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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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Jun 02, 2022 - Jun 03, 2022

Cultural Capital: Philanthropy in the Arts and Humanities Today

A conference that brings together thought leaders who share their insights about the role, impact, and critique of philanthropy in the cultural sphere.
Jun 09, 2022

Martha Schwartz: “My Brilliant Career & Long and Winding Road”

Garden and Landscape Studies Public Lecture
Sep 15, 2022 - Sep 17, 2022

2022 Plant Humanities Conference



 

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



Ten Years of Tyler Fellowships

Reflecting on a decade of fellowships supporting dissertations and professional development for early-career humanists

Learning from Colonial Plants

Marlis Hinckley tracks the translation of Indigenous Mexican plants and plant knowledge to sixteenth-century Europe

A Century in the Gardens

GLS Director Thaïsa Way reflects on our multifaceted centennial celebrations of the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens