of Classical Studies, Editor of Publications, Princeton, New Jersey, 1950-1972

The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Classics, Visiting Professor, 1972-1973; Visiting Scholar, 1973-2003

Died in Austin, Texas, April 13, 2003

Scope and Content of the collection

The Lucy Shoe Meritt collection (1929-1970, 1995-1997) consists of documents reflecting her many publications (at different stages of publication), drawings separate from publications including the original drawings of her work for Profiles of Greek Mouldings, correspondence, personal papers, photographic material separate from publications, including slides, oral history audiocassettes, and miscellaneous other material. Her tape recorded recollections, made between 1995 and 1997, of her adventurous years travelling to sites in Greece and Italy mainly in the 1930s to 1950s are a resource for archaeologists as well as social historians. Mrs. Meritt also speaks in these recordings of other important events throughout her life and of the people she knew, and of technical matters concerning her drawings.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the University of Texas Online Catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Meritt, Lucy Shoe, 1906-2003
Architecture, Etruscan
Architecture, Roman
American School of Classical Studies at Athens--History
Greece--Study and teaching--History--20th century
Decoration and ornament, Architectural
Document types
Architectural drawings
Manuscripts for publication
Personal papers
Slides (photographs)

Administrative Information


Lucy Shoe Meritt collection, the Alexander Architectural Archives, University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin

Processing Information

Drawings processed December 1995 through August 1996; other material processed December 1995 through August 1996. Processing by Dodd, Sparrow, Patel. This collection is not completely processed. Please see Archives staff for more information.

Other Finding Aids

Unpublished inventory in Archive.

References to works by and about Lucy Shoe Meritt

Works by Lucy Shoe Meritt

"Architectural Mouldings from Murlo," Studi Etruschi 38 (1970): 13-25.

"Architectural Mouldings of Doura-Europos," Berytus 9 (1948): 1-40.

"The Athenian Ionic Capital." Studies in the History of Art 1993. 43 (1993): [314]-325. Illus.

"Athenian Ionic Capitals from the Athenian Agora," Hesperia 63 (1996): 121-174.

Etruscan & Republican Roman Mouldings, Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome 28 (Rome: AAR, 1965).

"The Geographical Distribution of Greek and Roman Ionic Bases," Hesperia 38 (1969): 186-204.

"Greek Mouldings of Kos & Rhodes," Hesperia 19 (1950): 338-69.

History of the American School of Classical Studies, at Athens 1939-1980 (Princeton: American School of Classical Studies, 1984).

Profiles of Greek Mouldings. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1936.

Profiles of Western Greek Mouldings, American Academy in Rome Papers & Monographs 14 (Rome: AAR, 1952).

"The Roman Ionic Base in Corinth," in Essays in Memory of Karl Lehmann, Marsyas, suppl. 1 (1964): 300-303. Athens, 1984.

"Some Ionic Architectural Fragments from the Athenian Agora," Hesperia, suppl. 20 (1982): 82-92.

Works about Lucy Shoe Meritt

Edlund-Berry, Ingrid. "Lucy T. Shoe Meritt FC'37, FC'50, August 7, 1906 - April 13, 2003," Society of Fellows News, American Academy in Rome, Fall (2003): 22-23.

Obituary: Lucy Shoe Meritt, Austin American Statesman, 15 Apr. 2003: B4.

Porterfield, Billy. "Ancient Greece's romance, architecture seduce scholar," Austin American Statesman, 6 Dec. 1991: B1.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series A: Meritt Publications

Series Abstract
The Meritt Publications series consists of materials from various stages of writing and publication chiefly for Merritt's book Profiles of Greek Mouldings (1936), including holograph and typed manuscripts, original and publication-process drawings, photographs and proofs. Also present are original drawings, photographs and reprints for her articles "Architectural Mouldings of Doura-Europos" (1948), and "Greek Mouldings of Kos and Rhodes" (1950).
Profiles of Greek Mouldings. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1936
Handwritten manuscript with notes
11Ovolo Tables I-XVIII
4 drawings
3Cyma Reversa
(55 sheets)
4Cyma Recta
(14 sheets)
5Half Round (14 sheets) - Scotia
(5 sheets)
7Cavetto - Tables - Drips
8Text and Part II
9First Text
10original file folders
Original drawings, pencil on paper with notes
21Aigina, Amyklai, Argive Heraion
2Athens, Agora
3Athens, Akropolis-General, Athena Promachos, Erechtheion, Nike Temple, Parthenon, Propylaia Lower City-National Museum, Asklepieion, Dipylon, Hephaisteion
4Bassai, Chios, Constantinople Museum, Kyzikos, Magnesia, Miletos, Priene, Sardis, Miscellaneous Corinth
5Delos, Delphi, Didyma
6Eleusis, Ephesos, Epidauros, Eretria, Gortyn, Halai, Halikarnassos
7Kalydon, Kardaki and Kerkyra, Kephaleneia, Korone, Lykosoura, Magnesia, Messa, Messenia, Miletos, Monondendri, Myus, Maukratis, Nemea, Nikopolis
8Oita, Olympia, Olynthos, Oropos
9Pagasai, Paros, Pellene, Perachora, Pergamon, Pherai, Priene, Ptoon, Rhamnous
31Salonike, Samos, Sardis, Sidon Sarcophi (see also Constantinople), Sikinos, Smyrna Museum, Sounion, Stratos, Tegea, Thebes, Thera, Troy, Volo, Xanthos
2Original file folders.
Photographs (black and white, with envelopes)
424Plate A: 1-15, 1 unnumbered (16)
25Plate B: 4-17 (14)
26Plate C: 1-10 (10)
27Plate D: 1-12, 13, 13, 13 (15)
28Plate E: 2-4, 8-10 (6)
29Plate F: 1-12 (12)
F1[Profiles of Greek Mouldings?]: unidentified drawings
pencil on trace
ink on trace
Typed manuscript (incomplete)
41Table of contents, Preface, Abbreviations
3Ovolo I-XIX (Ovolo IX missing)
4Cyma Reversa
5Cyma Recta
6Hawksbeak I-VII (II missing)
7Cavetto I-XI
8Half Round I, Scotia, Geison Drips I and II
9Architectural Members, Conclusion, Vita
10[Plate list]
Different generations of book production
6 plate paste up (?)
empty envelopes - labeled with plate titles
"specimen text page showing final printed page Illustrative Plate and Text with table" using Ovolo IX as sample
typed manuscript: Profiles of Greek Mouldings: Part I - Types Tables, and Part II Architectural Members - Tables
carbon copy of typed manuscript: Profiles of Greek Mouldings: Part I - Types Tables, and Part II Architectural Members - Tables
Plate drawings in different stages (generally pencil, ink and transfers on paper)
7Plate I, Ovolo I Sixth Century, A. Origin in Half Round
Plate II, Ovolo I Sixth Century, B. Top Deeper than Bottom
Plate III, Ovolo I Sixth Century, C. Bottom Deeper than Top
Plate IV, Ovolo I Sixth Century, D. Round Type
Plate V, Ovolo I Sixth Century, E. Oval Type
Plate VI, Ovolo I Sixth Century, E. Oval Type
Plate VII, Ovolo I Sixth Century, E. Oval Type
Plate VIII, Ovolo II Alter and Statue Base Crown, A. Asiatic, Sixth and Fifth Centuries
Plate IX, Ovolo II Statue Base Crown, B. Mainland
Plate X, Ovolo III Asiatic Ionic Anta Capital, Sixth and Fifth Centuries
Plate XI, Ovolo III Asiatic Ionic Anta Capital, Forth to Second Centuries
Plate XII, Ovolo IV Ionic Epistyle and Frieze Crown, Fifth and Fourth Centuries
Plate XIII, Ovolo IV Ionic Epistyle and Frieze Crown, Fourth to Second Centuries
Plate XIV, Ovolo IV Crown of Cyma Recta Frieze
Plate XV, Ovolo IV Crown of Ionic Epistyle and Frieze-Pergamente Type (I-II), Ovolo V Epigranitis Sixth to Second Centuries (13-27)
Anta Capital Fifth to Second Centuries (1-7), Ovolo VIII Crown of Tympanum (8-14)
Plate XVII, Ovolo VI Anta Capital Second Century
Plate XVIII, Ovolo VII Corinthian Sima Sixth Century
Plate XIX, Ovolo VII Sima Fifth and Fourth Centuries
Plate XX, Ovolo IX Geison Crown (1-30), Ovolo X Geison Soffit (31-52), Ovolo XVI Door and Window Jamb (53-56)
Plate XXI, Ovolo XI Coffer (1-21), Ovolo XII Ceiling Beam (22-30), Ovolo XIII Abecus (32-36), Ovolo XIV Necking (31, 37-39)
Plate XXII, Ovolo XIII Abacus (1-3), Ovolo XIV Necking (4-9), Ovolo XV Door and Window Lintel (10-19)
Plate XXIII, Ovolo XVII Doric Epistyle and Frieze Crown (1-13), Ovolo XVIII Balustrade, Altar, and Podium Crowns on or Below Eye Level (14-29)
Plate XXIV, Ovolo XVIII Balustrade, Altar and Podium Crowns, on or Below Eye Level (1-13), Miscellaneus (14-22)
Plate XXV, Cyma Reversa I Sixth Century
Plate XXVI, Cyma Reversa I Sixth Century (1-4), Cyma Reversa II Frieze Crown (5-20), Cyma Reversa VIII Raking Sima (21), Cyma Reversa X Ceiling Beam (22, 23), Cyma Reversa XI Abacus (24-26)
Plate XXVII, Cyma Reversa III Ionic Epistyle Crown, Fifth to Second Centuries
Plate XXVIII, Cyma Reversa IV Epicranitis, Fifth to Second Centuries
Plate XXIX, Cyma Reversa V Anta Capital (1-19), Cyma Reversa VI Geison Crown (20-33), Fifth to Second Centuries
Plate XXX, Cyma Reversa VII Geison Soffit, Fifth and Fourth Centuries
Plate XXXI, Cyma Reversa VII Geison Soffit, Fourth and Third Centuries
Plate XXXII, Cyma Reversa VII Geison Soffit, Second Century
Plate XXXIII, Cyma Reversa VIII Sima, Fifth and Fourth Centuries
Plate XXXIV, Cyma Reversa IX Coffer (1-13), Cyma Reversa XII Lintel (14-19), Cyma Reversa XV Beam-Soffit (20-25), Cyma Reversa XVI Rebate Moulding (26-30), Fifth to Second Centuries
Plate XXXV, Cyma Reversa XIII Door and Window Jambs, Fifth to Second Centuries
Plate XXXVI, Cyma Reversa XIV Balustrade, Orthostate Podium, and Altar Crowns, Fifth to Second Centuries
Plate XXXVII, Cyma Reversa XVII Toechobate, Anta Base, Grill Base, Threshold, Fifth to Second Centuries
Plate XXXVIII, Cyma Reversa XVIII Altar and Sarcophagus Base, Sixth to Second Centuries
Plate XXXIX, Cyma Reversa XVII Anta Base (1-5), Cyma Reversa XIX Miscellaneous (6-13)
Plate XL, Cyma Recta I Sixth Century
Plate XLI, Cyma Recta II Sima, Fifth and Fourth Centuries
Plate XLII, Cyma Recta II Sima, Fourth Century
Plate XLIII, Cyma Recta II Sima, Third Century
Plate XLIV, Cyma Recta II Sima, Second Century
Plate XLV, Cyma Recta II Sima, Second Century
Plate XLVI, Cyma Recta II Sima, Second Century
Plate XLVII, Cyma Recta II Sima, Second Century
Plate XLVIII, Cyma Recta IV Miscellaneous Crowning Mouldings, Fifth to Second Centuries
Plate XLIX, Cyma Recta V Base Mouldings, Fifth to Second Centuries
Plate L, Hawksbeak I Origin and Sixth Century
Plate LI, Hawksbeak I Origin and Sixth Century
Plate LII, Hawksbeak II Raking Geison Soffit, Sixth and Fifth Centuries
Plate LIII, Hawksbeak III Doric Geison Crown, Sixth and Fifth Centuries
Plate LIV, Hawksbeak III Doric Geison Crown, Fifth and Fourth Centuries
Plate LV, Hawksbeak III Doric Geison Crown, Fourth to Second Centuries
Plate LVI, Hawksbeak IV Anta Capital, Sixth and Early Fifth Centuries
Plate LVII, Hawksbeak IV Anta Capital, Fifth Century
Plate LVIII, Hawksbeak IV Anta Capital, Fifth and Fourth Centuries
Plate LIX, Hawksbeak IV Anta Capital, Fourth to Second Centuries
Plate LX, Hawksbeak IV Anta Capital - Second Century (1-10), Hawksbeak V Epicranitis - Sixth and Fifth Centuries (11-23)
Plate LXI, Hawksbeak V Epicranitis - Fifth and Fourth Centuries (1-24), Hawksbeak VI Coffer (25-26) and Lintel (27)
Plate LXII, Cavetto I Sima, Seventh and Sixth Centuries
Plate LXIII, Cavetto - Miscellaneous
Plate LXIV, Half Round I Ionic Column Base A. Asiatic, Sixth Century
Plate LXV, Half Round I Ionic Column Base A. Asiatic, Sixth to Second Centuries
Plate LXVI, Half Round I Ionic Column Base B. Mainland, Fifth and Fourth Centuries
Plate LXVII, Half Round II Anta Base, Fifth to Second Centuries
Plate LXVIII, Half Round II Anta Base Second Century (1-7), Half Round III Toechobate Sixth Century (8-15)
Plate LXIX, Half Round III Toechobate, Sixth to Second Centuries
Plate LXX, Half Round III Toechobate (1), Half Round IV Altar and Statue Base (2-7), Half Round VI Jamb and Lintel (13-17), Half Round V Geison Crown (8-11) Soffit (12), Half Round VIII Necking (18)
Plate LXXI, Half Round VII Coffer Soffit (1-7), Half Round VIII Ionic Epistyle and Frieze Crown (8-15), Half Round IX Doric Frieze Crown (16-20), Scotia I Asiatic Ionic Column Base (22-27)
Plate LXXII, Scotia I Asiatic Ionic Column Base, Sixth Century (1-11), Second Century (12)
Plate LXXIII, Doric Geison Drip, Sixth to Fourth Centuries
Plate LXXIV, Doric Geison Drip - Fourth to Second Centuries (1-26), Ionic Geison Soffit - Sixth to Second Centuries (27-36)
Plate LXXV, Addenda
Plate LXXVI, Addenda: Naxos (1) Athens, Agora Excavations (2-6) Delphi (7) Olynthus (8-35)
Plate LXXVII, The Temple of Nemesis at Rhamnus
Plate LXXVIII, The Temple of Nika on the Acropolis at Athens
Plate LXXIX, Explanation of Proportions
8Proof sheets
"Architectural Mouldings of Dura-Europos", Berytus, IX, pp. 1-40, 1948
F1Drawings with label "Dura Mouldings LTS plates and original work sheets with complete set of profiles". All pencil on trace:
Plate I, Jambs
Plate IIa, Lintel - cyma reversa
Plate IIb, Lintel - ovolo
Plate III, Lintel - perg. [pergamene] ovolo
Plate IVa, Jamb Caps [capitals] - cyma reversa
Plate IVb, Jam Cap - ovolo
Plate V, Lintels - dura cyma reversa
Plate VI, Jamb Caps - dura cyma reversa [reprint of article identified as Lintels and Jamb Capitals - dura cyma reversa]
Plate VIIa, Plaster Frieze and Cornice [reprint of artice identified Plate VII as Jamb Capitals - dura cyma reversa]
Plate VIIIa, IX 190-199 Step Seats Altar [reprint of article identified Plate VIII as Plaster Wall Cornices and Plate IX as Seat Steps. Altar Crowns. Base Mouldings]
Plate VIIIb, IX 201-210 Base Mouldings [reprinte of article identified Plate VIII as Plaster Wall Cornices and Plate IX as Seat Steps. Altar Crowns. Base Mouldings]
Plate IX, Lintel and Jamb Combin. [reprint of article identified Plate IX as Seat Steps. Altar Crowns. Base Mouldings, and Plate X as Lintel and Jamb Combinations]
R1Drawings with label "Dura Mouldings, Original of Triumphal Arch, Prints of Redoubt Palace & Other Plates Published in Reports":
Plate XI lower part Triumphal Arch of Trajan. Ink on trace with transfers. (proof sheet)
"Greek mouldings of Kos and Rhodes", Hesperia, XIX, pp. 338-369, 1950
1346 original drawings for article
14Plates 108-109, 1 postcard, 11 black and white photos for article (Plate A 1-6; Plate B 1-6)
15Original folders
6Two sets of drawings: Pencil on trace paper (needs humidification), and Ink on paper with annotations in pencil for reproduction? (brittle and acid migration), for the article "Drawings of mouldings from Kos and Rhodes" published in Hesperia. Arrived in black cloth covered tie portfolio with a tea towel.
Plate I figures 1-7
Plate II figures 1-13
Plate III figures 1-13
Plate IV figures 1-14
Plate V figures 1-18
Plate VI figures 1-23
Plate VII figures 1-10
Plate VIII figures 1-19

Series B: Other Published Material

Series Abstract
The Other Published Material series consists of the first twelve issues of Excavations of the Athenian Agora, photo-illustrated publications produced by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens during Meritt's tenure as its Editor of Publications (1950-1972).
Excavations of the Athenian Agora. Picture book / American School of Classical Studies at Athens. No. 1- Princeton, N.J.: The School, 1958- (v.: ill; 23-31 cm.).
419no. 1 Pots and Pans of Classical Athens, (1958) 1964; no. 2 The Stoa of Attalos II in Athens, 1959; no. 3 Miniature Sculpture from the Athenian Agora, 1959.
20no. 4The Athenian Citizen, 1960; no.5 Ancient Portraits from the Athenian Agora, 1960; no. 6 Amphoras and the Ancient Wine Trade, 1961.
21no. 7The Middle Ages in the Athenian Agora, 1961; no. 8Garden Lore of Ancient Athens, 1963; no. 9 Lamps from the Athenian Agora, 1963.
22no. 10 Inscriptions from the Athenian Agora, 1966, no. 11 Waterworks in the Athenian Agora, 1968, no. 12 An Ancient Shopping Center: The Athenian Agora, 1971.

Series C: Drawings (separate from publications)

Series Abstract
The Drawings series contains drawings by Meritt in 1930 of the reconstruction of the Arsenal of Athens in Peiraieus and drawings of unknown date of Dura mouldings. See Series A: Meritt Publications for additional drawings.
8Reconstruction of Arsenal of Athens in Peiraieus [showing an exterior elevation with measurements], by Lucy T. Shoe. Based upon specifications given in inscription. Inscriptiones Graecae II, 1054. At American School of Classical Studies at Athens, January 1930. RC in front corner = Rhys Carpenter, Director of the School and professor of the course. Inscribed: "Good". Removed from acidic paper labeled "Arsenal of Philo".
Drawings on paper tablet Bloc papier d'arches pour l'aquarelle
Akropolis Lemnian Athena Base (pencil on trace)
Temple of Messa on Lesbos, fragment of top drum of exterior ionic column, bead.0431, Real.016 [measured drawings full scale with notes] (pencil on paper).
Unidentified mouldings (pencil on trace)
working drawings with notes (pencil on paper)
working drawings for [Temple of Messa on Lesbos crowning moulding of exterior ionic Geison] (ink on trace)
Temple of Messa on Lesbos crowning moulding of exterior ionic Geison [measured full scale with notes] (pencil on paper).
F2Drawings with label "Dura Mouldings, Original of Triumphal Arch, Prints of Redoubt Palace & Other Plates Published in Reports":
Redoubt Palace III, N. Windows
Redoubt Palace III, Lintels and Caps
Christian Bldg.
Redoubt Palace II, Mdgs.
Redoubt Palace II, Doric Order
Redoubt Palace III, Doric Column and Court Portico
Cyma Reversa Lintels and Jambs
Lintels and Jambs
R1Drawings with label "Dura Mouldings, Original of Triumphal Arch, Prints of Redoubt Palace & Other Plates Published in Reports":
Detweiler's Triumphal Arch Mouldings - Dura
Drawings with label "Dura Mouldings LTS Plates and original work sheets with complete set of Profiles":
Jamb Caps.
Lintels - Cavetto C.R.

Series D: Correspondence

Series Abstract
The Correspondence series contains correspondence related to Meritt's professional career.
418 from W.B. Dinsmoor, February 2, 1940

Series E: Personal Papers

Series Abstract
The Personal Papers series contains preservation copies of Meritt's diary and daily calendar.
Diary, 1929-1930 (preservation copy)
Daily reminder, 1949 (preservation copy)

Series F: Photographic Material

Series Abstract
The Photographic Material series contains prints and slides not related to publications. See Series A: Meritt Publications for photographs related to her published work.

Series F1: Photographic prints

423Photos of LSM in the field (photocopies)

Series F2: Slides

Series Abstract This series is not processed yet. Please consult Archives staff.

Series G: Oral History

Series Abstract
The Oral History series consists of 9 audiocassettes which are copies of the originals held by the Center of American History, who also owns all copyright to the audiocassette material. The oral history was conducted by Virginia Phillips from August 18, 1995; June 12-14, 17-18 1996; and May 21-22, 1997. The following lists include a listing of the contents of the tapes, indices of personae, chronology and subjects, and references that were used for the oral interviews. The contents list was compiled by Virginia Phillips, October 14, 1997.
Tape 1, side 1August 18, 1995
Chasing mouldings of Greek architecture beginning in Delphi, September 1930.
Epidauros, November 1930 and return visit in 1991.
Ligurio was the village fifteen miles away; Nauplia or Navplion was the next town; John Traill, Victoria College, Toronto, leader of group in 1991.
Interest in archaeology began when she saw stereoscopic views of Pompeii on visit to Memorial Hall in Philadelphia at age nine, training for study of archaeology in high school and Bryn Mawr College, concluding with study of blocks on site during first year in Greece and financial support to draw profiles of mouldings during second year.
Tape 1, side 2August 18, 1995
Acquiring the steel Maco template of 22cm, September 1930. Richard Stillwell suggested getting template, this one is a French patent.
Traveling to archaic sites in Greece in 1930, 1931, 1932.
Getting permission to work at sites.
George Karo, first secretary of German Archaeological Institute, Athens, and Professor Ernst Buschor from Munich who was director in charge of excavation at Samos.
Nights I have spent:
Samos, island off the coast of Asia Minor (now Turkey), and eclipse of moon, April 1931.
Tigani was town on south side of island from which they drove to excavation.
Andrew Brown, Ann Hoskin, Katharine Shepard.
Salamis where nuns in monastery served hot melted chocolate for breakfast, December 1932.
Oscar and Verna Broneer, Homer Thompson.
Effect of world-wide depression on Greece.
The visit to Pherai story which starts on this tape is an example of the effect of the 1930's depression on one family.
Tape 2, side 1August 18, 1995
Visit to Pherai, Thessaly (Velestinon, near Volos which is on site of ancient Pherai) where jeweler encouraged her to purchase 6th-century bronze bull and reliquary (pendant dated 1832 on edge), Good Friday 1932.
Nights I have spent (continued)
In chapel on mountain path on walk from Nemea to Styx, November 1931.
Mentions Plain of Pheneos and Plain of Stymfalia where Hector Williams digging for University of British Columbia found archaic kore (girl) within the last decade.
Agnes Newhall.
Tape 3, side 1June 12, 1996
American School of Classical Studies at Athens: introductory comments.
Fourteen-mile trip February 1930.
Destination was Aigosthena fortified site on Gulf of Corinth coast northwest of Athens; Cithaeron was range they walked down, could see snow-capped mountains of Peloponese.
Gertrude Malz and Homer Thompson were two doctors in group who walked fast.
Rodney Young.
Trip to Crete, March 1930.
To see Bronze Age sites studied under Edith Hall Dohan, mentions Gulf of Mirabello.
Walked from Pachyammos to Lasithi Plain, climbed Mount Dikte and visited Diktaean Cave and told story of Zeus.
Psychro, high on slope of Mount Dikte, was town where group spent the night and were offered cheese.
D. Boylan, H. Craig, G. Malz, L. Talcott, E. Vanderpool, IL Young were in group.
Corinth, April 1930.
To deal with box of antiquities containing 275 vases confiscated from a passenger on the Orient Express.
Present at finding of gold coins and necklace by Josef DeWaele.
Description of earthquake, Holy (Maundy) Thursday, April 17, 1930. Lyman Douglas, Assistant Architect of Corinth in charge in absence of director, Dorothy Boylan, Homer Thompson, Frederick Waage.
Tape 3, side 2June 12, 1996 Corinth, continued
Trip to islands of Paros, Tenos, Naxos. and Therea, August 1932. Gertrude Malz, Eugene (Gene) Vanderpool, Rodney Young.
Tape 4, side 1June 13, 1996
Background of travels to sites for profiles of Greek architectural mouldings, Fall 1930.
Travel in northwest Greece, October-November 1931.
Oiniadai (the most frightening day of my life or a day in the life of the classical archeologist) - the story of the sheepdogs, the swamp, the Acheloos River, three kind women, "chorophylax" or country guard, bus ride to Agrinion, shoeshine boy, Greek driving on mountain road to Thermon, "kaphenion" or coffee shop, offer of hot water, description of room, warm water, back to Agrinion, train to Mesolongi, Katokee, Agrinion, Thermon.
Last sentence on tape is, "It was in fact one of the most memorable days of my life."
Tape 4, side 2June 14, 1996
Work and travel in Asia Minor May 1931.
Canakkale, Troy, Smyrna, Sardis including meeting with Francis "Uncle" Bacon, description of meal and night, Pergamon including description of shower, Meander River and ferry crossing, dangers of oleander, Ephesus including greeting card for identification and woman at well. Katharine Shepard, Ann Hoskin fellow travelers; Virginia Grace with them part of time.
Last sentence on tape ends in middle of sentence: "My face must have shown my need as she reached a gourd-full toward me and never was water more welcome."
Tape 5, side 1June 17, 1996 American Academy in Rome, fall 1936.
Background information.
Getting permission to visit sites in southern Italy from central government. Visit to Palazzo Venezia with Ricardo Davico, Secretary of Academy.
Cleaning the template.
Gifford Proctor helped clean the template.
Work at Paestum site, December 1936.
Visit to Sele, December 1936.
Present at the finding of the metope from sanctuary of Foce del Sele by Paola Zancani-Montuoro and her coworker Umberto Zanotti-Bianco.
Tape 5, side 2June 17, 1996 Sicily. 193?-1937and May 1957.
Greek sites in central Sicily.
Serra Orlando (great medieval center in central Sicily) dig, May 1957. Discovery of Morgantina coin by Helen Woodruff and description of how coin was made.
Description of confraternita procession in Aidone, Good Friday and Easter Day, 1957.
Tape 6, side 1June 17, 1996
Description of confraternita procession (continued).
Explanation of three volumes of drawings of profiles.
Story of disappearance/loss of publications of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens in/after World War II
The Benjamin Dean Meritt story which starts with the early life of Abraham Flexner and his school in Louisville, Kentucky and his association with General Education Board
Tape 6, side 2June 17, 1996
Meritt and Flexner story continued with Lake Ahmic, Magnetawan, Ontario, group of friends; Athenian Agora excavation with particular reference to the background, search for funds, organizing and search for persons to direct work; and founding of Institute for Advanced Study.
Tape 7, side 1June 18, 1996
Athenian Agora, Meritt, and Flexner story, continued
Establishment of Publications Department for American School of Classical Studies at Athens at Institute for Advanced Study.
Lucy Shoe appointed Editor of Publications.
Recollections of Dr. William J. Battle from first meeting in old Main building in 1927 until notification of his death in 1955, includes his interest in School in Athens, information about quotations, corbels, and names in east and west reading rooms in new Main Building and quotations on exterior of building and in Regents' Room (now Academic Room), exchange with Dr. Daniel Penick.
Tape 7, side 2June 18, 1996 Recollections of Dr. Battle, continued.
American School in Rome and site visits in Italy, 1936-1937, 1949-1950, and 1957 including comments on Etruscan and Roman mouldings and story of theft of her drawings in Naples in 1957 and roles of Frank Brown, Gisela Richter, and Charles Williams in revisiting sites to redo them; visit to cemetery in Anzio; work at Cosa including finding the figure of Hadrian or another second century Roman emperor; and visits to Villa of Hadrian and Villa d'Este, both at Tivoli.
Marion Blake and Alice Tully, British scholar, were on trip to Anzio.
Tape 8, side 1May 21, 1997
Detailed description on use of the Maco template.
Other instruments used: Excavation or hunting knife, carpenter's square, wooden stylus, double H hard pencil, plumb bob, string, electric fuse wire, drawing paper (size of water color paper @ 20 × 30cm), meter stick (old fashioned folding yardstick).
Principles of field archaeology: Depends on the site, time period, other factors.
Introduction: Does the study of profiles of Greek mouldings have any bearing on chronology of their buildings and on Greek architecture and so on Greek history?
Principle: To get full scale drawing of profile as accurately as possible. At site: Describes approach to work, selection of best spot to get best profile, cleaning block, placement of template against block. Carefully record information: Measure block; note site, building, part of building: sketch profile on which detailed measurement made; note any other pertinent information.
What template can pick up: Explains how to get undercut, how to do drawings of concave and convex mouldings, how to do drawing when moulding is bigger than template.
Preparing work for publication: how to arrange drawings, work of draftsmen to prepare drawings for publication, writing text.
Tape 8, side 2May 21, 1997
Technicalities of preparing drawings for publication.
Mouldings of Greek settlements in South Italy and Sicily known as West Greece were exceptionally large, encouraged to revisit sites and to redo stolen drawings of Etruscan and Republican Roman sites (most of which were redone), drawings prepared in half-size for publication and placed in chronological sequence, by type and position in building or on monument, then set out on glass and traced, tracing requires a skilled draftsman. Clyde Shuford was draftsmen who prepared drawings for publication in Profiles of Greek Mouldings and Charles Williams, for Etruscan and Republican Roman Mouldings.
Charles K. Williams and the daily recording of architects drawings and small objects (sherds) at the end of each day, Semi Orlando now known as Morgantina, May 1957.
Founding and early history of the American Academy in Rome. Notes segregation of sexes and resultant physical arrangements made necessary, 1936-1937.
Visit to the Dodecanese Islands. spring 1937.
Visit of King Victor Emmanuel III to American Academy on June 3, 1937, noting her return from Brindisi to Rome by train to be present and King's comment on trees and the Quirinale, the imperial palace.
Lunch following his visit.
Segregation of sexes at meals in 1937 and Mrs. Meritt's comments on Academy's segregation policy.
Tape 9, side 1,May 22, 1997
Return to American Academy in Rome as Senior Fellow for 1949-1950 academic year to finish drawings of Etruscan and Roman mouldings; includes brief synopsis of work of Frank Brown who was instrumental in having her finish her drawings of mouldings and who worked closely with group of classical students.
Sunday walks with Inez and Cesare Longobardi.
Etruscan and Republican Roman sites including discovery and description of "Etruscan round" mouldings, work at Cosa. (April-May 1950), modes of transportation and meals.
Life in Rome and at the Academy, 1949-1950.
Sicilian Expedition, April 1950.
From Rome to Naples, visit to Cumae, stopping at important sites including the three volcanic sites of Herculaneum, Pompeii, Stabiae across mountains to Apulia, visits the baroque center of Lecce, the military center of Castel del Monte, and the Greek sites of Taranto and Metaponto.
Tape 9, side 2May 22, 1997 Sicilian Expedition continued:
Visit to Rosarno and church with parchment codex known as "Codex Rosarinius", one of few earliest copies still extant, parchment cover, purple parchment pages with gold letters.
Moved across to Reggio, famous today for its bronzes (undiscovered in 1950), went from Scilla (the Scylla of Homer), Italy to Charybdis, Sicily. Sicily: Around north coast to Cefalu to visit its well known cathedral with a magnificent mosaic of Christ-in-Majesty Pantocrator) and acropolis. Days in Palermo: visits to Monte Alban and Cathedral of Monreale with its magnificent mosaics converging on the figure of Christ (Pantocrator) in apse; mentions marionette shows and visits to other little buildings (clubhouses of men associated with churches) with particularly elaborate stuccoed sculptures, ceilings and walls.
Frank Brown, Director, Jacqueline Brown, his wife, Freeman Adams, Palmer Bovie, Emeline Hill (1 ater Richardson), Lawrence Richardson, Jr., Myra Uhlfelder.
Return to Rome for a last visit to favorite churches in light and in dark.
Recollections of two return trips from Italy, one from Naples to New York with a Maltese woman in cabin for two in 1950; the other from Venice to New York on the Saturnia of the Cosulich line in a cabin for four in 1937. The latter ran into a hurricane and the discussion between the two Neapolitan cabin mates was which saint took care of hurricanes.
Personae index:
American School of Classical Studies in Athens
Members of 1929-1930 class: Constance Bishop, Dorothy Boylan (later Mrs. F. O. Waage), Hardin Craig, Jr., Mary Alison Frantz (1903-1995), Marian Elizabeth Allen Guptill, Dorothy Kent Hill (1907-1986) Gertrude Malz, Agnes Newhall (later Mrs. R. Stillwell), Lucy Shoe, Lucy Talcott, Homer A. Thompson, Eugene Vanderpool, Frederick O. Waage, Vernon Elgin Way, Rodney Stuart Young. Rhys Carpenter was director and Horace L. Jones was annual professor. Some or all of this group were on the various 1929-1932 trips mentioned in the tapes.
Francis Henry Bacon (1856-1940) architect and archaeologist, known as `Uncle" Bacon to archaeologists in 1930's, lived in former British consulate house in Canakkale after retirement in 1930, married niece of Frank Calvert.
Henry Bacon (186&1924), architect of Lincoln Memorial, married Laura Florence Calvert, daughter of Frederick Calvert, British consul at Dardanelles, Turkey. Henry and Francis Henry were brothers, their wives were sisters.
Erich Boehringer (1897-1971) participant in the excavation at Pergamon, Turkey, and director of work in absence of director 1927-1932, President of Deutschen Archaologischen Instituts in Berlin 1954-1960.
Oscar T. Broneer (1894-1992) "the good Swede," student 1924-1928, resident instructor to professor of archaeology at School from 1940-1971.
Andrew Brown, son of Carroll N. Brown, later on editorial board of National Geographic Magazine.
Carroll N. Brown, visiting professor 1930-1931, professor of classics at College of the City of New York.
Ernst Buschor, director in charge of excavation at Samos, professor at University of Munich.
Frank Calvert (1828-1908), British resident who served as American vice-consul (later consul) at the Dardanelles between 1859-1889(?). This was the Frank Calvert connected with H. Schliemann and Troy. Frank, Frederick (British Consul at Dardanelles, Turkey), James were brothers; Edith was a sister.
Edward Capps, Sr. (1866-1950) professor of classics at Princeton 1907-1936, chairman of the Managing Committee 1918-1939, member 1908-1950.
Ferdinand Joseph (Josef) deWaele, born in Belgium, moved to Holland, found gold coins and necklace, member 1927-1930, professor at University of Nijmegen, Holland
William B. Dinsmoor (1886-1973) professor of classical architecture at Columbia University, fellow in architecture 1908-1912, architect of the School 1912-1919, member of the Managing Committee 1937-1973, president of the Archaeological Institute of America 1937-1946, trustee of American Academy in Rome 1932-1958.
Lyman C. Douglas, fellow in architecture 1928-1930, worked at Corinth.
Prentice Duell (1894-1960) architect, Charles Eliot Norton fellow 1923-1925, on Bryn Mawr faculty as lecturer 1927-1929 and assistant professor 1929-1930, provided scholarship for Mrs. Meritt's work 1930-1934 and financial assistance for publication of Profiles of Greek Mouldings, consulting archaeologist for restoration of Williamsburg 1929-1931, field director Sakkarah expedition, Oriental Institute, Chicago 1930-1936.
Virginia Grace (1901-1994) student 1927-1928 and 1930-1931, fellow of the Agora Excavation, 1932-1939, 1948-1994, scholar of ampora handles, archaeologist who spent more than six decades studying ancient civilizations of Greece, Cyprus, and Egypt.
Harrassowitz, publishing firm in Leipzig. Harvard Press.
Harriet Boyd Hawes (1871-1945) member of the School 1896-1897 and 1898-1900, early excavator in Crete.
Bert Hodge Hill (1874-1958) fellow 1900-1903, director of the School 1906-1926, director of the University of Pennsylvania Excavations in Cyprus.
Ann Hoskin (Mrs. Robert Ehrich) student 1930-1931.
Horace L. Jones (1879-1954) visiting professor 1929-1930, professor of classics at Cornell University.
George Karo, first secretary of German Archaeological Institute, Athens.
Josef Keil, professor at University of Vienna, gave permission to work at Ephesus, gave card torn in two parts, one part given to Miss Shoe, other part sent to person at site.
George Kennan (b.1904) U.S. Ambassador to Russia May-October 1952, served in various capacities in U.S. Embassy in Moscow between 1933-1952, on faculty of Institute for Advanced Study from 1956-1974 (emeritus since 1974).
Bruce Lansdale, Head of YMCA in Greece in late 1950's, director of American Farm School, Salonica.
Gertrude Malz (1,.1903) Ph.D., Wisconsin, 1928; at Sweet Briar College, 1930-1963, chair of classics department, 1947-1963.
Adolf Holzhausens Nachfolger, printing firm in Vienna.
Martin Schede, secretary of German Archaeological Institute, Istanbul.
Richard Berry Seager (d.1925) student 1903-1904 and 1905-1906, excavated in Crete.
Eugene Schweigert (b.1910) Thomas Day Seymour Fellow 1935-1936, Institute for Advanced Studies 1939-1940.
T. Leslie Shear, Jr. (b.1938) Ph.D. Princeton 1966, field director of the Agora Excavation 1968-?.
Katharine Shepard, student 1930-1931, associate curator of prints at National Gallery of Art.
Clyde Shuford, draftsman who inked Mrs. Meritt's penciled drawings for plates used in Profiles of Greek Mouldings, member of Oriental Institute Expedition at Sakkarah in Egypt where he recorded painting of tombs.
Richard Stillwell (1899-1982) fellow 1924-1926, assistant professor of architecture 1928-1931 and professor 1947-1948, assistant director 1931-1932, director of the School and also supervising architect of the Athenian Agora excavation 1932-1935, professor of architecture at Princeton University.
Lucy Talcott, secretary of the Agora excavations 1931-1958.
Dorothy Burr Thompson (Mrs. Homer), fellow of the Agora excavation, 1931-39, 1946-1947, scholar of terra cotta figurines, director of classical collection, Royal Museum of Art, Toronto during World War II.
Homer Armstrong Thompson (b.1906) First Fellow (1931-1938) and later field director of the Agora Expedition 1946-1967, member of the Managing Committee 1939 to present, professor of archaeology at School 1968-1971, on faculty of Institute for Advanced Study 1947-1977 (emeritus since 1977).
Margaret Thompson (1911-1992), member of the School 1937-1939, 1947-1949, and 1961-1962, curator of ancient classical coins at American Numismatic Society.
Eugene (Gene) Vanderpool (1906-1989) student and Agora fellow 1929-1946, professor of archaeology at School 1947-1971, deputy field director of Agora excavation 1947-1967.
Frederick 0. Waage (1906-1985) Agora fellow 1929-1932, member of the Managing Committee 1941-1985, head of art department, Cornell University.
Charles Kaufmman Williams II (b.1927), historical architect working with Philip Johnson, later became an archaeologist, Corinth excavation fellow 1963-1964, fellow of architecture, 1964-1966, director of Corinth excavation, 1966-1997.
(Edward) Hector Williams, member of the School 1968-1970, professor of classics at University of British Columbia
Rodney Young (1907-1974) Ph.D. Princeton 1940, Agora fellow 1934-1940, professor of archaeology at University of Pennsylvania, director of excavation at Gordion, Turkey from 1950 until his death.
American Academy in Rome
Founded in 1894, known as the American School of Architecture in Rome from 1894-1897.
The School of Fine Arts, started in 1897, and the School of Classical Studies, known as the American School of Classical Studies in Rome, 1895-1913, are schools within the American Academy in Rome.
Chester Holines Aldrich (1871-1940) architect, director of Academy 1935-1940.
Amey Aldrich (d.1963) his sister, Smith College class of 1895.
Richard Aldrich (d.1937) brother of Chester and Amey, music critic of New York Times.
Marion Blake (1892-1961) fellow in classical studies 1924-1925, authority on Roman construction, distinguished archaeologist.
Frank E. Brown (1908-1988) connected with the Academy in various capacities from 1931-1933 and 1947-1976 (fellow, professor in charge of classical studies, director of excavations, trustee, director, member of the executive committee, chairman of the committee on the School of Classical Studies), held various posts at Yale University from 1933-1946 and 1952-1963, excavated at Cosa (director) and Rome.
Ricardo Davico, with the Academy from 1920-1946, secretary during the 1930's-1946.
Ralph E. Griswold (1894-1981) fellow in landscape architecture 1920-1923, landscape architect for Anzio cemetery and consultant in Williamsburg, VA; landscape architect in residence at the Academy 1949-1950.
Gustavus VI (1882-1973) King of Sweden 1950-1973, worked as Count Gripsholm at digs including Serra Orlando when he was Crown Prince Gustav Adolf.
Mrs. Clara Jessup Heyland (d.1909) Philadelphia lady, left Villa Aurelia to Academy when she died.
Kent W. Kennan (b.1913) fellow in musical composition 1939, professor of music at University of Texas.
Rensselaer Lee (1898-1984) fellow at Institute for Advanced Study 1939, 1942-44, and 1946-47, professor and chair of art department, Princeton University 1956-1964, elected a trustee of Academy in 1958 and president in 1969.
Inez (Nina) Longobardi, Academy librarian.
Cesare (Bobbie) Longobardi, her husband, worked at International Commission of Agriculture, expert on cotton in Egypt and India.
McKim, Mead and White, architectural firm founded in 1879 in New York city.
Charles F. McKim (1847-1909) led in formulating and bringing into being the American School in Rome 1894-95 and in its subsequent transition into the American Academy in 1905, continued to dominate that undertaking until his death in 1909.
William R. Mead (1846-1928) incorporator of the American Academy in Rome in 1905; president 1910-1928 and continuously a trustee.
William Phillips (1878-1968) U.S. ambassador to Italy 1936-1941.
Prix de Rome, an award given to promising young fellows in architecture, music, painting, and sculpture.
Alexander Phimister Proctor (1862-1950) father of Gifford, sculptor of "The Mustangs" in front of Texas Memorial Museum, Rhinehart Fellow 1896-1897.
Gifford M. Proctor (b.1912) fellow of sculpture 1937.
Gisela Richter (1882-1972) curator; department of Greek and Roman art, Metropolitan Musem of Art, New York, had a reputation as a very distinguished scholar of classical art.
Irma Richter, her sister and sculptor.
Eric Sjoqvist (1903-1975) director of Swedish Cyprus Expedition 1927-1931, director of Swedish Institute of Classical Studies in Rome 1940-1948, professor of classical archaeology at Princeton 1948-1971, advisor to Crown Prince later King Gustavus VI.
Gurli Sjoqvist, his wife.
Alice Tully, British scholar who went to Anzio with Marion Blake and Lucy T. Shoe.
Victor Emmanuel III (1869-1947) King of Italy 1900-1946.
Helen Woodruff, art historian who worked as volunteer at digs in summers, member of staff and director from 1933 to at least 1942 of index of Christian art (a catalogue on cards), a project of the department of art and archaeology, Princeton University.
Paola Zancani-Montuoro, excavator at Sanctuary of Foce del Sele.
Umberto Zanotti-Bianco, excavator at Sanctuary of Foce del Sele.
Bryn Mawr College
Rhys Carpenter (1889-1990) faculty member who noted "See what you look at," taught archaeology with emphasis on architecture and sculpture at Bryn Mawr 1913-1926 and 1932 1956, director of American School of Classical Studies at Athens 1927-1932; professor in charge of School of Classical Studies at American Academy in Rome 1939-1940.
Edith Hall Dohan (1877-1943) member of American School of Classical Studies at Athens 1903-1905, Bryn Mawr lecturer 1923-1924 and professor 1926-1927, curator, Mediterranean section, University Museum, University of Pennsylvania, noted for Bronze Age excavation on Crete.
Agnes Newhall (b. 1906) later Mrs. Richard Stillwell, college classmate, on walk from Nemea to Styx, member of American School of Classical Studies at Athens 1927-1932 and 1947-1948, excavator at Corinth.
Mary Hamilton Swindler (1884-1967) faculty member who asked, "What is the significance?", taught archaeology and Latin, with emphasis on painting.
Institute for Advanced Study
Some of the original faculty members were: James Waddell Alexander, topology; Albert Einstein, physics; Elias Lowe, paleography; Benjamin Dean Meritt, Greek epigraphy; Marston Morse, calculus and topology.
Louis Bamberger and his sister Mrs. Felix (Caroline Bamberger) Fuld gave money to establish Institute for Advanced Study.
Abraham Flexner (186&1959) director (first) from 1930-1939.
Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967) director (third) from 1947-1966.
Benjamin Dean Meritt (1899-1989) Story
Howard Crosby Butler (1872-1922) did the first modern work at Sardis in early 20th century, director of expedition into hinterland of Syria, on faculty at Princeton University.
Dr. Thomas S. Cullen (1868-1953) Dr. Kelly's colleague and successor at Johns Hopkins Medical School.
Raymond Fosdick (1883-1972) president of Rockefeller Foundation and General Education Board 1936-1948, arranged meeting between Abraham Flexner and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. to talk about funding for Athens Agora excavation.
Dr. Howard A. Kelly (1858-1943) one of "big four" founders of Johns Hopkins Medical School.
James Kirkland (1859-1939) chancellor of Vanderbilt University.
Elizabeth Kirkland (1897-1963) his daughter, later first Mrs. Meritt.
Benjamin Dean Meritt (1899-1989) connected with the American School of classical Studies in Athens in various capacities (fellow, assistant director, annual professor, visiting professor, Managing Committee, summer session, Publications Committee) from 1920-1989; the Institute for Advanced Study as professor from 1935-1969 (emeritus 1969-1989); The University of Texas at Austin, department of classics as visiting professor or visiting scholar from 1971-1989.
John D. Rockefeller, Jr.(1874-1960) provided funding for Athens Agora excavation.
The University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. William James Battle (1870-1955) member of School of Classical Studies at Athens 1903-1904, came to UT as an associate professor in 1893, ad interim president 1914-1916; professor of classical languages 1920-1949.
Ingrid Edlund-Berry, associate professor, Department of Classics.
James P. Jewett, member of faculty of department of the history and philosophy of education.
Ruth H. Junkin, Penick's sister, architecture librarian.
Harry J. Leon, member of faculty of department of classical languages.
Dr. Daniel Allen Penick (b.1869) member of faculty of department of classical languages.
Ashbel Smith, president Board of Regents 1883.
Chronological index:
Tape 3, side 114 mile trip, February 1930
Crete, March 1930
Tape 3, side 1-2Corinth, April 1930
Tape 1, side 1Epidarus, November 1930 and return summer 1991
Tape 1, side 2Samos, April1931
Tape 4, side 2Asia Minor, May 1931
Tape 1, side 1-Tape 2, side 1Pherai, Good Friday, 1932
Tape 2, side 1Nemea to Styx, November 1931
Tape 4, side 1Northwest Greece, October - November 1931
Tape 3, side 2Paros, Tenos, Naxos, Thera, August 1932
Tape 1, side 2Salamis, December 1932
Tape 5, side 1Paestum site, December 1936
Sele, December 1936
Tape 5, side 2Sicily, March 1937, April 1950, and May 1957
Tape 8, side 2Dodecanese Islands, spring 1937
Tape 9, side 1-2Sicilian expedition, April 1950
Tape 7, side 2 Tape 9, side 1Cosa, April-May, 1950
Tape 5, side 2-Tape 6, side 1Aidone, Easter 1957
Tape 5, side 2Serra Orlando (Morgantina), May 1957
Subject index:
American School of Classical Studies
Tape 1, side 1Chasing mouldings of Greek architecture
Tape 1, side 2Traveling to archaic sites in Greece in 1930-1932
Getting permission to work at sites
Effect of world-wide depression on Greece
Tape 3, side 1Introductory comments
Tape 4, side 1Background of travels to sites for profiles of Greek architectural mouldings, fall 1930
Tape 6, side 1Disappearances/loss of publications during/after World War II
Tape 6, side 1-2 Tape 7, side 1Benjamin Dean Meritt story
Tape 7, side 1Establishment of Publications Department
Tape 8, side 2Charles K. Williams
American Academy in Rome
Tape 5, side 1Introduction and background
Getting permission to visit sites
Tape 7, side 2American Academy and site visits, 1936-37,1949-50,1957
Tape 8, side 2Founding and early history
Visit of Victor Emmanuel III
Lunch following his visit
Tape 9, side 1Return to Academy, 1949-50
Sunday walks
Etruscan and Republican Roman sites including discovery and description of "Etruscan round" mouldings
Life in Rome and the Academy, 1949-1950
Tape 9, side 2Return to Rome following Sicilian expedition
Lucy Shoe Meritt
Tape 1, side 1Interest and training for study of archaeology
Tape 6, side 1Explanation to three volumes of profiles
Tape 7, side 1-2Recollections of Dr. William J. Battle
There are two tapes (transcribed) of Mrs. Meritt's recollections of Dr. Battle in the Center for American History at 2×325.
Tape 8, side 2Technicalities of preparing drawings for publication
Tape 9, side 2Recollections of two return trips from Italy
Tape 1, side 2Purchase
Tape 5, side 1Cleaning
Tape 8, side 1Use
References used for Meritt oral history interview:
The Centennial Directory of the American Academy in Rome. New York and Rome: American Academy in Rome, 1995.
Greece, A Phaidon Cultural Guide. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1985.
The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey. A Community of Scholars: the Institute for Advanced Study Faculty and Members 1930-1980. Princeton: The Institute for Advanced Study, c.1980.
The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey. Some Introductory Information. September 1982.
Porter, Laura Smith. From Intellectual Sanctuary to Social Responsibility: The Founding of the Institute for Advanced Study, 1930-1933. Princeton University, 1988.
Lord, Louis E. A History of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1882-1942. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1947.
Meritt, Lucy Shoe. History of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens 1939-1980. Princeton: American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1984.
The Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites. Richard Stillwell, editor. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1976.
Valentine, Lucia and Alan. The American Academy in Rome 1864-1969. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1973.

Series H: Miscellaneous

Series Abstract
The Miscellaneous series contains information on travels and tools, as well as a listing of division header cards in Meritt's research card file.
416chronology of travels
17dates drawings were made with template
5Index card file with division cards:
General, Aigina, Amykla, Argive Heraion, Athens, Akropolis, Parthenon, Erechtheion, Agora, Bassae, Chios Lesbos, Constantinople Museum, Corinth, Delos, Delphi, Didyma Monodendri, Eleusis, Ephesos, Epidauros, Halikarnassos, Kerkyra Kephalanneia, Lykosoura, Magnesia, Miletos, Olympia, Olunthos, Oropos, Paros Thera, Pergamon, Priene, Rhamnous, Samos, Sardis, Sounion, Stratos Kalydon, Tegea and Nemea, Xanthos, Miscellaneous, Ovolo, Hawk's Beak, Cyma Reversa, Cyma Recta, Half Round, Cavetto, Scotia Miscell, Architectural Members, Plates
430Labels from drawings received in gift 1996005