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Saving the World, Part I: Dumbarton Oaks to Monuments Men
Dumbarton Oaks / Dumbarton Oaks Fellows / Research

Saving the World, Part I: Dumbarton Oaks to Monuments Men

Written by Ameena Mohammad, Pre-Columbian Archives Assistant Dumbarton Oaks was founded in 1940 as a hub for advanced research. In October 1941,  staff members and fellows of  Dumbarton Oaks established an immense research project to gather information about cultural heritage sites around the world.  What began as an effort to document these monuments is now part … Continue reading

Carroll Wales, Part I: “Doctor of Saints”
Byzantine Institute / Kariye Camii / Preservation

Carroll Wales, Part I: “Doctor of Saints”

Written by Jessica Cebra, ICFA Departmental Assistant ICFA’s collections are known for its documentation of architecture, mosaics, frescoes and other aspects of material culture from Byzantium, but the actual fieldworkers and skilled craftsmen who worked to restore and conserve these centuries-old buildings and artworks deserve recognition. Here we’d like to highlight the work of Carroll … Continue reading

New Online Exhibit from ICFA: “A Truthful Record: The Byzantine Institute Films”
Byzantine Institute / Film / Online Exhibit

New Online Exhibit from ICFA: “A Truthful Record: The Byzantine Institute Films”

The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) presents a new online exhibit entitled “A Truthful Record: The Byzantine Institute Films”: http://www.doaks.org/icfa/truthful-record. This exhibit aims to reveal the context of the films created by the Byzantine Institute between the 1930s and 1940s by combining them with archival records from the collection The Byzantine Institute and Dumbarton … Continue reading

Merry Christmas, Happy Epiphany, Happy Three Kings!
Holiday / Iconography / Mosaic

Merry Christmas, Happy Epiphany, Happy Three Kings!

Written by Fani Gargova, Byzantine Research Associate January 6th is a truly holy day in Christianity. Whether Catholic or Orthodox, yesterday marked an important holiday. Nevertheless, it can be confusing to understand how within one religion, so many different meanings can coincide on the same day. So, let’s deconstruct… The larger part of the Christian … Continue reading

Ephemera in the Archives, Part 3: Telegrams and Stickers
Byzantine Institute / Ephemera / Robert Van Nice

Ephemera in the Archives, Part 3: Telegrams and Stickers

Written by Beth Bayley, Archivist Assistant Ah, the telegram! Before email and texting and chat, it was the only way to deliver news quickly. Flag semaphore, smoke signals, and carrier pigeons all had their flaws as communication systems, so when the electrical telegraph was invented, the world got a lot smaller, a lot quicker. Telegrams, … Continue reading

Researching Digital Preservation Practices at Dumbarton Oaks
Digital preservation / Internship

Researching Digital Preservation Practices at Dumbarton Oaks

Written by Heidi Dowding, Resident, Library of Congress National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR)  It has been just under three months since I first arrived in my new post as National Digital Stewardship Resident at Dumbarton Oaks.  The program – administered by the Library of Congress and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) – began … Continue reading