About the collection
John Robert Sitlington Sterrett (1851-1914) was appointed Professor of Greek at Cornell in 1901. During the previous decades he had traveled throughout Greece, Turkey, Syria, and Iraq, studying the inscriptions, monuments, and historical geography of the region. Upon his arrival at Cornell he communicated his love of archaeological exploration to three students who, in 1907-8, undertook the "Cornell Expedition to Asia Minor and the Assyro-Babylonian Orient." In 1918, Sterrett's widow gave his collection of archaeological photographs to the Cornell University Library, including hundreds of images taken by Sterrett's frequent companion in his travels, the pioneering archaeological photographer John Henry Haynes (1849-1910). The Sterrett collection also preserves photographs made by the Cornell Expedition of 1907-8.