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

  • MS.BZ.012
  • Collection
  • 1936 - 1989

This collection documents the architectural survey of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey, conducted by Robert L. Van Nice from the late 1930s to the 1980s. The project was sponsored by William Emerson, Dean of Architecture at the Massachusetts Insti...

Emerson, William

Roofing detail

  • MS.BZ.012-02-03-02-285f-001-001
  • Image
  • 1960 - 1985

Van Nice, Robert L.

Dome cornice lip

  • MS.BZ.012-02-03-02-285e-002-004
  • Image
  • 1960 - 1985

Van Nice, Robert L.

Dome cornice lip

  • MS.BZ.012-02-03-02-285e-002-003
  • Image
  • 1960 - 1985

Van Nice, Robert L.

Dome cornice lip

  • MS.BZ.012-02-03-02-285e-002-002
  • Image
  • 1960 - 1985

Van Nice, Robert L.

Apse brickwork

  • MS.BZ.012-02-03-02-285e-002-001
  • Image
  • 1960 - 1985

Van Nice, Robert L.

North Cornice to Salzenberg, Photographs of Hagia Sophia

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

Contains 5” x 7” photographs of views and details in Hagia Sophia, representing the following subjects: - N. CORNICE, GROUND & GALLERY - S. CORNICE, GROUND & GALLERY - NAVE, EXEDRA ARCHES (YAVUZ ’62) - SEMIDOMES E. & W. (BRICKWORK) (YAVUZ PHOTOS) ...

Makridis, Yani

Specimens: Geology

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-01-01-059/060
  • File

Original folder title, “GEOLOGY: / Prof. Morris, Dr. Terzaghi, Chaput.” Folder contains correspondence with Frederick K. Morris and others about the analysis of geological specimens, as well as articles and notes.

Morris, Frederick K. (Frederick Kuhne)

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)

SAS-Yanni ‘64, Photographs of Hagia Sophia

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

Contains small photographs (mostly 2 ½” x 3 ½”, but some 3 ½” x 4 ½” and 4” x 5”) of views and details in Hagia Sophia representing the following subjects or abbreviations, which correspond to sections of the building: SWC; SWR; WINDOWS, GALLERY;...

Wright, David H. (David Herndon)

Southwest Ramp and Southwest Vestibule, ca. 1955-1976

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-02-192
  • File
  • 1955 - 1976

Contains drawings of the ground level and first incline of the southwest ramp, as well as drawings of the ground level and gallery of the southwest vestibule. Folder also includes 1973 correspondence between Van Nice, A.H.S. (Peter) Megaw, and Ern...

Hawkins, Ernest

Mason’s Marks on Windows in the South Gallery, ca. 1939-1947

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-02-155
  • File
  • 1939 - 1947

Contains locations and rubbings of mason’s marks on all windows in the south gallery. Also contains all mason’s marks collected by Nicholas Kluge in 1939 within the area of the southeast pier, numbered on drawings of the southeast buttress. A note...

Kluge, Nicholas K.

South Aisle, ca. 1947-1951

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-02-118
  • File
  • 1947 - 1951

Contains original rubbings, created by Ercüment Atabay and Herbert Muller in 1947, of mason’s marks on both the east (“SAE = South Aisle East Half”) and west (“SAW = South Aisle West Half”) sides of the south aisle. Additions made in 1951 are also...

Kluge, Nicholas K.

North Aisle, ca. 1947-1951

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-02-117
  • File
  • 1947 - 1951

Contains original rubbings, created by Ercüment Atabay and Herbert Muller in 1947, of mason’s marks on both the east (“NAE = North Aisle East”) and west (“NAW = North Aisle West”) sides of the north aisle. Additions made in 1951 are also labeled.

Muller, Herbert J. (Herbert Joseph)

Hagia Sophia Project, December 1962-December 1963

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-01-01-02-126
  • File
  • 1962 - 1963

Contains correspondence regarding the project, as well as lectures at the University of Florida, Gainesville and the Portland Art Museum. Additional topics include expenses, an article by Van Nice in Architectural Forum (May 1963), and the graduat...

Van Nice, Robert L.

Correspondence Regarding Trip to Mount Sinai, December 1956-November 1963

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-01-01-02-111/112
  • File
  • 1956 - 1963

Original folder title, “FORSYTH.” Folder contains correspondence and other documents (such as itineraries, receipts, and packing lists) relating to the planning of a trip to St. Catharine’s Monastery at Mount Sinai in Egypt, which was directed by ...

Van Nice, Robert L.

Hagia Sophia Project, February 1961-January 1962

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-01-01-02-121
  • File
  • 1961 - 1962

Contains correspondence, expense reports, and a photograph of Van Nice with other speakers at the Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Symposium in 1961. Folder also includes preliminary notes on the trip to St. Catherine’s Monastery at Mount Sinai in Egypt.

Van Nice, Robert L.

“SPECIMENS: WOOD”

  • 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.

Correspondence, Research, and Ephemera

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-05-328
  • File

Contains postcards of Mount Sinai and pages (formerly in a binder) consisting of typed notes and quotations from various primary sources regarding Hagia Sophia. Folder also includes correspondence, Nicholas Kluge’s autobiographical statement, and ...

Van Nice, Robert L.

Hagia Sophia Project, March-December 1976

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-01-01-02-177/178
  • File
  • 1976

Contains correspondence and expense reports, as well as papers related to the 15th International Congress of Byzantine Studies in Athens, September 1976. Folder also includes a copy of “PHYSICAL WORKING METHODS / (Notes for an / Informal Lecture)”...

Van Nice, Robert L.

Report about Hagia Sophia

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-05-334
  • File

Report (no title, no date, no author) about the construction of the dome of Hagia Sophia, likely given to Van Nice after 1966 and citing his work and opinions.

Van Nice, Robert L.

Other Van Nice Materials, ca. late 1930s-1980s

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02-05
  • Series
  • 1935 - 1989

Contains materials donated by Van Nice’s colleague George Majeska include research notes, notebooks, offprints, and unidentified photographs. The donation also contains offprints of some of Van Nice’s articles, as well as some full issues of the j...

Fossati, Gaspare

Fieldwork Papers, ca. late 1930s-1980s

  • US DcWaDIC MS.BZ.012-02
  • Subgroup
  • 1935 - 1989

Contains five (5) series of research notes, drawings, and photographs that span the decades that Van Nice worked on the Hagia Sophia project, from the late 1930s in Hagia Sophia to his retirement from Dumbarton Oaks in the 1980s. The subgroup incl...

Van Nice, Robert L.

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

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