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

Area dell'identificazione

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Black and White Mounted Photograph Collection


  • 1942-2000s (Creazione)

Livello di descrizione


Consistenza e supporto

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

Area del contesto

Nome del soggetto produttore

Dumbarton Oaks (1940-Present)

Storia istituzionale/amministrativa

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).

Storia archivistica

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

Modalità di acquisizione

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

Area del contenuto e della struttura

Ambito e contenuto

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.

Valutazione e scarto


Sistema di ordinamento

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.

Area delle condizioni di accesso e uso

Condizioni di accesso

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).

Condizioni di riproduzione

Photographs are for research and study purposes only.

Lingua dei materiali

Scrittura dei materiali

Note sulla lingua e sulla scrittura

Caratteristiche materiali e requisiti tecnici

Strumenti di ricerca

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

Area dei materiali collegati

Esistenza e localizzazione degli originali

Esistenza e localizzazione di copie

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

Unità di descrizione collegate

Area delle note

Punti di accesso

Punti d'accesso per nome

Area di controllo della descrizione

Codice identificativo della descrizione


Codice identificativo dell'istitituto conservatore


Norme e convenzioni utilizzate

Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)



Livello di completezza



  • inglese



Area dei diritti

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Data iniziale


Data finale

Detentore di diritti

Note sui diritti

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.



Diritto collegato





Data iniziale


Data finale

Detentore di diritti

Note sui diritti

Photographs are for research and study purposes only.



Stato del copyright

Under copyright

Data relativa allo stato del copyright

Ambito territoriale di applicazione del copyright

Nota sul copyright

Metadati dell'oggetto digitale

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Dimensione del file

6.1 MiB


14 dicembre 2018 07.14

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