Rethinking Oversize Materials in Archival Collections
Byzantine Institute / Internship / Inventory / Thomas Whittemore

Rethinking Oversize Materials in Archival Collections

Written by Deena Gorland, ICFA Intern (Fall 2014) Edited by Rona Razon and Shalimar White Due to previous experiences working at the Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic, I was relatively well-prepared for the challenges inherent in processing substantial quantities of oversize materials in the Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) of Dumbarton Oaks. Certainly, … Continue reading

Ephemera in the Archives, Part 2: Thomas Whittemore’s Travels
Ephemera / Thomas Whittemore

Ephemera in the Archives, Part 2: Thomas Whittemore’s Travels

Written by Beth Bayley, Archivist Assistant Although historians and archivists hate to admit it, we can never really know the past. The closest we can probably get to someone from the past is by reading their own words: their journals, notebooks, or correspondence. And perhaps we can get to know someone by what they chose … Continue reading

New Online Exhibit from ICFA: Before Byzantium
Byzantine Institute / Online Exhibit / Thomas Whittemore

New Online Exhibit from ICFA: Before Byzantium

The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) presents Before Byzantium: The Early Activities of Thomas Whittemore (1871-1931): http://www.doaks.org/library-archives/icfa/before-byzantium. This online exhibition focuses on Thomas Whittemore’s activities prior to founding of the Byzantine Institute in 1930. Bringing together three of ICFA’s archival collections—The Thomas Whittemore Papers, Early Archaeological Projects Associated with Thomas Whittemore, and The Byzantine Institute and Dumbarton Oaks … Continue reading

“Earthquakes and war they have survived…”
Byzantine Institute / Dumbarton Oaks / Thomas Whittemore

“Earthquakes and war they have survived…”

Thomas Whittemore was an impressive person. The previous blog posts “The Leading Protagonist: Thomas Whittemore” and “Setting the Stage: Background on the Byzantine Institute” describe his grand project with the Byzantine Institute to restore, preserve, and document Byzantine monuments and how skilled he was in collecting funds for both humanitarian work and the restoration of Hagia … Continue reading

Setting the Stage: Background on the Byzantine Institute
Byzantine Institute / Hagia Sophia / Thomas Whittemore

Setting the Stage: Background on the Byzantine Institute

Written by Rona Razon, Archivist Edited by Beth Bayley, Archivist Assistant Thomas Whittemore’s professional goals had many manifestations, from meeting notes, to gorgeous colored pencil drawings in notebooks, and to oversize watercolor paintings of saints and religious scenes. We are truly excited to be able to share these images and records with researchers. One of … Continue reading

New Finding Aids from ICFA
Byzantine Institute / Dumbarton Oaks / Finding Aid / Thomas Whittemore

New Finding Aids from ICFA

The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) is pleased to announce the publication of four new finding aids on the department’s archival collections webpage. ICFA staff completed the archival processing and finding aids for the following collections: Thomas Whittemore Papers, ca. 1875-1966 Early Archaeological Projects Associated with Thomas Whittemore, 1910s-1930s Byzantine Institute and Dumbarton Oaks … Continue reading