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Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives: Photograph Study Collection

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.

ICFA houses one of the most important photograph collections related to Byzantine art and architecture in the world.

As part of a comprehensive inventory of its holdings, ICFA seeks a summer intern to enhance the existing inventories for the Black-and-White Photograph study collection. Previous attempts to inventory the contents of the collection have resulted in site-level inventories. The intern will build upon these efforts by updating geographic and subject terms; correcting inaccuracies in the inventories, as well as in the box contents and labels; and identifying groups of materials created by individual photographers. ICFA’s new collection management system AtoM@DO provides the opportunity to present these physically separated materials as coherent photographers’ collections and make them more accessible online, while at the same time interlinking them with their physical location within the Black-and-White Photograph study collection. The summer intern’s inventory work will be incorporated into AtoM@DO and will enhance access to those invaluable photographs.

During the internship, the intern will learn about the importance of photographic archives for the study of art and architecture and become intimately acquainted with the contents of the collections and their contribution to the research of important Byzantine scholars. The intern will also learn about the importance of photographic documentation in the practice of conservation, archaeology, and scholarship. In the process, the intern will learn how to identify photographic techniques and formats and best practices for handling and preserving archival materials. Furthermore, by engaging with staff in the archival and visual resources professions, as well as a Byzantine subject specialist, the intern can explore a variety of career paths open to those with academic training in the humanities.

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