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Colección PH.BZ.001 - Black and White Mounted Photograph Collection

Área de identidad

Código de referencia



Black and White Mounted Photograph Collection


  • 1942-2000s (Creación)

Nivel de descripción


Volumen y soporte

949 boxes, containing approximately 75,000 black and white photographic prints

Área de contexto

Nombre del productor

Dumbarton Oaks (1940-Present)

Historia administrativa

Robert and Mildred Bliss retired to their Georgetown home, Dumbarton Oaks, in 1933. They began adding to their already extensive collection of artwork and reference books, anticipating the creation of a research institute. In 1940, the Blisses gave their property to Harvard University, creating Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection.

"Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is an institute in Washington, DC, administered by the Trustees for Harvard University. It supports research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through fellowships and internships, meetings, and exhibitions. Located in residential Georgetown, Dumbarton Oaks welcomes researchers at all career stages who come to study its books, objects, images, and documents. It opens its doors to the public to visit its historic Gardens, designed by Beatrix Farrand; its Museum, with world-class collections of art; and its Music Room, for lectures and concerts. The institute disseminates knowledge through its own publications (such as Dumbarton Oaks Papers and symposium volumes) as well as through the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library (published by Harvard University Press). Dumbarton Oaks also makes accessible ever more of its resources freely online." -http://www.doaks.org/about

Among its many other activities, in January of 1963, Dumbarton Oaks and the trustees of Harvard University assumed all fieldwork activities formerly initiated by the Byzantine Institute. The Dumbarton Oaks fieldwork committee directed and sponsored new fieldwork projects in Turkey (Church of St. Polyeuktos), Cyprus (Church of the Panagia Amasgou at Monagri), Syria (Dibsi Faraj), and present-day Macedonia (Bargala).

Historia archivística

The Photographic Department was established in 1942 as an independent department.

Origen del ingreso o transferencia

Photos were acquired over the years via deposit or purchase. Consult the curatorial files and accession logs for further information about a specific acquisition.

Área de contenido y estructura

Alcance y contenido

The collection includes over 75,000 mounted black and white photographic prints of Byzantine art, architecture, and archaeology, its bulk being from the fourth through the fifteenth century, along with corresponding negatives where available. The emphasis is on materials that originated in the Byzantine empire and neighboring cultures: Italy, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Slovenia, Romania, Russia, Armenia, and Georgia, as well as Greece, Syria, Israel, and Egypt. There is also a limited number of Russian, Crusader, and post-Byzantine works.

In addition to photographs deposited by outside scholars or purchased from vendors, the images document the fieldwork of Dumbarton Oaks, the Byzantine Institute, and a number of affiliated scholars, including Margaret Alexander, Richard Anderson, Cyril Mango, Thomas Mathews, Ihor Ševčenko, and Robert Van Nice.

For more information, see related descriptions for each series.

Valorización, destrucción y programación


Sistema de arreglo

Arranged in sections by medium depicted (Architecture, Epigraphy, Ivory, Manuscripts, Metalwork, Minor Media, Mosaic, Mosaic icon, Mosaic Pavement, Panel painting, Sculpture, Textiles, and Wall painting), and then filed geographically according to country, city, and site.

Área de condiciones de acceso y uso

Condiciones de acceso

Access to the collection is unrestricted. It is available for research purposes. Appointment is required for access because researcher space is limited: http://www.doaks.org/icfa-appointment-request-form. For research queries, contact the staff of Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (icfa@doaks.org).


Photographs are for research and study purposes only.

Idioma del material

Escritura del material

Notas sobre las lenguas y escrituras

Características físicas y requisitos técnicos

Instrumentos de descripción

Preliminary inventories for individual sections by Medium are available - see each series record for this collection.

Área de materiales relacionados

Existencia y localización de originales

Existencia y localización de copias

Additional instantiations may be available in ICFA's Negative Collection or Site Books. For access, consult with ICFA staff.

Unidades de descripción relacionadas

Área de notas

Puntos de acceso

Puntos de acceso por autoridad

Área de control de la descripción

Identificador de la descripción


Identificador de la institución


Reglas y/o convenciones usadas

Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)

Estado de elaboración


Nivel de detalle



  • inglés



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Fecha de inicio


Fecha final

Titular de derechos

Nota(s) sobre los derechos

Preferred Citation: Black and White Mounted Photograph Collection, PH.BZ.001, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives, Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University, Washington, D.C.



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No permitir

Fecha de inicio


Fecha final

Titular de derechos

Nota(s) sobre los derechos

Photographs are for research and study purposes only.


Derechos de autor

Régimen de derechos de autor

Bajo derechos de autor

Fecha de reconocimiento de los derechos de autor

Ley del estado aplicable

Nota sobre los derechos de autor

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Tamaño del archivo

6.1 MiB


14 de diciembre de 2018 07:14

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