Dumbarton Oaks Pre-Columbian Studies
||1703 32nd Street NW
Washington, DC 20007
|| Bridget Gazzo, Librarian
|Hours of Service:
||9:00 a.m.--5:00 p.m.
|Open to the public:
Not open to the public; open to qualified researchers by application
only. Although the Library exists primarily to serve the scholars
who hold fellowships at Dumbarton Oaks, it is also open by appointment
to qualified outside scholars.
- Reference Policy:
- Telephone and mail reference questions are not answered.
- Borrowing Privileges:
- Not a lending institution.
- Background Note:
- The Pre-Columbian Library was founded in the first half of this
century by Robert Woods Bliss, who acquired published works relating
to the art of the high cultures of ancient America to complement
his growing collection of pre-Hispanic art. Mr. and Mrs. Bliss
donated his library of pre-Columbian books and collection of pre-Columbian
art to the Dumbarton Oaks.
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- Books and monographs:
- The number of volumes is not available. This collection dates
from the 17th century to the present. Emphases of the collection
include: religions of the indigenous people of the Americas as
practiced during pre-conquest and early colonial times; Christian
evangelization of indigenous people with particular influence
by the Franciscans and the Jesuits; and studies of syncretism.
There is also a strength in the pre-conquest and Christian religious
art of indigenous people with a strong focus on the Virgin Mary.
Highlights of the collection include early catechisms, sermons,
and confessionaries (bilingual/Nahuatl - i.e. language of the
Aztecs). Confessionaries are manuals for priests to guide indigenous
people in confession.
There is a card catalog covering the entire collection.
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