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Collection MS.BZ.011 - Charles Tauss Fieldwork Papers and Photographs, 1980s
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Reference code

US DDO-ICFA MS.BZ.011

Title

Charles Tauss Fieldwork Papers and Photographs, 1980s

Date(s)

  • 1980s (Creation)

Level of description

Collection

Extent and medium

4 boxes of photographs, negatives, notes, correspondence, and drawings

Context area

Name of creator

Tauss, Charles (1927-2000)

Biographical history

"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)

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The department received this collection in 2002 from the Estate of Charles Tauss through Ms. Betsy Spitz.

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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.

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Accruals

System of arrangement

The collection is arranged into two main series: Records and Correspondence, and Photographs and Negatives.

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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.

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Negatives are stored in ICFA cold storage for preservation purposes.

Finding aids

An unpublished draft inventory is available for consultation in the Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives.

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US

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DDO-ICFA

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Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)

Status

Draft

Level of detail

Minimal

Dates of creation revision deletion

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

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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.

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