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Romilly Jenkins Papers

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


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

Call Number: Byzantine Studies/Romilly Jenkins

Location: Archives 058, Byzantine Studies Vertical Files

Name of Creator(s):  Milton V. Anastos; Gregory T. Armstrong; Thomas P. Baird; Anastasius C. Bandy; John W. Barker, Jr.; Elizabeth H. Bland; Charles M. Brand; James D. Breckenridge; Bartol Brinkler; Robert  Browning; Anthony M. Bryer; Hugo Buchthal; Alan Cameron; Carlo Carducci; Alberta Carpenter; Jose F. Ivars Costello; James T. Clemons; Joseph C. Codsi; Baldo Conticello; Elias Denissoff; Sirarpie Der Nersessian; Glennon A. Donnelly; Francis Dvornik; Franklin L. Ford; George H. Forsyth; Bette Forte; Alfred Frazer; Albert M. Friend; Deno Geanakoplos; Tibor Halasi-Kun; Ronald Hathaway; Halil Inalcik; Romilly J. H. Jenkins; Richard Johnson; Verna C. Johnson; John Karayannopoulos; Ernst Kitzinger; S. T. Konstantopoulos; Sister Basil Kutsky; Basil Laourdas; Jean B. Lassus; Viktor Lazarev; Kenneth J. Levy; Cyril Mango; Martin R. P. McGuire; George C. Miles; Michael J. Moravcsik; Dimitri Obolensky; John T. Papademetriou; Virginia Pickett; Mario Praz; Readership Committee of the Senatus Academicus; Georgine S. Reed; Charles S. Reeves; Stephen Reges; Marcel Richard; Constance Rogers; Katy Romanou; Samuel R. Rosenbaum; Marvin C. Ross; Josiah C. Russell; James E. Seaver; A. C. Sedgwick; George Seferis; Kenneth Setton; Ihor Ševčenko; Michele S. Simon; Joan Southcote-Aston; Henri Stern; Owsei Temkin; B. G. Teubner; John S. Thacher; Robert W. Thomson; Frederick P. Todd; Cyril Toumanoff; Warren T. Treadgold; C. J. G. Turner; The United States Educational Commission in the United Kingdom; The United States Embassy in London; United States Treasury Department, Commissioner of Internal Revenue; Robert L. Van Nice; Philippe Verdier; Julia Warner; Leendert G. Westerink; John White; Philip Whitting; Reginald P. Winnington-Ingram; Peter Wirth; Dionysios Zakythenos.

Title: Romilly Jenkins Papers

Inclusive Date: 1952–1970.

Language(s):  English, German, Hungarian, Greek.

Quantity:  3 series housed in 5 folders.



Acquisition Information: These papers came to the Dumbarton Oaks Archives in 1999.

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: Romilly Jenkins Papers, Dumbarton Oaks Archives. Courtesy of Dumbarton oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C.



Romilly James Heald Jenkins was a British Classics scholar and a specialist in Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies. He was born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England, in 1907, and was educated at Leys School and at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he graduated in 1929 as the Chancellor’s Classical Medalist. In 1930, he went to Greece as a student of the British School at Athens. Between 1936 and 1946, Jenkins was the Lewis Gibson Lecturer in Modern Greek at the University of Cambridge, and between 1946 and 1960, he was the Koraes Professor of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language, and Literature at King's College, London. From 1960 until 1967, Romilly Jenkins was Professor of Byzantine History and Literature at Dumbarton Oaks, and from 1967 until his death on September 30, 1969, he was also Director of Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks.

See Cyril Mango, “Romilly James Heald Jenkins: (1907–1969),” Dumbarton Oaks Papers 23/24 (1969/1970): 7–13.



The Romilly Jenkins Papers contain correspondence, text drafts, inter-office communications, lectures, manuscripts, minutes, newspaper clippings, notebooks, notes, postcards, reports, and typescripts.



Series 1:  Romilly Jenkins, Correspondence (1952–1969) and Miscellaneous.


Milton V. Anastos (1967)

Gregory T. Armstrong (1968)

Thomas P. Baird (1968)

Anastasius C. Bandy (1968)

John W. Barker, Jr. (1968)

Elizabeth H. Bland (1955)

Charles M. Brand (1968–1969)

James D. Breckenridge (1967)

Bartol Brinkler (1967)

Robert Browning (1969)

Anthony M. Bryer (1969)

Hugo Buchthal (1968)

Alan Cameron (1967–1968)

Carlo Carducci (1968)

Alberta Carpenter (1954–1961)

Jose F. Ivars Costello (1968)

James T. Clemons (1969)

Joseph C. Codsi (1967)

Baldo Conticello (1967)

Elias Denissoff (1968)

Sirarpie Der Nersessian (1954–1955)

Glennon A. Donnelly (1967)

Francis Dvornik (1969)

Franklin L. Ford (1967–1969)

George H. Forsyth (1968)

Bette Forte (1968)

Alfred Frazer (1967)

Albert M. Friend (1952)

Deno Geanakoplos (1968)

Tibor Halasi-Kun (1968)

Ronald Hathaway (1967)

Halil Inalcik (1966–1967)

Romilly J. H. Jenkins (1952–1969)

Richard Johnson (1968)

Verna C. Johnson (1967)

John Karayannopoulos (1968)

Ernst Kitzinger (1956–1968)

S. T. Konstantopoulos (1960)

Sister Basil Kutsky (1968)

Basil Laourdas (1954)

Jean B. Lassus (1967)

Viktor Lazarev (1968)

Kenneth J. Levy (1964–1968)

Cyril Mango (1967–1969)

Martin R. P. McGuire (1957–1968)

George C. Miles (1967)

Michael J. Moravcsik (1964)

Dimitri Obolensky (1967)

John T. Papademetriou (1967)

Virginia Pickett (1967)

Mario Praz (1967)

Readership Committee of the Senatus Academicus (1967)

Georgine S. Reed (1969)

Charles S. Reeves (1968)

Stephen Reges (1967)

Marcel Richard (1968)

Constance Rogers (1967)

Katy Romanou (1969)

Samuel R. Rosenbaum (1968)

Marvin C. Ross (1969)

Josiah C. Russell (1968)

James E. Seaver (1968)

A. C. Sedgwick (1968–1969)

George Seferis (1968)

Kenneth Setton (1959–1967)

Ihor Ševčenko (1966–1967)

Michele S. Simon (1967)

Joan Southcote-Aston (1964–1969)

Henri Stern (1968)

Owsei Temkin (1969)

B. G. Teubner (1967)

John S. Thacher (1952–1969)

Robert W. Thomson (1968)

Frederick P. Todd (1968)

Cyril Toumanoff (1968–1969)

Warren T. Treadgold (1969)

C. J. G. Turner (1967–1969)

The United States Educational Commission in the United Kingdom (1952)

The United States Embassy in London (1961)

United States Treasury Department, Commissioner of Internal Revenue (1954)

Robert L. Van Nice (1967)

Philippe Verdier (1960–1968)

Julia Warner (1966)

Leendert G. Westerink (1966)

John White (1969)

Philip Whitting (1968–1969)

Reginald P. Winnington-Ingram (1969)

Peter Wirth (1965–1968)

Dionysios Zakythenos (1968)



Curriculum Vitae:  “James Peter Berg.”

Minutes:  “Trustees for Harvard University, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Minutes of the Faculty Meeting, January 16, 1964.”

Newspaper clipping:  “Professor at Columbia Appointed to Library,” [The New York Times], 1955. (Regarding Kenneth M. Setton).

Newspaper clipping:  “O. P. Sherbowitz-Wetzor History Professor At Georgetown U.,” The Washington Post, 1969. (Obituary notice).

Reports:  Academic and annual reports regarding Professor Jenkins (1960–1966).


Series 2: Lectures by Romilly James Heald Jenkins.

“The Byzantine Empire.”

 “Byzantine Historical Studies, 1940–65.”

“Byzantine Intelligence.”

“The Byzantine Theory of Universal Domination and Its Survival in the Modern World.”

“Byzantium and the Latins.”

[Charlemagne and Irene].

“The Common People.”

“Diplomatic Relations.”

“East and West, Then and Now.”

[Michael III].


Seires 3: De Cerimoniis II, an Unfinished Study by Romilly James Heald Jenkins.


Mrs. R. J. H. Jenkins (1970)

Ernst Kitzinger (1970)

Julia Warner (1970)

Ihor Ševčenko (1970)



Manuscript: The initial work done but never completed by Romilly Jenkins on the publication of De Cerimoniis.

Notebooks: Two notebooks with handwritten notes by Romilly Jenkins.

Typescript: “Remarks on the posthumous manuscript by Romilly Jenkins, De Cerimoniis, II, 44–45.” Written by Vera Falkenhausen. (A detailed summary of the text, translation, partial commentary, and index verborum of expeditions to Crete).


Series 4: The Age of Conquest (BBC Broadcast).

Typescript: Broadcast from the BBC series, “The Byzantine World,” transmitted on April 23, 1968. Romilly Jenkins, speaker. Includes handwritten notes by Jenkins.