Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection

The Pre-Columbian Studies research library collection was founded in 1962 with Robert Woods Bliss's personal library of books on ancient American art. It now includes comprehensive coverage of the art history, anthropology, and archaeology of Pre-Columbian and early colonial cultures of Mexico, Central America, and South America.

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is an institute in Washington, D.C., administered by the Trustees for Harvard University. It 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. The institute disseminates knowledge through its own publications and also makes accessible ever more of its resources freely online.

The founding donors, Robert Woods Bliss and Mildred Barnes Bliss, called upon future policy-makers “to remember that Dumbarton Oaks is conceived in a new pattern, where quality and not number shall determine the choice of its scholars; that it is the home of the Humanities, not a mere aggregation of books and objects of art; that the house itself and the gardens have their educational importance and that all are of humanistic value.”

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