Center for Hellenic Studies Library
||3100 Whitehaven Street NW
Washington, DC 20008
|| (202) 797-3745
||Dr. Ellen C. Roth, Director
|Internet Catalog Address
|Hours of Service:
||9:00 a.m.--5:00 p.m. (Academic Year)
|Open to the public:
||By appointment only
Open with restrictions; previous permission by telephone or letter
is necessary. The collection is highly specialized. Genealogists
will find other libraries more appropriate. The library staff directs
enquiries to local libraries when appropriate, but specific titles
not found at other libraries may be consulted at the Center.
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- Reference Policy:
- Telephone and mail reference questions are accepted.
- Borrowing Privileges:
- Only resident research faculty may borrow books.
- OCLC, CAPCON. Holdings for the collection are listed on OCLC
and HOLLIS, Harvard's online system available through the Internet.
- Background Note:
- The Center for Hellenic Studies, under the trusteeship of Harvard
University, opened in 1961. The core of the Library is the personal
library of Professor Werner Jaeger of Harvard University. Each
year 10 mid-career faculty are chosen to do research at the Center
for the upcoming academic year.
- Books and monographs:
- The collection holds approximately 4,000 books. Primary literature
includes the complete works and fragments of ancient Greek writers,
collections of inscriptions, and papyrological fragments from
the earliest times of writing. Secondary literature in the collection
is primarily from the 19th and 20th centuries. Strengths of this
collection include the classical world of Greece; Asia Minor;
the Greek colonies of the ancient world; classical Italy; in some
cases, the Near East; and pagan, early Christian, and all other
forms of religion found in early civilizations.
All holdings are covered on HOLLIS, the Harvard computerized
catalog as well as by a card catalog on-site at the Center for
Hellenic Studies Library.
- Periodicals and newspapers:
- 200 subscriptions, 12,500 volumes from the 19th century to
the present covering classical civilization. Most of these have
some coverage pertaining to religion. Strengths of this collection
are the same as those above for monographs. The general subjects
of classical philology, ancient history, classical art, and archaeology
include treatment of religion and philosophy.
L'Année Philologique: Bibliographie Critique et Analytique
de l'Antiquité Greco-Latine (Paris: Societé d'édition
"Les Belles Lettres", 1924- ) is a good source for the articles
in these journals.
- Archives, manuscripts, correspondence, and oral histories:
- The collection contains all authoritative Greek and Latin payrological
and epigraphical series and sets relevant to classical studies.
These cover the ancient world and are in book or microform.
HOLLIS covers the cataloging of these items; L'Année
Philologique is the main finding aid.
- There are 2 major sets in microform. These are Series
Papyrology on Microfiche: 1st Series and Corpus Inscriptionum
- Databases, CD-ROMS, and other machine-readable resources:
- Thesaurus Linguæ Græcæ--a concordance to all texts
extant including the period of early Christianity.
Ancestors--Religious aspects; Bible; Burial--Greece--History; Burial--Rome--History;
Cults; Death--Religious aspects; Early Christianity; Greece--Religion;
Mystery religions; Mythology, Ancient; Mythology, Classical; Mythology
and art; Reincarnation; Religion in literature; Rome--Religion; Shrines--Greece;