Kurt Weitzmann Photographs of Manuscripts, 1980s-1990s
- 1980s-1990s (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
71 boxes containing nearly 17,000 photographs of manuscripts
4 boxes of 35 mm negatives
4 boxes of 35 mm negatives
Name of creator
Weitzmann, Kurt (1904-1993)
Byzantinist and medievalist. Born in Germany, Weitzmann came to the United States in 1935 as a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. In 1945, he joined the faculty in the Department of Art History at Princeton University, later being promoted to full professor in 1950 and achieving emeritus status in 1972. Weitzmann was a visiting scholar at Dumbarton Oaks from 1972-1974. Weitzman wrote on topics related to his his visits to Mount Athos in Greece between 1932 and 1954 and to the Monastery of St. Catherine on Mount Sinai in Egypt from 1956 to 1965.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
In 1985-1986, the Byzantine Photograph and Fieldwork Archives initiated a project to duplicate the Kurt Weitzmann photographic archive housed in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University, with Weitzmann's permission. The project was completed in 1990-1991 with grant funds provided by the J. Paul Getty Trust. The original photographs were photographed in situ at Princeton by photographer Benjamin Lourie. Dumbarton Oaks printed photographs from Lourie's negatives; these prints constitute the materials in the collection.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Duplicate photographs of Greek manuscripts, Latin manuscripts, and ancient book illuminations originally compiled by Kurt Weitzmann throughout his career from the early 1930s to the 1980s.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
The collection is organized alphabetically by location (city), then alphabetically by repository. Within each repository, the photographs are arranged by manuscript (shelfmark) and then sequentially by folio number within each manuscript.
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
Access to the collection is unrestricted. It is available for research purposes. For more information or for access to the collection, please consult ICFA staff.
Conditions governing reproduction
Princeton University retains copyright for the images in this collection. Permission to publish must be obtained from the Curator of Research Photographs, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University: http://www.princeton.edu/researchphotographs/information/.
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
Negatives are stored in ICFA cold storage for preservation purposes.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Original negatives and photographs are housed in Research Photographs, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University: http://www.princeton.edu/researchphotographs/study-collections or http://findingaids.princeton.edu/collections/C0777/#summary.
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
At Dumbarton Oaks:
- Kurt Weitzmann Papers, 1938–1988, Dumbarton Oaks Archives. http://www.doaks.org/library-archives/dumbarton-oaks-archives/historical-papers/kurt-weitzmann-papers.
At other institutions:
- Kurt Weitzmann Papers, 1930-1991, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library, Princeton, NJ. http://findingaids.princeton.edu/collections/C0777.
- Oral History Transcript, Interviews with art historians, 1991-2002, Special Collections and Visual Resources, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA. http://archives2.getty.edu:8082/xtf/view?docId=ead/940109/940109.xml.
Subject access points
Place access points
- Turkey » Istanbul
- France » Paris
- Greece » Mount Athos
- United States » New York
- United States » District of Columbia » Washington, DC
- Italy » Florence
- Italy » Rome
- Italy » Venice
- Italy » Milan
- United Kingdom » England » London
- Russia » Moscow
- United States » Maryland » Baltimore, MD
- Greece » Athens
- Israel » Jerusalem
- Italy » Naples
- Egypt » Monastery of Saint Catherine
Name access points
- Weitzmann, Kurt (Creator)
Description control area
Rules and/or conventions used
Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)
Level of detail
This collection was processed by Gerrianne Schaad, ICFA Curator, Laura Bang, Archives Assistant, and Jackie Meyers, Intern, in September 2008.
Preferred Citation: Kurt Weitzmann Photographs of Manuscripts, 1980s-1990s, PH.BZ.008, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives, Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University, Washington, D.C.
Photographs are for research and study purposes only. Permission to publish must be obtained from the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University.
Copyright status date
Digital object metadata
October 24, 2016 6:59 AM