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Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection supports research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through fellowships and internships, meetings, and exhibitions. Located in residential Georgetown, Dumbarton Oaks welcomes researchers at all career stages who come to study its books, objects, images, and documents. It opens its doors to the public to visit its historic garden, designed by Beatrix Farrand; its museum, with world-class collections of art; and its Music Room, for lectures and concerts. The institute disseminates knowledge through its publications and online resources. Innovative programming has introduced students of all ages to the museum, garden, and collections.

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Oct 22, 2021

Heliconias, Evolution, and Art: A Botanist’s Perspective

Smithsonian botanist  W. John Kress discusses the interaction of science and art and how field observations and controlled experiments by botanists and ecologists have produced a wealth of new information about heliconias.
Oct 28, 2021

Worth Their Weight in Gold: The Significance of Lead Seals to Byzantine Studies

In this lecture, Alicia Walker presents Byzantine sigillography as a rich domain for interdisciplinary investigation and collaboration.
Oct 29, 2021

Seals and Society in the Medieval World

Scholars working on seals from Byzantine, European, and Middle Eastern medieval contexts bring innovative, comparative perspectives to a specialized discipline entering a new phase.



 

Research

Dumbarton Oaks supports and publishes scholarship in the three areas of study supported by Robert Woods Bliss and Mildred Barnes Bliss: Byzantine Studies, including related aspects of late Roman, early Christian, western Medieval, Slavic, and Near Eastern Studies; Pre-Columbian Studies of Mexico, Central America, and Andean South America; and Garden and Landscape Studies, including garden history, landscape architecture, and related disciplines.

Studies Programs Fellowships & Awards Library & Archives Publications

 



Online Resources



Choreographing Moments of Repose in the Gardens

Preserving historic furniture designs, from sketches to 3D computer models

The Mirror Wisdom of Dumbarton Oaks

Reflections on the role of women in landscape architecture and the garden

Reflections from the Spring 2021 Early-Career Musician

David Crowell reflects on a virtual residency of composing, teaching, and connecting