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Apr 2 / admin

New Online Exhibit from Dumbarton Oaks ICFA: Artamonoff: Picturing Byzantine Istanbul, 1930-1947

The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) is pleased to announce the release of a new online exhibition, Artamonoff: Picturing Byzantine Istanbul, 1930-1947:

artamonoff_picturingbyz_screenshotThe online exhibit is a recreation of the physical exhibit that was presented at the Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (RCAC) in Istanbul from June 25 to November 10, 2013, within the scope of the Third International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium. The 2013 exhibition was co-curated by Günder Varinlioğlu, ICFA’s former Byzantine Assistant Curator, and Alyssa DesRochers, former ICFA intern. This new online exhibit presents the same selection of photographs from the Nicholas V. Artamonoff Collection that appeared in the Istanbul exhibition, as well as images from the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives and Robert College in Istanbul. It also includes an interactive timeline that places Artamonoff’s photography in the context of contemporaneous archaeological investigations at Byzantine sites throughout Istanbul.

Together, these images present a rapidly changing city as seen through Artamonoff’s camera lens:

Nicholas V. Artamonoff (1908-1989) left behind a photographic puzzle of over 1,000 images. He was a student and engineer, who, while studying and living at Robert College in Istanbul, gained an appreciation for the city’s history and culture. With his Rollei camera, he captured the Byzantine remains, entering the nooks and crannies of the fortifications and cisterns. He strolled through the city in the footsteps of architectural historians and archaeologists who explored and uncovered Byzantine Istanbul. His interests were broad: from imposing churches to the smallest details of architectural sculpture, from bustling marketplaces to the diligent work of lone craftsmen. This abundance of subjects makes the Nicholas V. Artamonoff Collection rich and engaging, providing a glimpse into the diverse urban environment in which he lived, and into the versatile photographer he was.

The online exhibit was built in Omeka by Alyssa DesRochers, Assistant Curator of the exhibition and former ICFA intern, and Michael Sohn, Web & Graphic Designer at Dumbarton Oaks.

~Shalimar Fojas White, Manager, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection

Mar 20 / admin

Job Opportunity at Dumbarton Oaks: Part-Time Byzantine Archival Assistant

The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA, at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C. is seeking a part-time Byzantine Archival Assistant to assist ICFA staff with ongoing archival processing and preservation projects for Byzantine archival collections and other administrative tasks. Under the supervision of the Archivist, the part-time Byzantine Archival Assistant will assist with the assessment, arrangement, description, processing, and preservation of Byzantine archival collections, which comprise administrative records and fieldwork papers produced or created by Byzantine scholars and archaeologists.

For the full job description, please see: For more information about ICFA and its collections, please see: Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume or CV, contact information for three references, and a work sample (e.g., finding aid, online exhibit, blog, etc.) to: Rona Razon, ICFA Archivist,

~Shalimar Abigail Fojas White, Manager, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection

Feb 11 / admin

Job Announcement: Head of Digital Experience, Smithsonian Archives of American Art

The Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, is the nation’s largest repository of documentation of the visual arts and culture in the United States. The Archives’ mission is to collect, preserve, and make available for study records, papers, photographs, diaries, sketchbooks, and oral history interviews. Its digital environment directly supports the Archives’ collections management of over 5,000 archival collections representing over 15,000 linear ft., an active oral history program, a major digitization and access initiative, exhibitions, acquisitions, public outreach, education, reference, and fundraising, and participation in Smithsonian pan-Institutional initiatives.

The incumbent will serve as the Archives’ Head of Digital Experience in an ongoing effort to improve the website as the primary means of communicating information about the Archives within the context of the Smithsonian Institution, and in providing access to collections and resources. Included in the responsibilities are coordinating and publishing content from internal stakeholders; monitoring and evaluating the Archives’ web properties; working closely with technical and digital projects’ staff and contract developers and designers; keeping abreast of relevant emerging technologies; participating in Smithsonian-wide web and IT-related activities, and providing guidance and input on strategies for moving the Archives towards its goal of greater openness and sharing of our digital resources and data.

Applicants should have technical knowledge and skills in:

  • Best practices for creating, formatting and presenting textual, graphic, and A/V content for use on web and digital media platforms (websites, blogs, social media, mobile devices)
  • Core principles and best practices in the fields of web content management, user experience design, usability, information architecture, and accessibility
  • Best practices for search engine optimization and web analytics
  • Hand encoding standards-compliant HTML/XML/CSS
  • Database systems and database design as they pertain to websites
  • Web design and development software, especially the Adobe Creative Suite tools, including DreamWeaver, Acrobat, and Photoshop.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills; ability to multitask and perform work independently as well as part of an integrated team.
  • Archive, library or museum information environments that utilize EAD or other XML based technology, and an understanding of the archival profession and practices. MLS preferred.

Applicants should email a cover letter and resume to Karen Weiss at by February 21, 2014.

The Smithsonian is an equal opportunity employer.

Feb 10 / admin

Part-Time, Temporary Cataloger at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

The National Museum of Women in the Arts Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center is seeking a part-time, temporary cataloger to create original cataloging records for our top 500 artist files. In an effort to provide better access and description to the important ephemera within these files, the LRC plans to catalog our artist files in MARC format, making them accessible and searchable in our OPAC and WorldCat.

Qualifications for this position:

  • Knowledge of AACR2, ISBD, LCSH, LC classification schedules, and MARC 21/OCLC formats
  • Knowledge of integrated library catalog systems, Koha preferred
  • Graduate of or student in an ALA accredited MLS/MLIS program
  • Art history knowledge preferred, but not required

Pay rate will be $20/per hour for approximately 225 hours.

If interested please send your cover letter, resume, and 3 original cataloging records (OCLC control numbers accepted) to Heather Slania, Director of the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center, by Feb. 23rd.

Heather Slania
Director of the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center
ARLIS/NA DC-MD-VA Chapter Chair

National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 266-2807

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Feb 10 / admin

New Search Tool for Archival Collections at Dumbarton Oaks

Dumbarton Oaks’ Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) announces the public launch of its online inventory, AtoM@DO ( A searchable database of Dumbarton Oaks’ archival collections, AtoM@DO brings together the holdings of ICFA and a selection of the Dumbarton Oaks Archives (DOA) into a single virtual space, enabling discovery of related materials across the institution.


Instead of searching collections one-by-one by means of individual PDF finding aids or collection guides, AtoM@DO enables users to search across all holdings — either by keyword or through browsing the various menu options: Names, Places, Subjects. Search results are presented within the context of their collection, making it easier for users to learn more about the materials they have found and discover other relevant resources.


AtoM@DO is a local implementation of the open-source archival collection management system, ICA-AtoM, which is based on standards developed and promulgated by the International Council on Archives (ICA) with initial funding from UNESCO. You can find more information about the system and the standards ICFA employed, under the Quick links menu in the upper right-hand corner of AtoM@DO.


Find a link to the system along with a list of common FAQs on the AtoM@DO Help page on the ICFA website. This same page is accessible from anywhere within the system by clicking the Help link under the Quick links menu in the upper right-hand corner of AtoM@DO. Users can also contact the system administrator directly, ICFA Metadata and Cataloging Specialist , Anne-Marie Viola (


Over the course of the year, ICFA plans to enhance description of its collections within AtoM@DO, including expanding on collection-level records and adding digital objects for portions of ICFA’s photograph collections, which comprise more than half a million images. In doing so, ICFA will virtually reunite the fieldwork photography used to seed the reference collection with the archival collections from which they originated. The database is a work-in-progress and new functionality and content will be added based on a prioritized list developed by the department.

Note: Traditional  long-form finding aids for archival collections continue to be maintained on their respective pages: ICFA’s Byzantine Archival Collections and DOA’s Historical Papers.

Many thanks,

Jan 16 / admin

Two Vacancy Announcements at The National Gallery of Art Library

These are excellent opportunities to gain art museum library experience – we encourage students currently enrolled at least half-time to apply.

The National Gallery of Art Library is seeking applicants for two student assistant positions in the Reader Services Department.

  • Library Technician (Circulation)

The primary purpose of this position is to assist with a wide variety of circulation and reader services for Gallery staff and outside readers.

Duties include retrieving materials from the stacks and reshelving returned materials, providing information and instruction on circulation procedures governing use of the Library collection, and maintaining automated and manual departmental files.

  • Library Technician (Vertical Files/Non-Print Materials)

The primary purpose of the position is to assist with the maintenance, development, and consultation of the vertical files and non-print collections.

Duties include preparing newly acquired materials for the vertical files and non-print collections, preparing bibliographic records using an online catalog, and assisting with the organization and use of both collections by Gallery staff and outside readers.

Knowledge and Skills:

Applicants should have a basic knowledge of library collections, online catalogs, and circulation desk procedures, familiarity with using personal computers, an ability to type and file accurately, and an ability to work cooperatively with other staff members and library patrons. Reading knowledge of a Western European language (French, German, or Italian) is desirable.


In order to qualify for these positions, applicants must be registered at least as a half-time student, and be able to provide certification of student status, including a current class schedule. Work schedules will be determined to accommodate the student’s class schedule and the Library’s work requirements. The positions are limited to 20 hours per week while classes are in session; full-time employment is available during semester and summer breaks. The incumbents earn sick and annual leave based on the amount of hours worked.

Interested applicants should send résumés and any inquiries by email, indicating the position sought, to:

Lamia Doumato, Head of Reader Services

National Gallery of Art Library


Jan 15 / admin

ARLIS/NA Research Awards

Do art librarians perform research? Of course they do! And the ARLIS/NA Research Awards encourage them.

Each year, the Research Awards Subcommittee recognizes the work of ARLIS/NA members with two types of research awards: one for future/proposed projects, and another (two, actually) for finished/completed projects.

If you have completed a publication (a book, a website, an article in Art Documentation or elsewhere, etc.) in the past two years, we’d love to hear about it and reward the best. If you have a research project in mind and need funds to complete it, we’d love to help with that, too!

Apply today. Applications are due on February 26, 2014. Guidelines and application forms are found at

If you have any questions, or need clarification about whether your project is eligible for an award, please contact the co-chairs of the Research Awards Subcommittee, Shalimar White ( and Karyn Hinkle (

Jan 14 / admin

Two Job Opportunities at the Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

The Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is seeking applicants for one full-time and one part-time position in the Library.  For descriptions of duties and application information, please consult the following links:

~Kristen Regina, Head of Research Collections & Archivist, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

Jan 8 / admin

New Online Exhibit from Dumbarton Oaks ICFA: “A Truthful Record: The Byzantine Institute Films”

DO-ICFA_filmstill_iskender The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) at Dumbarton Oaks presents a new online exhibit entitled A Truthful Record: The Byzantine Institute Films: This exhibit aims to reveal the context of the films created by the Byzantine Institute between the 1930s and 1940s by combining them with archival records from the collection The Byzantine Institute and Dumbarton Oaks Fieldwork Records and Papers.

A Truthful Record features thirteen motion picture films from the Byzantine Institute, which are stored and preserved at ICFA: one of the Red Sea Monasteries in Egypt, eleven of the Hagia Sophia, and one of the Kariye Camii, both in Istanbul, Turkey. The color films created by the Byzantine Institute’s photographer Pierre Iskender provide significant testimony of the mosaics at Hagia Sophia and Kariye Camii and the techniques employed to uncover and conserve them. When combined with notebook entries written by Byzantine Institute fieldworkers such as Ernest Hawkins and the brothers Richard and William Gregory, the history of the films’ creation truly comes alive. Thomas Whittemore, who founded the Byzantine Institute in 1930, made wide use of the moving images, screening them for donors and patrons (such as Robert Woods and Mildred Bliss), the Byzantine scholarly community, and an interested general audience in the United States and Europe. The exhibit is divided into three sections that investigate how the films were made and how they were received by contemporary audiences: Style and Content, Technique, and Purpose and Reception. You can also explore the archival materials chronologically using a detailed Timeline.DO-ICFA_filmstill_whittemore

This online exhibit was created by Fani Gargova, ICFA Byzantine Research Associate. The ICFA team would like to give special thanks to the Dumbarton Oaks Publications Department for their generous assistance and support throughout this project. For more information about ICFA’s Moving Image Collection, please see our website or Vimeo album.

~Shalimar Fojas White, Manager, Image Collection and Fieldwork Archives, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection

Dec 13 / admin

Spring 2014 Internship Opportunities at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.

The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) of Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is currently recruiting interns for the Spring 2014 term:

Archival Internship

Archival intern will assist the Archivist and the Byzantine Research Associate with the research and archival processing of the collection “San Marco in Context.”

Image Cataloging Internship

Cataloging intern will assist the Metadata and Cataloging Specialist with the migration of legacy image metadata for implementation into a new collection management system.

Processing Internship

Processing intern will assist the Archivist with the final stages of archival processing for three collections that have been preliminary processed.

For more information about joining the ICFA team, please see our website: Internship Policies. Please feel free to forward to anyone who may be interested.

~Shalimar Abigail Fojas White, Manager, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection