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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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Upcoming Events

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Jul 07, 2022

Mazepa's Women Before and After Poltava

A lecture on the strong women of Mazepa's family by Dr. Liudmyla Sharipova
Sep 15, 2022 - Sep 17, 2022

2022 Plant Humanities Conference

Oct 07, 2022 - Oct 08, 2022

Beyond Representation: Ancient Indigenous Visual Culture

This two-day symposium explores non-iconographic approaches to the study of images from the Ancient Americas



 

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.

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The Oaks News

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Enslavement in Early Christianity

Chance Bonar studies the context and implications of enslavement to God in early Christian texts

A Roomful of Roses

Pruning and preparing the Rose Garden for glorious summer blooms

The First Black Landscape Architects

Glenn LaRue Smith researches the history and contributions of Black landscape architects in post-Reconstruction America