New Finding Aids from ICFA
Finding Aid / Kariye Camii / Margaret Alexander / Processing

New Finding Aids from ICFA

The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) is pleased to announce the publication of four (4) new finding aids. To view the complete PDF finding aids, click on the thumbnail at the top of the following collection-level records in our online inventory, AtoM@DO. You can also check under the “Finding Aids” field for the direct … Continue reading

Ecology and Economy: Charles Tauss and the Challenges of Preserving Byzantium
Kariye Camii / Preservation

Ecology and Economy: Charles Tauss and the Challenges of Preserving Byzantium

Written by Jessica Cebra, ICFA Departmental Assistant  In the past, we’ve featured the work of art conservators Carroll Wales and Constantine Tsaousis, who dedicated years of their life to conserving Byzantine painting. Another paintings conservator, Charles Tauss, has surfaced in ICFA’s collections, who worked with Wales and the Byzantine Institute at Kariye Camii, in Istanbul, … 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

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

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

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

Size and Scale
Arrangement / Byzantine Institute / Cold Storage / Dumbarton Oaks / Inventory / Kariye Camii / Preservation

Size and Scale

Written by Jessica Cebra, ICFA Departmental Assistant Measuring tools are essential to archaeological surveys, excavations, and other kinds of fieldwork. Measurements not only lend themselves to the documentation process, but offer a sense of scale to those who did not see the object or site in person. Amongst the images of scaffolding, trenches, and crumbling … Continue reading

In the shadow of Kariye Camii…
Kariye Camii / Nicholas Artamonoff / Online Exhibit / Photographs

In the shadow of Kariye Camii…

A couple of weeks ago, we received an intriguing photo request here in ICFA. Usually, we receive requests from scholars, who are seeking to reproduce images from ICFA’s collections in their journal articles or scholarly publications. This inquiry was different. Adil Murat Kansiz, a gentleman living in Istanbul, was interested in an image of Kariye … Continue reading

“Non-textual materials”
Assessment / Byzantine Institute / Cold Storage / Dumbarton Oaks / Inventory / Kariye Camii / Preservation

“Non-textual materials”

Written by: Jessica Cebra, ICFA Intern Photographic negatives present many unique challenges to arranging an archival collection of photographic materials. A photograph is an inherently problematic document type containing multiple layers of meaning by which it can be described. An archivist must keep in mind the person, group, or organization responsible for the creative activity that … 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