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June 2, 2011

HELP. I’ve never used a blog before.

Don’t worry.  There are millions of blogs out on the interwebs because they are easy for people to make.  Ours is not the flashiest, most universally-interesting blog on the block, but we’re using its features as a way to have a central, dynamic site to share information about this project.

The blog ( is public, and you can already read or comment on anything on it.  We’re also going to invite you all to join the blog so that you can add and edit entries.  This project is going to develop as it goes, and we’d like you to help us keep the project documentation up-to-date.  So.  Check your email, and set up a username and password when you get an email from Sarah or Deb, care of WordPress.  You should get to a page like this:

[No, you do not need to have your eyes checked.

For some reason these screenshots are blurry.  I think you can get the idea, anyway.  – ed.]

You’re welcome to make your own blog… but if you’d rather not, click on “Sign up for just a username” (next to the stars in the fuzzy above image) and you can set a username, password, and email address.  At that point you should be able to get editing rights to our blog.  Let Sarah or Deb know if you have any trouble, and we’ll see what we can do to help.

This is what the “dashboard” looks like, under the hood:

The dashboard is where you go to add or edit blog entries or pages.  The main buttons you’ll be pushing are Posts and Pages.

“Pages” show up as tabs at the top of the blog.  Currently there are 3 pages: Filemaker Fields, Project Bibliography, and Welcome!

“Posts” are where we’ll put most of our information and where we’ll expect you to do most of your writing & editing.  A list of all the blog posts so far is available on the right sidebar of the blog, under the title “quick links.”

To add a new post, click the “Posts” button on the left side of the dashboard:

Then, select “Add New.”:

And you’re ready to go!  Writing a blog post is a lot like writing in a Word document.  You can add text, upload images, insert hyperlinks to other pages, etc.  Just remember to click the “Publish” button in order to put your entry online:


  [Your friend, the “Publish” button]


If you edit a previously-published post, make sure to click the “Update” button:

[Your other friend, the “Update” button]


So, start experimenting!  This blog is not delicate or permanent.  Go ahead and start reading, writing, and editing.

May 31, 2011

Call numbers for microfilm

In order to make it easier for people to find specific rolls in the cabinets and to maintain order in the cabinets, we (Deb, Sarah, Sandra, and Wendy) have devised a system of “call numbers” that will apply only to the microfilm in this collection (microfilm of books or journals will be classified according to the Library of Congress scheme, per usual).  As you can see in the table below, we have created a system that uses the first few letters of the city, followed by a number that has been assigned to the holding institutions in that city. As microfilm are processed in the course of the project, the last part of the call number will be assigned: for example, ATH.1.1, ATH.1.2, ATH.1.3, ATH.1.4…, then WEST.ATH.1.1, WEST.ATH.1.2, … for microfilm of manuscripts from the Benaki Museum.

Because Dumbarton Oaks promised the Westerink family that his microfilm would be kept separate from the rest of the collection, microfilm from the Westerink estate have call numbers prefaced by WEST and will be housed in a cabinet as a subcollection. The microfilm from other donors is integrated within the general collection, but the source of the microfilm is noted in the “Acquired” field in the database.

If you identify manuscripts that are held in institutions other than those represented in this table, please see Deb or Sarah to devise an appropriate “call number.”

NB – click through to see the whole post, including call numbers!

Cities in alphabetical order Call numbers Westerink call numbers
Athens Benaki Museum ATH.1 WEST.ATH.1
Athens National Library ATH.2 WEST.ATH.2
Athens Gennadius Library ATH.3 WEST.ATH.3
Baltimore Walters Art Gallery BAL.1 WEST.BAL.1
Basel Universitätsbibliothek BAS.1 WEST.BAS.1
Berlin Staatsbibliothek – Preussischer Kulturbesitz BERL.1 WEST.BERL.1
Bern Stadtbibliothek BERN.1 WEST.BERN.1
Besançon Bibliotheque de l’Université de Franche-Comté BES.1 WEST.BES.1
Bethesda National Library of Medicine BET.1 WEST.BET.1
Bologna Biblioteca Universitaria BOL.1 WEST.BOL.1
Brussels Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique BRU.1 WEST.BRU.1
Bucharest Academia Romana BUC.1 WEST.BUC.1
Bucharest Biblioteca Nationala BUC.2 WEST.BUC.2
Budapest BUD.1 WEST.BUD.1
Cambridge Cambridge University Library CAMK.1 WEST.CAMK.1
Cambridge Trinity College Library CAMK.2 WEST.CAMK.2
Cambridge, MA Houghton Library CAMS.1 WEST.CAMS.1
Copenhagen Kongelige Bibliotek COP.1 WEST.COP.1
Dēmētsana Library DEM.1 WEST.DEM.1
Dresden Sächsische Landesbibliothek DRE.1 WEST.DRE.1
Dublin Trinity College Library DUB.1 WEST.DUB.1
Erfurt Bibliotheca Amploniana ERF.1 WEST.ERF.1
Erlangen Universitätsbibliothek ERL.1 WEST.ERL.1
Florence Biblioteca Marucelliana FLO.1 WEST.FLO.1
Florence Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana FLO.2 WEST.FLO.2
Florence Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze FLO.3 WEST.FLO.3
Florence Biblioteca Riccardiana FLO.4 WEST.FLO.4
Geneva Basilian Monastery GEN.1 WEST.GEN.1
Geneva City Library GEN.2 WEST.GEN.2
Glasgow University of Glasgow Library GLA.1 WEST.GLA.1
Göttingen Niedersächsiche Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek GOT.1 WEST.GOT.1
Grottaferrata Biblioteca GRO.1 WEST.GRO.1
Hamburg Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek HAM.1 WEST.HAM.1
Heidelberg Universitätsbibliothek HEI.1 WEST.HEI.1
Holkham Earls of Leicester Library HOL.1 WEST.HOL.1
Istanbul Patriarchate Library IST.1 WEST.IST.1
Istanbul Topkapi Palace IST.2 WEST.IST.2
Los Angeles, CA J. Paul Getty Museum LAN.1 WEST.LAN.1
Jerusalem Armenian Patriarchate JER.1 WEST.JER.1
Jerusalem Ecumenical Patriarchate JER.2 WEST.JER.2
Jerusalem Greek Patriarchate JER.3 WEST.JER.3
Karlsruhe Badische Landesbibliothek KAR.1 WEST.KAR.1
Leiden Rijksuniversiteit Bibliotheek LEID.1 WEST.LEID.1
Leipzig Universitätsbibliothek LEIP.1 WEST.LEIP.1
London British Library LON.1 WEST.LON.1
London Royal Institute of British Architects LON.2 WEST.LON.2
Madrid Biblioteca Nacional MAD.1 WEST.MAD.1
Madrid El Escorial MAD.2 WEST.MAD.2
Manchester John Rylands University Library MAN.1 WEST.MAN.1
Messina Biblioteca Universitaria MES.1 WEST.MES.1
Metēora   MET.1 WEST.MET.1
Milan Biblioteca Ambrosiana MIL.1 WEST.MIL.1
Modena Biblioteca Estense Universitaria MOD.1 WEST.MOD.1
Moscow State Historical Museum MOS.1 WEST.MOS.1
Mount Athos Dionysiou Monastery MTA.1 WEST.MTA.1
Mount Athos Docheiariou Monastery MTA.2 WEST.MTA.2
Mount Athos Esphigmenou Monastery MTA.3 WEST.MTA.3
Mount Athos Great Lavra Monastery MTA.4 WEST.MTA.4
Mount Athos Great Lavra Monastery, Skete of St. Anne MTA.5 WEST.MTA.5
Mount Athos Gregoriou Monastery MTA.6 WEST.MTA.6
Mount Athos Hilandar Monastery MTA.7 WEST.MTA.7
Mount Athos Iveron Monastery MTA.8 WEST.MTA.8
Mount Athos Karakallou Monastery MTA.9 WEST.MTA.9
Mount Athos Koutloumousiou Monastery MTA.10 WEST.MTA.10
Mount Athos Panteleimon Monastery MTA.11 WEST.MTA.11
Mount Athos Pantokrator Monastery MTA.12 WEST.MTA.12
Mount Athos Stauroniketa Monastery MTA.13 WEST.MTA.13
Mount Athos Vatopedi Monastery MTA.14 WEST.MTA.14
Mount Athos Xeropotamou Monastery MTA.15 WEST.MTA.15
Mount Sinai Monastery of Saint Catherine MTS.1 WEST.MTS.1
Munich Bayerische Staatsbibliothek MUN.1 WEST.MUN.1
Naples Biblioteca Nazionale NAP.1 WEST.NAP.1
New Haven Beinecke Library NWH.1 WEST.NWH.1
Oxford Bodleian Library OXF.1 WEST.OXF.1
Oxford Corpus Christi College Library OXF.2 WEST.OXF.2
Padua Biblioteca Universitaria di Padova PAD.1 WEST.PAD.1
Palermo Biblioteca Centrale della Regione Siciliana PAL.1 WEST.PAL.1
Palermo Biblioteca Comunale PAL.2 WEST.PAL.2
Paris Bibliothèque Nationale PARI.1 WEST.PARI.1
Parma Biblioteca Palatina PARM.1 WEST.PARM.1
Patmos Monastery of Saint John PAT.1 WEST.PAT.1
Princeton Princeton University Library PRI.1 WEST.PRI.1
Rome Biblioteca Angelica ROM.1 WEST.ROM.1
Rome Biblioteca Casanatense ROM.2 WEST.ROM.2
Rome Biblioteca Palatina ROM.3 WEST.ROM.3
Rome Biblioteca Vallicelliana ROM.4 WEST.ROM.4
St. Petersburg National Library STP.1 WEST.STP.1
Strasbourg, France STF.1 WEST.STF.1
Thessalonikē Anatolia College THE.1 WEST.THE.1
Thessalonikē Aristotle University THE.2 WEST.THE.2
Tiblisi National Academy of Sciences TIB.1 WEST.TIB.1
Tírnavos Library TIR.1 WEST.TIR.1
Turin Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria TUR.1 WEST.TUR.1
Uppsala Universitetsbiblioteket UPP.1 WEST.UPP.1
Urbana IL University of Illinois URB.1 WEST.URB.1
Vatican City Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana VAT.1 WEST.VAT.1
Vatican City Vatican Archives VAT.2 WEST.VAT.2
Venice Archivio de Stato VEN.1 WEST.VEN.1
Venice Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana VEN.2 WEST.VEN.2
Vienna Österreichische Nationalbibliothek VIE.1 WEST.VIE.1
Washington, D.C. Dumbarton Oaks Museum WAS.1 WEST.WAS.1
Wolfenbüttel Herzog August Bibliothek WOL.1 WEST.WOL.1
Yerevan Matenadaran YER.1 WEST.YER.1
Zurich Zentralbibliothek ZUR.1 WEST.ZUR.1
May 17, 2011

Institutions organized by country

Cities & Holding Institutions


Yerevan, Matenadaran


Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek


Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique


Copenhagen, Kongelige Bibliotek


Mount Sinai, Monastery of Saint Catherine


Besançon, Bibliotheque de l’Université de Franche-Comté

Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale


Tiblisi, National Academy of Sciences


Berlin, Staatsbibliothek – Preussischer Kulturbesitz

Dresden, Sächsische Landesbibliothek

Erfurt, Bibliotheca Amploniana

Erlangen, Universitätsbibliothek

Göttingen, Niedersächsiche Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek

Hamburg, Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek

Heidelberg, Universitätsbibliothek

Karlsruhe, Badische Landesbibliothek

Leipzig, Universitätsbibliothek

Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

Wolfenbüttel, Herzog August Bibliothek


Athens, Benaki Museum

Athens, National Library

[Note “formerly in Constantinople, Metochion” when relevant.]

Athens, Gennadius Library

Dēmētsana, Library


[We do not know which institutions on Metēora are represented in the collection.  Please do some detective work for us, dear interns!]

Mount Athos, Dionysiou Monastery

Mount Athos, Docheiariou Monastery

Mount Athos, Esphigmenou Monastery

Mount Athos, Gregoriou Monastery

Mount Athos, Hilandar Monastery

Mount Athos, Iveron Monastery

Mount Athos, Karakallou Monastery

Mount Athos, Koutloumousiou Monastery

Mount Athos, Great Lavra Monastery

Mount Athos, Panteleimon Monastery

Mount Athos, Pantokrator Monastery

Mount Athos, Skete of St. Anne (Great Lavra Monastery)

Mount Athos, Stauroniketa Monastery

Mount Athos, Vatopedi Monastery

Mount Athos, Xeropotamou Monastery

Patmos, Monastery of Saint John

Thessalonikē, Anatolia College

Thessalonikē, Aristotle University
Tírnavos, Library


Dublin, Trinity College Library


Jerusalem, Armenian Patriarchate

Jerusalem, Ecumenical Patriarchate

Jerusalem, Greek Patriarchate


Bologna, Biblioteca Universitaria

Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana

Florence, Biblioteca Marucelliana

Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze

Florence, Biblioteca Riccardiana

Grottaferrata, Biblioteca

Messina, Biblioteca Universitaria

Milan, Biblioteca Ambrosiana

Modena, Biblioteca Estense Universitaria

Naples, Biblioteca Nazionale

Padua, Biblioteca Universitaria di Padova

Palermo, Biblioteca Comunale

Palermo, Biblioteca Centrale della Regione Siciliana

Parma, Biblioteca Palatina

Rome, Biblioteca Angelica

Rome, Biblioteca Casanatense

Rome, Biblioteca Palatina

Rome, Biblioteca Vallicelliana

Turin, Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria

Venice, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana

Venice, Archivio de Stato


Leiden, Rijksuniversiteit Bibliotheek


Bucharest, Academia Romana

Bucharest, Biblioteca Nationala


Moscow, State Historical Museum

St. Petersburg, National Library


Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional

Madrid, El Escorial


Uppsala, Universitetsbiblioteket


Basel, Universitätsbibliothek
Bern, Stadtbibliothek

Geneva, Basilian Monastery

Geneva, City Library

Zurich, Zentralbibliothek


Istanbul, Patriarchate Library

Istanbul, Topkapi Palace


Cambridge, Cambridge University Library

Cambridge, Trinity College Library

Glasgow, University of Glasgow Library

Holkham, Earls of Leicester Library

London, British Library

[Note “formerly in the British Museum” if relevant.]

London, Royal Institute of British Architects

Manchester, John Rylands University Library

Oxford, Bodleian Library

Oxford, Corpus Christi College Library


Baltimore, Walters Art Gallery

Bethesda, National Library of Medicine

Cambridge, Houghton Library

New Haven, Beinecke Library

Princeton, Princeton University Library

[Use for “Garrett Collection.”]

Urbana, University Library

Washington, D.C., Dumbarton Oaks Museum

Washington, D.C., Library of Congress


Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana

Vatican City, Vatican Archives

May 16, 2011

“Condition of microfilm” field – appropriate terms

Terms that can be entered into the “Condition of Microfilm” field in the database are in BOLD

Issues with the surface of the film

abrasion = damage to the surface of the film caused by rubbing, scratching, etc.

crystals on the surface of the film or the roll


mold: bring to the attention of Deb, Sarah, or Sheila immediately!

moisture spots

damage from a rubber band or metal objects, including specifically rust

paper adhering

brittle tape or yellowed tape – if you acted to improve this issue, please add “-new splicing tape applied

Issues with the emulsion layer (the one containing the image)

mirroring = usually bluish-metallic sheen, sometimes has an iridescent quality; in extreme cases, can appear bronze-colored

redox (reduction-oxidation reaction, aka microspots) = red or colored blemishes on film, resemble measles

with regard to image decay, please make a note if you think you see any of the following:

color bleed

color fading

image discoloration = usually yellowing of the image itself (but not apparently of the film base)

Issues with the base layer or the physical condition of the film as a whole


flaking = localized separation between the base and emulsion layers, usually along the edges

bubbling = “bubbles” appear between the layers

buckling = base clearly separating from the emulsion layer in several places

channeling = extreme form of buckling where the base has separated significantly from the emulsion layer and the film is very warped and brittle

warped = badly out of shape, perhaps bent from handling, but layers are not significantly separating

curling (width) or curling (length)

film torn – if you repaired this problem, please add “-repaired with splicing tape

vinegar syndrome

adhesion = film adhering to itself, unable to separate without risk of loss