Finding aid prepared by Ann Harrison

Descriptive Summary

Title: Study photographs of ancient inscriptions
Date (inclusive): 1900s
Number: 76.P.4
Creator/Collector: Getty Research Institute
Physical Description: 5.2 linear feet (25 boxes)
The Getty Research Institute
Special Collections
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
(310) 440-7390
Abstract: A collection of photographs assembled by the Getty Research Institute of ancient inscriptions, predominently Greek and Roman, with Athenian inscriptions constituting the largest portion of the collection.
Language: Collection material is in English

Biographical/Historical Note

In 1974, the J. Paul Getty Museum began assembling a "photo library" by consolidating the visual resources of each existing curatorial department. By the early 1980s, the Photo Archive was actively acquiring large collections of photographs from commercial and private sources and scholars' archives that contained a photographic component. In 1983, the nearly one million photographs of the Photo Archive were incorporated into the Research Institute's Special Collections.

Other Finding Aids

The Photo Archive Database  includes photograph level access to approximately 55% of the photographs in this collection.

Administrative Information


Open for use by qualified researchers. For further information, consult the Guide to the Photo Archive and Database .

Publication Rights

Photographs and permission to publish must be obtained from copyright holder(s). For further information, contact Library Reproductions and Permissions .

Processing History

Finding aid created in 2009.

Scope and Content of Collection

An assembled collection of photographs of ancient inscriptions, predominently Greek and Roman, with Athenian inscriptions constituting the largest portion of the collection. The majority of these modern prints were acquired from the American School of Classical Studies in Athens; sources for the remainder include commercial vendors such as Alinari, Photographie Giraudon, Barbara Bini, Guntram Koch, the Antonio Giuliano collection in the Gabinetto fotografico nazionale (Rome), and Roberto Sigismondi; the two major sources for prints of inscriptions from the western part of the Roman Empire are the Bildarchiv Foto Marburg and the Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln. The collection also contains a few images transferred from the repository's Giovanni Becatti archive.


Arranged by language/culture, then by medium, then by catalog number or location.

Indexing Terms

Subjects - Names

Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973 -- Photograph collections

Subjects - Topics

Inscriptions, Ancient
Inscriptions, Greek
Inscriptions, Greek--Greece--Athens
Inscriptions, Latin

Genres and Forms of Material

Photographic prints


American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973
Bildarchiv Foto Marburg
Bini, Barbara
Getty Research Institute
Giuliano, Antonio
Koch, Guntram
Rheinisches Bildarchiv
Sigismondi, Roberto

Container List


Study photographs of ancient inscriptions

Box 1

Egyptian, Aegean, Carian, Cypriote, Sabean; all media

Scope and Content Note

Includes Egyptian papyri, Phaestos disc, Linear A, Linear B, Carian, the Lemnos Stele, Cypriote and Sabean materials.
Box 2-13


Box 2-12

Inscriptions on stone

Box 2-6


Box 2

IG I², IG I³ 1-250

Scope and Content Note

Includes IG I³ 4, the Hekatompedon inscription, and IG I³ 71, Assessment decree of 425/24.
Box 3-4

IG I³ 250-300: Stelai of the Athenian Tribute lists

Box 5

IG I³ 300-478

Scope and Content Note

Includes no. 369 Logistai inscription and nos. 474-478 Erechtheion building accounts.
Box 6


Scope and Content Note

Includes IG II² 1654 Repairs to the Erechtheion, IG II² 1706 Archon list, IG II² 1951 Naval Catalog.
Box 7-9

Athenian inscriptions

Box 7

Athens, Epigraphical Museum, nos. EM1000-EM12999

Box 8

Athens, Epigraphical Museum, nos. EM13000-EM13999 and unnumbered

Box 9

Athens, other locations

Scope and Content Note

Includes Acropolis in situ, Acropolis Museum, Agora, American School of Classical Studies, Kerameikos, National Museum, Pnyx, Roman Agora, unknown location.
Box 10-12

Non-Athenian inscriptions

Box 10

Filed by provenience, A-K

Box 11

Filed by provenience, L-Z

Box 12

Filed by current location,

Box 13

Inscriptions on other materials

Box 14

Grafitti and bilingual inscriptions

Scope and Content Note

Also includes gameboards and measuring marks.
Box 15

Italic: Etruscan, Oscan, Punic

Box 16-23


Box 16-22

Inscriptions on stone

Box 16-20

By provenience

Box 16

A-Cologne no. 1-400

Box 17

Cologne no. 400-800, FB..., Lü..., N..., and unnumbered

Box 18

Cologne no. 24.000-74.000

Box 19


Box 20


Box 21-22

By current location (provenience unknown)

Box 21


Box 22


Box 23

Inscriptions on metal and terracotta

Box 24

Decree reliefs

Box 25

Unclassified photographs