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Collection MS.BZ.001 - Margaret Alexander Papers and Records of the Corpus des Mosaïques de Tunisie, 1948-2003

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Margaret Alexander Papers and Records of the Corpus des Mosaïques de Tunisie, 1948-2003


  • 1948-2003 (Creation)

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40 boxes of papers and photographs

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Name of creator

Alexander, Margaret A. (1916-1996)

Biographical history

Alexander specialized in late antique mosaics of Tunisia. She received her PhD in 1958 from the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University. She was a junior fellow at Dumbarton Oaks from 1942-1945. From 1967 to 1996, in collaboration with Mongi Ennaifer, she co-directed the Tunisian-American project Corpus of the Mosaics of Tunisia, which was supported in part by Dumbarton Oaks. She excavated at major sites in Tunisia, including Carthage, Dermesh, El Jem, Thuburbo Majus, and Utica. The first fascicle of the Corpus des Mosaïques de Tunisie appeared in 1973 and the final volume under her direction was published posthumously in 1999.

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Alexander, Robert L. (1920-1998)

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Professor Emeritus at University of Iowa whose research focus was the Hittite art of Anatolia and Baltimore architecture of the early decades of the 19th century. Assisted his wife Margaret Alexander with her research on the Corpus des Mosaïques de Tunisie, including undertaking completion of the final volume of the Corpus. Also taught at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), University of Pittsburgh, and Pennsylvania State University.

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The collection is comprised of research notes, publication materials, correspondence, photographs, and slides that relate to the fieldwork and publication associated with the Corpus des Mosaïques de Tunisie (CMT), or Corpus of Tunisian Mosaics. These documents illustrate and record the administrative affairs of the CMT project and the work performed by Margaret Alexander, the project's field director. The collection also includes Alexander's dissertation notes, research materials related to projects undertaken during her Dumbarton Oaks Junior Fellowship (1942-1945), and some personal correspondence.

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This collection is currently being processed and a finding aid is in progress. For more information or for access to the collection, please contact ICFA staff.

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  • English
  • French

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Digital copies of selected materials from the collection are featured in the online exhibition "From Clearing to Cataloging: The Corpus of Tunisian Mosaics" - http://www.doaks.org/library-archives/icfa/online-exhibits/clearing-to-cataloging

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This record was created by Shalimar White on January 27, 2014.




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Preferred Citation: Margaret Alexander Papers and Records of the Corpus des Mosaïques de Tunisie, 1948-2003, MS.BZ.001, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives, Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University, Washington, D.C.



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