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Annual Reports, 1955-1983

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-01-01-02-093
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  • 1955 - 1983

Contains reports on the Hagia Sophia project for the Dumbarton Oaks annual reports, as well as correspondence with editors of the report (often William Loerke), consistently indicating Van Nice’s displeasure with having to edit his reports so heav...

Van Nice, Robert L.

Annual project reports

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.005-01-003
  • File
  • 1955 - 1963

Includes both handwritten and typewritten annual reports of the major projects and publications Der Nersessian worked on while at Dumbarton Oaks

Apse Brickwork to Gallery Cornice, Photographs of Hagia Sophia

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-03-02-285e
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  • 1935 - 1979

Contains 5” x 7” photographs of views and details in Hagia Sophia, representing the following subjects: - APSE BRICKWORK - DOME CORNICE LIP (SECOND SET) - DCL - DCLA - DOME CORNICE UNDERSIDE - DOME CORNICE UPPER - DCUA - N. CORNICE UPPER - S. CORN...

Birturk, Yavuz

Apse Report

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-01-002
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Contains the report “SAINT SOPHIA: THE APSE” sent to Boris Ermoloff in 1940 about the apse structure and design features. Folder also includes other drawings, notes, correspondence, and photographs.

Apse, ca. 1939

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-02-119/120
  • File
  • 1939

Contains original measuring sheets and details from 1939, as well as divisions on the survey, ground, gallery, and upper cornice level of the apse. Folder also contains rubbings and locations of mason’s marks in the apse. Marks are located on the ...

Apse, “Panels”

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-03-03-286
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Contains photographs of the marble revetment in the apse, numbered A-11-18 and B-4-15 (not inclusive)

Architectural Notes on the “MEGALITHIC YARD / BORST”

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-01-010
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Contains correspondence with and articles by Lyle B. Borst about his theory of measurement. Borst suggests that many European churches were actually built upon megalithic plans that predate the building foundations. Articles include “English Henge...

Architectural Notes on “FOUNDATIONS”

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-01-009
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Contains newspaper clippings about the construction of various buildings, bridges, and dams worldwide. Folder also includes reports on Hagia Sophia from 1935 and 1943.

Architectural Notes on “SYMBOLISM (of Measurements)”

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-01-011
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Contains a letter from a music theorist about Hagia Sophia’s construction being harmonically related to a piece of music she was studying. Folder also includes an excerpt from Le Corbusier’s book, THE MODULOR: A Harmonious Measure to the Human Sca...

Architectural Notes on “THRUSTS”

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-01-012/013
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Original folder title, “THRUSTS: / Strubb-Roessler, Pfluger, Torroja, Windham- Tarn.” Folder contains published material and some typed notes on architectural thrusts. It includes copies of articles and research notes on articles by O.H. Strub-Roe...

Atrium, ca. 1951-1969

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-02-121
  • File
  • 1951 - 1969

Contains drawings of the north and south wings of the atrium, as well as photographs. For the south wing, there are plans of the ground and upper levels, an elevation of the brickwork of the outer wall, and sections.

Atrium-FW, Photographs of Hagia Sophia

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-03-02-285b
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  • 1935 - 1979

Contains small photographs (mostly 2 ½” x 3 ½”) of views and details in Hagia Sophia, representing the following abbreviations, which correspond to sections of the building: GENERAL VIEWS & UNIDENTIFIED, ATRIUM, AEX, AGE, B1, B1a, B2, B2a, B3, B3a...

Author Unknown, "South Gallery"

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.004-02-01-03-201
  • File
  • 1942

Descriptions about the mosaics in the south gallery. Notes are in Turkish with English translations.

Author Unknown, Events at St. Sophia

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.004-02-01-02-193
  • File
  • 1940

Includes visitors' names, fieldworkers' work progress, and descriptions of Iskender's photography work at Hagia Sophia

B2: Southwest Buttress, Exterior, ca. late 1930s and 1956

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-03-02-229
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  • 1935 - 1956

Contains exterior views of the southwest buttress. Some photographs are numbered B2-1 to B2-19, one bears a Byzantine Institute stamp, and some are marked “RJM” in the corner.

Mainstone, R. J. (Rowland J.)

B2a: Southwest Buttress, Interior, ca. 1940s

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-03-02-230
  • File
  • 1940 - 1949

Contains interior views of the southwest buttress. Some photographs are numbered B2a-1 to B2a-10 and some bear Byzantine Institute stamps.

Byzantine Institute, Inc.

BIa: Southeast Buttress, Interior, ca. late 1930s

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-03-02-228
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  • 1935 - 1939

Contains interior views of the southeast buttress. Some photographs are numbered BIa-4 to BIa-26 and some bear Byzantine Institute stamps.

Byzantine Institute, Inc.

Baptistery, ca. 1939-1969

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-02-122
  • File
  • 1939 - 1969

Contains drawings and elevation details of the baptistery. Folder also includes drawings of the spaces above and under the portico, the court, and the 1939 excavation.

Bibliographic Citations and 1953 Photographic Catalog, ca. 1953

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.007-02-034
  • File
  • 1953

Includes roughly three-hundred (300) 3" x 5" note cards with handwritten bibliographic citations on a variety of topics related to Oxyrhynchos and Coptic art and history. Also contains approximately one-hundred fifty (150) black and white 3" x 5" ...

Bibliographic Notes

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-01-014
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Contains bibliographies of books about Hagia Sophia and Turkey, including a list of relevant books held by Robert College in Istanbul


  • US DDO-DOA RP.BZ.AV-004-004
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Manuscript listing of Vasiliev publications between 1925 and 1940.

Vasilev, A. A. (Aleksandr Aleksandrovich)

Bodrum Camii, 1966

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-03-03-308
  • File
  • 1966

Contains copies of drawings and notes, as well as two photographs of the rotunda (“Substruction of the Palace of Romanos I”) next to the Bodrum Camii, dated 1966 and attributed to Cecil Lee Striker

Striker, Cecil L.

Brennan, J.M., "Notes"

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.004-02-01-02-194
  • File
  • 1940

Includes descriptions and drawings of work conducted on the St. Ignatius panel

Brennan, J.M.

Bricks and Mortar

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-01-015/016/017
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Contains photographs and descriptions of specimens of Hagia Sophia brickwork, as well as other reference material. Folder includes three drafts of “The Brickwork of St. Sophia Part I, the Mortar,” as well as “Part II, The Bricks,” and a list of sp...

Bronze Disks and Other Rubbings, ca. 1965-1969

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-02-124
  • File
  • 1965 - 1969

Contains drawings and rubbings of the bronze disks that are inserted in the placage (revetment) of the gallery walls. Folder also includes rubbings of mason’s marks, rubbings of the inscriptions on boxes of brass collars on the columns, tracings o...

Buttresses, Interior, ca. 1950s

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-03-03-288
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  • 1950 - 1959

Contains photographs of the interior of the buttresses, including views of the wall and mosaic and brick details. An interior folder notes that these photographs were sent to Rowland J. Mainstone. Photographs are numbered according to several diff...

Buttresses: Exterior, and Piers, ca. 1950s-1960s

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-03-03-287
  • File
  • 1950 - 1969

Contains photographs of brick details on the exterior of the buttresses, some credited to Paul Underwood and some to Yavuz Birtürk. Folder includes a note, “COPIES SENT TO R.J.M,” which lists 16 categories of photographs that were probably sent to...

Birturk, Yavuz

Byzantine Manuscript Illumination, 13th Century

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.002-02-021
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Hand-written notes and photographs of illuminations from 13th-century Byzantine manuscripts, including: Rome Vat. Gr. 1153 13th century; Sinai Gr. 2123 Crusades Time; Baltimore Walters Art Gallery MS 10.531 13th century; Oxford Bodleian Roe 6 Greg...

C: Cisterns, ca. 1941

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-03-02-236
  • File
  • 1941

Contains a few photographs in underground tunnels, numbered C-1 and C-3

Calling cards

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.013-01-02-030
  • File

One card with the initials of W. H. Y. includes a lock of hair

Caruana, Nicholas, "Kahriye Camisi"

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.004-02-01-03-216
  • File
  • 1949

Descriptions of work conducted at bay 1 on the second lunette panel at Kariye Camii

Caruana, Nicholas

Caruana, Nicholas, "Notes 1948: Chora"

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.004-02-01-03-209
  • File
  • 1948

Descriptions of work conducted in the north lunette panel. Also notes that "all the Lunette Panels [had been photographed] by Iskender."

Caruana, Nicholas

Catalog cards related to Underwood's "The Fountain of Life", undated

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.019-02-043a
  • File

Catalog cards contain bibliographic notes and literary references on a variety of topics, such as baptism, fonts, inscriptions, porphyry, etc., as well as baptisteries at specific sites (e.g., Brindisi, Canosa, Caserta, Cimitile (Nola), Cuma, Mont...

Catalogue of Drawings from the Fossati Archives

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-01-029
  • File

Original folder title, “FOSSATI: Catalogue of Drawings.” Folder contains photocopies of drawings, as well as notes and contact prints.

Fossati, Gaspare

Checkbook stubs

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.013-01-02-023
  • File
  • 1908 - 1916

One checkbook is inscribed with the following names: C. R. Crane [Charles R. Crane], Congressman A.G. Sabbath, and Senator Lewis (sp?)

Cidrof, Dinco, "Kariye Camisi"

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.004-02-01-03-217
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  • 1949

The author states in French that he had to end his work because he was called for military service

Dinco, Cidrof

Cisterns and Foundations

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-01-020
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Original folder title, “CISTERNS: References / Foundations: Raymond, Jackson.” Folder contains notes on and historical accounts of the cisterns of Hagia Sophia, and an article, “Roman Aqueducts: Technical Aspects of their Construction,” by Kenneth...

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