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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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Dumbarton Oaks Response to COVID-19

As a public health precaution, the Museum and Garden are closed temporarily. In addition, Dumbarton Oaks will cancel all public events through the end of June.

We are closely monitoring developments regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and will update our website to reflect any changes to our operations and programming.



Oct 09, 2020 - Oct 10, 2020

Faces of Rulership in the Maya Region

Through this two-day symposium, scholars aim to better understand concepts of rulership and governance in Ancient Maya culture.



 

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



Behind the Scenes: Giving Out-of-Print Treasures a New Life

Six new releases in a project to make classic books more accessible

Summer at Dumbarton Oaks Goes Digital

Robust virtual scholarly programming and internships developed for the summer months

Repurposing Ancient Knowledge

Dimiter Angelov studies geography in twelfth-century Constantinople and translates texts on philosophy, friendship, and Hellenic identity