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The American Academy publishes exhibition catalogs and research monographs, as well as books in collaboration with other publishers. 

Research - Library Reading Room


The Arthur and Janet C. Ross Library contains 172,000 volumes in the fields of classical studies and the history of art and architecture with strong collections in ancient Mediterranean art and archaeology, classical literature, ancient topography, and related fields such as epigraphy, numismatics, and papyrology.

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Digital Humanities Center

The DHC unites the Academy’s archival resources in one single search interface. It contains thousands of descriptions of archival objects and digital objects from the Institutional Archives, the Photographic Archive and the Fototeca Unione Collection, the Archaeological Study Collection, the Regia excavation, and other archival collections.

Reseach - Resources - Card Catalogue


The Academy’s library offers a wealth of resources, including several online catalogues, access to electronic journals, and links to the digital collections of sister institutions.

Reseach - Special Collections - Barbara Goldsmith Rare Book Room

Special Collections

The Special Collections include the Barbara Goldsmith Rare Book Room, collections of maps and musical scores, and uncatalogued microfilm reels.

Research - Photographic Archive - Section

Photographic Archive

The Photographic Archive consists of several valuable and specialized collections of photographs on art, archaeology, architecture, landscape architecture, and gardens. It also includes special collections important to the Academy’s history.

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Institutional Archive

The Institutional Archive was established in 1992 and is currently housed in the New York office. Since 1965, AAR has collaborated with the Smithsonian Institution’s Archive of American Art, completing four deposits of materials, with items ranging in date from 1855 to 2012.

Archaeological Study Collection Vessels


AAR maintains a small but varied collection of archaeological artifacts that are available for study in the Norton–Van Buren Seminar Room. The Academy also cosponsors excavations around Italy.