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Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives

ICFA InternshipThe Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) at Dumbarton Oaks is the repository for the records produced by fieldwork projects sponsored by Dumbarton Oaks and the Byzantine Institute. From the 1930s through the 1980s, these projects were conducted at Byzantine sites and monuments throughout the Mediterranean.

Over the past three years, ICFA staff have been processing these archival collections, which consist of fieldwork papers, notebooks, drawings, photographs, etc. created by a variety of individuals. The current project proposes to conduct oral history interviews with individuals related to fieldwork projects and former staff who were involved in the initial processing of the fieldwork archives. Interviews will be targeted, posing questions specific to the fieldwork projects, their execution, and the documentation that resulted. The interviewees will provide ICFA staff with valuable context for the archival collections, illuminating issues related to provenance, dating, and the roles played by individual project team members.

ICFA Archival Image, Van NiceThe intern will help to create a web presence for ICFA’s fieldwork oral histories and produce at least 6 new oral histories. The intern will edit the existing and new video files and upload them to Vimeo and the new Oral History section on ICFA’s departmental website in addition to contributing to ICFA’s departmental blog.

The intern will gain skills in conducting and transcribing oral histories; web content management systems; audio and video editing and playback software; and operating audio and video recording equipment.

For examples of previous projects by ICFA interns, please see:



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