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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, at least through February 2021. All public events will be virtual.

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

Mar 19, 2021

Humanistic Uses of Herbaria

This joint colloquium, hosted by the Humanities Institute, New York Botanical Garden, and Dumbarton Oaks in partnership with the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, focuses on the history and contemporary relevance of herbarium collections.
Mar 25, 2021 - Mar 27, 2021

Faces of Rulership in the Maya Region

Through this three-day symposium, scholars aim to better understand concepts of rulership and governance in Ancient Maya culture.
Apr 01, 2021

The Concept and Experience of Holy Wisdom in Hagia Sophia

Bissera Pentcheva explores phenomena of light and sound in Hagia Sophia as manifestations of Holy Wisdom.



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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Online Resources

Writing Byzantine History After Mantzikert

Eric McGeer offers public lecture discussing the Continuation of the Chronicle of John Skylitzes, honoring John Nesbitt

Probing New Histories in Plainwares

Beth Grávalos uncovers new Recuay histories by analyzing plainware ceramics

Judicial Power in Medieval Byzantium

Romain Goudjil studies the relationship between ecclesiastical and imperial power in medieval Byzantium