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Bliss, Robert Woods, 1875-1962

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1875 - 1962

Found in 262 Collections and/or Records:

1964 bulb order for Mr. and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss's 1537 28th Street residence from Matthew Kearney to Ralph Cook, June 11, 1965 Digital

File — translation missing: en.enumerations.container_type.container: Box: F, Folder: 3a, item: 31Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, F3a:BulbOrder 1965.06.11
Scope and Contents:

Typescript garden bulb order for 1964 with note added to return to Matthew Kearney's file. Order originally made attention to Mr. Ralph Cook.

Article from Archaeological Notes by Marvin Ross titled "Two Gem Carvings of the IV Century A.D." from Marvin C. Ross to Mildred and Robert Bliss, 1957 Digital

File — Box: H, Folder: 7a, item: 7Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, H7a:Two Gem Carvings
Scope and Contents:

Typescript article written by Marvin C. Ross titled, "Two Gem Carvings of the IV Century A.D. and two photographs published under Archaeological Notes in the American Journal of Archaeology, 61, 1957, pages 173-174 and plate 67. Plate 67 includes Fig. 1, Intaglio of Constantine the Great, from a cast and Fig. 2 Chalcedony gem. Head of a youth, IV century, both in the Walters Art Gallery.

Barbara Sessions, 1938-1943

Sub-Group — Box: H, Folder: 2Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001
Scope and Contents:

Correspondence including letters and telegrams to, from, or about Barbara Sessions, librarian at Dumbarton Oaks and Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection.

"C" Miscellaneous, 1938-1957

Sub-Group — Box: E, Folder: 2Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001
Scope and Contents:

Correspondence, photographs and a drawing sent to Mildred Bliss or Robert Woods Bliss from individuals with a last name beginning with "C".

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...

Dumbarton Oaks Garden, East Lawn

Sub-Series — Folder: 14Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001
Scope and Contents: Twenty black and white photographs and 5 color photographs of the Dumbarton Oaks Garden, East Lawn is an unbroken expanse of grass stretching from the entrance of the house southeast to the R Street wall.In her Plant Book for Dumbarton Oaks, Beatrix Farrand, landscape gardener called the East Lawn “one of the loveliest of the features of Dumbarton Oaks in its freedom from detail” (p. 20). To frame the open lawn, Farrand planned perimeter plantings chosen for their size and...

Dumbarton Oaks Garden, Fellows' Quarters and Yard

Sub-Series — Folder: 16Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001
Scope and Contents: Photographs of the Dumbarton Oaks property taken between 1920 when Mildred and Robert Bliss bought the estate property and 1979 including and beyond when it was donated to Harvard University in 1940. The early photographs from approximately 1920-1949 are in black and white. Later photographs from approximately 1950-1979 are in color.Those that photographed the Dumbarton Oaks Garden included Stewart Bros. Photographer (Washington, D.C.); Ursula Pariser, Dumbarton Oaks staff...

Dumbarton Oaks, Requests, 1933-1938

Sub-Group — Box: E, Folder: 8Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001
Scope and Contents:

Requests sent by individuals to Dumbarton Oaks and Robert and Mildred Bliss. Six letters are copies of letters sent by Mildred Bliss or her secretary in response to requests. Two copies, one letter and one telegram, sent by Robert Woods Bliss or his secretary responding to individual requests.

Dumbarton Oaks, Requests, 1939-1941

Sub-Group — Box: E, Folder: 9Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001
Scope and Contents:

Requests sent to Dumbarton Oaks or Mildred or Robert Woods Bliss.

Dumbarton Oaks, Robert Woods Bliss, Mildred Bliss, and People

Sub-Series — Folder: 6Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001
Scope and Contents:

30 black and white photographs of Robert Woods Bliss and Mildred Bliss and people associated with them. Photographs include portraits and snapshots. One photograph is of a drawing of Mildred Bliss. Photographs of: Royall Tyler, and a group of Dumbarton Oaks Gardeners.

Estimate from William Hughes, Inc., 2800 Eighth Street N.E., Washington 17, D.C. to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, Dumbarton Oaks, Attn. Miss Ruth Havey, landscape architect, Dumbarton Oaks, March 31, 1956 Digital

File — Box: L, Folder: 21Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, L:Hughes 1956.03.31
Scope and Contents:

Estimate with handwritten signature from William Hughes, Inc. to Robert and Mildred Bliss in care of Ruth Havey. Hughes proposes to do complete a wall for Dumbarton Oaks for $3995. He provides detail on how the work would be done.

Excerpt from a letter sent by Bella and James Bryce to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, October 8, 1959 Digital

File — Box: I, Folder: 1Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, I:Bryce 1959.10.08
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Typescript excerpt of a letter sent from James Bryce to Mildred Bliss and Robert Woods Bliss reporting back to them on locating the nursery for the Eucryphia shrub for which they inquired about. It is about twenty miles from him. He describes the shrub to them and will write when he finds it.

The handwritten letter from which the excerpt is taken is I:Bryce 1959.10.08B.

Exchange of letters and a memorandum between Frances S. Fink, 104 Clark Road, Brookline 46, Massachusetts; John Thacher; Robert and Mildred Bliss, Washington, D.C.; Sally Fairchild, Boston; and C. I. Denison on a provenance inquiry for the Gainsborough portrait, February 6-10, 1956 Digital

File — Box: E, Folder: 11, item: 2Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, E11:Gainsborough 1956.02.10
Scope and Contents: Exchange of letters regarding the provenance of the Gainsborough portrait by Mrs. Jordan owned by Robert and Mildred Bliss. The inquiry from Frances S. Fink resulted in a memorandum from John Thacher to Robert and Mildred Bliss. Mildred writes Miss Sally Fairchild, whose mother sold the sketch to Mildred Bliss's father, Demas Barnes if she remembered any provenance information. Mildred Bliss asks Sally Fairchild to respond to Frances S. Fink as the women both live in Boston. Copy...

Exchange of letters between Arline B. Newcomb, 800 Academy Street, Kelso, Washington and Anne Sweeney, December 9- 29, 1944 Digital

File — Box: E, Folder: 4, item: 95Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, E4:AS 1944.12.29
Scope and Contents: Handsigned letter from Arline B. Newcomb to Anne Sweeney remarking on the Dumbarton Oaks garden and if any material on it could be sent to her to share with a friend. A copy of typescript letter from Anne Sweeney, Dumbarton Oaks Garden Guide to Arline B. Newcomb offers a response to an unanswered letter received December 9th. Sweeney thinks it is very kind for Newcomb to speak so well of Dumbarton Oaks to friends in the far west. "Naturally, the Peace Conferences held here this summer have...

Exchange of letters between Elwin J. Sasser, 1316 Church Street, Marietta Georgia and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss and Mr. Robert Woods Bliss's secretary, August 17-22, 1957 Digital

File — Box: E, Folder: 4, item: 105Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, E4:Sasser 1957.08.17
Scope and Contents: Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Elwin J. Sasser to Mildred Bliss expresses his appreciation for having the opportunity to broaden his knowledge of landscape architecture and its influence in our daily lives through the award of the Garden Scholarship. He is to be employed by the National Park Service. He reports that the examples of landscape architecture design that he has observed and the phases of garden work in which he participated at Dumbarton Oaks will greatly...

Exchange of letters between Eva H. Bowles, Women's Auxiliary, American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, District of Columbia and the Honorable Robert Woods Bliss and his secretary, March 2-15, 1938 Digital

File — Box: E, Folder: 8, item: 4Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, E8:MBsec 1938.03.15
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Handwritten letter from Eva H. Bowles (Mrs. Oliver Bowles) to Robert Woods Bliss asks to hold a charity event in the gardens at Dumbarton Oaks. It would benefit the the Woman's Auxiliary of the Mining and Metallurgical Engineers educational fund to provide scholarships to students of high standing interested in mining, metallurgy, or geology. Robert Woods Bliss's secretary sends a regret on his behalf tells Bowles they have already promised other charities to which they are interested in.

Exchange of letters between Jane James Cook, The Warrington, 3908 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD. and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, March 23, 1937; July 11, 1937; November 29, 1937 Digital

File — Box: E, Folder: 4, item: 30Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, E4:Cook 1937.11.29
Scope and Contents: Two handwritten letters from Jane James Cook to Mildred Bliss and one copy of a typescript letter from Mildred Bliss to Jane Cook. In the letter dated March 23rd, [1937] Jane Cook tells Mildred Bliss that three members of the "Garden Club of Twenty" in Baltimore attended a meeting at Mrs. Wiliner's in Washington and afterwards decided to pay a visit to the Blisses estate or at least taking a peep at it through the chink in the wall. She mentions seeing Mildred's beautiful exhibits at the...

Exchange of letters between Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss and representatives of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union on the donation of Parklyn's 1797 aquatint of Mount Vernon, July 5, 1951-January 26, 1952 Digital

File — translation missing: en.enumerations.container_type.container: Box: F, Folder: 6, item: 9Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, F6:Mt Vernon 1952.01.26
Scope and Contents: Handwritten and typescript letters and notes between Mildred Bliss, Elsa A. Needham, her secretary, Charles C. Wall, Superintendent of Mt. Vernon and representatives of the Mt. Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union about the Blisses donation of the Parklyn's aquatint of Mt. Vernon. There are handwritten on notes by Mildred Bliss with contact informtion for Mrs. Hope K.H. Powel, Regent of the Mt. Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union; letters from Mrs. Hope K.H. Powel and Elizabeth H....

Exchange of letters between Mrs. T. Temple Hill, State Chairman, District of Columbia. Daughters of the American Revolution, 2904 P Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. to Honorable Robert Woods Bliss, 3101 R Street, Washington, D.C. and his secretary, approximately March 18-31, 1935 Digital

File — Box: E, Folder: 8, item: 20Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, E8:Temple Hill 1935.03.28
Scope and Contents: Exchange of handwritten and typescript letters between Philippa Temple (Mrs. T. Temple Hill) and Robert Woods Bliss and his secretary. Mrs. Temple asks if the gardens at Dumbarton Oaks could be opened to benefit the Student Loan Committee of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Distric of Columbia organization. Robert Woods Bliss's secretary responds on his behalf and tells Hill that Mr. and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss have already granted permission for several formal days, so would be...

Exchange of letters between National Geographic Magazine, Washington, D.C. representatives and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, Dumbarton Oaks, 3101 R Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., approximately May 4 - 7, 1937 Digital

File — Box: E, Folder: 8, item: 22Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, E8:Walker 1937.05.05
Scope and Contents: Exchange of typescript letters from Franklin L. Fisher, Chief of Illustrations, National Geographic Magazine and Mildred Bliss and Robert Woods Bliss and Gilbert Grosvenor, President of National Geographic Magazine and Robert Woods Bliss. Fisher asks permission for Howell Walker to photograph blossoms in the garden. Robert Woods Bliss responds by telling Grosvenor that permission is never given to photograph the Dumbarton Oaks gardens for pubication even though Walker produced a letter....

Exchange of letters between Ralph W. Curtis, Cornell University, Department of Floriculture, New York State College of Agriculture, Ithaca, N.Y. and the Honorable and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, Dumbarton Oaks, 3101 R Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. and their secretary, April 10 - 26, 1939 Digital

File — Box: E, Folder: 9, item: 4Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, E9:Curtis 1939.04.26
Scope and Contents: Exchange of typescript letters between Ralph W. Curtis of Agricultural Experiment Station at Cornell University and Robert and Mildred Bliss asks if he can bring a group of students to Dumbarton Oaks. A copy of the letter was sent to James Bryce, the Dumbarton Oaks Garden Superintendent in case the Blisses absence. The Blisses secretary offers an approved date. Curtis send a follow-on letter with a need to change the visit date offered by the Blisses, and the date change was approved. Alfred...

Exchange of letters between Robert F. Rich, Congress of the United States, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. and Honorable Robert Woods Bliss, 3101 R Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. and his secretary, May 25 - June 1, 1935 Digital

File — Box: E, Folder: 8, item: 18Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, E8:Rich 1935.06.01
Scope and Contents:

Exchange of typescript letters between Robert F. Rich, Representative of the Congress of the United States and Robert Woods Bliss about Rich's request to walk through the gardens at Dumbarton Oaks. Bliss responds to his request with the hours the garden is open to the public for the benefit the Girl Scouts.

Exchange of letters between Ross Wheat, 1052 Potomac Street, N.W., Washington 7, D.C. and Mrs. and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, 1537 28 Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., December 11-13, 1948 Digital

File — Box: H, Folder: 12, item: 5Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, H12:Wheat 1948.12.11
Scope and Contents:

Typescript letter from Ross Wheat to Mildred Bliss asking for a partial payment for work done on the table. Since Mildred Bliss is in New York, Robert Woods Bliss responds saying he will send him a check.

Exchange of letters, telephone messages, and a memorandum involving representatives of Western High School and Robert and Mildred Bliss and their secretary, May 3 - 17, 1937 Digital

File — Box: E, Folder: 8, item: 23Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, E8:Western High School 1937.05.17
Scope and Contents:

Handwritten and typescript letters, telephone messages, and a memorandum regarding a request for Western High School students to use the Dumbarton Oaks gardens for a Greek play. Miss Gardner, a teacher working with the students, Dr. Elmer S. Newton, Principal of Western High School; Francis B. Sayre, Assistant Secretary of State; and Dorothy Kingsford, the Blisses secretary along with Mildred and Robert Bliss are involved in the communications.

Fellowships, 1954-1956

Sub-Group — Box: E, Folder: 12Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001
Scope and Contents:

Correspondence discussing the Dumbarton Oaks garden fellowships sent to Mildred Bliss or Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss.