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Havey, Ruth M., 1899-1980

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1899 - 1980

Biography

Ruth Mildred Havey was born in 1899 and died in 1980. She was a landscape architect with an office in New York City. She began her career working in the office of Beatrix Farrand assigned to projects for the Dumbarton Oaks Garden, Washington, D.C. Once Beatrix Farrand retired from Dumbarton Oaks, she worked directly with Mildred Bliss, the owner of Dumbarton Oaks on additional projects for the garden.

Found in 171 Collections and/or Records:

Administrative notes on loaning and printing of photographs, July-November, 1965 Digital

File — Box: L, Folder: 38Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, L:RH 1965.11.05
Scope and Contents: Handwritten administrative notes by unknown person detailing photographs loaned on August 1965 to Ruth Havey possibly for print copies to be made. Ruth Havey received original four photographs of the Bowling Green and 1 of Provencal fountain July 30, 1965. A note was added in ink at top, "Handed over to Miss De Vegh's "Pending" file by Mr. Wilkins. A note was added August 1965 at the top by second unknown hand. An additional note was made by same unknown hand, "Checked on Oct. 22/65; still...

Agenda for meeting with Mrs. Farrand, June 24-25, 1944

File — Box: D: 3, Folder: 25Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:meeting agenda BF 1944.06.24
Scope and Contents: The Dumbarton Oaks Garden Archives is a collection of over 6278 individual items of textual materials, drawings, and photographs that document the creation and development of the Dumbarton Oaks Garden, Washington, D.C. between 1920-1979. Robert Bliss and Mildred Barnes Bliss purchased the 53 acre property in 1920 known as "The Oaks" and later as Dumbarton Oaks, and within a year they hired Beatrix Farrand, a landscape gardener, to design a garden for the property that combined French,...

Confidential letter from Beatrix Farrand, Valley Club of Montecito, P.O. Box 1140, Santa Barbara, California to Mr. Thacher, January 10, 1946

File — Box: D: 4, Folder: 3Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1946.01.10
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Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Beatrix Farrand to John Thacher asks what he thinks about the addition of Robert W. Patterson, a Harvard educated landscape architect to work with her and who would make more frequent inspections of Dumbarton Oaks.

Contract for ironwork between Lothar A. Freund and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss for Dumbarton Oaks, July 17, 1953 Digital

File — Box: L, Folder: 5Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, L:RH 1953.07.17
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Signed contract for fabricating, finishing and erecting two pairs of wrought iron entrance gates on R Street for the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection at Washington, D.C. Contract prepared by Ruth M. Havey, landscape architect and signed by her on behalf of Mildred Bliss. Drawings referred to in contract are: DO-26 3.01 (C-38A, a revised 3.01 and dated 7/16/53) and DO-26 3.02a (C-3-39A).

Contract for ironwork between Philip Finelli, District Ornamental Iron Works and Mildred Bliss, Dumbarton Oaks and Specifications for wrought iron rail in North Vista by Ruth M. Havey, December 7, 1951 Digital

File — Box: K, Folder: 25Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, K:RH 1951.12.07
Scope and Contents: Contract for ironwork between District Ornamental Iron Works, Philip Finelli owner and Mildred Bliss, December 7, 1951 for work to be done on the wrought iron rail for the North Vista. Ruth Havey provided the contract documents for the wrought iron rail for the North Vista at Dumbarton Oaks. The specifications for fabrication, finishing and setting the rail were included as well as drawings: plans and south elevation 11/7/51 (GD G-3-42A); F.S.D. scroll panel 6/11/51 (GD G-3-42B); F.S....

Drawings, 1922-1966

Series — drawer: A-VIdentifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001
Scope and Contents: Architectural drawings, surveys, and sketches for the Dumbarton Oaks Garden. The bulk of the drawings were created by Beatrix Farrand, landscape gardener, or the landscape architects who worked for her. One of her landscape architects was Ruth Havey, who carried on the work of the garden with Mildred Bliss once Beatrix Farrand retired. Other landscape architects included Alden Hopkins, Robert Patterson, and Ralph Griswold. There were numerous other contractors and artisans who contributed to...

Dumbarton Oak Garden, Ellipse

Sub-Series — Folder: 15Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001
Scope and Contents: Twenty four black and white photographs and 4 color photographs of the Dumbarton Oaks Garden, Ellipse.The plans for the Ellipse were the result of close collaboration between Beatrix Farrand and Mildred Bliss. The basic outline of the design first occurred to Mildred Bliss as a child, and she consulted on the original design and all subsequent changes. The Ellipse began as a loose oval hedge of tall, rumpled boxwoods about fifteen to twenty feet high. The hedge followed the slope...

Dumbarton Oaks Agenda by Ruth Havey, Twenty-Five Fifth Avenue, New York 3, N.Y., August 2,1949 Digital

File — Box: K, Folder: 3Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, K:RH 1949.08.02
Scope and Contents: Typescript Dumbarton Oaks Agenda from Ruth Havey listing items to send or return to Ellis Russell, secretary, and probably for Mildred Bliss. Specific items mentioned in agenda include: for the Arbor Garden or Arbor Terrace: wall panels, concrete paving plan, and a possible solution for the lead cabinet or bookcase missing handle; for Mélisande's Allée: steps, inner ramp, outer ramp, present stone wall, seat, and drainage; for Rose Garden: finalities shield and arms materials, Quod Severis...

Dumbarton Oaks agenda of active and inactive projects, April 15, 1952 Digital

File — Box: K, Folder: 29Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, K:RH 1952.04.15
Scope and Contents: A list of Dumbarton Oaks projects numbered consecutively for the office file records in the order in which they were started (DO-6 indicates the sixth project undertaken at Dumbarton Oaks). According to the correspondence with which this project list was probably sent, K:RH 1952.04.16. The missing numbers are of projects that have been either completed or discarded and an order of precedence has been indicated in pencil. The active projects include those for the finalities, Melisande steps,...

Dumbarton Oaks Garden, Arbor Terrace

Sub-Series — Folder: 4Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001
Scope and Contents: 23 black and white photographs and 3 color photographs of the Dumbarton Oaks Garden, Arbor Terrace. One black and white photograph is of a print. First designed in the early 1920s as an herb garden by Beatrix Farrand, landscape gardener, with a fountain, arbor, and balcony, it was later re-designed as a terrace by Ruth Havey, landscape architect. Ruth Havey kept the fountain, arbor, and balcony features of the Beatrix Farrand design. Over the years it has been referred to as Arbor Terrace,...

Dumbarton Oaks Garden, Bowling Green

Sub-Series — Folder: 7Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001
Scope and Contents: The Bowling Green was first designed by Beatrix Farrand with inspiration gained from 18th-century Colonial period estate gardens, many of which featured sunken ornamental lawns. It is located between the Copse and the Director’s House and Terrace on the Dumbarton Oaks property. The division between the Copse and the Bowling Green is signaled by a significant drop in elevation; a stone retaining wall borders the Bowling Green on the south. The wall, topped with stone piers and swags of bronze...

Dumbarton Oaks Garden, Director's House and Terrace

Sub-Series — Folder: 12Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001
Scope and Contents: Seven black and white photographs of exterior and interior views of the Director's House and Terrace. Before 1941, the building that anchored the southern side of the Service Court was the Garage. The second-floor residential rooms housed some of the Blisses’ male staff.After the Robert and Mildred Bliss gifted Dumbarton Oaks to Harvard University, architect Thomas T. Waterman converted the upstairs living areas into a single residence for John Thacher and his family. The...

Dumbarton Oaks Garden, R Street Facade

Sub-Series — Folder: 1Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001
Scope and Contents: 34 black and white photographs of the Dumbarton Oaks, R Street facade, Washington, D.C. The brick walls, walkways, and initial wood entrance gates were designed by Beatrix Farrand, landscape gardener in the 1920s and early 1930s. In the 1950s, Ruth Havey replaced the wood gates with iron gates with gold gilding. The R Street facade has also been referred to by some of the architectural elements: Entrance gates, Gatehouse, Inner edges of East Lawn, Porter's lodge, R Street border, and R...

Dumbarton Oaks interoffice communication from Mr. Thacher to Mrs. Bliss, subject: steps from North Bay, April 6, 1959 Digital

File — Box: L, Folder: 29Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, L:RH 1959.04.06
Scope and Contents: Typescript Dumbarton Oaks interoffice communication from John Thacher to Mildred Bliss about the steps from the North Bay. Mr. Phelps, the stone contractor, made full size drawings for the steps from the North Bay (possibly G-2-39). He will bring them up to Mr. Kearney. Phelps sent his bill for his work, approximately $500 to Miss Havey two years ago and has not been paid. He notifies Mildred Bliss that small models in the basement of the Fellows' Building have been destroyed after receiving...

Estimate from Richard B. Phelps, Jr., R. B. Phelps Stone Co., 2501 Ninth Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. to Ruth Havey, 25 5th Avenue, New York, N.Y., May 21, 1953 Digital

File — Box: E, Folder: 19, item: 6Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, E19:R.B. Phelps 1953.05.21B
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Estimate from R.B. Phelps Stone Co. to Ruth Havey for new steps, platform and cheeks, North elevation, Dumbarton Oaks in accordance with the plans. The cost is supplied in estimate.

Estimate from Richard B. Phelps, Jr., R.B. Phelps Stone Co., 2501 Ninth Street, N.W., Washington 18, D.C. to Ruth Havey, 25 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y., May 21, 1953 Digital

File — Box: E, Folder: 19, item: 5Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, E19:R.B. Phelps 1953.05.21
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Typescript estimate from R. B. Phelps Stone Co. to Ruth Havey to cut, carve, and errect caps and consoles in the Dumbarton Oaks, North Vista for gate posts, North Court wall, and lyre of North End of Cedar Terrace. The cost is supplied in the estimate.

Estimate from William Hughes, Inc., 2800 Eighth Street N.E., Washington 17, D.C. to Miss Ruth Havey, Dumbarton Oaks, April 2, 1955 Digital

File — Box: L, Folder: 16Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, L:Hughes 1955.04.02
Scope and Contents: Typescript estimate with handwritten signature from William Hughes, Inc. to Ruth Havey for paving in the Dumbarton Oaks Box Terrace according to Ruth Havey telegram to Robert and Mildred Bliss about the estimate, L:RH 1955.04.05. Hughes estimates the cost to be $1480 and based on Ruth Havey's 1/4 inch scale drawing, DO 38a M315 b. Hughes understands changes may be made as job progresses and provides detail on how the job will be done. DO 38a M315 b may refer to this drawing dated 3/26/55 for...

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
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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.

Estimates from William Hughes, Inc., 2800 Eighth Street N.E., Washington 17, D.C. to Ruth Havey, Dumbarton Oaks, 32nd and R Sts. N.W. and at 25 5th Ave, N.Y, , February 25, 1956 Digital

File — Box: L, Folder: 20Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, L:Hughes 1956.02.25
Scope and Contents: Typewritten notes attached to estimates for construction and installation of the stone balustrade by William Hughes, Incorporated and the wrought iron railing by Fred S. Gichner Iron Works, Inc.Includes undated note by Ruth Havey estimating Frederick Coles' work on the Music Room bench, and references drawings GD B-2-16A and GD B-2-16B.Dated estimates sent by William Hughes on behalf of William Hughes Incorporated and by A.G. Stern on behalf of Fred S. Gichner Iron...

Excerpts from letters from Beatrix Farrand to Ruth Havey and meeting on Dumbarton Oaks garden walls, September 24-November 19, 1943

File — Box: D: 2, Folder: 125Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1943.09.24
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Typescript excerpts of letters and a meeting between Beatrix Farrand and Ruth Havey. Probably created by Ruth Havey to consolidate design ideas about walls for the Herbaceous Border and Orchard.

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

Expense report from Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine to Harvard University Research Library (Dumbarton Oaks), January 1, 1942 to June 30, 1942 Digital

File — Box: C, Folder: 2, item: 1Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, C2:1942.01.01
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Expense report from Beatrix Farrand to Harvard University (Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection), January 1, 1942 to June 30, 1942 outlining itemized expenses for professional services, assistant time, traveling, office expenditures, and garden plants, seeds, and books. Also includes a receipt for Beatrix Farrand for entrance into Dartington Hall, Totnes, England.

Expense report from Beatrix Farrand to Harvard University (Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection), July 1, 1943 to December 31, 1943 Digital

File — Box: C, Folder: 3, item: 14Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, C3:1943.07.01
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Expense report from Beatrix Farrand to Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection from July 1, 1943 to December 31, 1943 listing charges for professional services in the field and in the office; expenses for Ruth Havey's time; traveling and office expenses; and expenses for seeds, bulbs, and roses for the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens, Washington, D.C.

Expense report from Beatrix Farrand to Harvard University (Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection), July 1, 1944 - December 31, 1944

File — Box: C, Folder: 4, item: 8Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, C4:1944.07.01
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Expense report from Beatrix Farrand to Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, July 1, 1944 to December 31, 1944 listing charges for professional services, office related activities, and office expenses. Includes alist of charges for negatives and prints, flower seeds, hyacinths, narcissus, iris, and lily bulbs for Dumbarton Oaks.

Expense report from Beatrix Farrand to Harvard University (Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection), January 1, 1945 to June 30, 1945

File — Box: C, Folder: 5, item: 1Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, C5:1945.01.01
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Expense report from Beatrix Farrand to Harvard University (Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection), January 1, 1945 to June 30, 1945 listing charges for professional services and offices expenses. Report includes a charge and payment to Sutton & Sons for flower seeds.