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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
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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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