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5 thoughts on “Investigating the people behind the names in ICFA’s image collections

  1. Dear Carrie, What a riot. Marlia Mango and I are perfectly alive and could easily (and should) have been consulted. Your mysteries would have been solved in a second! and it would have been a pleasure to do so. Please don’t kill me off quite yet!

    Nancy Sevcenko

    • Dear Nancy,

      Thank you for your comment. Carrie was working on a project to compile inventories of photographs from large datasets that were exported from an older database. We plan to send these inventories to you and Marlia and other photographers represented in ICFA’s collections, to confirm the accuracy of the cataloging and attributions. But, rather than sending a messy spreadsheet or lists of questions, we were just trying to get our ducks in a row, so to speak, by cleaning up the data with the help of our wonderful interns. Just funny how some ducks in the data were hidden until they started digging into the spreadsheets! We’re so glad to hear that you’re willing to help us out with our questions. We’ll certainly be in touch in the coming months!
      Many thanks,
      Shalimar

  2. Dear Shalimar,

    Another point: many of the photographs of inscriptions in the ICFA were taken by Profs Cyril Mango and Ihor Sevcenko for their project of recording dated Byzantine inscriptions in Turkey, which they initiated in the 1960s. The project is currently based at the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents, Oxford. The most important volume resulting from the project, Cyril Mango, Ihor Sevcenko, and Anne McCabe, “Corpus of Dated and Datable Inscriptions of Constantinople, Bithynia and Eastern Thrace,” is to be published in the very near future under the auspices of the International Association of Byzantine Studies and the Byzantine Research Division of the Austrian Academy, as a volume of the Inscriptiones Graecae Aevi Byzantini.

    A number of the unpublished photographs of the inscriptions from Thrace taken by Profs. Mango and Sevcenko for this Corpus and deposited at DO have been published without acknowledgment and without their permission.

    In the future, if anyone else should express interest in acquiring or publishing any of this project material, I am sure you will agree that DO ought to contact Prof. Mango first (cyril mango@exeter.ox.ac.uk).

    Best wishes,
    Anne McCabe

    • Dear Anne,

      Thank you for your note and for sharing the exciting news about the upcoming publication! We very much look forward to this, as I’m sure many of our researchers will as well. While I can’t speak to the policies and procedures prior to my arrival in 2010, our current policy for all publication requests for materials whose copyright is not owned by Dumbarton Oaks is to refer scholars directly to the photographer to obtain the necessary permissions. It is terribly unfortunate that proper credit and due acknowledgement was not given to Prof. Mango in the past. But, I can assure you that we take intellectual property issues seriously here in ICFA, which is a collection built from the intellectual work and extraordinary talent of so many individuals who deserve to be properly recognized. Hopefully, our little blog is going some small way towards that larger goal!

      With many thanks,
      Shalimar

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