Research

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Notices

Due to the latest developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy, the Library will remain closed to the public until further notice. The Photographic Archive and Archaeological Study Collection continue to accept inquiries and scan requests, but remain closed to the public until further notice. Please check back for updates.

Research - Library Reading Room

Library

The Arthur and Janet C. Ross Library contains 167,000 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.

Research - Digital Humanities Center

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

Resources

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

Archaeology

AAR maintains a small but varied collection of archaeological artifacts that are available for study in the Norton–Van Buren Seminar Room.