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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:

Letter from John S. Thacher to Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine, May 15, 1941 Digital

File — Box: D: 1, Folder: 39Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:JT 1941.05.15
Scope and Contents: Copy of typescript letter from John Thacher to Beatrix Farrand answers her letters of May 13 (D:BF 1941.05.13) and May 14 (D:BF 1941.05.14) regarding the formation and membership of a 5 person Dumbarton Oaks Park Committee. John Thacher also discusses the employment of previously-held gardeners, who would now be under the park's foreman and James Bryce. Anne Sweeney's future still appears to be undecided as John Thacher waits to see if Dumbarton can afford her salary. He says there is a lull...

Letter from John S. Thacher to Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine, June 19, 1941 Digital

File — Box: D: 1, Folder: 48Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:JT 1941.06.19
Scope and Contents: Copy of typescript letter from John Thacher to Beatrix Farrand responds to her letters of June 12 (D:BF 1941.06.12) and June 17 (D:BF 1941.06.17) regarding various garden-related matters, such as Dumbarton Oaks' expense report, signage in the garden as the current ones are horrible, Beatrix Farrand's salary, Barbara Sessions recovering in Rockville, and John Thacher's travel plans to Cambridge and the Fogg Museum, Camden, and Bar Harbor. He reports having dinner on the train with Lawrence...

Letter from John S. Thacher to Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine, November 6, 1941 Digital

File — Box: D: 1, Folder: 79Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:JT 1941.11.06
Scope and Contents: Copy of typescript letter from John Thacher to Beatrix Farrand confirms the dates and times he can meet to discuss the Dumbarton Oaks Park. Newton Drury and Irving Root can meet with Beatrix Farrand on November 24 in the afternoon. He feels G. Frederick Coles is dawdling on work for the Green Garden. He has other questions which he will postpone for discussion when they meet. He is encouraged about the news of Max Farrand's health improving. Letter was sent with enclosed letters to Newton...

Letter from John S. Thacher to Beatrix Farrand, Valley Club of Montecito, Post Office Box 1140, Santa Barbara, California, March 16, 1942 Digital

File — Box: D: 2, Folder: 20Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:JT 1942.03.16
Scope and Contents: Copy of typescript letter from John Thacher to Beatrix Farrand thanks her for her March 10 letter confirming her April 12-17 visit to Dumbarton Oaks, and expresses pleasure at the news of Ruth Havey's coinciding visit given the importance of furthering designs for future plans in the gardens. He notes that he had observed Dumbarton Oaks Park personnel spraying the trees and conveys disappointment at learning from James Bryce that they lack funds or manpower to dredge the Branch. He conveys...

Letter from John S. Thacher to Beatrix Farrand, Valley Club of Montecito, Santa Barbara, California, March 26, 1942 Digital

File — Box: D: 2, Folder: 27Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:JT 1942.03.26
Scope and Contents: Copy of typescript letter from John Thacher to Beatrix Farrand thanks her for her telegram and expresses delight that her health is improving but disappointment that her trip to Dumbarton Oaks is postponed. He reports that the Dumbarton Oaks Park Administration has "practically an army corp" dredging the stream and pond; he states that he has said nothing about this to Irving Root. John Thacher encloses a proposed garden budget for the 1942-1943 fiscal year and asks for her approval,...

Letter from John Thacher to Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine, May 21, 1942 Digital

File — Box: D: 2, Folder: 46Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:JT 1942.05.21
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Copy of typescript letter from John Thacher to Beatrix Farrand tells her there are preparations being made for the Blisses return and Dumbarton Oaks is in a state of jitters. He thinks it would be helpful for Farrand to meet with the Blisses and the National Park personal, Irving Root and Mr. Kline.

Letter from John Thacher to Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine, June 27, 1942 Digital

File — Box: D: 2, Folder: 62Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:JT 1942.06.27
Scope and Contents: Copy of typescript letter from John Thacher to Beatrix Farrand tells her Robert and Mildred Bliss were shocked by the condition of the Dumbarton Oaks Park and made their concern clear to Irving Root and Donald Kline from the National Park Service. He reports the Blisses have probably decided to hold off on establishing a trust fund for the park until the Park Commission has taken some action. James Bryce is working with David Finley about bulbs for the National Gallery [of Art]. He is...

Letter from Newton B. Drury, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Washington to Beatrix Farrand, Valley Club of Montecito, Post Office Box #1140, Santa Barbara, California, March 24, 1942 Digital

File — Box: D: 2, Folder: 25Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:NBD 1942.03.24
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Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Newton B. Drury, director of the National Park Service in Washington, D.C. to Beatrix Farrand tells her he is anxious for the Advisory Committee for Dumbarton Oaks Park to become active. He asks her to formally accept the appointment to this committee.

Letter from Robert Woods Bliss to Newton B. Drury, Director, National Parks Service, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., June 24, 1941 Digital

File — Box: D: 1, Folder: 51Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:RB 1941.06.24
Scope and Contents: Typescript letter from Robert Woods Bliss to Newton B. Drury, Director of the National Park Service, discusses the formation of an Advisory Committee for Dumbarton Oaks Park. Robert Bliss details the composition of the committee and wishes for the National Park Service's approval and collaboration in its formation. The Advisory Committee would be composed of Irving Root, John Thacher, Beatrix Farrand, Mildred Bliss, and a fifth member appointed by the four members. He hopes the formation of...

Press release issued by Irving C. Root, Superintendent, National Park Service, National Capital Parks for Dumbarton Oaks Park, July 8, 1941 Digital

File — Box: D: 1, Folder: 58Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:Press Release NPS 1941.07.08
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Typescript press release from Irving C. Root, Superintendent of National Capital Parks announces a sponsored nature walk through Dumbarton Oaks Park on the morning of July 13, 1941 led by Louis C. Wheeler, a Ranger-Naturalist for National Capital Parks. Handwritten note in top, left hand corner in either blue or faded black ink, "This is a popular weekly event."

Telegram from Beatrix Farrand, Santa Barbara, California to John S. Thacher, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., March 25, 1942 Digital

File — Box: D: 2, Folder: 26Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1942.03.25
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Western Union telegram from Beatrix Farrand to John Thacher thanks him for the nice messages and reports that she is recovering. She asks him to telephone Irving Root urgently to press for immediate action regarding the branch conditionsin the Dumbarton Oaks Park which Beatrix Farrand regards essential to park upkeep. She asks him to make no promises, but will relay news to neighbors [Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss].