We’re still chugging along with the creation of the finding aid, and physically rearranging all of the materials. These are the last steps, but they are big ones.
One of the nice things about working with this collection is that Van Nice rarely keeps us guessing about things. The collection is vast and a little hairy, but if you comb through it finely enough, you’re bound to find the answer to pretty much any question. What did he feel were the personal benefits of his work at Hagia Sophia? Well, he listed them out in a note, which I’ve reproduced here because of how well it speaks of both him and the nature of his work.
– Satisfaction of working not on a third-rate building, but the greatest.
– of doing at nearly fifty what I set out to do from the age of ten onward– and in…
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