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Athena Ruby Inscription Font

Resources for Athena Ruby, a single, comprehensive font for use in the scholarly publication of Byzantine inscriptions. Athena Ruby, is an OpenType, Unicode-compliant font, and therefore compatible with all major operating systems.

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Bibliography on Gender in Byzantium

This resource, which began as a bibliography on women in Byzantium, has recently been supplemented by studies on eunuchs and a concern for masculinity.

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Byzantine Collection

The Byzantine Collection, which encompasses the imperial, ecclesiastical, and secular realms, is one of the finest collections of portable, sumptuous objects in the world. Selected objects are on display in the Byzantine Gallery and Courtyard Gallery.

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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 download tools to introduce sigillography to students.

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Contemporary Landscape Design Collection

The Contemporary Landscape Design Collection (CLDC) was formed under the direction of the Garden and Landscape Studies department at Dumbarton Oaks between 2001 and 2009, and is intended as a complement to the existing collection of drawings by Beatrix Farrand in the Rare Book Collection.

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Digitized Rare Books

Access full digital facsimiles of select titles in the Rare Book Collection.

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East Asian Landscape Cultures

Since the mid-1990s, Dumbarton Oaks has developed research on East Asian landscape cultures through library collections, public lectures, scholarly meetings, and publications as part of its commitment to situate garden and landscape studies in a broader domain of cultural and visual studies

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Ephemera Collection

Ephemera Collection

The Ephemera Collection consists of a variety of materials related to the Byzantine and Pre-Columbian cultures and to worldwide gardens and landscapes that provide an alternative, popular cultural perspective on the academic research fields at Dumbarton Oaks.

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Fellowship and Project Grant Bibliography

In 2011, the Garden and Landscape Studies program at Dumbarton Oaks conducted a survey of its former fellows and grant recipients. The aim of this initiative was to evaluate the impact of this program on their careers and academic development in order to assess its broader role in shaping the field of garden and landscape studies over the first forty years of this program’s history.

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Garden Archives

Garden Archives

The Dumbarton Oaks 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.

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Hagiography Database

A searchable database of Greek saints’ lives from the eighth to the tenth century.

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Library and Special Collections Resources

Resources for scholars in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies

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Manuscripts in the Byzantine Collection

Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss acquired the first manuscript for the museum in 1939. Over the years, the holdings have come to include four Greek manuscripts, one Georgian manuscript, three illuminated leaves from Greek manuscripts, one illustrated leaf from an Armenian manuscript, and four papyrus fragments with Greek writing.

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Manuscripts-on-Microfilm Database

The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library holds almost two thousand microfilm rolls that are reproductions of medieval and early modern manuscripts, the originals of which are held in institutions around the world. This database allows researchers to search for specific manuscripts represented within the collection.

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Middle East Garden Traditions

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.

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New Titles

Titles added to the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library.

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Pre-Columbian Collection

The Pre-Columbian Collection includes objects created during three thousand years of history in Mesoamerica, the Andes, and the Intermediate Area of Latin America. Its holdings of over seven hundred objects include stone sculpture, ceramics, architectural panels, small metal objects, and textiles. Selected objects are on display in the Pre-Columbian Pavilion designed by Philip Johnson.

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