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Dumbarton Oaks Park (Washington, D.C.)

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Twenty-seven acres of the Dumbarton Oaks was once a part of the Dumbarton Oaks property owned by Robert and Mildred Bliss. This parcel was donated to the National Park Service in 1940 when their other estate property was donated to Harvard University. Beatrix Farrand, landscape gardener, designed elements in the Dumbarton Oaks Park when it was owned by the Blisses.

Found in 36 Collections and/or Records:

Dumbarton Oaks Garden, Dumbarton Oaks Park

Sub-Series — Folder: 13Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001
Scope and Contents: Thirty-seven black and white photographs, 2 color photographs, and a collection of photographs with drawings and notes of the Dumbarton Oaks Park which refers to the 27-acre parcel of land that Robert and Mildred Bliss donated to the National Park Service in 1940. The acreage is now considered a part of Rock Creek Park.When it was part of the Bliss estate, the park belonged to Beatrix Farrand’s garden design. It served as a rustic counterpoint to the complex and formal garden...

Expense report from Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine to Harvard University (Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collections), July 1, 1942 to December 31, 1942 Digital

File — Box: C, Folder: 2, item: 9Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, C2:1942.07.01B
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Expense report from Beatrix Farrand to Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, July 1, 1942 to December 31, 1942 outlining charges for professional services, office expenses, draughting, and traveling expenses and purchases made for flowers, bulbs, seeds, tulips, a book and shipping charges

Letter and enclosure from Irving C. Root, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, National Capital Parks, Washington to Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine, September 9, 1942 Digital

File — Box: D: 2, Folder: 76Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:IR 1942.09.09
Scope and Contents: Typescript letter with handwritten signature and enclosure from Irving Root, Superintendent, National Park Service, National Capital Parks to Beatrix Farrand tells her their engineering department is proposing a storm water sewer through the Dumbarton Oaks Park to handle the excess water run-off from Wisconsin Avenue and other adjacent property. An enclosure indicates that James Bryce had approved a similar solution to the problem earlier. He sends her the engineering proposal and asks her...

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine to Irving C. Root, National Capital Parks, Washington, D.C., November 3, 1941 Digital

File — Box: D: 1, Folder: 78Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1941.11.03C
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Copy of typescript letter from Beatrix Farrand to Irving C. Root suggests dates for a meeting in November between John Thacher, Irving C. Root, and Beatrix Farrand about the Dumbarton Oaks Park. She is asking James Bryce to stake out a path over Clifton Hill.

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine to Irving C. Root, Superintendent National Capital Parks, Washington, D.C., May 20, 1941 Digital

File — Box: D: 1, Folder: 40Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1941.05.20
Scope and Contents: Copy of typescript letter from Beatrix Farrand to Irving C. Root acknowledges the creation of a Dumbarton Oak Park Committee. She informs Mr. Root, a fellow member of the committee, of Mildred Bliss' desire that a walk-widening or path construction be done hand in hand with other committee members. The committee members are: 1 Bliss member, 1 Harvard member, 1 Farrand member, 1 Superintendent of the National Capital Parks (Irving Root), and a fifth member to be settled upon later. Beatrix...

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine to Irving C. Root, Superintendent, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Services, National Capital Parks, Washington, D.C., September 14, 1942 Digital

File — Box: D: 2, Folder: 79Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1942.09.14B
Scope and Contents: Copy of typescript letter from Beatrix Farrand to Irving Root thanks him for sending the blueprint showing the proposed storm water drain to be placed through Dumbarton Oaks Park. Before giving her approval she wants to see it staked out. She plans to visit Dumbarton Oaks the end of September and asks if it is possible to review this with him, Donald Kline, or the engineer. She is asking James Bryce to review the blue prints with him. She feels the more serious damage to the Park property is...

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine to John S. Thacher, Dumbarton Oaks, 3101 R Street, Washington, D.C., November 3, 1941 Digital

File — Box: D: 1, Folder: 76Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1941.11.03
Scope and Contents: Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Beatrix Farrand to John Thacher discusses her upcoming November 21-25, 1941 trip to Dumbarton Oaks. She reviews her planned schedule, such as who she will meet with, what they will discuss, and when these meetings will take place. She may go to Alexandria, Virginia to see some land belonging to Dorothy Straight Elmhirst's son, Michael Whitney Straight. Beatrix Farrand encloses copies of two letters she wrote to Newton B. Drury and to Irving...

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine to John S. Thacher, Dumbarton Oaks, 3101 R Street, Washington, D.C., May 19, 1942 Digital

File — Box: D: 2, Folder: 45Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1942.05.19B
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Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Beatrix Farrand to John Thacher tells him it seems essential to have Mildred Bliss and her together while she is at Dumbarton Oaks. She sent him a telegram with her altered dates. Farrand thinks it will be interesting to hear whether he and James Bryce decided to supply plants to the National Gallery [of Art].

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine to John S. Thacher, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C., June 22, 1942 Digital

File — Box: D: 2, Folder: 61Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1942.06.22
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Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Beatrix Farrand to John Thacher asks the result of the meeting with the Dumbarton Oaks Park Committee Meeting and if any progress was made with Irving Root and Donald L. Kline. She inquires if Robert and Mildred Bliss will return to Washington, D.C. next winter and where they will live. She hopes the scheme for the historic tablet on R Street meets his approval and offers her opinion on it and the construction in the wall.

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine to John S. Thacher, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C., May 13, 1941 Digital

File — Box: D: 1, Folder: 37Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1941.05.13
Scope and Contents: Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Beatrix Farrand to John Thacher discusses the follow through on garden-related issues mentioned during the previous Dumbarton Oaks meeting between the two of them. They are waiting for the Committee to have the final say on the employment of previously-held gardeners and the garden guide, Anne Sweeney. Beatrix Farrand mentions Anne Sweeney's future position be official guide for the schoolchildren who visit the gardens. She ends the letter...

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine to John S. Thacher, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C., May 14, 1941 Digital

File — Box: D: 1, Folder: 38Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1941.05.14
Scope and Contents: Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Beatrix Farrand to John Thacher discusses her letter of the previous day, sent before she had "properly digested" a letter from Ellis Russell that had enclosed a letter from John Thacher. Beatrix Farrand expresses support of the continued employment of previously-held gardeners, of Anne Sweeney, and all of the help. She mentions Mildred Bliss's desire of an Advisory Committee being formed so that she may maintain some control over the garden...

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine to John S. Thacher, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C., May 20, 1941 Digital

File — Box: D: 1, Folder: 41Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1941.05.20B
Scope and Contents: Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Beatrix Farrand to John Thacher discusses the Park Advisory Committeee; the White Haven Street entrance to the Park; widening and construction of paths in the Dumbarton Oaks Park; Beatrix Farrand's next planned trip to Dumbarton Oaks; request for the budget that applies to work Beatrix Farrand will do outdoors; and how to cover Anne Sweeney's salary. There is a penciled question mark besides a paragraph discussing Anne Sweeney's salary....

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine to John S. Thacher, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C., May 28, 1941 Digital

File — Box: D: 1, Folder: 45Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1941.05.28
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Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Beatrix Farrand to John Thacher acknowledges the premature creation of a Dumbarton Oak Park Committee; thanks him for a copy of the Dumbarton Oaks Buildings and Grounds budget; requests a meeting with Irving Root about the Dumbarton Oaks Park donated property. Written on Beatrix Farrand letterhead with 1650 Orlando Road, San Marino, California address canceled with typescript 'x's.

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine to John S. Thacher, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C., June 12, 1941 Digital

File — Box: D: 1, Folder: 46Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1941.06.12
Scope and Contents: Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Beatrix Farrand to John Thacher discusses her review of the 1940 and 1941-42 budgets for Dumbarton Oaks and wonders if some maintenance costs have been left off. She promises to send a typed and revised report to John Thacher. Handwritten postscript tells Thacher that a letter to the Park Committee members has been sent to Robert Woods Bliss. Written on Beatrix Farrand letterhead with 1650 Orlando Road, San Marino, California address...

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine to Newton B. Drury, National Park Service, Washington, D.C., November 3, 1941 Digital

File — Box: D: 1, Folder: 77Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1941.11.03B
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Copy of typescript letter, unsigned, from Beatrix Farrand to Newton B. Drury discusses a possible November meeting between Beatrix Farrand and Newton B. Drury about the Dumbarton Oaks Park, specifically she wants to discuss constructing a path. She encloses a letter to Irving C. Root in which she asks Root to speak with John Thacher or James Bryce. She send her and Max Farrand's regards.

Letter from Beatrix Farrand to Harry Thompson, National Park Service, North Interior Building, Washington, D.C., November 21, 1942 Digital

File — Box: D: 2, Folder: 90Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1942.11.21
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Typescript letter from Beatrix Farrand to Harry Thompson, National Park Service discusses plants, numbers of them, and prices for the Dumbarton Oaks Parks and offers nurseries from which to purchase them. A copy of the letter was sent to John Thacher.

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, Valley Club of Montecito, Post Office Box 1140, Santa Barbara, California to Irving C. Root, Superintendent, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., March 27, 1942 Digital

File — Box: D: 2, Folder: 28Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1942.03.27
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Copy of typescript letter from Beatrix Farrand to Irving Root thanks him for telling her Donald L. Kline will meet with her on Dumbarton Oaks matters. Farrand regrets to have to reschedule their meeting to a later date. She reports disquieting news from John Thacher on the condition of the Dumbarton Oaks Park stream. Robert and Mildred Bliss will be happy to hear that an Advisory Committee is in the works.

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, Valley Club of Montecito, Post Office Box 1140, Santa Barbara, California to Irving C. Root, Superintendent, National Capital Parks, Washington, D.C., March 10, 1942 Digital

File — Box: D: 2, Folder: 18Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1942.03.10
Scope and Contents: Copy of a typescript letter from Beatrix Farrand to Irving C. Root asks that that he verify the existence and composition of the Dumbarton Oaks Park Advisory Committee as Mildred Bliss is uncertain of its status. She asks if he would arrange an April 14, a meeting with Mr. Kline, the architect of the Capital Parks, to review the walk on Clifton Hill, the possible gift of the stone seats and their placing, and the widening of the stream path, and encourages Mr. Root's attendance at the...

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, Valley Club of Montecito, Post Office Box 1140, Santa Barbara, California to John S. Thacher, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., March 10, 1942 Digital

File — Box: D: 2, Folder: 19Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1942.03.10B
Scope and Contents: Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Beatrix Farrand to John Thacher tells him of her plans to visit Dumbarton Oaks, during which time her assistant Ruth Havey will meet her so that together they may review the levels and possible designs for the North Vista and walls along the Herbaceous Border. Beatrix Farrand tells him that she is writing Irving Root to arrange a meeting with him or Mr. Kline, landscape architect of the Capital Parks, to address questions about the Clifton...

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, Valley Club of Montecito, Post Office Box 1140, Santa Barbara, California to Newton B. Drury, National Park Service, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C. Digital

File — Box: D: 2, Folder: 33Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1942.04.02
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Copy of typescript letter from Beatrix Farrand to Newton Drury thanks him for his note and formal word of the organization of the Dumbarton Oaks Park [Advisory] Committee. She accepts the position title of "landscape architect." She hopes to visit Dumbarton Oaks in April and meet Mr. [Irving] Root and Mr. Kline.

Letter from Donald L. Kline, Planning Division, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, National Capital Parks, Washington to Beatrix Farrand, Landscape Architect, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine, May 21, 1942 Digital

File — Box: D: 2, Folder: 48Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:Kline 1942.05.21
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Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Donald Kline to Beatrix Farrand. A copy of the letter was sent to John Thacher. Kline tells her that he request $8,600 in the National Captial Parks District of Columbia budget for personnel and materials to properly maintain the area in the present condition. He is uncertain if Congress will pass the budgeted amount of even $4000. Four copies of letter with original.

Letter from Ellis Russell, Tenth Floor, 67 Wall Street, New York to Mrs. Max Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine, May 25, 1942 Digital

File — Box: D: 2, Folder: 50Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:ER 1942.05.25
Scope and Contents: Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Ellis Russell to Beatrix Farrand discusses the amount requested in the budget by the National Park Service for the Dumbarton Oaks Park and offered guidance on the distribution of the money under the direction of a committee appointed of the deed of trust. He has consulted with Mr. Delefield on the matter who thinks that even if a trust was created by the Blisses for Dumbarton Oaks Park, it would probably result in the reduction of the public...

Letter from F.F. Gillen, Acting Superintendent, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, National Capital Parks, Washington to Beatrix Farrand, Valley Club of Montecito, Post Office Box 1140, Santa Barbara, California, March 31, 1942 Digital

File — Box: D: 2, Folder: 31Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:FFG 1942.03.31
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Typescript letter with handwritten signature from F.F. Gillen, Acting Superintendent to Beatrix Farrand tells her Irving Root is out of town, but he feels certain the postponement of the meeting with him and Donald Kline to a later date will be agreeable to both of them.

Letter from Irving C. Root, Superintendent National Capital Parks, Washington, D.C. to Robert Woods Bliss, Box 596, Santa Barbara, California, July 8, 1941 Digital

File — Box: D: 1, Folder: 57Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:IR 1941.07.08
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Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Irving C. Root to Robert W. Bliss answers Robert Bliss' letter of June 24 (D:RB 1941.06.24) to Newton B. Drury acknowledging the creation of an advisory committee for Dumbarton Oaks Park. Irving Root states that the National Capital Parks Service agrees with the planned composition of the Dumbarton Oaks Park advisory committee and will arrange a time to choose a fifth committee member.

Letter from Irving C. Root, United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, National Capital Parks, Washington to Beatrix Farrand, Valley Club of Montecito, Post Office Box 1140, Santa Barbara, California, March 23, 1942 Digital

File — Box: D: 2, Folder: 24Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:IR 1942.03.23
Scope and Contents: Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Irving Root to Beatrix Farrand invites her to a meeting that he has arranged with Donald L. Kline, landscape architect, for April 14 at 3 p.m. to discuss Dumbarton Oaks matters as she had suggested in her March 10 letter. He reports that the Advisory Committee for Dumbarton Oaks Park had been approved the previous year by the National Park Service upon the suggestion of Robert Woods Bliss, but that they had neglected to make formal...