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SUBGROUP Identifier: MS.BZ.004, Subgroup 1

Administrative Records, 1920s - 2000s

Scope and Contents

Focuses on the administrative and financial activities of the Byzantine Institute and Dumbarton Oaks between the 1930s and 1980s. Letters, bank statements, and logbooks document the organizations’ administrative and fieldwork history, from the formation of the Byzantine Institute to its dissolution and to its transfer to Dumbarton Oaks.


  • 1920s - 2000s

Language of Materials

Coptic, English, French, German, Greek, Russian, Turkish

Physical Description

28 boxes including 333 folders

Conditions Governing Access

An appointment is required to consult the collection. Please submit appointment requests here: For research queries, contact the staff of Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives ( Subgroup 2, Series 1 of this collection (fieldwork notebooks and research notes, 1929- 1970s) has been fully digitized and is accessible online through this finding aid.


1 collection


Subgroup I is divided into four (4) series and arranged by medium (or type of item) in chronological order.

Repository Details

Part of the Dumbarton Oaks Repository

Dumbarton Oaks holds archival collections in its Rare Book Collection, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives, and the Dumbarton Oaks Archives. The collections include: the papers of noteworthy scholars in the three fields that Dumbarton Oaks supports (Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and Garden and Landscape); image collections depicting objects or sites of topical interest to scholars in the three fields; Beatrix Farrand’s personal archive of letters and original drawings that document the development of the Dumbarton Oaks Garden; and institutional records and architectural plans and drawings documenting the history of Dumbarton Oaks. For more information about hours and to make an appointment to consult any of the collections listed here, please fill out the request form:

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