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COLLECTION Identifier: PH.BZ.001

Byzantine black and white mounted photograph collection

Scope and Contents

The collection includes over 75,000 mounted black and white photographic prints of Byzantine art, architecture, and archaeology, its bulk being from the fourth through the fifteenth century, along with corresponding negatives where available. The emphasis is on materials that originated in the Byzantine empire and neighboring cultures: Italy, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Slovenia, Romania, Russia, Armenia, and Georgia, as well as Greece, Syria, Israel, and Egypt. There is also a limited number of Russian, Crusader, and post-Byzantine works.

In addition to photographs deposited by outside scholars or purchased from vendors, the images document the fieldwork of Dumbarton Oaks, the Byzantine Institute, and a number of affiliated scholars, including Margaret Alexander, Richard Anderson, Cyril Mango, Thomas Mathews, Ihor Ševčenko, and Robert Van Nice.

For more information, see related descriptions for each series. A detailed inventory is available here:


  • 1942-2000s


Conditions Governing Access

An appointment is required to consult the collection. Please submit appointment requests here: A detailed inventory is available here: For research queries, contact the staff of Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (

Conditions Governing Use

Duplication of the collection may be governed by copyright and other restrictions.


396 linear feet (949 boxes, containing approximately 75,000 black and white photographic prints)


Arranged in sections by medium depicted (Architecture, Epigraphy, Ivory, Manuscripts, Metalwork, Minor Media, Mosaic, Mosaic icon, Mosaic Pavement, Panel painting, Sculpture, Textiles, and Wall painting), and then filed geographically according to country, city, and site.

Other Finding Aids

Preliminary inventories for individual sections by medium are available.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Photos were acquired over the years via deposit or purchase. Consult the curatorial files and accession logs for further information about a specific acquisition.

Existence and Location of Copies

Additional instantiations may be available in ICFA's Negative Collection or Site Books. For access, consult with ICFA staff.

Processing Information

This finding aid was created by Anne-Marie Viola on September 4, 2014 and edited by Shalimar White on August 5, 2015.
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Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. Byzantine black and white mounted photograph collection, 1942-2000s: Finding aid
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Finding aid written in English.

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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