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Carl W. Blegen papers

 Collection
Identifier: UA-83-15

Scope and Content

The papers of Carl W. Blegen contain his correspondence with various scholars throughout the world in the fields of archaeology, classical studies, and other related areas including C.W. Mendell, Wilhelm Dorpfeld, Louis E. Lord, Nils-Gustaf Gejvall, and Axel Boethius. The collection also contains various documents related to his travels and writings, and his activities at the University of Cincinnati.

Dates

  • 1920-1958

Creator

Language of Materials

The records are in English, Greek, German and French

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Biography of Carl W. Blegen

Carl William Blegen, an archaeologist and educator, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on January 27, 1887. Blegen earned bachelor's degrees from three institutions: Augsburg Seminary, the University of Minnesota, and Yale University. He attended two years of graduate school at Yale before going to Greece in 1910 as a student at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. He conducted his first major excavation at Korakou during the years 1915 and 1916, and completed his doctorate from Yale in 1921. He remained in Greece until 1927, as student, secretary, assistant director, and then acting director of the American School.

In 1927, Blegen accepted a position as a professor in the Classics Department at University of Cincinnati. His next major archaeological expedition was a reinvestigation of Troy from 1932 to 1938, but he is best known for his expedition at Pylos, in southwestern Greece, where the Palace of Nestor along with clay tablets with Linear B inscriptions were found. The preliminary field work at Pylos was interrupted by World War Ii. During the war, Blegen worked with the Office of Strategic Services in Washington and then as Cultural Relations Attache at the U.S. embassy in Athens. Blegen retired from the University of Cincinnati in 1957 after serving as the head of the department. He was named Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in 1969. He died in 1971 and was buried in Athens.

Extent

1.25 Linear Feet

Overview

The papers of Carl W. Blegen contain his correspondence with various scholars throughout the world in the fields of archaeology, classical studies, and other related areas including C.W. Mendell, Wilhelm Dorpfeld, Louis E. Lord, Nils-Gustaf Gejvall, and Axel Boethius. The collection also contains various documents related to his travels and writings, and his activities at the University of Cincinnati.

Statement of Arrangement

The items are arranged into folders chronologically.

Physical Location

Archives and Rare Books Library
Title
Finding aid for the Carl W. Blegen papers, 1920-1958
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
Finding aid prepared by Suzanne Maggard
Date
2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding Aid Written In English

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Rare Books Library Repository

Contact:
8th Floor Blegen Library
2602 McMicken Circle
P.O. Box 210113
Cincinnati Ohio 45221-0113
513-556-1959