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SUBGROUP Identifier: MS.BZ.004, Subgroup 2

Fieldwork papers, 1920s - 2000s

Scope and Contents

This subgroup highlights the research conducted by the Byzantine Institute and Dumbarton Oaks fieldwork directors and staff on Byzantine art and architecture and their fieldwork projects at Byzantine sites, such as Hagia Sophia, Kariye Camii, Kalenderhane Camii, Bargala, and others, between the 1930s and 1980s. The materials also record the fieldworkers’ day-to-day work and techniques employed on site.


  • 1920s - 2000s

Language of Materials

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

Physical Description

46 boxes including 494 folders

29 boxes including 29 photo albums

20+ oversize files

26 boxes of backlog materials

2 boxes including 14 folders of accumulated research materials by ICFA staff

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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


This subgroup is divided into five (5) series and organized by medium (or type of item) in chronological order.

Repository Details

Part of the Dumbarton Oaks Repository

With more than a million unique and historical items, archival collections in ICFA represent the three areas of study supported by Dumbarton Oaks: Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and Garden and Landscape. Collections are generally comprised of administrative records, fieldwork papers, photographic prints, negatives, slides, oversize drawings, and moving images. Appointments are available Monday to Friday from 9:30am-12pm and 1-4:40pm (excpet Federal Holidays).

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