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COLLECTION Identifier: PH.BZ.007

Arthur Kingsley Porter photographs of architecture and manuscripts

Scope and Contents

This collection includes selected duplicate photographs from Arthur Kingsley Porter's collection housed in the Fine Arts Library at Harvard University, which is comprised of images of medieval architecture and sculpture taken by Porter and his wife, Lucy. These photos were printed from original nitrate negatives owned by the Fine Arts Library at Harvard University in the 1980s. The nitrate negatives were subsequently destroyed. These duplicate photographs depict Byzantine and Medieval architecture, wall paintings, and sculpture from Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, and Turkey, as well as manuscripts and other objects from Italy and Greece.


  • 1980s

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 (

Conditions Governing Use

Photographs are for research and study purposes only. Permission to publish must be requested from the Photographic Resources Librarian at the Fine Arts Library at Harvard University.


3 linear feet (7 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Arthur Kingsley Porter was an American architectural historian and medievalist. Porter initially studied law and architecture before completing his studies in art history at Yale University in 1917. In 1920, he joined the faculty in the Fine Arts Department at Harvard University. In 1923, Porter took a leave to teach at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. That same year, he published Romanesque Sculpture of the Pilgrimage Roads (Boston: Marshall Jones Company, 1923), a 10-volume work that included 9 portfolio volumes of photographs taken by Porter on his extensive travels through Europe. Porter returned to Harvard in 1925 and was appointed William Dorr Boardman chair of art history.


The photographs are arranged by country, city, site, or monument.
Arthur Kingsley Porter photographs of architecture and manuscripts, 1980s: Finding Aid

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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