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Alison Frantz Papers

Consists of papers of Alison Frantz, a classicist and photographer. She was the
photographer and specialist in Early Christian and Byzantine archaeology for the
Agora excavations at Athens from 1933 to 1968 for the American School of
Classical Studies. In 1967 she received a grant from the American Philosophical
Society to study, draw and photograph the temple ruins (circa 200-300 A.D.) on
the island of Silinos in the Aegean Sea. Frantz also served as Cultural Attache
(1946-1949) for the U.S. Embassy in Athens and later was a visiting member at
the Institute for Advanced Study. Included in the papers are hundreds of black
and white photographs of different sizes of classical and Byzantine
architecture, sculpture, monuments, ornamental motifs, inscriptions and
artifacts primarily of the Agora excavations in Athens, and Greece, but also
documenting her work at various other sites in Europe, the Middle East, and
North Africa. There are also photographs of vernacular architecture, scenes of
daily life, and of manuscripts at the Megaspelaion Monastery, which were later
destroyed in a fire. Also present are drawings, sketches, notecards, notecards
with photographs, photo study cards, notebooks, and negative files relating to
her studies of the Agora excavations, sculpture and other sites in Turkey,
Greece, the Peloponnese and elsewhere.The papers also contain student notes, lectures, book reviews, and articles by
Frantz, such as “The Crusaders in Greece,” “Multum in Parvo, the Aegean Island
of Sikinos,” many articles and notes concerning the post-classical habitation of
the Athenian Agora, and “Geography and Politics in Early Christian Ornament in
Greece,” written for a festschrift for Kurt Weitzmann. A correspondence file
includes personal and professional correspondents such as The American
Philosophical Society, The Archaeological Institute of American, Rhys Carpenter,
Peter Megaw, Smith College, Homer Thompson, John Travlos, Harper & Row, the
Phaidon Press, and letters (1925-1948) to her mother, Mary K. Frantz. In
addition there are personal photographs of herself, family, friends and pets,
documents, medals, printed matter, and a volume of genealogical information
entitled “Our Family.”