Papers of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens — 3.1884-1885

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STUDIES AT ATHENS.

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The advantages of the School are offered free of expense for tuition
to graduates of the Colleges co-operating in its support, and to other
American students who are deemed by the Committee of sufficient
promise to warrant the extension to them of the privilege of member-
ship. It is hoped that the Archaeological Institute may in time be
supplied with the means of establishing scholarships, which will aid
some members in defraying their expenses at the School. In the
mean time, students must rely upon their own resources, or upon
scholarships which maybe granted them by the Colleges to which they
belong. The amount needed for the expenses of an eight months'
residence in Athens differs little from that required in other European
capitals, and depends chiefly on the economy of the individual.

A peculiar feature of the temporary organization of the School
during its first six years, which has distinguished it from the older
German and French schools at Athens, has been the yearly change of
Director. This arrangement, by which a new Director has been sent
out each year by one of the co-operating Colleges, was never looked
upon as permanent; and it has now been decided to begin the next
year (1888-89) wit'"1 a new organization. A Director will henceforth
be chosen for a term of five years, while an Annual Director will also
be sent out each year by one of the Colleges to assist in the conduct
of the School. (See Regulation V.) Dr. Charles WaldStein, of
New York, now Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum of Art at the
University of Cambridge, England, has been chosen Director of the
School for five years beginning in October, 1888 ; and he has accepted
the appointment on the condition that a sufficient permanent fund be
raised before that time to support the School under its new organiza-
tion. It is therefore earnestly hoped and confidently expected that
the School will henceforth be under the control of a permanent
Director, who by continuous residence at Athens will accumulate that
body of local and special knowledge without which the highest pur-
pose of such a school cannot be fulfilled. In the mean time the
School has been able, even under its temporary organization, to meet
a most pressing want, and to be of some service to classical scholar-
ship in America. It has sought at first, and it must continue to seek
for the present, rather to arouse a lively interest in classical archaeol-
ogy in American Colleges than to accomplish distinguished achieve-
ments. The lack of this interest has heretofore been conspicuous;
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