- ca. 1936-1987 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
Name of creator
Name of creator
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Contains correspondence and administrative records, including: timesheets for assistant workers, expense reports, to-do lists, fieldwork notes, project-related correspondence, and personal correspondence intermingled with Van Nice’s work correspondence. These records document Van Nice’s multi-faceted role in the project. He was the project’s principal investigator as an architectural surveyor and draftsman, but he was also a researcher, manager, and occasional tour guide for visitors to Hagia Sophia. Some of Van Nice’s early letters are carbon copies of original letters sent to William Emerson, which can be found in Subgroup 1, Series 1, Subseries 1. In addition to Emerson, the primary correspondents include: American colleagues such as Frederick Gardiner Fassett, Jr.; Turkish contacts such as Feridun Dirimtekin and Yavuz Birtürk; drafting assistants such as John F. Wilson; and Dumbarton Oaks staff members such as John Thacher and Ernst Kitzinger, among many others.
Some general correspondence is also included regarding other projects that Van Nice was involved in that were not directly related to the administrative work of the Hagia Sophia project. This correspondence includes thank you letters and other social correspondence, the records for other trips such as an expedition to Mount Sinai, and an interview that Van Nice gave for a Turkish radio program in 1950 (see Subgroup 1, Series 1, Box 6, Folder 57).
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
Conditions governing reproduction
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Subject access points
Place access points
Name access points
Description control area
Rules and/or conventions used
Level of detail
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.