The Einar Gjerstad research papers document the long and prolific scholarly career of this Swedish classical archaeologist.
The archive includes research notes, photographs, drawings, typescripts and publication production materials for Gjerstad's
extensive studies of the archaeology of Cyprus and early Rome.
Einar Nilson Gjerstad was born October 30, 1897 in Örebro, Sweden, where his father, Erik Nilson, was a merchant and local
politician. As Nilson’s career advanced during World War I, the family moved to Stockholm, and shortly after this, in 1917,
Gjerstad left home to enroll in Uppsala University. At Uppsala, Gjerstad studied under Axel Persson, and eventually became
his assistant when the Swedish excavations at Asine in Greece began in 1922. This connection with Persson set the foundation
for Gjerstad’s archaeological career.