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An Archive of One’s Own
Arrangement / Assessment / Cataloging / Processing

An Archive of One’s Own

Guest post written by Raquel Begleiter, Research Associate for the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library (DOML)
Libraries, books, papyrus fragments—these are a few of my favorite things. The value of each has always been obvious to me as a researcher. Until recently, though, I did not realize that archives and well-executed archival practices can also serve as invaluable tools for research. Continue reading

Scanning Kariye Camii Transparencies: Difficulties Encountered and Solutions Implemented
Digitization / Kariye Camii

Scanning Kariye Camii Transparencies: Difficulties Encountered and Solutions Implemented

Written by Megan Cook, ICFA and Library Research Assistant for Digitization Projects

It is imperative to digitally preserve historically significant photographic materials, like the collection of original color transparencies from the Kariye Camii, part of the Byzantine Institute and Dumbarton Oaks Fieldwork Records and Papers collection. Continue reading

Brenda Bernier Photograph and Preservation Workshop in ICFA
Photographs / Preservation

Brenda Bernier Photograph and Preservation Workshop in ICFA

Written by Ameena Mohammad, Pre-Columbian Archives Assistant Got preservation issues? We do! Earlier this year, Brenda Bernier, Head of Harvard Library’s Weissman Preservation Center and Paul M. & Harriet L. Weissman Senior Photograph Conservator, generously brought her knowledge and expertise regarding preservation and conservation of photographic materials to Dumbarton Oaks. The informal workshop followed the format … Continue reading

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