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Hagia Sophia Homecoming: Returning to Istanbul after World War II
Hagia Sophia / Robert Van Nice / William Emerson

Hagia Sophia Homecoming: Returning to Istanbul after World War II

Written by Beth Bayley, former Byzantine Archives Assistant (2012-2014) The Van Nices returned to Istanbul in June of 1946, a year after the European theater of World War II had ended. Robert Van Nice had spent the war years both in Cambridge, Massachusetts, working on drawings, and then in London, England, and Bern, Switzerland, working … Continue reading

Sirarpie Der Nersessian and the Sinai Photography Project
Photographs / Research

Sirarpie Der Nersessian and the Sinai Photography Project

Written by Anne-Marie Viola, Metadata and Cataloging Specialist In further exploring the connections between former Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Art and Archaeology Professor Sirarpie Der Nersessian and the Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives’ illuminated manuscript photograph collection (described in my previous post), I followed a lead from our curatorial files that took me to the Library … Continue reading

Towards an Iconographic Concordance in Mesoamerican Art
Fellowship / Iconography / Pre-Columbian

Towards an Iconographic Concordance in Mesoamerican Art

Written by Nawa Sugiyama, William R. Tyler Fellow (2012-2014) This Tyler Project was designed to follow up on the work previously completed by Dylan Clark on assessing the size and scope of the Kerr Photographic Archive that will be donated to Dumbarton Oaks. In preparation for the arrival of this collection to ICFA, my project re-examined … Continue reading

Finding Aid Style Guide and AtoM Workflow now available
Cataloging / Collection Management System (CMS) / Finding Aid

Finding Aid Style Guide and AtoM Workflow now available

ICFA announces the publication of its Finding Aid Style Guide for ICA-AtoM, the department’s collection management system (atom.doaks.org). Developed by ICFA staff to document local practices for internal reference and training, the Guide addresses all aspects of description: from collection-level details such as creation and acquisition information to providing file-specific storage locations.  In addition, there … Continue reading

To Preserve and Protect: A Final Post on Digital Asset Management at Dumbarton Oaks
Digital preservation / Fellowship

To Preserve and Protect: A Final Post on Digital Asset Management at Dumbarton Oaks

This post was written by Heidi Elaine Dowding, Dumbarton Oaks’ National Digital Stewardship Resident. Her project focused on developing a holistic digital asset management solution for a diverse cultural heritage institution. You can find her online at @theglobal_lib. I first stepped into the NDSR program a year after finishing my MLIS at Wayne State University, … Continue reading

Digital Preservation and the Cultural Heritage Institution
Digital preservation / Fellowship

Digital Preservation and the Cultural Heritage Institution

This post was written by Heidi Elaine Dowding, Dumbarton Oaks’ National Digital Stewardship Resident. Her project focused on developing a holistic digital asset management solution for a diverse cultural heritage institution.  You can find her online at @theglobal_lib. As part of my work as the Library of Congress’ National Digital Stewardship Resident at Dumbarton Oaks, … Continue reading

Discovering connections between collections: Sirarpie Der Nersessian’s contributions to ICFA’s Illuminated Manuscripts Photograph Collection
Photographs / Research

Discovering connections between collections: Sirarpie Der Nersessian’s contributions to ICFA’s Illuminated Manuscripts Photograph Collection

Written by Anne-Marie Viola, Metadata and Cataloging Specialist Since processing this tiny, two-box collection last year, I keep coming back to my subject, Professor Sirarpie Der Nersessian, to explore the web of relationships that she maintained in a life that blurred the personal and professional – as was typical of faculty in the early days of … Continue reading