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"Etyemez fresco," Istanbul, Turkey

  • MS.BZ.004-03-01-05
  • Subseries
  • 1957 - 1958

Photographs document the transfer and conservation of the “Etyemez fresco” (also described as the “Samatya fresco”) near Yedikule in Istanbul, from 1957-1958. The fresco, depicting the Virgin and Christ Child, was discovered in a small apse on a p...

"Ramazanoglu excavation," Istanbul, Turkey

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.004-03-01-06
  • Subseries
  • 1958 - 1961

Photographs document the conservation of frescoes near Hagia Eirene (also known as the “Ramazanoğlu” excavations), initially found during excavations overseen by Hagia Sophia Museum director Muzaffer Ramazanoğlu from 1946-1947, and later conserved...

Abydos, Egypt, ca. 1920s

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.017-04-01
  • Subseries
  • 1920 - 1929

The oversize rubbings and tracings contained in these folders were reproduced by Alexandre Piankoff in several articles published after Thomas Whittemore’s death in 1950 in Les Cahiers Coptes and the Bulletin de la Société d’Archéologie Copte. Acc...

Whittemore, Thomas

Additional Photographs of Hagia Sophia, ca. late 1930s-1970s

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-03-04
  • Subseries
  • 1935 - 1979

Contains various photographs of Hagia Sophia from the Byzantine Institute, Tony Marshall, and other sources, as well as from Van Nice. They are grouped by category (e.g., graffiti, photographs of plates, etc.).

Amarna, Egypt, 1924-1925

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.017-04-02
  • Subseries

The plans and architectural drawings contained in these folders document the structures excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society during the 1924-1925 season at Amarna. They were executed by H.B. Clark, under the direction of field director F.G. ...

Egypt Exploration Society

Amarna, Egypt, ca. 1920s

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.017-01-02
  • Subseries
  • 1920 - 1929

Consists of materials related to Egypt Exploration Society excavations that took place at Amarna in the 1920s. Whittemore was involved in some capacity during the 1923-24, 1924-25, and 1926-1927 seasons.

Bargala, Macedonia

  • MS.BZ.004-03-01-21
  • Subseries
  • 1970 - 1971

Photographs document archaeological excavation work at the Byzantine site of Bargala, Macedonia, also known as Goren Kozjak. From 1966-1969 the Archaeological Museum of Skopje in cooperation with the National Museum of Štip carried out excavations...


  • US DcWaDIC MS.GL.002-08-01
  • Subseries
  • 1973 - 2005

This subseries consists of articles about Lassus and his philosophical approach to his work between 1983–2002, including, “Uckange, Reconstructuration Urbaine” (1988), “The Landscape Approach of Bernard Lassus, I & II,” Journal of Garden History (...

Centre de Recherche d’Ambiances

  • US DcWaDIC MS.GL.002-08-02
  • Subseries
  • 1959 - 1968

This subseries features Lassus’ experimental research and studies from 1959 to 1968. Beginning with his earliest experiments, Lassus researched and developed theories on visual phenomena, human interactions with their environment, and sensory perc...

Church of Panagia Amasgou, Monagri, Cyprus

  • MS.BZ.004-03-01-16
  • Subseries
  • 1968 - 1973

Photographs document the restoration work of the frescoes at the Church of the Panagia Amasgou in the town of Monagri, Cyprus. In 1969, with the permission of the Bishop of Kition and the cooperation of the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus, Dum...

Church of Panagia Angeloktistos, Kiti, Cyprus

  • MS.BZ.004-03-01-17
  • Subseries
  • 1974

Photographs depict mosaics that were cleaned and conserved by Ernest J.W. Hawkins in collaboration with the Department of Antiquities in Cyprus and with the support of Dumbarton Oaks, ca. 1974.

Church of Panagia Kanakaria, Lythragkomi, Cyprus

  • MS.BZ.004-03-01-20
  • Subseries
  • 1969 - 1970

Photographs depict the apse conch mosaics of the church. Dumbarton Oaks sponsored fieldwork took place here around 1969-1970 but the project was terminated. Ernest Hawkins carried out the conservation of the mosaics .

Church of Panagia Phorbiotissa, Asinou, Cyprus

  • MS.BZ.004-03-01-14
  • Subseries
  • 1965 - 1971

Photographs document the restoration work of the frescoes at the Church of the Panagia Phorbiotissa in the town of Asinou, Cyprus, from 1965-1967, and in 1971. With the permission of the Bishop of Kyrenia and the Department of Antiquities, a Dumba...

Church of Panagia tou Arakos, Lagoudera, Cyprus

  • MS.BZ.004-03-01-15
  • Subseries
  • 1968 - 1973

Photographs document the restoration work of the frescoes at the Church of the Panagia tou Arakos near the town of Lagoudera, Cyprus. In April of 1968, a Dumbarton Oaks expedition began to clean and conserve the paintings in the church. Work was c...

Church of Saint Polyeuktos, Sarachane, Istanbul, Turkey

  • MS.BZ.004-03-01-18
  • Subseries
  • 1964 - 1968

Photographs depict excavation finds, as well as views of the church ruins when they were first discovered. Dumbarton Oaks and the Istanbul Archaeological Museum collaborated in a limited excavation in 1964, and later campaigns in 1965-1968, report...

Competitions, Consultations, Studies, and Proposals

  • US DcWaDIC MS.GL.002-08-03
  • Subseries
  • 1982 - 1991

This subseries comprises materials relating to Lassus’ various commissioned environmental studies and advisory project proposals, as well as important landscape design competitions that he participated in. Highlights include written materials, dra...

Conservation and Meeting Notes, 1984-1989

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.011-01-01-02
  • Subseries
  • 1984 - 1989

Contains meeting minutes or notes that were created to report on the daily work at Kariye Camii and to document the discussions between Tauss, Spitz, Başeğmez, and other specialists and authorities regarding the technical aspects of the conservati...

Copies and Photographs Sent to Rowland J. Mainstone, 1969

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-03-03
  • Subseries
  • 1969

Contains photographs and other types of material related to Hagia Sophia. Many photographs are copies of images that exist elsewhere in the collection, and some may be from the Byzantine Institute. The contents for this subseries were probably ass...

Correspondence and Fundraising, 1984-1989

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.011-01-01-01
  • Subseries
  • 1984 - 1989

Contains administrative correspondence between Charles Tauss, Betty Spitz, the Directors of the Hagia Sophia Museum and other staff, and Şinasi Başeğmez, the curator and later consultant to the Hagia Sophia and Kariye Camii museums. There is addit...

Deësis Panel

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.004-02-02-01
  • Subseries
  • 1930 - 1949

Fieldwork reports, notes, and drafts for publications relating to the Deësis mosaic panel in Hagia Sophia.

Dibsi Faraj and other sites, Syria

  • MS.BZ.004-03-01-23
  • Subseries
  • 1971 - 1974

Photographs depict various sites in Syria by a survey team from the Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies and the Kelsey Museum of Archeology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, who were invited by the Syrian Department of Antiquities to exa...

Duplicate Photographs

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.004-03-01-26
  • Subseries
  • 1920 - 2000

Includes photographic prints of the Red Sea Monasteries in Egypt, and Hagia Sophia, Kariye Camii, and other sites in Istanbul, as well as images of Thomas Whittemore. This series also includes oversize photographs from the same sites, and backlog ...

Enkleistra of Neophytos Enkleistos, Paphos, Cyprus

  • MS.BZ.004-03-01-12
  • Subseries
  • 1962 - 1971

Photographs document restoration work carried out at the rock-cut Monastery of Hagios Neophytos near the town of Paphos, Cyprus, from 1962-1966, and 1968-1971. The restoration project was directed by Dumbarton Oaks staff Ernest Hawkins, and Cyril ...

Episcopal Basilica of Kourion, Episkopi, Cyprus

  • MS.BZ.004-03-01-24
  • Subseries
  • 1973 - 1975

Photographs document the last stage of excavations at the Kourion Episcopal Basilica and precinct led by Arthur H.S. Megaw of Dumbarton Oaks with the full cooperation from the Cyprus Department of Antiquities from 1973-1975. Megaw was formerly the...

Fenari Isa Camii, Istanbul, Turkey

  • MS.BZ.004-03-01-10
  • Subseries
  • 1956 - 1964

Photographs document the architectural sculpture and restoration work at Fenari Isa Camii, also known as the Theotokos Church of Constantine Lips. A photographic survey was conducted in 1956-57 to document the ruinous condition of the double churc...

Fethiye Camii, Istanbul, Turkey

  • MS.BZ.004-03-01-04
  • Subseries
  • 1949 - 1963

Photographs document the architecture, structural restoration work, and mosaic decoration of the Fethiye Camii, formerly the Church of Saint Mary Pammakaristos, in Istanbul, Turkey, from 1949-1963. Cyril Mango and Ernest J.W. Hawkins reported on t...

Fieldwork Project Correspondence and Administrative Records, ca. 1936-1987

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-01-01-02
  • Subseries
  • 1936 - 1987

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 correspon...

Financial Documents, ca. 1930s - 1950s

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.004-01-02-01
  • Subseries
  • 1930 - 1960

Contains financial reports, logbooks, statements of deposits, expenditures, and a list of salaries per fieldworker. These materials illustrate the administrative and financial history of the Byzantine Institute.

Glass Lantern Slides and 35 mm Slides

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-03-05
  • Subseries
  • 1930 - 1970

One group of forty-two (42) lantern slides, dated 1937-1939, depicts various Byzantine monuments in Istanbul; they are attributed to Robert Van Nice, but were likely created by Nicholas V. Artamonoff. A second group of sixty-three (63) undated lan...

Artamonoff, N. V. (Nicholas Victor)


  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.004-01-03-02
  • Subseries
  • 1950 - 1960

Hagia Euphemia, Istanbul, Turkey

  • MS.BZ.004-03-01-07
  • Subseries
  • 1958

Photographs document the cleaning and consolidation of the frescoes of the Martyrium of Saint Euphemia, which had deteriorated since their discovery during excavations in 1941-42 by Alfons Maria Schneider. The Byzantine Institute assisted the cons...

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

  • MS.BZ.004-03-01-02
  • Subseries
  • 1931 - 1960

Photographs comprehensively document the conservation and restoration of the original mosaics of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey, from 1931-1960. Images document the architecture, sculpture, decorative motifs, uncovering of the mosaics, conservat...

Holy Apostles, Perachorio, Cyprus

  • MS.BZ.004-03-01-11
  • Subseries
  • 1959

Photographs document the treatment of frescoes in the summer of 1959, when the Byzantine Institute agreed to lend the services of their Istanbul staff to the Cyprus Department of Antiquities, under Arthur H.S. Megaw. The work was completed by Lawr...

Index of Epithets of the Virgin Mary, A to Z

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.010-02-01
  • Subseries
  • 1940 - 1965

This subseries contains an alphabetical overview of mostly Russian epithets of the Virgin Mary. They are often based on specific icons and their origin, but some of them also designate a specific iconographical type. The folders contain reference ...

Items Related to Thomas Whittemore's Other Activities

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.013-01-02
  • Subseries
  • 1875 - 1958

Subseries 2 records Whittemore’s other activities in the 1900s, such as his trips to Europe, and his death in 1950 and its aftermath. Materials include: checkbooks, train tickets, receipts, postcards, calling cards, obituaries, and a copy of Whit...

Items Related to Thomas Whittemore's Teaching Career

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.013-01-01
  • Subseries
  • 1875 - 1950

Subseries 1 contains materials related to Thomas Whittemore’s early career as an English Professor and a stage director at Tufts College in the early 1900s and his brief teaching stint at Columbia University in 1908. Materials include: notes, lis...

Kalenderhane Camii, Istanbul, Turkey

  • MS.BZ.004-03-01-19
  • Subseries
  • 1966 - 1974

Photographs document some of the building conservation of the former Monastery of Christ Akataleptos. The project involved Cecil L. Striker and Y. Dogan Kuban, representing Dumbarton Oaks, and the Department of the History of Architecture of the I...

Kariye Camii, Istanbul, Turkey

  • MS.BZ.004-03-01-03
  • Subseries
  • 1947 - 1963

Photographs comprehensively document the conservation and restoration of the original mosaics and frescoes of Kariye Camii, or the Church of Our Saviour of the Monastery of the Chora, in Istanbul, Turkey, from 1947-1963. Fieldwork was overseen by ...

Kilise Camii, Istanbul, Turkey

  • MS.BZ.004-03-01-08
  • Subseries
  • 1958 - 1960

Photographs depict the architecture and mosaics of Kilise Camii. The level of the Byzantine Institute’s involvement in this fieldwork conducted in collaboration with other institutions is currently not known.

Monasteries of Saint Anthony and Saint Paul, Egypt

  • MS.BZ.004-03-01-01
  • Subseries
  • 1930 - 1932

Photographs depict the Byzantine Institute’s inaugural fieldwork project, an expedition led by Thomas Whittemore to Egypt in 1930, to conduct studies of wall paintings at the Coptic Monasteries of Saint Anthony and Saint Paul near the Red Sea. The...

Monastery of Hagios Chrysostomos, Koutsovendis, Cyprus

  • MS.BZ.004-03-01-13
  • Subseries
  • 1963 - 1969

Photographs document the restoration work at the Church of St. John Chrysostom in the town of Koutsovendis, Cyprus, under the supervision of Dumbarton Oaks and the Cyprus Department of Antiquities, from 1963-1964, and 1967-1969. Painting conservat...

Negatives and Transparencies

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-03-06
  • Subseries
  • 1935 - 1979

Negatives and transparencies include Images of interior and exterior views of Hagia Sophia, as well as architectural drawings of the building. Sizes include: 35 mm, 2 ¼” x 3 ¾”, 4” x 5”, 5” x 7”, and 8” x 10”. There is one (1) reel of microfilm r...

Prost, Henri

Notecards, ca. late 1930s-1970s

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-02
  • Subseries
  • 1935 - 1979

Consists of 4” x 6” slips of paper containing handwritten observations, citations, and calculations on a wide variety of topics related to Hagia Sophia and archaeological fieldwork, carefully organized by Van Nice alphabetically by subject.

Notes, Outlines, and Drafts of Manuscript, late 1940s-1960s

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-03
  • Subseries
  • 1945 - 1969

Contains draft material, correspondence, and notes related to a planned, but unfinished text, which was intended to accompany the Hagia Sophia plates. This subseries also includes draft material, notes, outlines, research, and correspondence creat...

Osireion at Abydos and General Abydos, Egypt, ca. 1910s-early 1930s

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.017-01-01
  • Subseries
  • 1910 - 1933

Contains materials related to Egypt Exploration Society excavations at Abydos during the 1910s to the early 1930s. Whittemore was the American Representative to the EES excavations between 1911-1914; he also visited the site during the 1920s and e...

Whittemore, Thomas

Other Fieldwork Projects in Turkey

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.004-02-01-05
  • Subseries
  • 1940 - 1963

Related to other fieldwork projects in Turkey, including Fatih Camii, Fethiye Camii, Fenari Isa Camii (Monastery of Lips), and Kalenderhane Camii, among others. Also includes covers from Byzantine Institute fieldwork notebooks.

Photograph Lists and Maps, ca. late 1930s-1970s

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-03-01
  • Subseries
  • 1930 - 1979

Contains multiple lists of photographs, all created by Van Nice. The original list covers photographs taken from 1937 to 1947, while a 1955 update expands the list. Subseries 1 also contains handwritten lists of photographs on notebook paper, ca. ...

Presentation and Lecture Notes, 1941-1979

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-04
  • Subseries
  • 1941 - 1979

Contains notes, travel documents, and some correspondence related to the many lectures and presentations on Hagia Sophia that Van Nice gave across the country at various institutions, such as the University of Oregon and the University of North Ca...


  • US DcWaDIC MS.GL.002-08-04
  • Subseries
  • 1967 - 2007

This subseries is divided into three (3) sections. The first section, Art Projects, features Lassus’ interactive game Points-Rouge that he exhibited in 1967 and a brief paper “Etude de Trame Ou Support D’Ambiance,” extracted from the article, “Be...

Red Sea Monasteries, Egypt

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.004-02-01-01
  • Subseries
  • 1925 - 1949

Materials related to fieldwork conducted at the Red Sea Monasteries in Egypt from 1929-1931.

Related Publications and Postcards, ca. 1980s

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.011-01-01-03
  • Subseries
  • 1980 - 1989

Consists of souvenir booklets and other texts about Kariye Camii, and also souvenir postcards and ephemera depicting Kariye Camii, Hagia Sophia, and other scenes of Istanbul

Related Research Materials Concerning Amarna, Egypt, ca. 1900s-1920s

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.017-01-03
  • Subseries
  • 1900 - 1929

Contains a compilation of research materials concerning sites in Egypt and other countries that relate to Amarna. Many of these are mentioned in Whittemore’s preliminary report on the EES excavations during the 1924-1925 season at Amarna, for whic...

Representations of Iconographic Types of the Virgin Mary

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.010-02-02
  • Subseries
  • 1940 - 1965

This subseries contains an overview of different representations of certain iconographic types of the Virgin Mary, i.e. Virgin Galaktotrophousa, Virgin Glikophilousa, Virgin Hodegetria, Virgin Nikopeia, and Virgin Orant. They are each represented ...

Research Notes, ca. late 1930s-1970s

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-01
  • Subseries
  • 1935 - 1979

Research notes were kept by Robert Van Nice in folders according to topic, which are arranged alphabetically. Subseries 1 contains information on a wide range of subjects of interest to Van Nice. Most of the research is related to his work in Hagi...

Saranda Kolonnes, Paphos, Cyprus

  • MS.BZ.004-03-01-22
  • Subseries
  • 1970 - 1983

Photographs document various views of the remains of the castle site. Saranda Kolonnes was initially investigated by Arthur Megaw under the Cyprus Department of Antiquities in 1957-1959. Subsequent excavations followed in 1966-1967 sponsored by th...

The Study of Light and Techniques

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.004-02-02-02
  • Subseries
  • 1930 - 1969

Fieldwork reports, notes, and drafts for publications relating to the study of light in Hagia Sophia and Byzantine mosaic techniques.

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