Visual Resources Update October 2023

Visual Resources Update October 2023

Color the Past outreach event on International Archaeology Day

Three line drawings on a table top with pencils spilling from a canister on the left.
Coloring pages and colored pencils provided for Color the Past as part of International Archaeology Day, 2023 (photo by Yichin Chen)

Commemorating International Archaeology Day, Visual Resources partnered with The Princeton Public Library for an all ages “Color the Past” event. Participants helped themselves to coloring supplies as well as copies of pen and ink drawings of monuments and artifacts drafted by Howard Crosby Butler during his campaigns to Sardis and Greece. These drawings from the archive were only slightly edited by Yichin Chen to enable their use as coloring pages. Funding for materials and supplies was obtained from AIA by Leigh Lieberman. Additional coloring pages and pencils were made available in the Department of Art and Archaeology administrative offices for students to take.

University of Liverpool presentation on the Brünnow and Domaszewski collection

A woman in a robe sits with her legs to the side on a camel, a man holds the camel lead.
Odruh [Udhruh, Jordan]: Marguerite Brünnow on a camel. Unpublished. (Image number 597.2)
Visual Resources hosted seven visiting researchers over the summer, two of whom came from the UK to examine the oldest archive in the department, that of Rudolf-Ernst Brünnow, and Alfred von Domaszewski. Naomi Rubinstein and Phil Freeman will be presenting their research from the summer in a Work in Progress seminar on Wednesday November 15 3-4pm GMT = 11am EST and it will be live via Zoom. The title of the lecture is: Archiving an archive: the Brünnow and Domaszewski Photographs of Transjordan. As listed in the announcement: In this presentation, Naomi and Phil will use the collection of Brünnow papers held at the Department of Art and Archaeology in Princeton University to explore how and why Brünnow & Domaszewski embarked on their archaeological survey of Transjordan, while highlighting the difficulties of curating these papers. If you are interested in attending please reach out to for the Zoom link and passcode.

Oversized drawing photography: progress update

Detailed pen drawing of gothic cathedral portal and alley.
Rouen, 1892. Pen and ink drawing by Howard Crosby Butler (Drawing number 460)

The allocation of an additional basement room has allowed John Blazejewski, department photographer, to photograph the large drawings in the collections. Antioch excavation drawings, including these larger drawings, are often requested for research and publication. Now that all have been photographed, we can avoid sending them out for capture and risking damage. John also photographed Howard Crosby Butler’s pen and ink illustrations from Syria and Sardis, and also lesser-known works from his publications on Athens and Scottish abbeys. This fall John will continue his photography with Agora excavation drawings from the Homer Thompson collection.

Graduate student working group set for November 8

Leigh Lieberman is offering the next grad student working group on November 8 from 12:00-1:15pm in 3-S-15 Green Hall, the topic for which will be: “How to choose the right bibliographic citation software.” We encourage all graduate students to attend, and if anyone has any questions to please reach out to Leigh at

Interesting resources and projects:

Explore cultural heritage collections across the Yale University campus through a new search platform called LUX.

You can now explore the Courtauld Gallery’s full collection online, 33, 000 works with high-definition images, in their new digital platform launched September 14.

A new method to search across manuscript and archive collections at Bodleian Libraries and Oxford Colleges which brings together 11 different catalogs into one search.