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Bliss, Robert Woods, 1875-1962

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1875 - 1962

Found in 265 Collections and/or Records:

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

Henri Focillon, 1955

Sub-Group — Box: E, Folder: 18Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001
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Correspondence sent to Robert Woods Bliss or Mildred Bliss discussing Henri Focillon. One correspondence from Madame Focillon includes a newspaper clipping honoring Henri Focillon.

Letter and note involving Florence N. Oleson, Washington Branch, American Association of University Women, 1634 Eye Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. request to Mrs. Bliss, March 7-13, 1939 Digital

File — Box: E, Folder: 9, item: 16Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, E9:Oleson 1939.03.13
Scope and Contents: Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Florence N. Oleson (Mrs. Robert Oleson) and Mildred Bliss asks if the Dumbarton Oaks Garden could be available for a garden tour for the American Association of University Women to raise funds to support a Latin American Fellowship. A booklet of the work of the American Association of University Women was included with letter. A note for Mildred Bliss from a secretary tells her Robert Woods Bliss telephoned Oleson to explain it would not be...

Letter and photograph of a Byzantine ring from Lotus and Marvin Ross to Mildred and Robert Bliss, April 14, 1957 Digital

File — Box: H, Folder: 7a, item: 6Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, H7a:Ross 1957.04.14
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Handwritten letter and black and white photograph from Lotus Robb Ross and Marvin C. Ross to Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss informing them that the ring shown in the photograph is an imperial marriage ring in gold and niello, Byzantine (Constantinople), late VI-VII Century, from the imperial workshop. The Ross's feel certain that the imperial couple on this ring want the Mother of God to extend her grace to Bliss's.

Letter from Alberta Carpenter, Harvard University, The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Georgetown, Washington 7, D.C. to Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, August 23, 1949 Digital

File — Box: E, Folder: 7, item: 6Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, E7:Carpenter 1949.08.23
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Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Alberta S. Carpenter, secretary to Mildred Bliss tells her she has seen Annie and she seems to be doing better after the surgery. She has been receiving good care while at the Emergency Hospital. She reports that Mosser has his surgery and is anxious to return to work. Matthew Kearney is keeping in touch with him and will take him to see the doctor for his next appointment.

Letter from Alberta Carpenter, Harvard University, The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Georgetown, Washington 7, D.C. to Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, c/o Ellis Russell, 67 Wall Street, New York, New York, September 28, 1949 Digital

File — Box: E, Folder: 7, item: 7Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, E7:Carpenter 1949.09.28
Scope and Contents: Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Alberta S. Carpenter, secretary to Mildred Bliss offers her an satisfactory update on the health conditions of Annie and Mosser and their learning how to walk with crutches. Both are grateful for Mildred Bliss's generosity. John Thacher has returned to Dumbarton Oaks to prepare for the academic year. Sirarpie Der Nessessian and Professor Vasiliev arrive soon. A newspaper clipping on Dr. Kindler recommended by John Thacher was included with...

Letter from Alberta Carpenter, Harvard University, The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Georgetown, Washington 7, D.C. to Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, Colony Club, New York, New York, July 30, 1949 Digital

File — Box: E, Folder: 7, item: 5Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, E7:Carpenter 1949.07.30
Scope and Contents: Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Albert S. Carpenter, secretary at Dumbarton Oaks and Mildred Bliss thanks her for the telephone message. Carpenter had also received a message from Ethel Burnet Clark about Mildred Bliss's visit with Annie. She reports on the health status of Annie who will have her foot removed and afterward be cared for my her nephew. Annie's status at Dumbarton Oaks will not change until John Thacher decides upon his return. Mosser is going to the hospital...

Letter from A.M. Friend, Jr., Harvard University, The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 1703 Thirty-second Street, Washington 7, D.C. to the Honorable and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, 1537 28th Street, Washington 7, D.C., March 15, 1952 Digital

File — Box: E, Folder: 1, item: 4Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, E1:Friend 1952.03.15
Scope and Contents: Typescript letter with handwritten signature from A.M. [Albert Mathias] Friend, Jr. to Robert Woods and Mildred Bliss informs them that at the meeting of the Board of Scholars held in Washington on April 27th, 1951, it was voted to hold a Symposim at Dumbarton Oaks on "Byzantium and the Slavs". This Symposium will be conducted under the direction of Reverend Francis Dvornik, Professor of Byzantine History at Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University and it will be held on Thursday, April 24th to...

Letter from A.M. Friend, Jr. to Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, August 3, 1949, August 3, 1949 Digital

File — Box: E, Folder: 1, item: 3Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, E1:Friend 1949.08.03
Scope and Contents: Handwritten letter from A.M. [Albert Mathias] Friend, Jr. to Mildred Bliss expresses it is too bad about the Liszt book and the Harvard Press. He does not see why they can not get it out in 1950 if they can get a fairly final manuscript this autumn. He thanks Mildred for the copy of the letter to Jean Seznec. He hopes very much he will do it and feels after this he simply cannot refuse-he is a member of the Board of Scholars and the book is all part of Dumbarton Oaks. He feels the book will...

Letter from Anne Archibold, Hillandale, 3905 Reservoir Road, Washington, D.C. to Mildred Bliss, 1930-1960 Digital

File — Box: E, Folder: 5, item: 35Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, E5:Archibold
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Signed handwritten letter from Anne Archibold owner of Hillandale, 3905 Reservoir Road, Washington, D.C. to Mildred Bliss thanking her for the music concert at Dumbarton Oaks. Letter undated, probably sent between 1937-1960.

Letter from Anne Sweeney to Beatrix Farrand, Valley Club of Montecito, Santa Barbara, California, Feburary 21, 1946 Digital

File — Box: G, Folder: 2a, item: 21Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, G2a:AS 1946.02.21B
Scope and Contents: Copy of typescript letter from Anne Sweeney to Beatrix Farrand tells her she has been substituting for Miss Snow as secretary to Robert Woods Bliss. Anne found the complete set of Sargent's Silva of North America in a bookstore and Mildred Bliss agreed with Ethel Burnet Clark's intervention to buy it for Dumbarton Oaks. There have not been many visitors to Dumbarton Oaks in January and February. She reports the "Underworld" is under construction and she will move into her new quarters in the...

Letter from Archimandrite Nicholas, St. John the Baptist, Russian Orthodox Church, 2637 Woodley Place, N.W., Washington, D.C. to Ambassador and Mrs. Bliss, April 18, 1955 Digital

File — Box: G, Folder: 8, item: 4Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, H8:Nicholas 1955.04.18
Scope and Contents: Correspondence and financial records like receipts and invoices between Mildred Bliss or her secretary and individuals and corporations whose last name or name begins with "R". Some correspondence involve the acquisition, purchase or bookbinding of books or library items. Individuals or corporations include: Riggs National Bank, Rodale Books Incorporated, Russian Orthodox Church (St. John the Baptist), Charles Ratton, Nicholas Rauch, S.J., T. Rogers &amp Company, Ltd., Ludwig...

Letter from Ardelia R. Hall, 3037 Cambridge Place, N.W., Washington, D.C. to Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, May 9, 1956 Digital

File — Box: E, Folder: 4, item: 56Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, E4:Hall 1956.05.09
Scope and Contents: Handwritten letter from Ardelia R. Hall to Mildred Bliss tells her Mr. [Robert Woods] Bliss has told Hall of the great interest and alteration Mildred gives to the planning for the beautiful gardens and gates at Dumbarton Oaks. Hall has greatly admired the lovely, new parterre garden with its beautifully proportioned pattern and three dimensional planting. It is a charming and appropriate 18th century addition to an already perfect garden! Hall owes Mildred a great debt of gratitude for the...

Letter from Barbara Sessions, 2 Brookside Avenue, Claremont, N.H. to Robert Woods Bliss, June 25, 1943 Digital

File — Box: H, Folder: 2, item: 8Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, H2:Sessions 1943.06.25
Scope and Contents: Typescript copy of a letter written in longhand sent from Barbara Sessions, Dumbarton Oaks Librarian, to Robert Woods Bliss responding to his letter about her health and return to Dumbarton Oaks for the fall term. She says it touches her that he and the other members of the Board [Administrative Committee] have been thinking of her. She feels that rate of progress of recovery from her illness does not securely promise a return to full usefulness when the new term begins. She believes she can...

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, 1650 Orlando Road, San Marino, California to John S. Thacher, Dumbarton Oaks, 3101 R Street, Washington, D.C., March 26, 1941

File — Box: D: 1, Folder: 36Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1941.03.26
Scope and Contents: Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Beatrix Farrand to John Thacher discusses Beatrix Farrand's upcoming trip to Dumbarton Oaks. She ponders an invitation to stay at Dumbarton Oaks while in Washington, D.C. She mentions John Thacher's planned trip to California acknowledging receipt of his telegram regarding the trip's dates in the postscript. Sketch of the lanterns in the Service Court (LA-GD-E-2-11A) was originally included with the letter. She reports that Mildred Bliss is...

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, 1650 Orlando Road, San Marino, California to Paul J. Sachs, Dumbarton Oaks, 3101 R Street, Washington, D.C., February 18, 1941

File — Box: D: 1, Folder: 20Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1941.02.18B
Scope and Contents: Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Beatrix Farrand to Paul Sachs discusses Farrand's continued employment at Dumbarton Oaks after the gift to Harvard, including a numbered list of unfinished garden projects requested by Mildred Bliss. Handwritten notation in pencil on first page, "Jack. So as not to cross lines with you, please draft an answer for me. p." Implies Paul J. Sach's copy of Beatrix Farrand's letter was forwarded to John Thacher and he asks Thacher to draft a...

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, 1650 Orlando Road, San Marino, California to Paul J. Sachs, Fogg Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, December 21, 1940

File — Box: D: 1, Folder: 5Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1940.12.21
Scope and Contents: Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Beatrix Farrand to Paul Sachs discusses Beatrix Farrand's continued involvement in Dumbarton Oaks Gardens after the transfer of Dumbarton Oaks to Harvard University. Beatrix specifically mentions the [Dumbarton Oaks] Administrative Committee formed by Harvard for Dumbarton Oaks and is seemingly pleased with its composition to encompass all of Dumbarton Oaks' activities. Beatrix is interested in meeting with John Thacher when she travels...

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, Director's House, Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, 1650 Orlando Road, San Marino, California to John S. Thacher, January 29, 1941

File — Box: D: 1, Folder: 14Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1941.01.29
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Handwritten letter from Beatrix Farrand to John Thacher declines an invitation to listen to lectures by Henri Focillon, Senior Research Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks and asks John Thacher to convey her regrets. She ends the letter with a report of a telephone conversation with Mr. and Mrs. Bliss, and mentions Mr. Bliss' slow recovery from a cold.

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

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 John S. Thacher, Dumbarton Oaks, 3101 R Street, Washington, D.C., November 3, 1941

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., August 21, 1942

File — Box: D: 2, Folder: 72Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1942.08.21
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Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Beatrix Farrand to John Thacher thanks him for giving the all clear to order plants for Robert and Mildred Bliss. She wonders if the brookside has submerged in mud due to all the rain. She feels he has been a "wise young judge" as executive officer of Dumbarton Oaks.

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine to John S. Thacher, Dumbarton Oaks, 3101 R Street, Washington, D.C., September 8, 1942

File — Box: D: 2, Folder: 75Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1942.09.08
Scope and Contents: Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Beatrix Farrand to John Thacher tells him of her travel plans to Dumbarton Oaks, and asks if it is convenient for her to stay in the "sky apartment". She thinks it might be sensible to ask Ruth Havey to come to Washington and will ask if James Bryce and his wife can offer her a room. The agenda for the visit will include further designing North Vista and the Herbaceous Border walls. She thinks Robert and Mildred Bliss will need to address the...

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine to John S. Thacher, Dumbarton Oaks, 3101 R Street, Washington, D.C., August 26, 1942

File — Box: D: 2, Folder: 73Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1942.08.26
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Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Beatrix Farrand to John Thacher shares telegram response from Robert and Mildred Bliss about the museum and historic tablets. She is writing Ruth Havey to share their response and schedule a time to discuss it further at Reef Point.