Elizabeth Moynihan Papers
Elizabeth Moynihan is an architectural historian and author who specializes in the study of Mughal gardens in South Asia. Moynihan authored a survey of surviving Mughal gardens titled Paradise as a Garden in Persia and Moghul India, which she published in 1979. She has researched extensively on Babur, the founder of the Mughal dynasty, locating and documenting four previously unknown sixteenth-century gardens that he built. In 1996, Moynihan directed a joint project for the Archaeological Survey of India and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, and she edited the report published in 2000 as “The Moonlight Garden: New Discoveries at the Taj Mahal.”
Moynihan’s papers include her research of the Lotus Garden in Dholpur, the Jai Mahal Garden in Jaipur, Mehtab Bagh (Moonlight Garden) in Agra, and many other Mughal gardens. They also contain correspondence, field notebooks, drawings, sketchbooks, photographs, slides, rock specimens, blueprints, maps, and published articles.