ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America

Scholar-In-Residence Program at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens announces a new scholar-in-residence program. PhD candidates or higher and any qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. There is no application form. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and a proposal, not to exceed 500 words, stating the necessary length of residence, materials to be used and/or studied, and the project’s relevance to Hillwood’s collections and/or exhibition programincluding, but not limited to: art and architecture, landscape design, conservation and restoration, archives, library and/or special collections, as well as broader study areas such as the history of collecting or material culture. The project description should be accompanied by two letters of recommendation and will be reviewedby the selection committee.

There are three potential types of awards:

Type #1: 1- 2 weeks
Hillwood will arrange and pay for travel costs to and from the museum; housing near campus; shop and café discounts; free access to all public programs.

Type #2: 1-3 months
Hillwood will arrange and pay for travel costs to and from the museum; shop and café discounts; free access to all public programs; a stipend of up to $1,500 per month depending on length of stay.

Type #2: 3-12 months
Hillwood will arrange and pay for travel costs to and from the museum; shop and café discounts; free access to all public programs; visa support (if necessary); a stipend of up to $1,500 per month depending on length of stay.

Hillwood is in a special class of cultural heritage institution as a historic site, a testament to the life of an important 20th century figure, an estate campus, magnificent garden, and a museum with world renowned special collections. Founded by Marjorie Merriweather Post (1887-1973), heir to the Post Cereal Companies that later became General Foods, the Museum houses over 17,000 works of art. It includes one of the largest and most important collections of Russian art outside of Russia, comprising pieces from the pre-Petrine to early Soviet periods, an outstanding collection of French and European art, and jewelry, textile, fashion and accessories collections. As part of the visitor experience, and in conjunction with a robust offering of public and educational programs, the Museum presents two changing special exhibitions annually that bring together objects and thematic content that highlight the acknowledged strengths of its permanent collection.

Scholars will have full access to Hillwood’s art and research collections. The Art Research Library has over 38,000 volumes including monographs, serials, annotated and early auction catalogs, and electronic resources; the Archives contain the papers of Marjorie Merriweather Post, her staff, and family members.

Application deadline: February 2, 2015

For inquiries or to submit an application please contact one of the following:

Wilfried Zeisler
Associate Curator of 19th Century Art

Kristen Regina
Head of Archives & Special Collections

Dumbarton Oaks ICFA Launches its Oral History Initiative

The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) at Dumbarton Oaks is pleased to announce the online publication of our Oral History Initiative Each interview is represented with a page that includes a brief biographical sketch of the interviewee, a video of the interview, and corresponding transcripts (when available). All videos are available in full length, both on ICFA’s website and through Vimeo:

Sreenshot of ICFA”s Oral History Initiative web page.

ICFA launched its Oral History Initiative in 2011, with the support of the Dumbarton Oaks Archives (DOA). Our aim was to speak directly with individuals related to ICFA’s holdings, whether they participated in fieldwork or research projects documented by our collections or managed the department’s diverse collections over the years. Our main goal is to gather information, such as first-hand descriptions of fieldwork or personal recollections of key individuals, that may not otherwise be captured in documents or photographs. This work is ongoing and the Oral History Initiative site will continue to grow as we conduct additional interviews and create new transcripts. 

The ICFA Oral History Initiative complements the Dumbarton Oaks Archives’ Oral History Project: While DOA interviews focus on affiliates’ memories of Dumbarton Oaks and their perceptions of how it has changed over time, ICFA’s oral history interviews center on targeted questions about the people and fieldwork projects represented in ICFA’s collections. Together, these interviews provide a vivid portrait of the institution and the remarkable individuals who participated in its myriad activities over the past 75 years. 

Caitlin Ballotta (right), ICFA Summer Intern 2014, prepares for an oral history interview.

ICFA wishes to thank our wonderful colleagues for their collaboration, support, and feedback: James Carder, Lain Wilson, Deb Brown, Prathmesh Mengane, and Molly Marcusse. Very special thanks goes to Caitlin Ballotta, who creatively and meticulously planned and created the webpage for ICFA’s Oral History Initiative during her Summer 2014 internship in ICFA.

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

Position Available: National Gallery of Art Library

The National Gallery of Art Library is seeking applicants for a student assistant position 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.

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 this position, 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 position is 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 to:

Lamia Doumato, Head of Reader Services
National Gallery of Art Library

ARLIS/NA George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award Call for Submissions

The 2014 George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award Committee of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) welcomes submissions of notable art books published in North America during 2014. This prestigious award is presented annually for publications demonstrating excellence in art publishing.

Established by ARLIS/NA in 1980, the award honors the memory of George Wittenborn (1905-1974), a premier New York art book dealer and publisher who was a strong supporter of ARLIS/NA in its formative years. Each year, eligible titles are evaluated for excellence in standards of content, documentation, layout, and format. From these titles, one exemplary publication will be chosen to receive the George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award. For a list of past award winners, see:

Titles eligible for consideration include books (print and electronic), exhibition catalogues, and new periodical titles in any language, published in 2014 and originating from a North American publisher. Publications submitted by foreign publishers with North American offices must have been authored or edited in North America. Consult the Wittenborn Award guidelines for specific criteria used for selection:

Announcement of the awards will take place in March 2015 and winning publishers, editors, and authors will be personally notified. Award-winning titles and the individuals associated with them can expect to receive wide recognition in newspapers and journals of the library and publishing professions via press release announcements by ARLIS/NA. The awards will be presented in March 2015 at the convocation of the ARLIS/NA 43rd Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

To be considered for the George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award:

2014 George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award Committee
ATTN: Shalimar Fojas White
Manager, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
1703 32nd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007

There is no limit to the number of submissions from each publisher. Please note, we are unable to return items submitted for review.

ARLIS/NA (, founded in 1972, now has over 1,000 members in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and overseas.  It is the only professional organization in North America devoted exclusively to the concerns of art information specialists.For more information, please contact the Chair of the 2014 Wittenborn Award Committee: Shalimar Fojas White (, 202-339-6972).

Chapter Listserv Maintenance Scheduled for Friday, October 10th

UPDATE: As of 5:00 pm on October 15, 2014, the chapter listserv maintenance is complete.

The DC-MD-VA subscriber list was migrated to the new listname, so subscribers need not register anew unless the recipient’s email address needs to be changed.

Please note that the old listserv address is unavailable and does not feature automatic redirection; be sure to update your address book to include the new listserv address ( For further information about subscription instructions and options, consult the chapter listserv page.

Tessa Brawley Barker and Roger Lawson, Moderators
ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic Chapter


In order to effect the reconfiguration of the chapter listserv under its new name (ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic), the service will be operating intermittently between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm EDT on Friday, October 10. We expect that the list will be available again by Monday, October 13.

Please note that the new listserv address is

Tessa Brawley Barker and Roger Lawson, Moderators
ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic Chapter

VOTE for the ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic Chapter’s New Website Theme!

With our chapter’s new name change from ARLIS/DMV to ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic, we thought our website could use an update, too.

There are four WordPress theme choices to choose from: Hemingway, Oxygen, Expound, and Spacious. To help aid in your decision, please view the following theme preview images below. Click the images to see them full-size on your screen.

VOTE HERE. Please submit your vote by 5:00 pm on Thursday, October 16.

*Note: If you have trouble using the Google form to vote, try using Google Chrome for your browser. If you are still experiencing difficulties, please email your vote to Tessa Brawley Barker at by 5:00 pm on October 16.


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Russian Sacred Arts Gallery: A New Space Opening October 1 at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

October 1, 2014, 5:30 to 8:00 pm

Enter a peaceful new gallery dedicated to sacred Russian Orthodox objects.

Join curator Dr. Scott Ruby as he discusses the development of the new gallery and traces the history of the Eastern Orthodox Church and Russia, how icons are used at churches and in homes, and religion in the former Soviet Union. Before the lecture you can be among the first to see the new gallery, which features rarely seen icons, liturgical vessels and vestments.

Chapter members are cordially invited to attend the opening and lecture with the Hillwood library’s compliments.

Please RSVP directly to:

Kristen Regina
Head of Archives & Special Collections

Call to Action: Save the University of Maryland Art and Architecture Libraries

Forwarded message from Nicole Joy Riesenberger, PhD Candidate, Art History and Archaeology Department, University of Maryland 


As many of you know, the University of Maryland’s Art Library has been scheduled to close and be absorbed into McKeldin Library following this academic year. The Dean of Libraries, Patricia Steele, announced this decision during the summer without consulting any of the faculty or students whose work relies on the Art Library’s accessible collection. At more than 100,000 volumes, the Art Library houses one of the most comprehensive collections of art historical resources in the area.

While the library remains open this year, the hours have been substantially reduced to Monday – Friday, 11.00 am – 4.00 pm, with limited staffing. As many of the graduate students and faculty are in class during these hours, it will be very difficult for us to access the resources we need to conduct research during this academic year.

At the same time that the Art Library closure was announced, the Architecture Library was scheduled to close prior to the beginning of the fall semester. In part through an impressive petition and letter-writing campaign, the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation has managed to at least provisionally halt the closure of their library and to establish an advisory committee to determine a sustainable plan for its future. Please also show your support for the Architecture Library and consider signing their petition (see step 1 below).

The graduate students in the Department of Art History & Archaeology have begun a similar campaign to save our library. Please find links to the petitions below, and a general letter to Dean Patricia Steele attached to this message, which you may use as a starting point for your own personalized letter.

Here are the steps you can take to help save the Art Library:

1) Sign the petitions:

Art Library:

Architecture Library:

2) Send an email message to Dr. Patricia A. Steele, Dean of Libraries (; CC both the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, Dr. Bonnie Thornton Dill ( and the President of the University of Maryland, Dr. Wallace D. Loh (

Please also BCC Dr. Meredith Gill, Chair of the Department of Art History and Archeology ( on emails so that she can keep track of those who have contributed to our campaign .

3) Send hard copies of your letter to:

Dr. Patricia A. Steele, Dean of Libraries, 6131 McKeldin Library , University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-7011

Dr. Bonnie Thornton Dill, Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities,1102 Francis Scott Key Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-7311

Dr. Wallace D. Loh, President, 1101 Main Administration Building, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-6105

4) Attend the meeting with the Dean of Libraries Patricia Steele to discuss the future of the art library and show your support for saving the art library. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 15th (sometime between 1:15-4:15pm) in the Special Events Room of McKeldin Library.

Please email Dr. Meredith Gill ( if you have any questions. Thank you for helping us to publicize this campaign, and thank you for helping to save the Art Library!

New Finding Aids and Inventories from Dumbarton Oaks ICFA

The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA)  at Dumbarton Oaks is pleased to announce the publication of several new finding aids. Check under the “Finding Aids” field in the following collection-level records in our online inventory, AtoM@DO:

Additionally, ICFA has created preliminary inventories for:

These collections document various fieldwork and research projects, primarily relating to Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art and architecture, but also related to prehistoric sites in eastern Turkey and gardens in the United Kingdom. They range from the detailed architectural survey of Hagia Sophia conducted by Robert Van Nice and his fieldwork assistants between 1937 and 1980s; the documentation of architectural capitals in the city of Istanbul by William Betsch for his dissertation; the photographic and fineline drawing documentation of Moche art created and assembled by Christopher Donnan and Donna McClelland; and correspondence detailing the financial support provided by Mildred and Robert Bliss to scholarly publications and archaeological expeditions undertaken by Kirsopp and Silva Lake. Additionally, other collections illustrate Dumbarton Oaks’ early fellowship and institutional projects starting in the early 1940s, including systematic efforts to document Early Christian and Byzantine monuments, manuscripts, and silver objects. There are also photo albums detailing Donald Egbert and Andrew Keck’s 1937 travels in Europe and the Middle East, as well as Franklin Biebel’s efforts to document mosaic pavements in Byzantium and the West.

The Moche Sacrifice Ceremony depicted on a bottle in the Museo Larco, Lima. Photography by Christopher B. Donnan. Rollout drawing by Donna McClelland (448)

The Moche Sacrifice Ceremony depicted on a bottle in the Museo Larco, Lima. Photography by Christopher B. Donnan. Rollout drawing by Donna McClelland (448).

Since our last announcement of published finding aids in April 2013, ICFA staff has continued to work on processing our collections and providing detailed information in our finding aids, in order to make our holdings more accessible to our users. As collections are processed, we develop finding aids to describe them more thoroughly and at more granular levels in the archival hierarchy. In the interim, collection-level descriptions in AtoM@DO and preliminary inventories serve to provide researchers with summary information about unprocessed collections.

ICFA’s finding aids and inventories are available as PDFs linked from the collection-level records in AtoM@DO. To learn more about the collections they describe as well as the wonderful work of ICFA’s dedicated interns and part-time staff, please check out our blog: In the coming months, ICFA will move forward with converting our long-form finding aids to hierarchical multi-level descriptive records in AtoM@DO. We will also continue to finalize other processing projects and finding aids for additional collections… So, stay tuned!

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

Position Announcement: Image Cataloger and Support Specialist, Princeton University

Image Cataloger and Support Specialist
Visual Resources Collection, Department of Art and Archaeology
Princeton University

This position is responsible for cataloging, collection development, public service, and maintenance of the image collection under the general supervision of the Director of Visual Resources, Department of Art and Archaeology. Duties include original cataloging, classification, and subject indexing of images. The art image cataloger/support specialist works closely with the faculty to fulfill their image needs for teaching and research. The cataloger works on all aspects of making images available including uploading digital images and data and supporting users of images in multiple software applications (Almagest, PowerPoint, ARTstor). Technical and support responsibilities include assisting with use of audio-visual and computer equipment and projection as needed.

For further details including qualifications or to apply for the position, please go to:, and search Requisition #1400568.

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