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INVENTORY OF THE ÅKE ÅKERSTRÖM PAPERS, 1853-1991
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Related Material
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Åke Åkerström papers
    Date (inclusive): 1853-1991 (bulk 1927-1987)
    Number: 940110
    Creator/Collector: Åkerström, Åke, 1902-
    Physical Description: 11.6 linear ft. (19 boxes, 2 flat file folders)
    Repository:
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: The Åke Åkerström papers record the scholarly career of this Swedish classical archaeologist. Åkerström's research interests and publications ranged from architectural terracottas in Asia Minor to Etruscan tomb typology to Mycenaean pottery in Greece, and this breadth is reflected in the research notes, photographs, postcards, drawings, correspondence, manuscripts, and typescripts that constitute the Åkerström papers. The archive also includes a substantial amount of material that originated with Lennart Kjellberg and Axel W. Persson, earlier scholars whose work Åkerström continued.
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    Language: Collection material is in Swedish

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Åke Åkerström (1902-1991) studied classical archaeology at Uppsala University under Axel W. Persson. After receiving his doctorate in 1934 with a dissertation on Etruscan tomb typology, Åkerström pursued a long career as an excavator, administrator and scholar.
    Åkerström first excavated as a student with Axel Persson at Dendra, a Bronze Age site in the Argolid in Greece, in 1927. From there, he moved on with Persson to another site in the Argolid, Berbati, where Persson put him in charge of excavating the eastern slope of the site, the so-called "potter's quarter." Åkerström worked at Berbati for three seasons from 1936-1938, and then again after the war in 1953 and 1959. In the intervening period, he also excavated for one season in 1948 at Labraunda in Turkey, where Persson began excavating after the war.
    In the postwar period, however, Åkerström's main focus became administrative. From 1948-1956, he served as Director of the newly-created Swedish Institute in Athens. The foundation of this institute was a critical step for the continuation and development of Swedish archaeological work in Greece. Åkerström guided the new institute during its formative years, and would return much later for a second term as director from 1971-1972.
    Upon returning to Sweden in 1956, Åkerström concentrated on scholarship. He was appointed Professor of Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Gothenburg. He also continued his production of scholarly publications, which numbered over sixty books and articles, covering a broad range, both geographically and chronologically, of archaeological topics.

    Administrative Information

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    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Åke Åkerström papers, 1853-1991, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 940110.

    Acquisition Information

    The Åke Åkerström papers were acquired in 1994.

    Processing History

    Ann Harrison rehoused the papers and created the series arrangement and finding aid in 2008.

    Related Material

    The Åke Åkerström papers held by the Getty Research Institute represent only a portion of the scholar's archive. Further papers, "Professor Åke Åkerströms Arkiv," are held by Göteborgs Universitet in Sweden.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Åke Åkerström papers record the scholarly career of this Swedish classical archaeologist. Åkerström's research interests and publications ranged from architectural terracottas in Asia Minor to Etruscan tomb typology to Mycenaean pottery in Greece, and this breadth is reflected in the research notes, photographs, postcards, drawings, correspondence, negatives, manuscripts and typescripts that constitute the Åkerström papers. The archive also serves to document the development of a Swedish national school of classical archaeology in the early twentieth century. A substantial portion of the material in the Åkerström papers did not originate with Åkerström, but with Lennart Kjellberg and Axel W. Persson, scholars of an earlier generation whose work Åkerström continued.
    Such earlier material, in fact, comprises most of the first series in the Åkerström papers. This series contains the materials used by Åkerström to publish the architectural terracottas from Lennart Kjellberg's excavations at Larisa in Turkey. Much of the material here originated with Kjellberg and was passed to Åkerström after his death. The same holds true for the papers of Axel W. Persson, which comprise the fourth series of this archive. These include a group of Persson's manuscripts and typescripts, both published and unpublished, and photographs relating to his excavations at Dendra and Berbati, as well as research on the work of the early nineteenth-century traveler and antiquarian, Johan Hedenborg.
    Further Kjellberg, and possibly Persson, material is integrated into Åkerström's research materials, which, along with a small group of Åkerström's publication materials, form the second series of his papers. The research material consists of extensive notes and a small photographic archive. It shows the breadth of Åkerström's interests, but concentrations of material also signal Åkerström's special interests, including materials related to his work on architectural terracottas in Asia Minor, such as Klazomenian sarcophagi and vases and Caeretan hydriae, as well as Mycenaean pottery. A small group of reports relating to the Swedish Institute in Athens forms the majority of the third series of the archive.

    Arrangement note

    Organized in four series: Series I. Excavations at Larisa am Hermos, 1902-1940; Series II. Research and publications, 1904-1987; Series III. Miscellaneous professional papers, 1927-1991; Series IV. Axel Persson papers, 1853-1941

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Hedenborg, Johannes, 1786-1865

    Subjects - Corporate Bodies

    Svenska institutet i Athen.

    Subjects - Topics

    Architectural terra-cotta--Turkey
    Decoration and ornament, Architectural--Turkey
    Excavations (Archaeology)--Greece
    Excavations (Archaeology)--Turkey
    Pottery, Mycenaean
    Sarcophagi, Greek--Turkey--Clazomenae (Extinct city)
    Vases, Greek--Italy--Cerveteri
    Vases, Greek--Turkey--Clazomenae (Extinct city)

    Subjects - Places

    Argolis Peninsula (Greece)--Antiquities
    Etruria--Antiquities
    Turkey--Antiquities

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Black-and-white negatives
    Correspondence
    Drawings (visual works)
    Manuscripts
    Photographic prints
    Postcards
    Research notes
    Typescripts

    Contributors

    Kjellberg, Lennart, 1857-1936
    Persson, Axel W., (Axel Waldemar), 1888-1951