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Series 02 - Drawings, ca. late 1930s-1980s

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DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-02


Drawings, ca. late 1930s-1980s


  • ca. late 1930s-1980s (Creation)

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8 boxes with 103 folders

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Van Nice, Robert L. (1910-1994)

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Contains drawings by Robert Van Nice and his fieldwork and drafting assistants, representing decades of work at Hagia Sophia. Drawings may be elevations, plans, levels, sections, details, or other graphic depictions of the building; they include detailed notes and measurements of many parts of the building. Folders may also include rubbings, as well as occasional correspondence and notes.

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Folders of drawings are grouped by area of the building or elements within Hagia Sophia, and then arranged roughly alphabetically. For example: Aisle, Apse, Atrium, Baptistery, Buttress, Columns, Dome, Exonarthex, Floor, Gallery, Graffiti, Ground Level, Mason's Marks, Minarets, Mosaics, Narthex, Nave, Pendentives, Piers, Ramps, Semidomes, Squinches, Tympana, Wells, Windows, etc.

Additional drawings of Hagia Sophia and templates are filed at the end of the series, along with miscellaneous drawings not created by Van Nice and his assistants.

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Robert Van Nice often created divisions or categories within folders, and these categories are reflected in the folder titles and descriptions. He bundled drawings together with detailed notes about the group. Van Nice also annotated individual drawings, sometimes extensively, cross-referencing them to other drawings and photographs.


Van Nice’s original folder titles were not available for this series, so folder titles were created by taking the folder contents and the previous processor’s title into account.


As many drawings are undated, date ranges supplied for each folder may not reflect the date of execution for every item within.

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Robert L. Van Nice Fieldwork Records and Papers, ca. 1936-1989





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Preferred Citation: Robert L. Van Nice Fieldwork Records and Papers, ca. 1936-1989, MS.BZ.012, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives, Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University, Washington, D.C.

Some materials created by Rowland J. Mainstone are restricted.



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Robert L. Van Nice Fieldwork Records and Papers, ca. 1936-1989





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Copyright for Robert Van Nice materials belongs to Dumbarton Oaks. However, permission to publish materials created by other correspondents, including Rowland J. Mainstone, must be obtained from the copyright holder.



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