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Collection MS.BZ.011 - Charles Tauss Fieldwork Papers and Photographs, 1980s
US DDO-ICFA MS.BZ.011
Charles Tauss Fieldwork Papers and Photographs, 1980s
- 1980s (Creation)
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Extent and medium
4 boxes of photographs, negatives, notes, correspondence, and drawings
Name of creator
Tauss, Charles (1927-2000)
"Charles Francis Tauss was an artist, collector, and conservator....Tauss was also a world-class conservator and restoration expert in the field of Byzantine Art and Frescoes. Tauss participated in the work of the Byzantine Institute of Dumbarton Oaks, a branch of Harvard University. He developed a 14-step process to remove the whitewash covering that had obscured frescoes in some of the most famous churches and building in the world, including Chora Church and the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul." (http://www.papillongallery.com/tauss_charles.htm)
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
The department received this collection in 2002 from the Estate of Charles Tauss through Ms. Betsy Spitz.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
The collection includes photographic documentation of conservation work performed by Tauss on the frescoes at the Kariye Camii in Istanbul, Turkey from 1984-1989. The project was sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of the Turkish Republic and the Directorate of the Museum of Hagia Sophia; Tauss was appointed as the chief conservator. Other materials include a proposal for the project, newspaper clippings, a biography of Charles Tauss, his thesis, “The Church of Christ in Chora (Kariyeh Djami): Notes on the Parecclesion,” notes on the condition of the frescoes, correspondence, drawings, color photographs, and negatives.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
The collection is arranged into two main series: Records and Correspondence, and Photographs and Negatives.
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
This collection is unprocessed. For more information or for access to the collection, please consult ICFA staff.
Conditions governing reproduction
Duplication of materials in the collection may be governed by copyright and other restrictions.
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.
An unpublished draft inventory is available for consultation in the Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
At Dumbarton Oaks:
- The Byzantine Institute and Dumbarton Oaks Fieldwork Records and Papers, ca. late 1920s-2000s, MS.BZ.004, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives.
At other institutions:
- Charles Tauss Papers (1961-1982), The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Bethany, CT http://albersfoundation.org/resources/archives/other-papers.
Name access points
- Tauss, Charles (Creator)
Description control area
Rules and/or conventions used
Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)
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Dates of creation revision deletion
This record was created by Shalimar White on January 27, 2014.
Preferred Citation: Charles Tauss Fieldwork Papers and Photographs, 1980s, MS.BZ.011, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives, Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University, Washington, D.C.