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Albert Mathias Friend, Jr. Papers

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Dumbarton Oaks Archives, Washington, D.C.


Repository: Dumbarton Oaks Archives, Washington, D.C.

Call Number: Byzantine Studies/Friend, Jr., Albert Mathias and Byzantine Studies/Symposium 1947

Location: Archives 058, Byzantine Studies, VF

Name of Creator(s): Mildred Barnes Bliss; Robert Woods Bliss; William C. Greene; Paul J. Sachs; John S. Thacher; Thomas Wilson.

Title: Albert Mathias Friend, Jr. Papers

Inclusive Date: 1945–1956.

Language(s): English.

Quantity: 2 series housed in 2 folders.



Acquisition Information: These papers came to the Dumbarton Oaks Archives at an unknown date.

Processing Information: These papers were inventoried by James N. Carder in 1999 and processed by Mary Ferranti in 2013.

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Preferred Citation: Albert Mathias Friend, Jr. Papers, Dumbarton Oaks Archives. Courtesy of Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C.



Albert Mathias Friend, Jr. (1894–1956) was associated with Dumbarton Oaks and Princeton University. At Princeton, he was an undergraduate, beginning in 1911, and a graduate student, beginning in 1915, although because of the First World War he did not complete his doctoral work. Beginning in 1921, he was an instructor and, in 1946, a professor, succeeding Charles Rufus Morey as Marquand Professor of Art and Archaeology. At Dumbarton Oaks, he was appointed a member of the Board of Scholars in 1943, a resident scholar from 1944 to 1946, Henri Focillon Scholar in charge of Research in 1947–1948, Director of Byzantine Studies from 1948 to 1954. Although Friend retained Princeton faculty status, he devoted much of his time to Dumbarton Oaks, which he helped develop into the premier Byzantine studies center. He strengthened its ties with Harvard University, giving scholars academic rank while employed at Dumbarton Oaks, and he created junior fellowships for younger scholars. Each spring Friend hosted distinguished seminars at Dumbarton Oaks, bringing together the best scholars on Byzantine culture.



Albert Mathias Friend, Jr. Papers contain his correspondence, a notice, a telegram, and a reprint.



Series 1: Correspondence (1945–1951) and Miscellaneous.


Mildred Barnes Bliss (1946)

Robert Woods Bliss (1945–1946)

William C. Greene (1951)

Paul J. Sachs (1945), (1946)

John S. Thacher (1946)

Thomas Wilson (1949)


Telegram:  To Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss from A.M. Friend (1950).

Notice:  Dumbarton Oaks’ acknowledges and pays tribute to A.M. Friend upon his death (1956).

Reprint: “Albert Mathias Friend, Jr. (1894–1956),” Dumbarton Oaks Papers 12 (1958): ii, 1–2.

Series 2: Unpublished paper, “Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks.” Read on April 26, 1947, at the Dumbarton Oaks symposium on “Byzantine Art and Scholarship.”