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The Arthur & Janet C. Ross Library

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As a center of intellectual inquiry, the Arthur & Janet C. Ross Library of the American Academy in Rome aims at providing our Fellows, Residents, Visiting Artists and Scholars with a dynamic research and learning environment. The collections were assembled in over 100 years through the dedicated commitment and generosity of our benefactors.

Every day, numerous readers from the Academy and the larger Roman and international community of scholars make use of its open-stacks, welcoming study spaces and inspiring environment.

The rich array of resources is complemented by our dedicated, knowledgeable staff who are eager to assist you in navigating our holdings and to facilitate access to the research institutions and museums that make Rome such a unique center of study.

We look forward to working with you!

E. Sebastian Hierl
Drue Heinz Librarian



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The Arthur & Janet C. Ross Library contains close to 170,000 volumes in the classical studies and the history of art and architecture, with strong collections in ancient Mediterranean art and archaeology, classical literature, ancient topography, including the history of Rome, and related fields. The archives include...





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Special Collections

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At the heart of the Library at the American Academy in Rome are its Special Collections, starting with
the rare book collection — which not only reflects the strengths of the  Library as a whole, but also, in microcosm, mirrors the interests and historical development of the Academy as a whole. 

The Barbara Goldsmith Rare Book Room is named for noted author, advocate of paper and book preservation, and Trustee of the American Academy in Rome, Barbara Goldsmith. 

Enter the Rare Book Room for a special video tour of its treasures with Dr. Sebastian Hierl, Drue Heinz Librarian.



 

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The Special Collections include a vast range of maps representing Italy from ancient to more modern times.

Shown here is the famed Nolli Map by Giambattista Nolli (1701-1756) — the first authoritative map of Rome, and certainly one of the historically most important — which Piranesi helped to engrave.

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The Library's focus on humanities continues with its music collection. While researchers will find musical scores by Academy composers and other American  musicians, the holdings include these
scores of Händel's opera and oratorio overtures published in London in 1760.

The collection also features books and documents on and related to music. Uncatalogued music scores are listed here.



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The Library also holds a number of microfilm reels
(see uncatalogued list).

The Cicognara Project collection of Conte Leopoldo Cicognara (1767–1834) contains approximately 5,000 books on art, archaeology,
and kindred subjects, dating from the beginning of printing to Cicognara's time. It was the largest
and most judiciously selected library in the field
ever brought together.   

The microfiche collection, produced by the Vatican Library and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is now freely available online


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To learn more about individual holdings,
including credits, metadata, links, and catalog numbers for the Digital Humanities Center please visit the Creditspage. 







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We enthusiastically welcome humanities scholars and artists from Rome and beyond.

For more information on visiting the Library, including access, rules, policies, and request forms, please visit our website.

For an orientation to the physical layout of the Library and its holdings, please explore our interactive map below.





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The Library is an integral part of the storied past of the American Academy in Rome. Its milestones — highlighted in the timeline below — mirror and  correspond to the history of the Academy.

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Discover the American Academy in Rome

Library Main Reading Room Credit: altrospazio/American Academy in Rome

American Academy in Rome, Exterior Credit: altrospazio/American Academy in Rome



The Library Collections

Linda Bettman Reference Room: Photo by Mimmo Capone Special Collections

Montage of holdings in the Barbara Goldsmith Rare Book Room:
Top left: (illustrated codex manuscript) https://library.aarome.org/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=74932
Top right: Vitruvius https://library.aarome.org/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=51638
Lower left: Signature Book
Lower right: Philip Johnson“Writings” and https://library.aarome.org/cgi-bin/koha/opac-detail.pl?biblionumber=72689



Maps

“Nuova Pianta di Roma” by Giovanni Battista Nolli, 1744:
Academy catalog ID: 96289, Call numbers: FU.Roma.PIR.41

Handel, George Frideric, Overtures from all his operas & oratorios: for violins & c in 8 parts:
Rare Books section B, Call number M1004.H13



Microfilm and Microfiche

“Delle Statue,” Borroni, Giovanni Andrea, Rome 1661, in 4, fig. https://cicognara.org/catalog/271#?c=0&m=0&s=0&cv=0&xywh=-1%2C-591%2C3044%2C1481

“Nuovo Pianta di Roma” by Giovanni Battista Nolli, 1744:
Academy catalog ID: 96289, Call numbers: FU.Roma.PIR.41
1760 Photo by Matthew Monteith, FAAR’09
(from AAR Library Archaeological Study Collection website)

Archaeology Projects & Archive
Frank Brown and H.Evans, 1974, working on Cosa materials (from AAR Library Archaeology Projects & Archive website)



Archive Covers

Archaeological Study Collection
The Norton-Van Buren Seminar Room:
Photo by Matthew Monteith, FAAR’09

Archaeology Projects & Archive
Frank Brown and H.Evans, 1974, working on Cosa materials
Call numbers AAR.Cosa.PERSONALIA.2

Photo Archive
Museo Capitolini (Rome, Italy), detail of female statue
Masson Collection, Academy catalog ID: 116099, Call numbers LC.Italy.Rome.MusCap.7

Institutional Archive
Villa Aurelia Credit:
altrospazio/American Academy in Rome


  
Community Photograph
Credit:
altrospazio/American Academy in Rome



Kristina Iara Testimonial

Book Shelf
Vincent Buonanno Reading Room
Photo by Davide Franceschini

Rare Book Room Shelf Photo

Rare Books Shelf
Photo by Davide Franceschini

American Academy in Rome Building Credit:
altrospazio/American Academy in Rome

Kristine Iara photograph
Courtesy Kristine Iara



Michelle Berenfield Testimonial

Library studies
Credit: altrospazio/American Academy in Rome

Michelle Berenfield photograph
https://www.pitzer.edu/academics/faculty/michelle-berenfeld/



Shannon Russell| Testimonial

Exterior Images 1, 2, 3
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Shannon Russell photograph
Courtesy Shannon Russell



Join Our Library Community

Library Main Reading Room
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Map

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Credit: altrospazio/American Academy in Rome


Music

Letter to Felix Lamond
Rare Books, Section B ML95.L81.



Frank Brown Room

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Library Stacks
Photo by Annie Schlechter


Lower Mezzanine

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Library Stacks
Photo by Mimmo Capone



Ground Floor

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Linda Bettman Reference Room
Photo by Mimmo Capone



Basement

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Vincent Buonanno Reading Room
Photo by Davide Franceschini



A HISTORY OF TRADITION AND EXCELLENCE

Library Main Reading Room (between 1914 and 1925). Part of the AAR Buildings Collection.
Academy catalog ID: 103083, Call numbers AAR.BP.Rome.MMW.144

VIDEO

Various historical photographs of the Academy from the Digital Humanities Center at dhc.aargome.org,
Catalog numbers 122716, 102249, 102669, 103083, 128519, 129293


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