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Dumbarton Oaks

The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library collects materials to support scholarship in Byzantine studies, Pre-Columbian studies and garden and landscape studies. The collections are non-circulating.

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The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library collects materials to support scholarship in Byzantine studies, Pre-Columbian studies and garden and landscape studies. The collections are non-circulating.

The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library collects materials to support scholarship in Byzantine studies, Pre-Columbian studies and garden and landscape studies. The collections are non-circulating.

The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library collects materials to support scholarship in Byzantine studies, Pre-Columbian studies and garden and landscape studies. The collections are non-circulating.

The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library collects materials to support scholarship in Byzantine studies, Pre-Columbian studies and garden and landscape studies. The collections are non-circulating.

The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library collects materials to support scholarship in Byzantine studies, Pre-Columbian studies and garden and landscape studies. The collections are non-circulating.

The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library collects materials to support scholarship in Byzantine studies, Pre-Columbian studies and garden and landscape studies. The collections are non-circulating.

The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library collects materials to support scholarship in Byzantine studies, Pre-Columbian studies and garden and landscape studies. The collections are non-circulating.

 

Collections

 

Byzantine Studies

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. By 1940, when Dumbarton Oaks was conveyed to Harvard, the Byzantine collection had 10,000 volumes, including many important works on Byzantine art and archaeology, museum catalogs, illustrative materials on manuscripts, painting, mosaic, sculpture, and the decorative arts, and the principal scholarly periodicals in art and archaeology. The collection has grown to more than 154,000 volumes with more than 625 current journal subscriptions. Microfilms, microfiches, maps, and an offprint file are included.

Garden and Landscape Studies

The garden library collection began with the personal library of Mrs. Bliss. Holdings now include 28,000 books and pamphlets covering the history of gardens and landscape design. The largest emphasis has been on gardens of the Western world, especially the United States and Europe, but collecting in recent years has included gardens of the Islamic world, China, Japan, Australia, and Africa. Many of the volumes are located in the Rare Book Collection.

Pre-Columbian Studies

The Pre-Columbian library collection was founded in 1962 with Robert Woods Bliss's personal collection of books on ancient American art. This collection of 2,000 volumes included rare and important works in the fields of Pre-Columbian art history, anthropology, and archaeology. The collection has since grown to more than 33,000 volumes, covering the Pre-Columbian and early colonial cultures of Mexico, Central America, and South America.

Rare Book Collection

The Rare Book Collection holds materials in all three subject areas, but is largely concerned with gardens of the western world. It also houses drawings, photographs and correspondence related to the design of Dumbarton Oaks gardens.

 
 

VISITOR POLICIES

 
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  • 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-info.

 
 

ACCESSIBILITY

 
  • The library is wheelchair accessible.