Ephemera in the Archives, Part 2: Thomas Whittemore’s Travels
Ephemera / Thomas Whittemore

Ephemera in the Archives, Part 2: Thomas Whittemore’s Travels

Written by Beth Bayley, Archivist Assistant Although historians and archivists hate to admit it, we can never really know the past. The closest we can probably get to someone from the past is by reading their own words: their journals, notebooks, or correspondence. And perhaps we can get to know someone by what they chose … 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

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

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

Amarna Update
Byzantine Institute / Research / Thomas Whittemore

Amarna Update

Written by Rona Razon, ICFA Archives Specialist  Last month, Egyptologist Barry J. Kemp visited ICFA to continue his research on Thomas Whittemore‘s archaeological activities in Egypt in the 1920s. Like Whittemore, a leading character in ICFA’s archival collections, Kemp wears many hats. He is an archaeologist (former field director for the Egypt Exploration Society), an author, Professor Emeritus … Continue reading

X Marks the Spot
Assessment / Byzantine Institute / Hagia Sophia / Mosaic / Preservation / Robert Van Nice / Thomas Whittemore

X Marks the Spot

You would think that a building that had existed for over 2000 years in a large city and in pretty much continuous use wouldn’t have many secrets.  And yet, Van Nice was able to make a few discoveries during his time at Hagia Sophia in Istanbul that went beyond his goal of a structural analysis. … Continue reading

More Than One Way to Measure a Building
Assessment / Byzantine Institute / Hagia Sophia / Kariye Camii / Robert Van Nice / Thomas Whittemore

More Than One Way to Measure a Building

As I’ve noted before, Van Nice and Thomas Whittemore (the socialite and amateur archaeologist who oversaw the mosaics restoration project at Hagia Sophia) didn’t exactly get along.  Van Nice’s letters and notes give the distinct impression that Whittemore essentially ran Hagia Sophia during the years that he was there, which caused endless friction between the … Continue reading