Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI), Nicosia, Cyprus

CAARI was founded to promote the study of the archaeology and related humanities disciplines of Cyprus. The Institute's library holds approximately 6,900 monographs, 130 current journal titles, and around 4,130 off-prints of articles. The core of the present library is the personal collection of books that once belonged to Professor Claude F.A. Schaeffer, the eminent French archaeologist who excavated in Cyprus and the Near East. Its particular strength lies in the works published on Levantine prehistory in the decades before and after the Second World War, particularly in French. This nucleus has been supplemented by exchanges, donations and purchases, including those made through a generous grant from the J. Paul Getty Trust, with particular emphasis on all periods of Cypriote archaeology and history, and on the civilizations of Cyprus' neighbors. Also included in CAARI's library are nearly 800 maps, archival material from various sources, including papers from the estates of Professor Schaeffer, Professor J.R. Stewart, Miss Joan du Plat Taylor, and Monsieur J.-C. Courtois, and 600 photographs and drawings. In addition, there is an archaeological study collection of over 14,000 items that supports the library as a research organ. Cataloged in a dBase program, the collection includes ceramics, lithics, metallurgical samples, geological materials, and flora and fauna dating from the Neolithic through the Medieval period.