Thomas Ashby, 27 March 1894


The Archive is a repository of historical material and its main role is to safeguard and preserve its collections, which include photographs, documents and administrative records, and make them available for research and publication. Most of this material is unknown outside the BSR and has not been published yet

This rich and varied material, neglected for many years and underestimated as an important resource for research, is now receiving the attention it deserves

We are not, however, only concerned with history but also with the contemporary, encouraging artists to engage with the collections as a source of inspiration for their practise

Our aim is to publish all the collections on our website, as funding becomes available and this is only possible through the generous support of our friends and donors

The Photographic Archive

  • contains c.100,000 items – prints and negatives of rare and unique collections
  • includes calotypes, glass negatives, nitrate and acetate negatives, early photographic prints, 35 mm film, postcards, slides and lantern slides
  • covers many subjects including Italian and North African archaeology and topography, ancient Greek and Roman art, in particular sculpture, and European medieval and Renaissance art and architecture

The Historic Archive

  • includes documents, Directors’ correspondence, administrative records, past scholars records and material relating to the BSR since its foundation in 1901
  • a partial inventory is available for consultation at the BSR

This material is enormously valuable as it documents the history and activities of the BSR through its past Directors and Scholars, who have contributed to build its reputation in the academic world over the last hundred years

Using the Archive

The Archive is open for consultation to BSR Residents and Library Members by appointment. Researchers requiring short-term access only are required to apply for a 1 month Library Membership (10)

Digital reproductions of the material may be ordered

For an appointment please contact the Archivist Alessandra Giovenco

Archive projects

Eagle Project 2013-16



Network of 14 research libraries in Rome

Over 2.2 million records


Digital Collections website

… with over 15,000 images!