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In addition to specialized collections available on our website, materials from the library, special collections, and museum are also available.

Manuscripts in the Byzantine Collection

by Lain Wilson — last modified Jun 25, 2017 09:00 AM

Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss acquired the first manuscript for the museum in 1939. Over the years, the holdings have come to include four Greek manuscripts, one Georgian manuscript, three illuminated leaves from Greek manuscripts, one illustrated leaf from an Armenian manuscript, and four papyrus fragments with Greek writing.

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Digitized Rare Books

by Lain Wilson — last modified Jul 14, 2017 01:36 PM

A selection of titles in the Rare Book Collection have been digitized.

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Byzantine Seals

by Prathmesh Mengane — last modified Jun 26, 2017 04:02 PM

An ongoing project to record the 17,000 Byzantine lead seals held by Dumbarton Oaks and publish them online. Browse the collection, learn about sigillography, and download tools to introduce sigillography to students.

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Ephemera Collection

Ephemera Collection

by Lain Wilson — last modified Jun 25, 2017 09:10 AM

The Ephemera Collection consists of a variety of materials related to the Byzantine and Pre-Columbian cultures and to worldwide gardens and landscapes that provide an alternative, popular cultural perspective on the academic research fields at Dumbarton Oaks.

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Garden Archives

Garden Archives

by katyv — last modified Jun 26, 2017 12:10 AM

The Dumbarton Oaks Garden Archives makes publicly available over six thousand individual pieces of correspondence, drawings, and photographs. These original materials have been supplemented by histories of the garden areas, biographies of individuals and firms, and sections on contemporary art installations.

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Manuscripts-on-Microfilm Database

by Deborah Elizabeth Brown — last modified Jun 25, 2017 09:01 AM

The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library holds almost two thousand microfilm rolls that are reproductions of medieval and early modern manuscripts, the originals of which are held in institutions around the world. This database allows researchers to search for specific manuscripts represented within the collection.

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Autograph Letter Collection

by Lain Wilson — last modified Jun 20, 2017 04:49 PM

Dumbarton Oaks’ Rare Book Collection includes a remarkable assortment of autograph letters from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century cultural notables. This growing resource makes available digital images of the letters as well as transcription, translation, and commentary.

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