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

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

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

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

Reminiscing over Sinai
Photographs / Robert Van Nice

Reminiscing over Sinai

Written by Jessica Cebra, ICFA Departmental Assistant The Dumbarton Oaks Annual Report recaps the institution’s initiatives and achievements of the previous year, including exhibitions, publications, lectures, and fieldwork. The reports for the academic years 1957-1958 and 1960-1961 modestly note Robert Van Nice’s leave of absence to spend “several weeks on Mt. Sinai assisting the expedition … Continue reading

Amarna Update
Byzantine Institute / Research / Thomas Whittemore

Amarna Update

Written by Rona Razon, ICFA Archives Specialist  Last month, Egyptologist Barry J. Kemp visited ICFA to continue his research on Thomas Whittemore‘s archaeological activities in Egypt in the 1920s. Like Whittemore, a leading character in ICFA’s archival collections, Kemp wears many hats. He is an archaeologist (former field director for the Egypt Exploration Society), an author, Professor Emeritus … Continue reading