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About the SPHS BSA Image Collection

The SPHS photographic collection was amassed by The Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies between 1891 and 1967 through the donation of images. It contained negatives, both glass and film in a variety of sizes, photographic prints and glass lantern slides. It contains both original and copy negatives. Index cards with small contact prints served as finding aids for the collection. It was designed as an image reference collection where images could be duplicated as either prints or slides and sold or lent to members.

The BSA SPHS Collection is part of the original SPHS photographic collection, selected by donors who were associated with the BSA or images of topographic interest, particularly in areas the BSA was known to have worked. The remainder of the extant SPHS collection went to the Hellenic Literary and Historical Archives (MIET-ELIA) in Athens. Documentation for this collection consists of 5 Negative registers (held in the SPHS offices in London), the published catalogues or accession lists of lantern slides in The Journal of Hellenic Studies, the Minute Book December 1949-January 1983 for the Photographic and Filmstrip Committee of the SPHS (held in the SPHS Library in London) and information contained on extant index cards.

Cyprus, Old Paphos: Digging in S. wing[BSA SPHS 03/2177.5742], Cyprus, Old Paphos: Digging in S. wing, 1888 [BSA SPHS 03/2177.5742], Cyprus, Old Paphos: Digging in S. wing, 1888

Part of a group of images from the BSA Paphos-Kouklia (Cyprus) Excavation 1887-1888. The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Cyprus: old Paphos. digging in S. wing".

Viza: Kalogeros, from mummery play[BSA SPHS 03/2222.5821], Viza: Kalogeros, from mummery play, 1906 [BSA SPHS 03/2222.5821], Viza: Kalogeros, from mummery play, 1906

R.M. Dawkins at Carnival in the town of Viza in Thrace in the spring of 1906. Many of the images from his time there record a particular festival in which a masquerade is performed during the course of several days. The original description in the SPHS negative register reads: "Kalogeros at Viza (Cf. J.H.S. xxvi. P.194 fig.3). Mummery play at Viza".

Viza: Scene from mummery play[BSA SPHS 03/2226.5829], Viza: Scene from mummery play, 1906 [BSA SPHS 03/2226.5829], Viza: Scene from mummery play, 1906

R.M. Dawkins at Carnival in the town of Viza in Thrace in the spring of 1906. Many of the images from his time there record a particular festival in which a masquerade is performed during the course of several days. The original description in the SPHS negative register reads: "Scene from the Mummery play at Viza".

Piraeus: Munychia harbour[BSA SPHS 03/2256.5928], Piraeus: Munychia harbour, 1901-1904 [BSA SPHS 03/2256.5928], Piraeus: Munychia harbour, 1901-1904

Part of a group of images donated by the Argonaut Camera Club, taken on excursions and cruises in Greece and Asia Minor. The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Athens: Piraeus, Munychia harbour".

Piraeus: Galley slips at Munychia harbour[BSA SPHS 03/2257.5929], Piraeus: Galley slips at Munychia harbour, 1901-1904 [BSA SPHS 03/2257.5929], Piraeus: Galley slips at Munychia harbour, 1901-1904

Part of a group of images donated by the Argonaut Camera Club, taken on excursions and cruises in Greece and Asia Minor. The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Athens: Piraeus. Galley ships".

Thera (ancient city): Theatre excavations[BSA SPHS 03/2279.6126], Thera (ancient city): Theatre excavations, 1906 [BSA SPHS 03/2279.6126], Thera (ancient city): Theatre excavations, 1906

Part of a group of images donated by the Argonaut Camera Club, taken on excursions and cruises in Greece and Asia Minor. The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Thera: theatre, excavations". The slide has been cropped top, bottom and right side from the negative.

Thera: View of the sea from above at Fira[BSA SPHS 03/2282.6130], Thera: View of the sea from above at Fira, 1906 [BSA SPHS 03/2282.6130], Thera: View of the sea from above at Fira, 1906

Part of a group of images donated by the Argonaut Camera Club, taken on excursions and cruises in Greece and Asia Minor. The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Thera: view of sea from above". The slide has been cropped on all sides from the negative.

Ephesus: View from the theatre[BSA SPHS 03/2301.6160], Ephesus: View from the theatre, 1906 [BSA SPHS 03/2301.6160], Ephesus: View from the theatre, 1906

Part of a group of images donated by the Argonaut Camera Club, taken on excursions and cruises in Greece and Asia Minor. The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Ephesus: general view from theatre".

British School at Athens: Interior of the Penrose Memorial Library[BSA SPHS 03/2389.6339], British School at Athens: Interior of the Penrose Memorial Library, 1904-1906 [BSA SPHS 03/2389.6339], British School at Athens: Interior of the Penrose Memorial Library, 1904-1906

One of a group of images relating to the British School at Athens: buildings and setting, scholars and students. The original description in the SPHS register reads: "B.S.A. Penrose mem. library interior".

British School at Athens: Interior of the Penrose Memorial Library[BSA SPHS 03/2390.6340], British School at Athens: Interior of the Penrose Memorial Library, 1904-1906 [BSA SPHS 03/2390.6340], British School at Athens: Interior of the Penrose Memorial Library, 1904-1906

One of a group of images relating to the British School at Athens: buildings and setting, scholars and students. The original description in the SPHS register reads: "B.S.A. Penrose mem. library interior".

British School at Athens: Entrance to the Penrose Memorial Library[BSA SPHS 03/2391.6341], British School at Athens: Entrance to the Penrose Memorial Library, 1904-1906 [BSA SPHS 03/2391.6341], British School at Athens: Entrance to the Penrose Memorial Library, 1904-1906

One of a group of images relating to the British School at Athens: buildings and setting, scholars and students. The original description in the SPHS register reads: "B.S.A. Penrose mem. library entrance".

Melos, Phylakopi: Flying fish fresco[BSA SPHS 03/2724.7007], Melos, Phylakopi: Flying fish fresco, 1896-1899 [BSA SPHS 03/2724.7007], Melos, Phylakopi: Flying fish fresco, 1896-1899

Part of a group of images from explorations and excavations on the island of Melos conducted by the British School at Athens from 1896 to 1899. The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Phylakopi:a) Flying fish fresco Phyl. III b) arms holding Phylakopi p.273".

Corinthian Canal: Near Isthmia[BSA SPHS 03/3627.3557], Corinthian Canal: Near Isthmia, 1901 [BSA SPHS 03/3627.3557], Corinthian Canal: Near Isthmia, 1901

Part of a group of images donated by the Argonaut Camera Club, taken on excursions and cruises in Greece and Asia Minor. The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Corinthian canal near Isthmia".

General view of Cyzicus looking S.[BSA SPHS 03/3629.4121], General view of Cyzicus looking S., 1902 [BSA SPHS 03/3629.4121], General view of Cyzicus looking S., 1902

Part of a series of images from the survey 1902-1906 carried out by F.W. Hasluck at Cyzicus and surrounding territory in Anatolia, under the auspices of the British School at Athens. The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Cyzicus: general view looking S".

Cyzicus fortifications, N. wall and gate near Amphitheatre[BSA SPHS 03/3630.4126], Cyzicus fortifications, N. wall and gate near Amphitheatre, 1902 [BSA SPHS 03/3630.4126], Cyzicus fortifications, N. wall and gate near Amphitheatre, 1902

Part of a series of images from the survey 1902-1906 carried out by F.W. Hasluck at Cyzicus and surrounding territory in Anatolia, under the auspices of the British School at Athens. The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Cyzicus: The fortifications. N. Wall, gate near amphitheatre".

Patras from the sea[BSA SPHS 03/3639.4499], Patras from the sea, Latest 1904 [BSA SPHS 03/3639.4499], Patras from the sea, Latest 1904

The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Peloponnese: Patras from the sea".

A modern Kriophoros ["ram-bearer"][BSA SPHS 03/3644.5573], A modern Kriophoros ["ram-bearer"], 1901-1904 [BSA SPHS 03/3644.5573], A modern Kriophoros ["ram-bearer"], 1901-1904

Part of a group of images donated by the Argonaut Camera Club, taken on excursions and cruises in Greece and Asia Minor. The original description in the SPHS register reads: "A modern Kriophoros".

Thera (ancient city)[BSA SPHS 03/3651.6131], Thera (ancient city), 1906 [BSA SPHS 03/3651.6131], Thera (ancient city), 1906

Part of a group of images donated by the Argonaut Camera Club, taken on excursions and cruises in Greece and Asia Minor. The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Thera: ancient town".

Kos (Asclepeion): Passage to the spring of Hippocrates[BSA SPHS 03/3652.6175], Kos (Asclepeion): Passage to the spring of Hippocrates, 1906 [BSA SPHS 03/3652.6175], Kos (Asclepeion): Passage to the spring of Hippocrates, 1906

Part of a group of images donated by the Argonaut Camera Club, taken on excursions and cruises in Greece and Asia Minor. The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Cos: passage to spring of Hippocrates".