- 2001-2009 (Creation)
- 1960s-2000s (Creation)
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Approximately 200 CDs and DVDs
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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).
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The Contemporary Landscape Design Collection (CLDC) was formed under the direction of the Garden and Landscape Studies department at Dumbarton Oaks between 2001 and 2009, and is intended as a complement to the existing collection of drawings by Beatrix Farrand in the Rare Book Collection. Michel Conan, Director of Garden and Landscape Studies, initiated the project and served as Curator of the CLDC. From 2001-2009, Xin Wu, Coordinator of East Asian Garden Studies, served as Assistant Curator of CLDC and administered the collection.
The collection focuses on a select group of contemporary landscape designers from around the world and a selection of their most significant projects. Materials were selected with the goal of illuminating each designer's design process, including preliminary studies, documentation of the design period, documentation of the finished product, and finally, the project’s evolution. Drawn from the files kept by contemporary landscape architects and garden designers in their own offices and private archives, the collection includes sketches, drawings, plans, images, and other documentation for a number of selected projects. In addition to the project documentation, each designer in the collection has a dossier containing essential information about his or her history, writings, etc.
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- Dumbarton Oaks (Creator)