We are delighted to launch the online catalogue to the British School at Rome archival resources, which are an integral part of our Research Collections. This catalogue of our archival and special collections is the result of a longstanding endeavour aimed at unlocking the riches of our collections and transforming them into sources of creative and innovative research. Simultaneously, we are reaching out to new and non-specialised audiences.
Distributed amongst the various holdings is a remarkable concentration of personal papers, administrative records, archaeological materials and photographic collections, with material gathered by such BSR staff members as Eugénie Sellers Strong (1860-1943) or bequeathed to the BSR, like the John Marshall Archive (1900-1928), which continue to generate and support research for a broad community of scholars from every discipline.
Archival resources and other special collections have been catalogued either at collection or item level. Full descriptions are also provided for some sections, relating to records pertaining to the history of the BSR, preserved in the Administrative Archive as corporate records.
A particular focus is given to holdings relating to former award-holders and their different roles throughout their association with the BSR and its community. The intention is that this portal will also serve as the essential introduction to the unique and outstanding photographic collections, manuscript items and personal papers, including holdings from the Archaeological Archive.
The descriptions provided in this catalogue have benefitted from the collaboration of interns and volunteers and more content will be added as records are processed.