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Grabar (Oleg) Papers
Series II. Research materials, 1898-2009, undated 42 Linear Feet (96 boxes, 4 flat file folders)
Research materials accumulated by Grabar comprise this series. Primarily offprints, photocopies, and drafts of subsequently published works sent by students and colleagues, the materials in this series demonstrate the breadth of Oleg Grabar's intellectual interests. The material is sorted by topic and includes a variety of material. The small amount of unique material found in this series is called out in the scope and content notes for the various topics. Offprints frequently bear a dedication from the author, and there are occasional annotations by Grabar on offprints and photocopies. Although the bulk of the material in this series is available through other sources, the series serves as a compilation of published sources on a given topic for the researcher. In combination with his books, it also reflects Grabar's dedication to the idea of a personal library and the importance of the intellectual resource material surrounding a scholar, serving as a snapshot of Grabar's diverse interests.
This series also includes a small amount of research material passed down from André Grabar, identifiable by its content. Although Oleg Grabar gave his father's collection of offprints to Harvard University, the occasional piece with a dedication to André turns up here. Several groups of photographs on Christian and Byzantine topics, especially mosaics and wall-painting from locations such as Bulgaria, Yugoslavia or Greece, were inherited by Oleg Grabar from his father.
Arrangement
The series is organized by topic. Although most articles could have multiple access points, the material is separated into eight broad categories: geography, artistic medium, general art topics, history, text and language-based research, various humanities and social science fields, conference materials, and miscellaneous and unidentified materials.
Series II.A. Geography, 1922-2007, undated 21.6 Linear Feet (41 boxes, 4 flat files)
Material with region- or site-specific content is included in this subseries: site excavation and survey reports, works on specific architectural monuments, and in situ sculpture and inscriptions. The sites listed for each country/region represent the bulk of the material, but are not comprehensive.
Arrangement
Arranged alphabetically by country or region, with Jerusalem at the end of the subseries.
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13 1-3 Afghanistan, 1949-1988, undated
Includes partial draft of Allen dissertation on Timurid Herat with cover letter bound in, offprints (one with supplemental photographs of site in Seistan), photocopies; includes material on sites of Bamiyan, Herat and Balkh.
13 4 Algeria, 1958-1966
Offprints; includes material on Tlemcen.
13 5 Bahrain, 1978
Offprint.
Bulgaria, 1959-circa 1995, undated
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13 6 Papers and postcards, 1959-circa 1995, undated
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34 1 Black-and-white photographs of Christian mural painting, undated
Central Asian republics, 1957-1994, undated
Offprints, photocopies, drafts, grant application, and Samarkand design competition document (with cover letter), as well as a pamphlet, postcard set, and map set. Sites documented include Teschebaini, Irepuni, Sarazm, Bukhara, Panjikent, Samarkand and Khiva, with an emphasis on Uzbekistan and Tajikistan; also includes general treatments of the Silk Road and Skythian art.
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14 1-7 General, 1957-1994, undated
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109 1 Merv Oasis (Turkmenistan) project portfolio, 1989
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33 6 China, 1995, undated
Offprint and map; pamphlet set relating to Xinjiang, Uighur Autonomous Region, including Urumqi and monuments in the Turfan Basin; postcards and photographs of objects. See also Series V for further materials relating to Grabar's travel to China for projects of the Aga Khan Development Network.
33 1 Cyprus, 1989-1995
Offprint and photocopies about Paphos.
Egypt, 1922-1994, undated
Sites and architecture, 1922-1994, undated
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15-16 Papers, 1922-1994, undated
Includes offprints, photocopies, drafts, newsletters, and booklets. The majority of the material deals with Cairo, but there is also material on the sites of Alexandria, Mount Sinai, Abu Mena and Quseir al-Qadim.
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41 2 Black-and-white photographs, undated
Maps of Cairo, 1951, undated
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16 7 General, undated
Map of Cairo showing Muhammadan monuments on scale 1:5000, supplement to The Mosques of Egypt from 21 H. (641) to 1365 H. (1946), 1951
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110 2 Index
flatfile
2** Map sheets
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17 1-2 Other art forms in Egypt, 1951-1990
Offprints and photocopies relating to a broad range of topics, from ceramics to textiles to Mamluk heraldry; list of loan objects for Islamic Art in Egypt 969-1517 exhibition (1969).
Greece, 1956-1981, undated
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33 2 Offprints, 1956-1981
Offprints relating to Athens, Acrocorinth and Crete.
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34 2 Black-and-white photographs of Christian mural painting at Mistra, undated
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18, 48 Indian subcontinent, 1964-1994, undated
Materials relating to present-day India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Ceylon; includes offprints, photocopies, drafts and UNESCO reports, as well as maps, guidebooks and postcards. Also included is a letter from Anita Pearlroth with accompanying photograph.
Iran, 1930-1992, undated
Material relating to sites of Susa, Persepolis, Kharg, Atesh-Kouh, Ghubayra, Rey, Isfahan, Bastam, Robat Zayn-al-Din, Na'in, Nushabad, Zuzan, Torbat-i Jam, Sistan, Horasan, Shahr-i Qumis, Siraf, Tepe Yahya, Istakhr, Hamadhan, Gunbad-i Kharraqan, Zaware, Hasanlu.
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19-20 General, 1930-1992, undated
Includes offprints, photocopies, UNESCO report, one brief letter received (sent with offprint), typescript project reports and a student paper.
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36 Black-and-white photographs of Isfahan, undated
Includes prints from Grabar negatives in Series I.
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109 2 Plates from Flights over Ancient Cities of Iran, 1940
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21 1-3 Iraq, 1955-1991, undated
Includes offprints, photocopies, text of conference paper, and project grant application with map; includes sites of Baghdad, Hillah, Samarra, Isin, Tell 'Umar, Mosul, Hatra (one article on Hatra includes additional photographic documentation).
Israel and Palestine, 1936-2007, undated
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32 5-6 Papers, 1936-2007
Offprints, photocopies and guidebooks, relating to Bethlehem, Hebron, Beth Shan, Lachish, Khirbet Abu Suwwana, Ashkelon, Capernaum, Sepphoris, Caesarea Maritima.
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41 1 Black-and-white photographs of the mosaics in the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, undated
See photographs and contact sheets in Series I.
Italy and Sicily, 1983, undated
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33 3 Offprint and postcard, 1983, undated
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35 1 Black-and-white photographs, undated
Study photographs of architecure and decoration at sites including Palermo, Monreale, and Torre Pisana.
Jordan, 1960-1994, undated
Includes material relating to Amman, Aqaba, Petra, Umm er-Rasas, Mount Nebo, Hammam al-Sarah, Qasr al-Qastal, Qasr al-Hallabat.
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22 1-5 Papers, 1960-1994, undated
Includes offprints, photocopies, drafts, letter from Robert Schick and correspondence with Alistair Northedge, and project proposals.
22 6 Guidebooks, photographs, maps, postcards, 1988-1989, undated
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32 3 Kuwait, 1984-1991, undated
Offprints relating to Failaka and newsletter and guidebooks for the Kuwait National Museum.
32 4 Lebanon, 1949-1972
Offprints relating to Beirut.
Morocco, 1980-1995, undated
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32 1-2 Papers, 1980-1995, undated
Offprints, newsletters, typescripts and drafts relating to Marrakesh, Sijilmasa, Fez and Rabat.
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35 4 Black-and-white photographs, undated
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31 6 Oman, 1975-1987
Offprints, photocopies, photographs of Muttrah Fort.
Saudi Arabia, 1950-1991, undated
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23 1-4 Papers, 1950-1991, undated
Offprints, photocopies, drafts, student paper and site guides, includes material relating to Mecca, Medina, al-Rabadha, Jiddah, Asir-Nejran, Hejaz, Hail-Wadi Sirhan, Hasa-Qatif oases and Dariyyah, al-Jawf oasis.
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35 3 Black-and-white photographs, undated
Study photographs of Mecca and Medina.
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33 4 Senegal, 1971, undated
Newsletter and other material relating to Saint Louis and Zuguinchor.
Spain and Portugal, 1956-1995, undated
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24 1-5 Papers, 1956-1995, undated
Offprints, newsletters, drafts, photocopies, notes, postcards, guidebook and map relating to the Alhambra at Granada, Córdoba, Toledo, Castulo, Recopolis, Calatrava la Vieja, Sintra, Madinat al-Zahra.
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37 Black-and-white photographs, undated
Study photographs of Seville, Córdoba, Toledo and the Alhambra.
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121 2 Color photographs, undated
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33 5 Sudan, 1981
Report on Aydhâb.
Syria, 1923-1993, undated
Material relating to Palmyra, Damascus, Aleppo, Djebel Seis, Qal'a Sim'an (with notes), Bosra (with notes), Ruhin, Rusafa, Balis, Taibe Oasis, Salkhad, Raqqah, Bilad al-Sham, Khan Tuman, Madinat al-Far, Qasr al-Hayr al-Gharbi, and Dura Europas.
Papers, 1923-1993, undated
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25-26A Offprints, photocopies, newsletters, 1923-1993, undated
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27 1-2 Typescripts, drafts, papers, 1988-1993, undated
27 3-4 Maps, postcards, guidebooks, 1985-1989, undated
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38-39 Black-and-white photographs, undated
Includes images from University of Michigan survey expedition; also includes a significant quantity of pre-Islamic material.
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121 1 Black-and-white negatives and transparencies, undated
Tunisia, 1952-1983, undated
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31 1-2 Papers, 1952-1983, undated
Offprints, photocopies and maps, relating to Tunis, Kairouan, Sousse and Carthage.
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35 2 Black-and-white photographs of Kairouan, undated
Turkey, 1934-2005, undated
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28-29 Site reports and architecture, 1934-2005, undated
Offprints, photocopies and drafts relating to Diyarbakir, Iznik, Kayseri, Divrigi, Istanbul, Konya, Kobadabad, Bayburt, Erzurum, Bozuyuk, Sardis, Ankara, Harran, Antioch on the Orontes, Gritille, Izmit, Adana and Bursa.
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30 3 Tourist guidebooks, maps, 1949-1967, undated
30 1-2 Other arts in Turkey, 1947-1985
Offprints and photocopies.
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40 Black-and-white photographs, undated
Includes images from University of Michigan survey expedition; also includes a significant quantity of Byzantine material.
Yemen, 1955-1994, undated
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31 3-5 Papers, 1955-1994, undated
Offprints (one with letter from Berta Segall), photocopies and papers, relating to Sana'a, Zabib and Hadramawt; manuscript by Ory relating to the al-Abbas Mosque in Asnaf (with images, correspondence, and notes by Grabar).
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110 1 Prints of drawings of structures in Mokha, 1980
Possibly part of a UNESCO report.
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34 3 Yugoslavia, undated
Black-and-white study photographs of Christian architecture and mural painting.
Jerusalem, 1928-2007, undated
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42-45 Offprints, photocopies, drafts, 1928-2007, undated
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123* 1 Newspaper clippings, 1991-2006
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46 Notes and correspondence, 1987-2004, undated
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3**-5** Maps, 1952-2002, undated
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45 4 Plans, undated
45 5 Guidebooks, 1951-1954, undated
45 6-7 Postcard sets and panorama pamphlet, undated
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47 Black-and-white photographs, undated
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120 Color slides by M. Cross, color print and transparency, negatives, 1992, undated
Series II. B. Artistic medium, 1899-2006, undated 10.2 Linear Feet (29 boxes)
Research materials focusing on a specific medium or form of art comprise this subseries.
Arrangement
Arranged by medium.
Architecture, 1922-1994, undated
Includes general treatments of building types, elements and surveys by dynasty, including Umayyad and Seljuq, as well as materials relating to urbanism and city planning, proportions and landscape architecture.
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49-50 Offprints and photocopies, 1932-1994, undated
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111 1 Oversize offprint, 1922
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51 1-3 M.Arch and M.S. theses, 1981-1992
51 4-5 Unpublished material, 1980-1994, undated
Various unpublished materials created by colleagues and students, includes partial draft of Ayyubid Architecture by Terry Allen, conference papers and drafts of articles, course syllabus, announcements.
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122 1 Negatives and transparencies, undated
Miniatures and illuminated manuscripts, 1933-2000, undated
Individual texts, 1939-1996, undated
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55 1-2 Codex-Calendar of 354, 1952, undated
Notes and unbound copy of Stern publication.
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52-53 Andarz-nāmeh, 1954-1974, undated
Notes, correspondence, offprints, student papers, black-and-white photographs and drafts of remarks on the manuscript.
Maqāmāt, 1960-1996, undated
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54 1-5 Notes, correspondence, offprint and photocopies, 1960-1996, undated
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58 Black-and-white photographs, undated
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57 5-7 Kalila wa Dimna, 1980-1990, undated
Notes, offprints
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54 6-8 Shah-nameh, 1939-1986, undated
Print-out of draft of Shah-nameh illustration index, offprints and ephemera.
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56-57 Islamic manuscripts, 1933-2000, undated
Offprints, photocopies, drafts, postcards, letters and grant proposal; also includes material relating to individual painters and calligraphy.
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55 3-5 Judeo-Christian manuscripts, 1956-1993, undated
Offprints and drafts; also includes Western secular works.
55 6-7 Manuscript production and bookbinding, undated
Photocopies of typescript and printouts.
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59 Research on manuscripts in the Harvard University Art Museum, undated
Includes notes, photocopies, correspondence.
Photographic documentation of various manuscripts, including De Materia Medica, undated
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72 1-2 Black-and-white photographs
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122 2 Color photographs, negatives, transparencies
Metalwork, 1899-2003, undated
With an strong emphasis on Sasanian vessels.
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60-61 Offprints, photocopies, drafts, ephemera, 1931-2000, undated
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111 2 Oversize offprint, 1899
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61 4 Conference papers, 1970-1971
Includes materials from the 1971 Sasanian Silver conference at the Fogg Art Museum and the symposium on Application of Scientific Methods in the Analysis of Works of Art, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, 1970.
61 5 Notes, 1968, undated
Also includes letters from Dorothy G. Shepherd, Prudence Harper and Cyril Stanley Smith.
Photographic documentation, 2003, undated
Includes occasional notes and images of objects in other media.
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62-65 Black-and-white photographs, undated
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122 3 Color photographs, transparencies, negatives, 2003, undated
Ceramic vessels and lamps, 1929-1990, undated
Also includes faience vessels.
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66 1-5 Offprints, photocopies and drafts, 1929-1990, undated
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69 Black-and-white photographs, undated
Glass vessels and lamps, 1937-1988, undated
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67 1-3 Papers, 1937-1988, undated
Offprints, photocopies, ephemera, drafts and student work; includes extensive coverage of the glass from the Serçe Limani shipwreck.
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70 Black-and-white photographs, undated
Tilework, stucco and mosaic, 1958-1990, undated
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67 4-5 Offprints, photocopies, draft, 1958-1990, undated
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75 1 Black-and-white photographs of Christian mosaics, undated
Sculpture, 1924-2006, undated
Sculpture in the round and in relief; includes carved stone, wood, ivory and jade.
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68 1-2 Offprints and photocopies, 1924-2006, undated
Overwhelmingly pre-Islamic or Medieval West; one photocopy includes letter from Yaron Eliav.
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72 3-4 Black-and-white photographs, undated
Includes notes on Fatamid wood carving.
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68 3 Mirrors, 1961-1985
Offprint, student paper.
Textiles, 1937-1975, undated
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68 4 Offprints, photocopies, postcard, 1937-1975, undated
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71 Black-and-white photographs, undated
Coins and medallions, 1950-1995, undated
Includes general treatments of Islamic numismatics, see also economic history materials in Series II.D.
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73 1-4 Offprints and photocopy, 1950-1995, undated
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74 Black-and white photographs, undated
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67 6 Seals, amulets, bullae, jewelry, 1967-1994
Offprints, conference paper.
67 7 Panel painting and icons, 1966-1974, undated
Offprints.
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68 5 Weights and measures, 1956-1977
Offprints
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75 2 Wall-painting, undated
Black-and-white photographs of Christian and Roman mural painting, most with location not identified.
Various minor arts, 1925-2003, undated
Offprints on topics including Mamluk playing cards, keys, crystal and cut stone vessels.
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68 6 Offprints, 1925-1974
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122 4 Color photographs, 2003, undated
Series II.C. General art topics, 1898-2009, undated 2.3 Linear Feet (7 boxes)
Research materials relating to several broad topics in art and the history of art form this subseries. Included here are works on iconography, contemporary Islamic art and architecture, and exhibition materials, as well as surveys compiled on the basis of culture and chronology.
Arrangement
Arranged by topic.
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78-79 Iconography, 1932-2007, undated
Offprints and photocopies; includes aesthetics and iconoclasm.
Art surveys, 1898-2004, undated
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76 1 African art, 1965-1996
Offprint, book draft.
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77 Asian art, 1964-2004
Materials relate to Chinese and Japanese art, especially Chinese calligraphy; photocopies, student papers, text of lecture, notes, letter.
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76 8 Byzantine art, 1963-1994
Offprints, photocopies, draft.
Coptic art, undated
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80 2-3 Black-and-white photographs
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121 5 Color photographs
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76 2-3 Islamic art, 1898-1984, undated
Offprints, photocopies, drafts, ephemera.
76 4 Seljuq art, 1970-1973
Offprints.
76 5 Abbasid art, undated
Offprint.
76 9 Jewish art, circa 1991
Folder with newsletters, pamphlets and ephemera from the Center for Jewish Art at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
76 6 Sasanian art, 1938-1989
Offprints.
76 10 Russian art, 1999
Photographs and text for article published in Muqarnas.
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80 1 Scandinavian art and architecture, undated
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76 7-8 Exhibitions, 1932-1988
Catalogs, offprints, ephemera, notes.
Contemporary Islamic art and architecture, 1983-2009
Offprints, photocopies, website printouts, brochures, letters received; includes works on Joyce Dalla, Laila Essaydi, Asse, Nilima Sheikh, Shahzia Sikander, Amin Gulgee, Doris Bittar.
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107 Papers, 1983-2009
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121 3-4 Color photographs and slides of the work of Gulgee and Bittar, 1992-1998, undated
Series II.D. History, 1922-2007, undated 2.9 Linear Feet (7 boxes)
Materials relating to various aspects of history and historical issues comprise this subseries.
Arrangement
Arranged by topic.
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81-82 General, 1922-1996, undated
Offprints (one offprint with brief letter from Philip Lozinski) and photocopies; primarily Islamic history and society with a limited amount of material relating to pre-Islamic societies, including Parthian, Sasanian, and Roman.
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87 1-3 Egyptian history, 1923-1992, undated
Offprints and conference program.
87 4 Ottoman/Turkish history, 1948-1989, undated
Offprints, photocopies and drafts.
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83 5 Byzantine history and culture, 1968-1995, undated
Offprints, photocopies, texts of conference papers, drafts.
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84 1-3 Economic history, 1951-1994, undated
Offprints and photocopies; print-outs and photocopies of typescripts of unpublished material and lecture text. For further material on coinage see also Series II.B.
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83 2 Cairo Genizah documents, 1961-1982
Offprints and photocopy.
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84 4-5 Military history, 1955-1995
Offprints, photocopies, NEH grant application; includes weaponry.
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83 1 Legal history/Islamic law, 1959-1999, undated
Offprints and photocopies.
83 3 History of education, 1961-1976
Offprints
83 4 History of science, 1936-1984
Offprints and photocopy.
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85 1-4 Intellectual history, 1955-1992
Offprints, book draft, student paper.
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86 1-2 Colonialism and nationalism, 1990-1995, undated
Photocopies, offprints; drafts of book and papers.
Arab/Israeli conflict, 1967-2007, undated
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86 3-4 Offprints, pamphlets, newsletters, 1967-1974, undated
Also includes letters received.
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123* 2 Newspaper clippings, 1967-2007
Series II.E. Text and language-based research, 1924-2002, undated 1.7 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Literary and historical texts, poetry and various written accounts, as well as associated scholarship form this subseries. Also included here is research material related to epigraphy, philology and linguistics.
Arrangement
Arranged by topic.
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88-89 Literary and historical texts, 1927-2002, undated
Offprints and photocopies; also includes paleography, linguistics and philology.
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90-91 Inscriptions/epigraphy, 1924-1991, undated
Offprints, photocopy, draft; also printout of Siddiq manuscript with letter.
Series II.F. Various humanities and social science fields, 1906-2005, undated 1.7 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Research material relating to religion, philosophy and anthropology form this subseries. Also included here is a large selection of materials related to historiography of the fields of history and art history, including many scholar necrologies.
Arrangement
Arranged by topic.
Religion, 1906-2005, undated
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92 1-4 Islam, 1906-2005, undated
Offprints, photocopies, drafts, student papers.
92 5-6 Christianity, 1953-2003, undated
Offprints and photocopies.
92 7 Judaism, 1957-1995
Offprints, draft of paper.
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93 1 Other religions, 1968-1997, undated
Offprints, photocopies, draft.
93 2-3 Magic and mysticism, 1962-1998, undated
Offprints, photocopies, draft.
93 4 Philosophy, 1948-1993, undated
Offprints, photocopy, draft.
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94 1-2 Anthropology/ethnography, 1929-1998, undated
Offprints, photocopies, drafts.
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95 1-6 Historiography, 1910-1996
Offprints, photocopies, translations; includes scholar necrologies.
Series II.G. Conference materials, 1972-1994 0.8 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Conference materials, ranging from announcements and schedules to drafts of participants' papers, form this subseries.
Arrangement
Arranged chronologically by conference.
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96 1 Sixth International Congress of Iranian Art and Archaeology, Oxford, 1972 September 10-16
Summaries of papers.
96 2 "Renaissance of Islam: Art of the Mamluks," Washington D.C., 1981 May 13-16
Conference packet with abstracts and ephemera, notes, photograph of relief carving.
96 3 Conference on Islamic Intellectual history, Harvard University, 1988, May 12-14
Papers.
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97 1-3 "Making Space for Islam: Spatial Expressions of Muslims in the West," Harvard University, 1990 November 1-4
Ephemera, drafts of papers, letters received, notes.
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96 4 "Islam and Ethnicity in Africa and the Middle East," SUNY Binghamton, 1991, April 25-27
Drafts of papers.
96 5 "Museums and Collecting: Colonial & Postcolonial," Princeton University, 1992 April 3-4
Drafts of papers.
96 7 "Development vs Tradition: The Cultural Ecology of Dwellings and Settlements," Paris, 1992 October 8-11
Conference schedule and letter from International Association for the Study of Tradition Environments (IASTE), the organizing body.
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97 4 Construction et représentations de l'Islam méditerranéen seminar, EHESS, Paris, 1993-1994
Schedule and readings.
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96 6 "The Business of Change: Merchants and the Fall of Constantinople," Princeton University, 1994 November 11
Conference packet with drafts of papers, ephemera, notes.
Series II. H. Miscellaneous and unidentified research material, 1927-1994, undated 0.8 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Oleg Grabar's offprints of his father's articles form the core of this subseries. Also included are various stray materials and a group of unidentified offprints.
Arrangement
Arranged by topic.
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98 1-3 Offprints of articles by André Grabar, 1927-1991
Also includes offprints of necrology and letter regarding 1989 CAA session commemorating Martyrium, as well as a few pieces of material removed from André Grabar's books.
98 5-7 Miscellaneous offprints, notes and ephemera, 1979-1994, undated
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98A Unidentified material, undated


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