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Guide to the Annabel Jane Wharton Papers, 1962-2008 and undated

Summary

Annabel Jane Wharton is the William B. Hamilton Professor of Art and Art History in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences at Duke University. Her initial area of research was Late Ancient and Byzantine art and culture. The collection contains photographs, notes, and travel ephemera from research trips she took to sites in Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Syria, Jordan and other countries in West Asia. More recent research interests include the effects of modernity on ancient landscapes. Included in the collection are contains diaries kept by Wharton beginning in the late 1960s until 2008.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11174
Title
Annabel Jane Wharton papers
Date
1961-2008 and undated
Creator
Wharton, Annabel Jane, 1944-
Extent
17 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The Annabel Jane Wharton Papers document the professional life of Annabel Jane Wharton, the William B. Hamilton Professor of Art and Art History in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences at Duke University. Her initial area of research was Late Ancient and Byzantine art, architecture, and culture. Later research interests include modern architecture and new technologies for visualizing historical materials. The collection contains photographs, notes, and travel ephemera from research trips she took to sites in Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, and other proximal countries. The Travel Binders series contains research files created by Wharton on international and domestic trips. They are composed of photographs, negatives, handwritten and typed notes, and ephemera from sites visited. The Diaries series contains appointment books kept by Wharton beginning in the late 1960s until 2008. The diaries track Wharton’s travels, administrative and professorial duties at Duke, and her personal engagements. Included among the appointments and notes are drawings in Wharton’s precise, narrow hand. The Photographs and Negatives series contain black-and-white and color photographs and negatives taken by Wharton. Some of them reflect more research trips, while others are family snapshots. The photographs are arranged by location names provided by Wharton.

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Arrangement

Arranged into series: Travel Binders, Diaries, Photographs and Negatives.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Annabel Jane Wharton Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. Travel Binders, 1984-2001

The Travel Binders contain research material including photographs, notes, architectural drawings and plans, travel documents, postcards, and ephemera created and collected by Wharton on trips to ancient sites in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Maps are from Wharton's travels, primarily from Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal, and Eastern Europe. Included here are files with photographs and other working proofs from Wharton's book Building the Cold War, published in 2004 by the University of Chicago Press.

Cappadocia, 1987
(2 folders)
Box 1
Israel, June 1989
(2 folders)
Box 1
Miscellaneous from Israel, Tunisia, and France, 1989-1990
Box 1
Tunisia and France, May 11-29, 1990
(3 folders)
Box 1
France and Germany, May 6-22, 1991
Box 1
Syria and Jordan, 1992
(7 folders)
Box 2
Italy, May 18 - June 1, 1993
Box 2
England, June 1-13, 1994
(2 folders)
Box 2
Brooklyn Museum, July 5, 1995
Box 3
Berlin, April 23-30, 1996
Box 3
Spain, June 15-29, 1996
(3 folders)
Box 3
Italy, 1996
(2 folders)
Box 3
Cairo, Istanbul, and Athens, November-December 1997
Box 3
London and Tel Aviv, April 18- May 12, 1998
Box 3
Italy, Fall 1998
Box 3
Los Angeles, June 30, 1999
Box 4
Northern Spain, May 4-18, 2000
(2 folders)
Box 4
Building the Cold War files, 2000
(5 folders)
Box 4
London and Switzerland, May 11-24, 2001
(2 folders)
Box 4
Maps, undated
(4 folders)
Box 5

2. Diaries, 1962-2008

The diaries chronicle Wharton’s professional and personal activities from the late 1960s to 2008, including a truncated diary from 1962. The diaries record her research trips, administrative and professorial duties at Duke, and personal engagements. Alongside her engagements, Wharton included detailed pen-and-ink drawings and extemporaneous notes in her precise, minute hand.

Diaries, 1962-1980
(5 folders)
Box 6
Diaries, 1980-1993
(6 folders)
Box 7
Diaries, 1993-2003
(5 folders)
Box 8
Diaries, 2003-2008
(3 folders)
Box 9
Meeting with Chancellor, undated
Box 9
Audio-cassette RL-11146-CS-0001

3. Photographs and Negatives, 1971, 1988-1995 and undated

The Photographs series comprises black-and-white prints of snapshots Wharton took on research trips to Italy, Turkey, Spain, Greece, among other locations. These photographs were separated from those found in the Travel Binders series by Wharton.

The family photographs files contain miscellaneous photographs of Wharton and her family from vacations, her children's youth, family holiday cards, graduations, and other family activities. Negatives files consist miscellaneous negatives from Wharton's photographs of research trips, personal and family snapshots.

Trebizond, undated
Box 10
Parenzo, Porec, undated
Box 10
Torcello, undated
Box 10
Cappadocia - Peristrema Valley, Soganlidere, undated
Box 10
Istanbul - Thrace, undated
Box 10
Bulgaria/Yugoslavia, undated
Box 10
Venice, San Marco, undated
Box 10
Greece, Byzantine architecture, undated
Box 10
Asia Minor, South and West, 1971
Box 10
Armenia and Georgia, undated
Box 10
Rock-cut churches in Sicily, undated
Box 11
Capitals - Monreal and Syracusf, Monreal - general views and plan, undated
Box 11
Monuments, Sicily, undated
Box 11
North Mesopotamia, undated
Box 11
Cappadocia - built monuments, Belisirma and Sivrihisar, undated
Box 11
Chapels - Soganli, Goreme, Cemil, undated
Box 11
East Turkey, general, undated
Box 11
Cappadocia - Avcilar, Cavusin, Cemil, Maurucan, Semile, Sovic, Urgup, Zilve, undated
Box 11
Cappadocia, undated
(2 folders)
Box 12
Jordan, Syria, undated
(2 folders)
Box 12
Rome, Israel, Tunisia/France, France/Germany, Syria, Northern Italy, England, Home, 1988-1995
Box 13
Santiago, undated
Box 13
Henesa (?), Bilbao, undated
Box 13
Barcelona, undated
Box 13
Lyon, undated
Box 13
Miscellaneous and oversize photographs, undated
Box 13
Family photographs, undated
Box 13
Family photographs, undated
(4 folders)
Box 14
Family photographs, undated
(3 folders)
Box 15
Negatives, undated
(5 folders)
Box 16
Negatives, undated
(3 folders)
Box 17
Slides, undated
Box 17
 

Historical Note

Born July 30, 1944, Annabel Wharton is the William B. Hamilton Professor of Art History at Duke University. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1966, her M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1969, and her Ph.D. from the University of London (UK) in 1975. She is the author of ten books, scores of academic articles, and has contributed sections to over a dozen books. She serves on the editorial board for The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies. Her research interests include Early Christian & Byzantine Architecture, architectural history, medieval architecture, modern architecture, religious visual culture, and new technologies for visualizing historical materials.


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Provenance

The Annabel Jane Wharton Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2016.

Processing Information

Processed by Katrina Martin, March, 2016

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2016-0013