The Honorable David Levine AO RFD QC

In 2015, a most generous endowment by the Hon. David Levine AO, RFD, QC allowed the AAIA to create the “David Levine Book Acquisition Fund” with the goal of substantially increasing our annual library acquisitions. Our major objective is to strengthen our collection’s strategic holdings in archaeological subjects, including site reports, collection guides, exhibition catalogues, analyses of material culture, and South Italian red-figure vase painting. In 2017, the AAIA made its first purchases through the Fund, bringing our members a number of important and interesting new books. Regular acquisitions have been made since 2017, and AAIA members are regularly updated about recent acquisitions via our Newsletter, which can are available on our “Publications” page.

General Acquisition Policy:

1. High value individual monographs or monograph series relevant to the AAIA and other CCANESA users[1]

Preference will be given to:

  1. Image rich publications for which access to the physical illustrations is critical to research [i.e. maps, inscriptions, Site and Finds reports, CVA series, etc. ][2]
  2. monographs beyond the budget restrictions of the relevant departments / CCANESA stakeholders
  3. rare books and manuscripts
  4. Reference books of high value (ThesCRA, LIMC etc)

2. Monograph and conference series and serials already held by the AAIA

3. Monographs and new Monograph series within the AAIA’s research interests (Aegean and Mediterranean archaeology, and sub disciplines)

Particular emphasis will be given to publications that expand research in these areas which are not available in the University of Sydney’s Fisher Library. 

[1] We are very happy to consider recommendations

[2] Professor Cambitoglou’s buying patterns for the Library’s CVA holdings was primarily focused on volumes dedicated to the South Italian Red Figure collections. As Sydney University Library, Fisher, has standing orders to buy all CVA series, we will continue to purchase the South Italian CVAs only. We feel that having a reference collection of these CVAs will provide the necessary visual reference material essential for users of the Cambitoglou RVAp archive.

Annual Special Acquisitions:

Each year, we will set aside ca. $3000 endeavour to make one or two premium acquisitions, normally outside the budgets for departments or faculties.

If you would like to recommend a volume for acquisitions, please contact the Levine Library Assistant via


Dr Stavros Paspalas – Acting Director
Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens, Room 480, Madsen Building (F09), University of Sydney NSW 2006 Australia
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