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Excavations In the Archives, Ernst Herzfeld Society, June 2011


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Alexander Nagel/ Rachael Cristine Woody, Washington DC …

Alexander Nagel/ Rachael Cristine Woody, Washington DC
Excavations in the Archive – An Update on the Ernst Herzfeld
Online Resources at the Freer|Sackler in Washington, DC
In 1946, Ernst Herzfeld donated the largest share of his papers to the
Freer Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. Despite
their crucial importance to the study of the art history, archaeology, and
early exploration of the Near East, the Herzfeld materials have only
recently been completely explored and catalogued at a detailed level.
With help of major grants from the Leon Levy Foundation, and the
Smithsonian Institution Collections Care and Preservation Fund, the
Freer|Sackler Archives was able to undertake an ambitious project to
preserve, digitise, and catalogue the contents of the Ernst Herzfeld
papers. As the cataloguing project nears completion, the Archives have
started producing web products to package the Herzfeld materials for
easy use and promotion. In this presentation we will give a brief
overview of the F|S Herzfeld Archives contents, an update on current
research on the Herzfeld papers F|S staff members are involved in,
present the cataloguing project and introduce the various web products
that have been created or are in the planning stages.

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  • Exactly 100 years ago on the day
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  • - successful conference and proceedings volume, organized by Ann Gunter and Stefan Hauser in May 2001, what can the papers and archives be of use, some may ask? The answer is A LOT. - For once, already while the proceedings were published quite a number of authors discovered new material. - Since then, new work has been done, most of all of course in the countries, in Samarra, Iraq, Iran and neighboring countries
  • The Archives come to the Freer Gallery: Herzfeld, Francis Henry Taylor (MET), who was bribed, since the MET had already paid $ 17,000; Ettinghausen and Wenley
  • Number of Re-organizations of Herzfeld Documentation Materials in various US institutions between 1944 and 2011 and confusion created by re-organization of materials
  • Joseph Upton 1967 and 1929: In 1970, with help of Friedrich and Maria Krefter, organized material into six major subgroups: notebooks, sketchbooks, drawings, photobooks, squeezes, correspondence, the so-called series
  • Freer|Sackler Archives: Where to find the resources Contact for research, images, and general questions Ernst Herzfeld papers: Housed in the F|S Archives, the Ernst Herzfeld papers document his archaeological activities in such sites as Samarra, Persepolis, Pasargadae, Paikuli, and Aleppo, and include correspondence, field notebooks, drawings, sketchbooks, inventories of objects, photographs, and squeezes of architectural inscriptions and details.
  • Screenshot of series level Herzfeld’s organization and finding aid as articulated by Joseph Upton Where Samarra records can be found
  • Cataloging project to digitize and catalog Leon Levy foundation 5778 records, 2443 are Samarra
  • Talk about the coding used in the Ernst Herzfeld finds journal and how we can make all these connections in the catalog. Further explored in the youtube tutorial. For each object Herzfeld would assign an Inventory number. Whenever he drew, wrote about, or photographed that object he would meticulously document the inventory number on each one. Because we have identified that strategy we’ve been able to structure our catalog record to make the connections of one item among the various documents found in his papers. 12 objects pulled up with IN-874 Example: Wood fragment with ornamentation from the Palace of Caliph *Sketchbook, journal drawings, photographs, case listings, typological study, unpublished report AND most importantly the finds journal
  • The Finds Journal with In-874, details in the Finds Journals… The identified strategy in Herzfled’s inventory numbering and the in-depth cataloging we’ve done allows a search system that can build relationships between objects and the archives, and is a system that can be successful in implementing multiple disparate Herzfeld collections across the globe.
  • YouTube tutorial on how to use the Collections Search Center, using an Ernst Herzfeld Samarra query as an example that further demonstrates the connections we are able to make using Herzfeld’s inventory.
  • Ernst Herzfeld blog posts on the newly catalog and digitized sections, in addition to the Samarra 100 th Anniversary series for 2011. Briefly speak to visitation we’ve received via analytics to prove we’re reaching interested and invested audiences. Next post is July 13 th ! (Alleged Spy) Contributing articles are welcome!
  • New Ernst Herzfeld Image Gallery
  • (Explain what to find in each one.)
  • Samarra
  • New Squeeze 3d Image Project CCPF What is the project? Why is it important?
  • Squeeze tool
  • Samarra Resource page, specific to all Samarra materials and resources (including some of the resources I presented). These are things that we are working on and we’d love to work with you all to further develop the resources…
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    • 1. „ Ich kann Ihnen nicht sagen, wie froh ich bin, wieder in Samarra zu sein. Das erste Aufblitzen der goldenen Kuppel habe ich begrüßt, wie kaum irgendein schiitischer Pilger. Ich fand in Samarra eine große Post von 36 Briefen vor …“ Ernst Herzfeld to Friedrich Sarre, June 30,1911
    • 2. Samarra sah wundervoll aus, gross, einsam, still, der unendliche Horizont. Ernst Herzfeld, April 20, 1923 (Freer Sackler Herzfeld Archives N-83).
    • 3. EXCAVATIONS IN THE ARCHIVE An Update on the Ernst Herzfeld Online Resources at the Freer|Sackler in Washington, DC Dr. Alexander Nagel Rachael C. Woody Freer|Sackler Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC Berlin, June 30, 2011
    • 4.
        • Wandering Archives
        • The spread of Herzfeld Archival Materials in US Archival Collections
        • Misplaced Memories
        • Archives and Re-Organization
        • 3 The FSG Herzfeld Archives Online-Portal
    • 5. What’s NEXT?
    • 6. I should feel much assured in knowing that these things which constitute a great amount of work and may still become useful for studies were safely kept at a place like the Freer Gallery. Ernst Herzfeld to Freer Gallery Director Archibald Wenley, April 18, 1946
    • 7.  
    • 8.  
    • 9. Freer|Sackler Archives, Smithsonian
      • Rachael Cristine Woody, Freer|Sackler Archivist: [email_address] and [email_address]
    • 10. Samarra in the Ernst Herzfeld Papers
    • 11. Ernst Herzfeld – Digitized and Available via the Collections Search Center
    • 12. Connections
    • 13. Finds Journal
    • 14. Ernst Herzfeld Papers YouTube Tutorial
    • 15. Ernst Herzfeld Blog Posts
    • 16. Ernst Herzfeld Image Gallery
    • 17.  
    • 18. Geographical Locations
    • 19. Squeeze 3d Imaging Project
    • 20.  
    • 21. Samarra Resource Page