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Applications for fellowships and grants are due November 1.

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 gardens, 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 own publications and online resources. Innovative programming has introduced students of all ages to the museum, gardens, and collections.

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Nov 03, 2017 - Nov 03, 2017

How Designers Think

Garden and Landscape Studies colloquium, Mellon Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies
Nov 12, 2017 - Nov 13, 2017

Clarice and Sérgio Assad

Nov 17, 2017 - Nov 17, 2017

The Byzantine Neighborhood: Urban Space and Political Action

Byzantine Studies Colloquium, Benjamin Anderson and Fotini Kondyli, Colloquiarchs


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 & Grants Library & Archives Publications


Women in Art, 1850–1910

Through March 2018 in the Special Exhibition Gallery | Examines the fashionably dressed urban woman of the late nineteenth century in works collected by the Blisses, who admired the art of the Impressionists.

Ancient Bronzes in the Dumbarton Oaks Collections

Through March 2018 in the Courtyard Gallery | Highlights the craft of bronze metallurgy and the use and meaning of ancient works in bronze.

Ancient Textiles

Through March 2018 in the Textile Gallery | Features late Roman and early Byzantine hangings and curtains alongside Andean looped and woven garments.



Online Resources

Mapping Cultural Philanthropy

Donors and Cultural Institutions in the Nation’s Capital


Laws of the New Empire

Paolo Angelini limns the legal history of medieval Slavs

Difference and Home

Jerry Moore investigates domestic architecture in ancient South America

Reissue of Byzantium and the Arabs

Irfan Shahîd’s history of the Arab’s interactions with Rome and Byzantium before the rise of Islam is available for download