The Importance of Being Consistent: Digitizing the William Earl Betsch Collection
Assessment / Cataloging / Digitization / Preservation

The Importance of Being Consistent: Digitizing the William Earl Betsch Collection

Written by Thomas Busciglio, ICFA Intern (Spring 2015), University of California, Santa Barbara – Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) Seeing a professional scanner for the first time is intimidating. A new user like me always wonders how to make the most adequate use of it. In the archival world, the flatbed scanner can … Continue reading

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

1938-2013: 75 Years of the Byzantine Object Census at Dumbarton Oaks
Assessment / Dumbarton Oaks Archives / Research

1938-2013: 75 Years of the Byzantine Object Census at Dumbarton Oaks

Written by Jan Zastrow, ICFA volunteer and Certified Archivist The project to conduct a Census of Byzantine and Early Christian Objects in North American Collections began 75 years ago in late 1938 by Mrs. Mildred Bliss, co-founder of Dumbarton Oaks. It was a way to document, catalog, and depict the treasures of Byzantium in museums and … Continue reading

Assessment of the Moche Archive at Dumbarton Oaks
Assessment / Fellowship / Iconography / Moche / Photographs / Pre-Columbian

Assessment of the Moche Archive at Dumbarton Oaks

Written by Lisa Trever, Tyler Fellow in Pre-Columbian Studies PhD in History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) at Dumbarton Oaks is the new home of the Christopher B. Donnan and Donna McClelland Moche Archive, 1968–2010. The archive was given to the institution by Dr. Donnan, professor emeritus of … Continue reading

Thoughts on Traditional Processing and MPLP…
Arrangement / Assessment / Preservation / Processing / Research

Thoughts on Traditional Processing and MPLP…

Written by Rona Razon, ICFA Archives Specialist For a long time, I have been meaning to write a post about my thoughts on the proper way to perform archival processing (i.e. research, assessment, arrangement, description, and rehousing) and the value of “More Product, Less Process” (MPLP). As most archivists know, MPLP is a different approach … Continue reading

Who is Charles Felix Marie Texier?
Assessment / Cold Storage / Dumbarton Oaks Research Library / Photographs

Who is Charles Felix Marie Texier?

Written by Jessica Cebra, ICFA Departmental Assistant Before I begin reorganizing the contents of our cold storage collection of photographic materials I am assessing their current arrangement, their physical state to identify preservation needs, and also making sure all items are accounted for in our inventory list of 73,000+ items. This process involves exciting new … Continue reading