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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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Mar 01, 2020 - Mar 02, 2020

Sandbox Percussion

This lauded contemporary percussion chamber quartet offers audiences a visually and musically compelling performance.
Mar 19, 2020 - Mar 19, 2020

Memoryscapes of King Philip’s War: Revisiting Indigenous and Colonial Places, Histories, and Legacies

Christine DeLucia revisits late 17th-century Native American and colonial encounters, shedding new light on how and why diverse communities pursued diplomacy, peacemaking, and violence.
Mar 28, 2020 - Mar 28, 2020

Imagining the Afterlife in Byzantium

The 2020 Teaching Day combines papers from leading scholars, gallery tours, and object-handling sessions to explore how the Byzantines presented and constructed a view of the afterlife in art and the written word.



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

Eastern Knowledge, Latin Letters

John Mulhall finds medieval translators who sought to remedy Latin deficiency with Greek and Arabic texts

From Paradise to Pompeii

Annette Giesecke finds Near Eastern inspiration for luxurious ancient Roman gardens

Digging into the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library: Spotlight on Ælfric’s “Old English Lives of Saints”

From cross-dressing monks to the walking dead, everything old is new again