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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 July.

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



Jul 01, 2020 - Sep 14, 2020

Segregation and Resistance in America’s Urban Landscapes

This virtual symposium addresses the everyday spatial practices through which marginalized communities resisted oppressions and constructed alternative or counter narratives and spaces.
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.
Apr 30, 2021 - May 01, 2021

Call for Papers—Land Back: Indigenous Landscapes of Resurgence and Freedom

Submissions due August 1, 2020 | Garden and Landscape Studies Symposium, in partnership with the Mellon Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies



 

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



Back in Print: Eriugena’s “Periphyseon”

The only complete English translation of Eriugena’s magnum opus

Behind the Scenes: Horseman, Poet, Soldier, Prince

Four recently acquired lead seals illuminate Byzantine lives and fill collection gaps

Ancient Pandemics Meet Climate Change

Michael McCormick combines science, archaeology, and history to solve puzzles from the past