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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

Carroll Wales, Part II: Fragments of Samatya
Byzantine Institute / Preservation

Carroll Wales, Part II: Fragments of Samatya

Written by Jessica Cebra, ICFA Departmental Assistant The story of conservator Carroll Wales, and concomitantly, of his conservation sidekick Constantine Tsaousis, continues as more is revealed in the context of the Byzantine Institute’s smaller side projects, by way of a visually rich collection of color slides donated by Wales in the 1990s. In ICFA, our … Continue reading

ICFA wins the 2014 MARAC Finding Aid Award!
Byzantine Institute / Dumbarton Oaks / Finding Aid

ICFA wins the 2014 MARAC Finding Aid Award!

ICFA is proud to announce that The Byzantine Institute and Dumbarton Oaks Fieldwork Records and Papers, ca. late 1920s-2000s finding aid has been awarded the 2014 Frederic M. Miller Finding Aid Award by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC). On April 26, 2014, during the Spring 2014 MARAC conference in Rochester, NY, ICFA’s Archivist Rona Razon received the … Continue reading

Leaving Hagia Sophia: Istanbul before World War II
Hagia Sophia / Robert Van Nice / William Emerson

Leaving Hagia Sophia: Istanbul before World War II

Written by Beth Bayley, Byzantine Archives Assistant All the talk about the Monuments Men and the role that Dumbarton Oaks played in World War II (as illustrated in our blog post about Harvard’s American Defense Group) got ICFA staff thinking about what else might be in our archives from that era. The following is another … Continue reading