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Collezione MS.BZ.020 - Corpus of Early Christian and Byzantine Silver, 1981-1986

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Corpus of Early Christian and Byzantine Silver, 1981-1986


  • 1981-1986 (Creazione)

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Consistenza e supporto

36 boxes containing approximately 3,500 photographs
10 binders of documents
4 boxes of reference cards

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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).

Nome del soggetto produttore

Burk, Charlotte Kroll

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Photograph archivist at Dumbarton Oaks

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Loftus, Erin (active late 20th century)

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Silver Corpus cataloger at Dumbarton Oaks (1984-1986)

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Diebold, William (active late 20th century)

Nota biografica

Silver Corpus cataloger at Dumbarton Oaks in 1981.

Storia archivistica

Modalità di acquisizione

The Silver Corpus was created in 1981 by the Byzantine Photograph Collection. It was completed between 1984-1986, with aid of grant funds from the J. Paul Getty Trust.

Area del contenuto e della struttura

Ambito e contenuto

The collection documents approximately 1,500 Byzantine silver vessels and utensils produced for liturgical and domestic use between 300 and 1453 CE within the geographical boundaries of the Roman and Byzantine empires (as known, ca. 1985). Silver vessels from Western Europe through the seventh century and Veneto-Byzantine silver are included; Sassanian silver, coins, jewelry, armor, icon frames, settings, and ingots are excluded.

Mounted photographs of objects correspond to entries in the Silver Corpus Catalog. Each individual object entry includes a description with dimensions and weights provided by published sources and by the holding institutions. An accompanying card catalog serves as an index to the objects; reference cards record bibliography, locations, hoard codes, inscriptions, and object types.

Valutazione e scarto


Sistema di ordinamento

Photographs and binders for the Silver Corpus Catalog are arranged by geographic location and institution. Reference cards are organized by subject (bibliography, locations, hoard codes, inscriptions, and object types) and arranged alphabetically within each grouping.

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.

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Norme e convenzioni utilizzate

Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)



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Note sui diritti

Preferred Citation: Corpus of Early Christian and Byzantine Silver, 1981-1986, MS.BZ.020, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives, Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University, Washington, D.C.



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Copyright for Corpus research materials and photographs of objects in the Dumbarton Oaks Museum belongs to Dumbarton Oaks. However, permission to publish photographs of objects from other repositories must be obtained from the copyright holder.



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