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“DESIGN: Analyses”

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-01-022
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Contains correspondence with and articles by scholars regarding theories of the design of Hagia Sophia. Folder also includes “Rythme et Architecture: Les Traces Harmoniques,” by Georges Jouven.


  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-01-023
  • File

Contains newspaper clippings and articles about domes from around the world, from the Astrodome in Houston, TX to the Duomo in Florence, Italy. Folder also includes drawings, notes, and outlines of a report on Hagia Sophia’s dome.

“Dumbarton Oaks Minutes of Departmental Meetings,” 1948-1956

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-01-01-02-201
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  • 1948 - 1956

Contains minutes of departmental meetings from 1948-1956. Van Nice is not listed as an attendee and it is possible that the binder that originally held these minutes belonged to Glanville Downey.

Dumbarton Oaks


  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-01-025
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Contains photocopied material, mainly in German, on seismic activity in Turkey

“Final Text (Criticisms)”

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-03-095
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Contains edits and criticism of the outline from Frederick Gardiner Fassett, Phillip Whitting, Ernst Kitzinger, and Paul Underwood

Underwood, Paul A. (Paul Atkins)


  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-01-035
  • File

Contains a copy of a 1981 volume of Harvard Ukrainian Studies, which includes an article on graffiti in Hagia Sophia. Folder also contains newspaper clippings, articles, rubbings, notes, photographs, and correspondence about graffiti.


  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-01-036
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Contains handwritten notes on the walls of the ground level and gallery, the columns of exedrae, and the floor slabs in the north aisle


  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-01-075
  • File
  • 1954 - 1981

Relates to various research projects for which Van Nice provided assistance. Folder also includes correspondence, notes, and other documents collected for André Grabar, J.B. Ward Perkins, Otto Demus, and others.

“Kariye Museum Project” Fundraising and Press Materials, 1985

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.011-01-01-01-005
  • File
  • 1985

Original folder title: “Presentation folder for Kariye Museum Project.” Folder contains various materials provided to the press and potential funders to inform them about the conservation work and the history of Kariye Camii. Materials include: Tw...


  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-01-037
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Contains articles on mason’s marks, charts of their locations in Hagia Sophia, correspondence with colleagues, and news clippings about travel and earthquakes

“Measuring Sheets / Photostats”

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-02-215
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Contains carbon copies of drawings of various parts of the building, as well as photostats and two printed plates

“Notes on the Omphalos at Jerusalem,” Israel, July 27, 1945

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.019-02-018
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  • 1945-7-27 - 1945

Includes a memo from “P. W. Mason” to Underwood about a message from Nathalie Scheffer in regards to the “Russian translation of ‘kamara’” and a copy of “Notes on the Use of the Library” at Dumbarton Oaks


  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-01-039
  • File

Contains a copy of William Henry Goodyear’s “Vertical Curves and Other Architectural Refinements in the Gothic Cathedrals and Churches of Northern France and in Early Byzantine Churches at Constantinople,” as well as information about Goodyear


  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-01-080/081/082
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Contains correspondence regarding historical accounts written by visitors to Hagia Sophia in previous centuries. These folders also may contain references to other Byzantine Institute fieldwork projects, such as drawings of Kariye Camii, Hagia Eir...

“Outline of Text, 1948: First Draft”

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-03-091
  • File
  • 1948

Contains drafts of a manuscript sent to William Emerson. Folder also contains a table of contents and a detailed outline of some of the chapters, including general description, history, structural system, sources of architectural information, main...


  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-01-040/041/042
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Contains publications and clippings having to do with aerial photography, photogrammetry, and other surveying and archaeological tools. Folder also includes correspondence.

“Pendentives: Prints, 1940”

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-02-182
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  • 1940

Contains photocopies of drawings of the northeast, northwest, southeast, and southwest pendentives


  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-01-046
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Contains copies of Wilhelm Salzenberg’s sketchbooks of architectural drawings

Salzenberg, W.


  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-01-045
  • File

Contains copies of Wilhelm Salzenberg’s sketchbooks of architectural drawings

Salzenberg, W.


  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-01-044
  • File

Contains copies of Wilhelm Salzenberg’s sketchbooks of architectural drawings

Salzenberg, W.


  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-01-061
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Contains correspondence with individuals at Corning Glass Incorporated about the analysis of samples of mosaic cubes sent by Van Nice. Folder also includes clippings and a copy of the report “Byzantine Tessellae: Thoughts for Professor Whittemore’...

Morris, Frederick K. (Frederick Kuhne)


  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-01-056
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Contains indexes for brick, glass, metal, miscellaneous, mortar, mosaic, paint, plaster, stone, and whitewash.


  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-01-063/064
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Contains research notes, clippings, drawings, and analyses of metal specimens, as well as several articles by and about Cyril Stanley Smith, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and historian of metallurgy. Folder also contains...

Smith, Cyril Stanley


  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-01-066/067/068
  • File

Contains lists, locations, field material, and identification of timber specimens, as well as correspondence with the U.S. Forest Products Laboratory and the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology at the University of Michigan regarding the dating ...

Striker, Cecil L.

“South East Buttress: Gallery: Notes”

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-01-050
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Contains a typed draft of description of the brickwork, walls, stairs, and other elements of the nave, as well as information on the buttress

“South East Buttress: Notes”

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-01-052
  • File

Contains typed notes on the southeast buttress, possibly for the text that may have been intended to accompany the plates

“Text and Illustrations”

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-03-096
  • File

Contains handwritten research notes and plans for the final text of a manuscript. Includes notes on various aspects of the building, such as “Sounds,” “People,” “Plants,” “Incidents,” “Animals,” “Discoveries that may be original,” etc. One note, “...

“Translation of Antoniades”

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-01-001
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Contains a mostly handwritten translation of a text, probably of Ekphrasis tes Hagias Sophias by the Greek scholar Eugène Michel Antoniades (or Antoniadi). Folder also includes a note: “with assistance of Geo. Colyens [?], M.D.”

Antoniadi, Eugene Michel


  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-01-043
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Contains handwritten notes on buttress roof and squinches, upper rooms, the upper cornice and the gallery roof

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