Creating an inventory of photographs by Thomas F. Mathews
Internship / Inventory / Photographs / Processing

Creating an inventory of photographs by Thomas F. Mathews

Written by Ariel Polokoff, ICFA Intern (Spring 2015), The George Washington University, Class of 2015 This past Spring semester, I had the privilege of interning in the Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C. This internship offered a two-fold benefit to my undergraduate education—it was both … Continue reading

Undulating and Intertwined: A Catalog of Oxyrhynchos Sculpture by Josephine Harris
Dumbarton Oaks Fellows / Photographs / Processing

Undulating and Intertwined: A Catalog of Oxyrhynchos Sculpture by Josephine Harris

Written by Jessica Cebra, ICFA Departmental Assistant Between 1927 and 1932, the director of the Graeco-Roman Museum in Alexandria, Egypt, Evaristo Breccia conducted three excavation campaigns at the site of ancient Oxyrhynchos, today’s El Bahnasa. The excavations uncovered roughly 500 fragments of decorative architectural sculpture, a mix of capitals, friezes, cornices and other decorated blocks. … Continue reading

Brenda Bernier Photograph and Preservation Workshop in ICFA
Photographs / Preservation

Brenda Bernier Photograph and Preservation Workshop in ICFA

Written by Ameena Mohammad, Pre-Columbian Archives Assistant Got preservation issues? We do! Earlier this year, Brenda Bernier, Head of Harvard Library’s Weissman Preservation Center and Paul M. & Harriet L. Weissman Senior Photograph Conservator, generously brought her knowledge and expertise regarding preservation and conservation of photographic materials to Dumbarton Oaks. The informal workshop followed the format … Continue reading

Sirarpie Der Nersessian and the Sinai Photography Project
Photographs / Research

Sirarpie Der Nersessian and the Sinai Photography Project

Written by Anne-Marie Viola, Metadata and Cataloging Specialist In further exploring the connections between former Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Art and Archaeology Professor Sirarpie Der Nersessian and the Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives’ illuminated manuscript photograph collection (described in my previous post), I followed a lead from our curatorial files that took me to the Library … Continue reading

Discovering connections between collections: Sirarpie Der Nersessian’s contributions to ICFA’s Illuminated Manuscripts Photograph Collection
Photographs / Research

Discovering connections between collections: Sirarpie Der Nersessian’s contributions to ICFA’s Illuminated Manuscripts Photograph Collection

Written by Anne-Marie Viola, Metadata and Cataloging Specialist Since processing this tiny, two-box collection last year, I keep coming back to my subject, Professor Sirarpie Der Nersessian, to explore the web of relationships that she maintained in a life that blurred the personal and professional – as was typical of faculty in the early days of … Continue reading