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Dumbarton Oaks

The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, which includes the Rare Book Collection and Image Collection and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA), collects materials to support scholarship in Byzantine studies, Pre-Columbian studies and Garden and Landscape studies. The collections are non-circulating.

 

Contact Information

 
General email:
Library@doaks.org
Address:
1703 32nd Street NW, Washington, DC, 20007
 
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HOURS OF OPERATION

 
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ABOUT

 

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library exists to advance scholarship in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through the comprehensive collection of materials in multiple media, published and unpublished; description and arrangement of those materials and presence of informed staff to ensure efficient access; exhibition of collections; and preservation of knowledge in these disciplines whether in print or digital formats for use by future generations.

  • Researchers and advanced graduate students who need access to the Library for their own research can apply for access. An appintment is necessary to view materials in the Rare Book Collection and the Image Collection and Fieldwork Archive (ICFA). Please consult the library's policies and procedures for requesting access at http://www.doaks.org/library-archives/library/access-and-guidelines.  

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library exists to advance scholarship in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through the comprehensive collection of materials in multiple media, published and unpublished; description and arrangement of those materials and presence of informed staff to ensure efficient access; exhibition of collections; and preservation of knowledge in these disciplines whether in print or digital formats for use by future generations.

  • Researchers and advanced graduate students who need access to the Library for their own research can apply for access. An appintment is necessary to view materials in the Rare Book Collection and the Image Collection and Fieldwork Archive (ICFA). Please consult the library's policies and procedures for requesting access at http://www.doaks.org/library-archives/library/access-and-guidelines.  

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library exists to advance scholarship in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through the comprehensive collection of materials in multiple media, published and unpublished; description and arrangement of those materials and presence of informed staff to ensure efficient access; exhibition of collections; and preservation of knowledge in these disciplines whether in print or digital formats for use by future generations.

  • Researchers and advanced graduate students who need access to the Library for their own research can apply for access. An appintment is necessary to view materials in the Rare Book Collection and the Image Collection and Fieldwork Archive (ICFA). Please consult the library's policies and procedures for requesting access at http://www.doaks.org/library-archives/library/access-and-guidelines.  

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library exists to advance scholarship in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through the comprehensive collection of materials in multiple media, published and unpublished; description and arrangement of those materials and presence of informed staff to ensure efficient access; exhibition of collections; and preservation of knowledge in these disciplines whether in print or digital formats for use by future generations.

  • Researchers and advanced graduate students who need access to the Library for their own research can apply for access. An appintment is necessary to view materials in the Rare Book Collection and the Image Collection and Fieldwork Archive (ICFA). Please consult the library's policies and procedures for requesting access at http://www.doaks.org/library-archives/library/access-and-guidelines.  

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library exists to advance scholarship in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through the comprehensive collection of materials in multiple media, published and unpublished; description and arrangement of those materials and presence of informed staff to ensure efficient access; exhibition of collections; and preservation of knowledge in these disciplines whether in print or digital formats for use by future generations.

  • Researchers and advanced graduate students who need access to the Library for their own research can apply for access. An appintment is necessary to view materials in the Rare Book Collection and the Image Collection and Fieldwork Archive (ICFA). Please consult the library's policies and procedures for requesting access at http://www.doaks.org/library-archives/library/access-and-guidelines.  

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library exists to advance scholarship in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through the comprehensive collection of materials in multiple media, published and unpublished; description and arrangement of those materials and presence of informed staff to ensure efficient access; exhibition of collections; and preservation of knowledge in these disciplines whether in print or digital formats for use by future generations.

  • Researchers and advanced graduate students who need access to the Library for their own research can apply for access. An appintment is necessary to view materials in the Rare Book Collection and the Image Collection and Fieldwork Archive (ICFA). Please consult the library's policies and procedures for requesting access at http://www.doaks.org/library-archives/library/access-and-guidelines.  

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library exists to advance scholarship in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through the comprehensive collection of materials in multiple media, published and unpublished; description and arrangement of those materials and presence of informed staff to ensure efficient access; exhibition of collections; and preservation of knowledge in these disciplines whether in print or digital formats for use by future generations.

  • Researchers and advanced graduate students who need access to the Library for their own research can apply for access. An appintment is necessary to view materials in the Rare Book Collection and the Image Collection and Fieldwork Archive (ICFA). Please consult the library's policies and procedures for requesting access at http://www.doaks.org/library-archives/library/access-and-guidelines.  

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library exists to advance scholarship in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through the comprehensive collection of materials in multiple media, published and unpublished; description and arrangement of those materials and presence of informed staff to ensure efficient access; exhibition of collections; and preservation of knowledge in these disciplines whether in print or digital formats for use by future generations.

  • Researchers and advanced graduate students who need access to the Library for their own research can apply for access. An appintment is necessary to view materials in the Rare Book Collection and the Image Collection and Fieldwork Archive (ICFA). Please consult the library's policies and procedures for requesting access at http://www.doaks.org/library-archives/library/access-and-guidelines.  
 

Collections

 

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. In addition to books and journals, the collection comprises microfiches and microfilms, maps, dissertations/theses from Latin America, and an offprint file.

Rare Book Collection

The Rare Book Collection was begun in the mid-twentieth century by Mildred Bliss and reflects the areas of specialized research conducted at Dumbarton Oaks. The holdings comprise more than ten thousand rare and unique materials (such as volumes, prints, drawings, photographs, musical scores, and blueprints). Many volumes are available as digital facsimiles, and transcribed selections from the autograph letter collection are available online. The Rare Book Collection also contains the Garden Archives, which makes over six thousand individual pieces of correspondence, drawings, and photographs publicly available.  

Image Collection and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA)

With more than a million unique and historical items, archival collections in ICFA are divided into document, photograph, digital image, and moving image categories. Collections are generally comprised of administrative records, fieldwork papers, photographic prints, negatives, slides, oversize drawings, and moving images. Finding aids for ICFA's archival collections are accessible and searchable via AtoM@DO, an online database of Dumbarton Oaks that represents the holdings in ICFA.

 
 

LIBRARY STAFF

 
 

VISITOR POLICIES

 
  • Access
  • The Research Library primarily serves the staff and resident Fellows of Dumbarton Oaks. We welcome applications from outside scholars and advanced graduate students who need access to the Library for their own research. Please consult the library's policies and procedures for requesting access at http://www.doaks.org/library-archives/library/access-and-guidelines.

 
 

ACCESSIBILITY

 
  • The library is wheelchair accessible.