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COLLECTION Identifier: PH.BZ.006

Franklin M. Biebel photograph albums of mosaics

Scope and Contents

Assembled by Biebel around 1955, the albums include photographs, plans, and documentary information on floor mosaics from Byzantium and the West. It also includes one album of coptic textiles. The most extensive coverage is of the Gerasa (Jerash) mosaics. Other regions represented include: Algeria, Bulgaria, Egypt, England, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Russia, and Syria.

Album titles are transcribed from typewritten labels on album spines except for text within parentheses.


  • approximately 1950s

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Conditions Governing Use

Reproductions of collection materials are for research and study purposes only.


6 linear feet (31 photograph albums)

Biographical / Historical

Franklin Biebel (1909-1966) became the second director of the Frick Collection in New York (1951-1964) after previously serving as a lecturer and assistant director at the museum. He studied art history and archaeology at Oberlin College and Princeton University and was a Junior Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks from 1941-1942 (for the second half of the academic year, he worked on the project called "Archives of Byzantine Art" or in short "Archives"). He published on many topics in art history, including the monograph Gerasa, City of the Decapolis: Mosaics (New Haven, CT: American Schools of Oriental Research, 1938).


Albums are in Biebel's original binders which organize materials roughly geographically by regions and cultural context.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Franklin Biebel donated the albums to Dumbarton Oaks in May 1955.

Franklin M. Biebel. "The Mosaics of Hammam Lif," The Art Bulletin 18, no. 4 (December 1936): 540-551.

Franklin M. Biebel. Gerasa, City of the Decapolis: Mosaics. New Haven, CT: American Schools of Oriental Research, 1938.
Franklin M. Biebel photograph albums of mosaics, circa 1950s: Finding Aid
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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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