The great American plunder of Persia's antiquities, 1925-1941
Using recently declassified State Department records, Mohammad Gholi Majd describes the manner in which the U.S. government guided and assisted American museums in acquiring vast quantities of Persian antiquities and archaeological finds. In the evolution of American-Persian relations, the importance of the antiquities story has remained unrecognized.
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Acting Minister American legation American Minister American museums ancient antiquities law archaeological Arthur Upham Pope August Bernhardsson Breasted to Murray Breasted's British cable Charge d'Affaires Charles Breasted concession Council of Ministers Damghan dated December Department dispatch division of finds Engert Ernst Herzfeld Expedition to Persia export Field Director Foroughi French monopoly German Minister Godard granted Hart Hekmat Hornibrook Imbrie informed Institute's interest Iran Iranian Government Istakhr James Henry Breasted January Jayne Joint Expedition June Krefter letter Luristan matter memorandum Merriam Mesopotamia Metropolitan Museum Minister of Education Minister of Public Ministry Museum of Art negotiations Neishabur November objects obtained October Oriental Institute Pennsylvania Museum permission permit Persepolis Expedition Persian antiquities Persian Art Persian Government photographs plunder Pope's present Prime Minister Professor Herzfeld Professor Pope Public Instruction reply request restoration Reza Shah Sassanian Schmidt September Tehran telegram Teymourtache University of Chicago University of Pennsylvania Upton Wulsin