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Joseph W. Shaw fonds

  • UTA 1762
  • Fonds
  • 1950-2010

Personal records of Joseph W. Shaw, documenting, in the form of correspondence, diaries, notes, manuscripts, photographs, slides, sketches, lecture notes and addresses, his life as an archaeologist, primarily with the Kommos excavations project in Crete, but also including other excavations. There are extensive lecture notes and supporting material from his teaching Activities in the Department of Fine Art at the University of Toronto, and on his writings.

Shaw, Joseph W.


The addresses in this series are ones that are not integrated into the files of material submitted for publication, principally as proceedings of conferences (see Series 5), or into the files on courses Professor Shaw taught at the University of Toronto (see Series 4). The files contain any combination of correspondence, notes, drafts of the addresses and photographs.


This series includes a copy of Joseph Shaw’s curriculum vitae (updated as of 2010) as well as other correspondence regarding his professorship at University of Toronto, and awards and recognition he received during his distinguished career as an archaeologist, professor and writer. It also includes certificates and other materials commemorating his years in the army from 1960-62.

The description of these folders has been provided by Professor Shaw. The few photographs have been left with the textual materials with which they are associated


The files in this series consist of an album of reproductions of drawings of archaeological excavations and surveys carried out by Professor Shaw between 1963 and 1966, especially at Zakros, Kenchreai, Gordion, and Corinth. Some of these were reproduced in his articles and used in talks at conferences. There are also files of correspondence, notes, background material and photographs relating to research relating to the Phoenicians in the eastern Mediterranean, especially in Sicily, Sardinia and Greece, including Crete and Messara. Files from Accession B2011-0007 contain staff lists and excavation schedules for Kommos excavations.

The descriptions of the folders and the volume of drawings are those provided by Professor Shaw.

Personal and family

This series begins with two family monographs that Professor Shaw wrote: The Chicago Winterbothams and the Boston Shaws, 1880 to 2005 (Toronto, 2005) and that of his wife, Maria, Diaspora and Confluence: the Coutroubaki-Hazzidaki Families, c. 1850-2009 (Toronto, 2009). In Accession B2011-0007, there is also a file of correspondence from Joseph Shaw to his parents, Rue and Alfred, dated 1959-1970, including photographs from his army days and his first excavation at Kenchreai. The rest of the series consists of diaries.o

The diaries in this series (Professor Shaw variously dubbed them “diaries” and “daybooks”) begin in 1960 and end on 9 October 2008. Keeping diaries was a habit he picked up from his father. He stated “the reason for writing them was partly confessional, but also because most people, aside from myself, wouldn't care…But also digestion, for once something is absorbed consciously, that material may lead to other thoughts, even to discoveries about oneself, others, the world” [1]. Not every year is represented as Professor Shaw did not write them for some years, as in the early 1960s, and during 2003 when he was ill. The diaries contain, in addition to written entries, sketches of certain archaeological excavations, photographs (most tipped in but some loose), press clippings, letters, notes, inscriptions in Greek and some translations thereof, poems, and even drawings by his children. The photographs largely document personal and family activities and include some images of Professor Shaw as young man in 1950 (see diary for 17 June 1978 – 11 June 1979). There are some photographs of his archaeological work but not necessarily in the volumes related to the specific sites mentioned below.


  1. E-mail to Harold Averill from Joseph Shaw, 1 February 2010.

University of Toronto: lecture notes and teaching materials

This series documents courses taught by Professor Shaw in the Department of Fine Art and in the School of Graduate Studies, History of Art. It consists of correspondence, notes, course outlines, reading lists, detailed notes on how the courses were given, some lecture notes, overall assessments of the students’ papers and seminars, completed course critiques by the students themselves, and a selection of student papers for undergraduate and graduate courses. Only a small selection of undergraduate student papers has been retained. Professor Shaw made detailed critiques of student presentations and papers for graduate courses, so more papers have been kept. There are a few photographs for the course, FAH 2003F (1988). The arrangement is by ascending course number and by academic year for each course.

The courses taught and documented in this series are:

FAR 100 : Material and methods of Art History
FAR 255F : Greek sanctuaries
FAH 316F : Art on Thera
FAH 319 S/H : Art at ancient Akrotiri on Thera
FAH 421F/S : Representational art of the east Mediterranean Bronze Age
FAH 422S : Art on Thera, ca. 1500 BC (successor to FAH 319 S/H)
FAH 423 : Problems and possibilities of the Minoan palaces
FAH 424/3424 : Aegean religious art and architecture
FAH 425 : The Mycenean palaces
FAH 481S/2001S : Studies in ancient art: Problems in Bronze Age art
FAH 481H1(Y) : Palaeolithic art
FAR/FAH 2000/2000Y: The Aegean the Bronze Age
FAH 2001S/X : Special problems in Bronze Age Aegean archaeology
FAH 2002X : Excavations at Kommos
FAH 2003F/S : Art and archaeology of Minoan Kommos (later, ‘Kommos in the Bronze and
Iron Ages’)
FAH 2004S : The Greek sanctuary at Kommos
FAH 2005H : Minoan architecture: concepts and styles


The e-mails, letters, postcards, notes, sketches, and the occasional photograph in this series document the interchange of ideas and information between Professor Shaw and his students, former students and colleagues involved in the Kommos excavations project, and with editors and others involved with publishing the results. For additional correspondence relating to specific publications, see Series 5. The photographs associated with the correspondence have been left in the relevant files. The arrangement of the files is alphabetically by name of individual correspondent or organization, except the files from Accession B2011-0007, which contain correspondence in Greek with Manolis Kandianakis, someone who worked on the excavation at Kommos, and various colleagues and friends from Pitsidia

The files contain information about assembling the personnel for the archaeological excavations and surveys undertaken, issues relating to them, reports on results, and the publication of some papers. There are many inquiries about employment and letters of reference. Correspondence with the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (1993-2003) relates primarily to reports submitted on the results of research undertaken. Many of the other files document the relationship between archaeological research and the production of the Kommos volumes. Volumes I, Part I and II were produced by an independent production company, under the general editorship of Professor Shaw and his wife, Maria, with Barbara Ibroni as an editor and Karen Fortgang as copyeditor, and printed by Princeton University Press, which also printed the other volumes. Much of the correspondence with James Wright and Lucia Nixon, for example, relates to their chapters, respectively, in Parts I and 2 of Kommos I. The correspondence with David Reese and Debbie Ruscillo documents respectively their research for chapters in volume IV, while that with Julie Pfaff documents her digs and plates on pottery for Kommos V. The correspondence with editors Karen Fortgang, Barbara Ibroni and Cy Strong (he was hired for volumes IV and V); Richard Hope-Simpson, Alan Johnston, and Princeton University Press, Peter M. Day, Vassilis Kilikoglou, and Aleydis van de Moortel, documents the process by which Kommos I, Parts I and 2, IV, and V made it to print.

Manuscripts and publications

The files in this series contains most of the manuscripts, articles, chapters of books, and books written by Professor Shaw (often in conjunction with his wife, Maria, and sometimes with other authors), and two of his book reviews. The earliest articles document the results of his work at Kenchreai, where he toiled under the supervision of Robert Scranton, beginning in 1963 and which resulted (with Scranton and others) in his first book, Kenchreai, Volume I, The Town and The Harbour (1978). Professor Shaw’s subsequent introduction by Nicholas Platon to Crete and, especially to Kommos, and his doctoral research on port establishments in the Mediterranean, set the stage for much of his future work and writings. The excavations at Kommos began 1976 and, over thirty years, has resulted in six major studies published by Princeton University Press. Popularly dubbed Kommos I to V, they appeared in 1995-1996, 1990, 1992, 2000, and 2006 respectively. The Shaws edited volumes I, parts 1 and 2, IV and V. Volumes II and III were edited by others and are only tangentially represented in this series. The Shaws also edited another book on Kommos, A Great Minoan Triangle in Southcentral Crete: Kommos, Hagia Triadha, Phaistos (1985). Professor Shaw also wrote Kommos: A Minoan harbor town and Greek sanctuary in Crete (2006), and edited, with Aleydis Van de Moortel, Peter M. Day, and Vassilis Kilikoglou, A LM IA ceramic kiln in south-central Crete: function and pottery production (2001).

These volumes and numerous articles on Kommos are represented in this series, but most of the periodic reports on excavations there are not included. The remaining articles document the results of research ranging from Minoan palaces and tripartite shrines, to archaeological sites at Akrotiri and Thera, Cretan temples, and Phoenicians in southern Crete.

The files contain any combination of correspondence, notes, drafts, drawings and photographs. The few photographs have been left with the textual materials with which they are associated, and the arrangement of the files is chronological, by date of publication.

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