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Åke Åkerström papers, 1853-1991 (bulk 1927-1987)

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Finding aid for the Åke Åkerström papers, 1853-1991
Series II. Research and publications, 1904-1987, undated 5.6 linear feet (12 boxes)
Åke Åkerström's research materials and publications comprise this series. Both the research and publication material show the breadth of Åkerström's interests, ranging from Bronze Age Greece to Roman Italy and beyond. It should also be noted that some of the materials included here originally came to Åkerström from Lennart Kjellberg and perhaps from Axel Persson. Åkerström's research materials make up the largest portion of his papers. These include general archaeological research materials, such as his photographic archive of sites and antiquities and his extensive note file, as well as more specific research on selected topics. The limited publication material found here relates primarily to the images for his books and articles.
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4-13, 17 Research materials, 1904-1984, undated
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4-7, 17 Photographic archive, 1928-1947, undated
The majority of the images are photographs or postcards, mounted several to a board, but there is also a sampling of loose photographs and postcards, and an occasional drawing. Many of the photographs have identifying information on the board. The images are organized by medium and culture. The majority of the photographs are undated; only a few have dates along with Åkerström's captions.
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4-6, 17 Site views, architecture and architectural sculpture, 1928-1947, undated
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4-5, 17 Etruria, 1928-1947, undated
Includes images of maps and plans of Etruria and Etruscan sites, tomb plans and elevations. Also included are images of artifacts: architectural elements, pottery, metalwork, painting, terracottas, sculpture. There is strong coverage of Etruscan tomb architecture, reflecting Åkerström's dissertation. Many of the mounting boards found here were reused from work at Berbati and still carry Berbati negative numbers and captions on the verso.
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4-5 Photographs, 1928-1947, undated 209 items
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17 1 Negatives, undated 30 frames
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6 1-4 Greece, 1936, undated 71 items
The sites documented include the major sites of Athens, Delos, Delphi, Olympia, as well as smaller sites like Aegina, Asine, Bassai, Isthmia, Kalauria, Knossos, Livadia, Mycenae, Mystra, Nauplion, Perachora, Pylos, Rhodes, Sparta, Sunion and Tiryns. Also included are early excavation photographs of Asine and Rhodes, which may have come from the Persson material (See Series IV).
6 5-8 Magna Grecia and Roman Italy, 1931-1936, undated 63 items
The Greek sites in Italy documented here include Agrigento, Selinus, Segesta and Paestum. The major Roman sites of the city of Rome and Pompeii are included, as well as smaller sites like Alatri, Elba, Frascati, Naples, Nemi, Rieti, Subiaco and Tivoli. Also included are two clippings with photographs of the Nemi ships.
6 9 Turkey, undated 11 items
The sites documented include Istanbul, Izmir, Pamukkale, Belevi and Pergamon.
6 10 Great Britain, undated 14 items
Includes images of the Roman remains at Chedworth and Bath, as well as later monuments in Salisbury and Caerleon.
6 11 Miscellaneous and unidentified sites, 1928-1931, undated 6 items
Includes panorama of excavations at Cyrene in 1928.
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7 1-4 Sculpture, 1936, undated 131 items
Greek, Hellenistic and Roman works.
7 5-6 Vase-painting, undated 62 items
Primarily Attic black-figure and red-figure pottery, but also includes Geometric and Cypriot wares.
7 7 Mosaics, stucco and metalwork, undated 8 items
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8-10 Note file, undated 4523 leaves
Extensive note file constructed from slips of paper cut or folded to a standard size; the file retains Åkerström's arrangement by topic. Those topics, based on both topographical and typological divisions, reflect Åkerström's wide-ranging research interests. The file covers the standard Greek, Roman and Etruscan cultures, but also includes Mycenaean, Cypriot and Hallstatt culture. Artistic media covered in the file include general art, architecture, sculpture, vase-painting and terracottas, as well as broad topics such as religion, topography and history. The slips carry notes, bibliography and drawings of artifacts. The extensive coverage of Caeretan hydriae and Klazomenian sarcophagi found here is related to Åkerström's work on the architectural terracottas in Asia Minor.
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11 Map of Greece, undated 1 item
Oversize map of Greece at 1:400,000 constructed from smaller map segments.
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12-13, 17 Topical research materials, 1904-1984, undated
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12 1 Antiquities in the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, undated 29 items
Photographs of sculpture and vases attached to inventory cards.
12 2 Cypriot inscriptions, undated 7 photographs
12 3-6 Greek Geometric and Orientalizing pottery, undated 511 leaves
Contents of a loose-leaf notebook assembled by Åkerström; includes research notes and drawings.
12 7-8 Klazomenian vases, 1904, undated 85 items
Contents of a loose-leaf notebook assembled by Åkerström, including mounted photographs, notes and manuscripts. Part of the material, especially the mounted photographs, appears to have been created by Åkerström. However, other material found here including a brief manuscript and a letter, comes from Lennart Kjellberg, a portion of whose scholarly estate came to Åkerström in connection with the Larisa material (See Series I). Also included are notes and photographs of Klazomenian sarcophagi.
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12, 17 Mycenaean pottery, 1972-1974, undated
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12 9 Notes and research, 1972-1974, undated 10 items
Includes heavily annotated copies of articles on the chronology of Late Helladic pottery by Oliver Dickinson, paste-ups for figures in unidentified publication (?) and photocopies of tomb plans.
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17 2 Negatives, undated 5 frames
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12 10 Mycenaean pottery in Egypt, 1977-1984, 9 items
Materials documenting Åkerström's exchanges with Vronwy Hankey regarding Mycenaean pottery found in Egypt; includes offprints, copies of talks given by Hankey, and a letter from Hankey to Åkerström.
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13 1 Urartian bronzes from Altin Tepe, undated 19 photographs, 7 leaves
Photographs, notes, and drawing.
13 2 Miscellaneous research, 1929-1973 20 items
Includes material on the tumulus at Belevi, lion imagery in Homer, Persian history, photographic documentation of unidentified metal finds, notes from a trip to Yugoslavia.
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13, 17-18 Publications and writings, circa 1940-1987, undated
13, 17-18 Der geometrische Stil in Italien, circa 1940-1943
Images, primarily copy photography, of pottery and metalwork; associated with Åkerström's research for Der geometrische Stil in Italien (Lund, 1943).
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13 3 Photographs, 9 items
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17 3 Negatives, 29 items
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18 1 Glass negatives, 37 items
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13, 17-18 Architektonische Terrakottaplatten in Stockholm, circa 1947-1951
Images related to the figures in the publication and to research for Architektonische Terrakottaplatten in Stockholm (Lund, 1951).
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13 4 Photographs, 3 items
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17 4 Negatives, 87 items
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18 2 Glass negatives, 5 items
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13 5 Die architektonischen Terracotten Kleinasiens, circa 1965-1967 62 items
Multiple copies of selected plates including terracottas from Larisa am Hermos, Gordion and Akalan from Die architektonischen Terracotten Kleinasiens (Lund, 1966); also includes early version of map.
13 6 "More Canaanite jars from Greece," circa 1974-1975 12 items
Production materials for the illustrations in the article published in Opuscula Atheniensia 11 (1975): 185-192, including photographs of pottery at varying exposures, as well as mechanicals.
13 7-8 Berbati II: The Pictorial Pottery, 1985-1987, undated
Materials related to the preparation and publication of Berbati II: The Pictorial Pottery (Stockholm, 1987)
13 7 Notes and preliminary drafts, 1987, undated 113 leaves
13 8 Correspondence with Berit Wells, 1985 6 leaves
13 9 Linear B inscriptions at Knossos, undated 17 leaves
Unpublished (?) typescript.
13 10 Miscellaneous writings, undated 5 items
Unidentified fragments of manuscripts.


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