Dumbarton Oaks research archive project papers
Scope and Contents
The aim was to create an inventory of Early Christian and Byzantine monuments by compiling bibliographic information and photographic reproductions for each site. The goal of the Research Archive was to gather in one place all available documentation from extant publications and make this resource available to all scholars. Koehler, as Senior Fellow in charge of Research, supervised the work of Junior Fellows. Each Junior Fellow was assigned a geographic region and was responsible for surveying and documenting all the monuments within that area. For example, in 1941-1942, the assignments were, as follows: North Africa - Donald F. Brown; Balkans - Ernst Kitzinger; Italy - Herbert Bloch; Anatolia - Mary E. Crane; and Syria and Palestine - Andrew S. Keck.
The resulting collection consists of photographs and prints, along with accompanying notes from the Junior Fellow's individual findings. Geographic coverage includes: Algeria, Bulgaria, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Libya, Syria, Transjordan, Tunisia, Turkey, (former) Yugoslavia.
List of participants:
Academic Year 1941-1942:
Research program supervisor: Wilhelm Koehler Junior Fellows for the "Fontes:" Paul Alexander and Milton V. Anastos Junior Fellows for the "Archives:" Franklin M. Biebel (second half of the academic year), Herbert Bloch, Donald F. Brown, Mary E. Crane, Florence E. Day, Andrew S. Keck, and Ernst Kitzinger Academic Year 1942-1943:
Research program supervisor: Wilhelm Koehler "Fontes" supervisor: Robert Blake Junior Fellows for the "Fontes:" Deferred due to the Second World War Junior Fellows for the "Archives:" Continued to contribute toward the war effort Academic Year 1943-1944:
General research program supervisors: Edward Kennard Rand and George La Piana "Archives" supervisor: Wilhelm Koehler Academic Year 1944-1945:
Research program supervisor: Albert M. Friend, Jr. Academic Year 1945-1946:
Research program supervisor: Albert M. Friend, Jr.
- circa 1940s
- Dumbarton Oaks (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
A detailed inventory is available here: https://www.doaks.org/research/library-archives/inventories/ms-bz-018/view.
Conditions Governing Use
Extent25 linear feet (60 boxes)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Sources used for background information include: Dumbarton Oaks Annual Report, 1941-1942, p. 2-3, 7. Dumbarton Oaks Annual Report, 1942-1943, p. 1. Dumbarton Oaks Annual Report, 1943-1944, p. 2. Wilhelm R. W. Koehler, "Proposed Programme for Research at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection," Bulletin of the Fogg Art Museum 9, no. 4 (March 1941): 81-84. Wilhelm R. W. Koehler, "News Reports: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C.," College Art Journal 1, no. 2 (January 1942): 34-36.
- Dumbarton Oaks. Dumbarton Oaks research archive inventory of early Christian and Byzantine monuments, circa 1940s: Finding Aid
- Dumbarton Oaks
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.
- EAD ID
Part of the Dumbarton Oaks Repository
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