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General Collection

The Research Library collects materials to support scholarship in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies. In addition to supporting the research of staff and fellows, the library also admits researchers who come to Dumbarton Oaks on shorter visits.

The general collection comprises three formerly independent collections under the Dumbarton Oaks studies programs. The Byzantine library collection had its formal beginning in 1936 when a reference collection was established with the personal book collection of Mr. and Mrs. Bliss to support research in Byzantine and medieval studies. The garden library collection began with the personal library of Mrs. Bliss. The Pre-Columbian library collection was founded in 1962 with Robert Woods Bliss's personal collection of books on ancient American art.

In 1999, the collections came together administratively to form the Research Library as it exists today.

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