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

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

New Online Exhibit from ICFA: Before Byzantium
Byzantine Institute / Online Exhibit / Thomas Whittemore

New Online Exhibit from ICFA: Before Byzantium

The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) presents Before Byzantium: The Early Activities of Thomas Whittemore (1871-1931): http://www.doaks.org/library-archives/icfa/before-byzantium. This online exhibition focuses on Thomas Whittemore’s activities prior to founding of the Byzantine Institute in 1930. Bringing together three of ICFA’s archival collections—The Thomas Whittemore Papers, Early Archaeological Projects Associated with Thomas Whittemore, and The Byzantine Institute and Dumbarton Oaks … Continue reading

“Earthquakes and war they have survived…”
Byzantine Institute / Dumbarton Oaks / Thomas Whittemore

“Earthquakes and war they have survived…”

Thomas Whittemore was an impressive person. The previous blog posts “The Leading Protagonist: Thomas Whittemore” and “Setting the Stage: Background on the Byzantine Institute” describe his grand project with the Byzantine Institute to restore, preserve, and document Byzantine monuments and how skilled he was in collecting funds for both humanitarian work and the restoration of Hagia … Continue reading

The Byzantine Institute Fieldwork Notebooks
Assistants / Byzantine Institute / Hagia Sophia / Kariye Camii

The Byzantine Institute Fieldwork Notebooks

Written by Beth Bayley, Archivist Assistant People today just love to sing the praises of technology. We especially love to think back to the past, and speculate about how much more our predecessors could have accomplished if they had our technology (Lewis and Clark with GPS! Or Da Vinci with a laptop!). Here in ICFA, … Continue reading

Setting the Stage: Background on the Byzantine Institute
Byzantine Institute / Hagia Sophia / Thomas Whittemore

Setting the Stage: Background on the Byzantine Institute

Written by Rona Razon, Archivist Edited by Beth Bayley, Archivist Assistant Thomas Whittemore’s professional goals had many manifestations, from meeting notes, to gorgeous colored pencil drawings in notebooks, and to oversize watercolor paintings of saints and religious scenes. We are truly excited to be able to share these images and records with researchers. One of … Continue reading

Introducing ICFA’s 16mm Film Collection
Byzantine Institute / Digitization / Dumbarton Oaks / Film / Gardens / Hagia Sophia / Kariye Camii / Preservation

Introducing ICFA’s 16mm Film Collection

Written by Fani Gargova, Byzantine Research Associate Edited by Rona Razon, Archivist The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) proudly presents the first online release of fourteen (14) moving images from its film collection, which have not been available to an audience outside of Dumbarton Oaks for the past 60 years. First, ICFA holds unique … Continue reading

New Finding Aids from ICFA
Byzantine Institute / Dumbarton Oaks / Finding Aid / Thomas Whittemore

New Finding Aids from ICFA

The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) is pleased to announce the publication of four new finding aids on the department’s archival collections webpage. ICFA staff completed the archival processing and finding aids for the following collections: Thomas Whittemore Papers, ca. 1875-1966 Early Archaeological Projects Associated with Thomas Whittemore, 1910s-1930s Byzantine Institute and Dumbarton Oaks … Continue reading