Processing the Christopher B. Donnan and Donna McClelland Moche Archive, 1963-2011
Moche / Pre-Columbian / Processing / Research

Processing the Christopher B. Donnan and Donna McClelland Moche Archive, 1963-2011

Written by Ameena Mohammad, former Pre-Columbian Archives Assistant (2013-2014); Edited by ICFA Staff  In the Spring of 2013, Lisa Trever  assessed and inventoried the archival materials in the collection Christopher B. Donnan and Donna McClelland Moche Archive, 1963-2011. Then in October 2013, I was hired as the first Pre-Columbian Archives Assistant to fully process the collection. Aside from … 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

Saving the World, Part I: Dumbarton Oaks to Monuments Men
Dumbarton Oaks / Dumbarton Oaks Fellows / Research

Saving the World, Part I: Dumbarton Oaks to Monuments Men

Written by Ameena Mohammad, Pre-Columbian Archives Assistant Dumbarton Oaks was founded in 1940 as a hub for advanced research. In October 1941,  staff members and fellows of  Dumbarton Oaks established an immense research project to gather information about cultural heritage sites around the world.  What began as an effort to document these monuments is now part … 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

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