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Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection supports research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through fellowships and internships, meetings, and exhibitions. Located in residential Georgetown, Dumbarton Oaks welcomes researchers at all career stages who come to study its books, objects, images, and documents. It opens its doors to the public to visit its historic garden, designed by Beatrix Farrand; its museum, with world-class collections of art; and its Music Room, for lectures and concerts. The institute disseminates knowledge through its publications and online resources. Innovative programming has introduced students of all ages to the museum, garden, and collections.

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Apr 24, 2020 - Apr 25, 2020

Byzantine Missions: Meaning, Nature, and Extent

Through this two-day symposium, scholars aim to better understand how Byzantine missions perceived the universal claim of their empire and their church.
May 14, 2020 - May 15, 2020

Cultural Capital: Philanthropy in the Arts and Humanities Today

Speakers at this daylong colloquium discuss the evolution and impact of philanthropy to arts and humanities organizations.



Dumbarton Oaks supports and publishes scholarship in the three areas of study supported by Robert Woods Bliss and Mildred Barnes Bliss: Byzantine Studies, including related aspects of late Roman, early Christian, western Medieval, Slavic, and Near Eastern Studies; Pre-Columbian Studies of Mexico, Central America, and Andean South America; and Garden and Landscape Studies, including garden history, landscape architecture, and related disciplines.

Studies Programs Fellowships & Awards Library & Archives Publications


Online Resources

To Tend a Chile Habanero

Traci Ardren researches the highly charged plant world of the ancient Maya

Call for Papers: 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies

Dumbarton Oaks is sponsoring 5 sessions in 2020

Microbes Beget Elegance

Ellipse garden thriving after soil restoration, replanting, and renovation