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FILE — Box: H, Folder: 7a, item: 2 Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, H7a:Catalogue of DO Collection

Letter from Marvin Ross to Mildred Bliss, 1703 32nd St., Washington 7, D.C., June 1, approximately 1957 Digital

Letter from Marvin Ross to Mildred Bliss, 1703 32nd St., Washington 7, D.C., June 1, approximately 1957
Letter from Marvin Ross to Mildred Bliss, 1703 32nd St., Washington 7, D.C., June 1, approximately 1957

Scope and Contents

Handwritten letter from Marvin C. Ross to Mildred Bliss providing a status report on the Catalogue of the Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Collection. He attaches a copy of the report [Catalogue of the Dumbarton Oaks] he made to Jack [John Thacher], Dumbarton Oaks Director. He says the catalogue has been a great labor of love and he is happy he did it. Marvin Ross feels that when all the material is published the name of Dumbarton Oaks will have to appear in every book on Byzantine art.

Marvin mentions that the total number of entries in the catalogue does not match the number of objects in the collection since some like the treasures of "Piazza della Consolazione" are considered as one entry.

He says the following entries were written by M.C.R. [Marvin C. Ross] and checked by Madame [Sirarpie] Der Nersessian. The entries are Gems: 13; Bronzes: 54; Terracotta: 3; Silver: 21; Glass: 10; Portable [?]: 2; Lead: 3; Enamel 17; Folkwondery [?]: 15 for a total of 138 entries. He reports Madame Der Nersessian is checking 125 entries for jewellery [sic] and has completed three-fifths of these. There are a total of 263 entries completed.

The Richter Catalogue has only 47 entries, so this catalogue is five and one-half times larger than the Richter Catalogue.


  • Creation: June 1, approximately 1957


Language of Materials

Materials chiefly in English with a few items in Greek, Latin, French, Italian, or Spanish.

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23 boxes (Approximately 2632 items including correspondence, expense reports, invoices, estimates, deposit records, book lists, newspaper clippings, newsletters, and plant lists.)

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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