Dumbarton Oaks Gardens

The Dumbarton Oaks Gardens film was "re-discovered" in early 2011 when ICFA staff learned that three (3) film reels in cold storage contained footage of the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens. ICFA staff assessed and inspected the entire 16mm film collection at the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center of the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Human Studies Film Archives. During inspection, ICFA staff determined that most of the films had started to suffer from vinegar syndrome, a common type of deterioration with acetate (or safety) films. The gardens film, along with the other 16mm films from the Byzantine Institute, were sent to Colorlab to be digitized and re-formatted for preservation in October 2011.

Based on the film edge codes, clothing, and garden scenes, sections of the film can be dated to the mid-1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. The combined footage illustrates Dumbarton Oaks when it was still a private residence, as well as when it became an institute of Harvard University in 1940. For additional information about this film, please refer to the following related blog posts:

This film is available in full length through Vimeo.

Dumbarton Oaks Gardens Film: Winter and Summer Scenes, featuring Mildred and Robert Bliss

Running Time: 37:04 minutes

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