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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

Catalogue of the Textiles in the Dumbarton Oaks 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 download tools to introduce sigillography to students.

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.

Philip Johnson at Dumbarton Oaks

This online resource commemorates the Pre-Columbian Pavilion, designed by Phillip Johnson, which opened in 1963 and reflects Johnson’s shift from International Style modernism to Postmodern classicism.

Garden Archives

The Garden Archives makes available over six thousand pieces of correspondence, drawings, and photographs. These original materials have been supplemented by histories of the garden, 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

This digital map chronicles the history of the philanthropy that helped create cultural institutions in the Washington, DC, area and profiles the collectors and patrons who made these institutions possible.

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 facilitates visualizing relationships in scale and changes over time in layers or phases.