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Digital Projects

Dumbarton Oaks is dedicated to making its research and scholarship accessible to everyone. Discover our born-digital research projects below, and find more scholarly resources under Byzantine Studies, Pre-Columbian Studies, and Garden and Landscape Studies.

Catalogues and Research Tools

Textiles in the Byzantine Collection

Featuring late antique, Byzantine, and Islamic textiles, the catalogue of over 260 objects is accompanied by ten essays by leading textile scholars that focus on furnishing textiles in Byzantium and Early Islam.

Middle East Garden Traditions

This web-based research tool offers selected catalogues, glossaries, and bibliographies on Umayyad, Abbasid, Andalusian, Ottoman, Mughal, North African, and Safavid gardens from the eighth century to the present.

Moche Iconography

The Moche Archive has formed the basis of a body of scholarly work that, in combination with the archaeological record, advances an understanding of the Moche world, including the rites, rituals, flora, fauna, foodways, and practices of this ancient Peruvian culture.

Byzantine Coins

The collection of over 12,000 Byzantine coins at Dumbarton Oaks is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the world. The online catalogue presents new acquisitions to the collection, and will eventually provide online access to the full collection.

Byzantine Seals

An ongoing project to record the 17,000 Byzantine lead seals held by Dumbarton Oaks and publish them online. Browse the collection, learn about sigillography, and explore highlights.

Manuscripts in the Byzantine Collection

Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss acquired the first manuscript for the museum in 1939. The manuscripts in the Byzantine Collection available as digital facsimiles and accompanying high-resolution images may be explored online.

Dumbarton Oaks History

Find out about the history of Dumbarton Oaks, including the development of the art and garden collections, the lives and legacy of our founders, and the institution’s role in international diplomacy.

Bliss-Tyler Correspondence

A searchable database of nearly one thousand letters and telegrams exchanged between Mildred and Robert Bliss and Royall and Elisina Tyler between 1902 and 1953, this resource also includes contextual annotation.

Dumbarton Oaks Conversations

This exhibition of photographs, documents, and publications highlights the meeting of the diplomatic and personal spheres at the Dumbarton Oaks Conversations, from which emerged a tentative agreement that was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the United Nations Charter in 1945.

Garden Archives

The Garden Archives makes publicly available over six thousand individual pieces of correspondence, drawings, and photographs. These original materials have been supplemented by histories of the garden areas, biographies of individuals and firms, and sections on contemporary art installations.

DC History

Discover the nexus of cultural institutions in the nation’s capital and the history of water in two mapping projects.

Mapping Cultural Philanthropy

Donors and Cultural Institutions in the Nation’s Capital

D.C. Water Atlas

A digital atlas of waterways big and small in Washington, D.C., from the eighteenth century to the present. The online atlas provides a clear sense of the relationship in scale between a city block and the course of an entire river, and facilitates visualizing changes over time in layers or phases.