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Bryce, James, 1887-1964

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1887 - 1964

Biography

He was born in Scotland in 1887 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen. He married, Isabella W. He worked Robert and Mildred Bliss at Dumbarton Oaks first as a gardener under William Gray, Superintendent of the Garden then after Gray’s death in 1937 as the Superintendent of the Garden. He retired from Dumbarton Oaks in 1949. In 1959, he sent Mildred Bliss a letter from Jupiter, Florida. He died in 1964 and is buried Palm Beach Memorial Park Cemetery, Lantana, Palm Beach County, Florida.

Found in 245 Collections and/or Records:

Itemized receipt from Vaughan's Seed Store, 47-49 Barclay Street, New York to Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine, January 6, 1943 Digital

File — Box: C, Folder: 3, item: 4Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, C3:Vaughan's Seed Store 1943.01.06
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Original and duplicate paid itemized receipt from Vaughan's Seed Store to Beatrix Farrand for 13 packets of seeds shipped to James Bryce, 3203 S Street, Washington, D.C. for the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens.

Itemized receipt from Wm. J. Jones & Co., Philadelphia to Beatrix Farrand, October 20, 1943 Digital

File — Box: C, Folder: 3, item: 30Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, C3:Wm. J. Jones Co 1943.10.20
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Original and duplicate paid itemized receipt from Wm. J. Jones & Co. to Beatrix Farrand for the cost of shipping two cases of garden bulbs to James Bryce, 3101 R Street, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington D.C. from Oregon Bulb Farms.

Itemized receipts from Oregon Bulb Farm, Sandy, Oregon to Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine, September 29 - October 21, 1942 Digital

File — Box: C, Folder: 2, item: 11Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, C2:Oregon Bulb Farms 1942.09.10
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Original and duplicate itemized receipts from Oregon Bulb Farms to Beatrix Farrand for narcissus and lily bulbs sent to James Bryce for the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens, Washington, D.C. The bulbs were shipped through the Wm. J. Jones and Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Itemized receipts from Upton Gardens to Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine, March 12, 1942 Digital

File — Box: C, Folder: 2, item: 6Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, C2:Upton Gardens 1942.03.12
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Original itemized receipt from Upton Gardens to Beatrix Farrand for a packet of flower seeds sent to James Bryce for the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens, Washington, D.C. A copy of the itemized receipt includes order for the same seed packet, but it was sent to Lewis A. Garland, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine.

Letter and calling card from Sarah Gildersleeve Fife, 333 East 68th Street, New York to Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, April 1939 Digital

File — Box: E, Folder: 4, item: 46Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, E4:Fife 1939.04.27
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Handwritten letter from Sarah Gildersleeve Fife [Mrs. Robert Herndon Fife] to Mildred Bliss received April 27, 1939 tells her Fife enjoyed so much seeing her beautiful garden. Mr. [James] Bryce explained everything so nicely. "Thank you so much."

Letter and copy of bulb order from Andrew R. Kennedy, Inc., 22-24 West 27th Street, New York, N.Y. to Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine, June 27, 1947 Digital

File — Box: C, Folder: 10, item: 69Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, C10:Kennedy 1947.06.27
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Letter from Andrew R. Kennedy, Inc. to Beatrix Farrand tells her he is unable to offer her a discount on the bulbs for 1947. He encloses her order for 1710 tulip and 72 hyacinth bulbs with prices lists. Bulbs to be sent to James Bryce for Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.

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 and order from Andrew R. Kennedy, Inc., 22-24 West 27th Street, New York 1, N.Y. to Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine, June 20, 1947 Digital

File — Box: C, Folder: 7, item: 3Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, C7:Kennedy 1947.06.20
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Handsigned letter and copy of order sent from Andrew R. Kennedy, Inc. to Beatrix Farrand for 1710 tulip bulbs (some identified for the Dumbarton Oaks Fountain Terrace) and 72 hyacinth bulbs and 36 packets of flower seeds to be sent to James Bryce for Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C. The letter thanks Beatrix Farrand for placing the order.

Letter from Anne G. Miller, 2810 Adams Mill Rd. to Dorothy Kingsford, April 12 between 1930-1956 Digital

File — Box: E, Folder: 4, item: 87Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, E4:Miller 19xx.04.12
Scope and Contents: Signed handwritten letter from Anne Gates Miller (Mrs. Gerrit S. Miller) to Dorothy Kingsford, secretary for Mildred Bliss thanks her for the privilege of seeing Mildred Bliss's gardens. She reports James Bryce met them and offered an hour's walk through a "fairyland". Dr. and Mrs. Seligman and Gerrit S. Miller, her husband who accompanied Anne Miller were delighted and recognized many varieties of plants and trees. She asks to convey to Mildred Bliss their appreciation and how grateful they...

Letter from Anne Sweeney to Beatrix Farrand, May 24, 1938 Digital

File — Box: B: 2, Folder: 20Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, B:AS 1938.05.24
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Copy of typescript letter from Anne Sweeney to Beatrix Farrand reports changes to the pictures displayed in the Dumbarton Oaks Catalogue House for which she added more rose pictures. She is planning to be away from Dumbaton Oaks to visit her sister who is ill. Sweeney reports Mr. Morrison's father passed away. Wayside Nurseries sent her nice catalogs, but she has not heard from Alfred Rehder, Arnold Arboretum or Hosea Waterer.

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, 1650 Orlando Road, San Marino, California to John S. Thacher, Dumbarton Oaks, 3101 R Street, Washington, D.C., February 18, 1941 Digital

File — Box: D: 1, Folder: 19Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1941.02.18
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Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Beatrix Farrand to John Thacher requests updates on ongoing garden projects such as removing Herb Garden beds, completing furniture for the Museum Courtyard, and inscribing the Forsythia gate. Enclosed was a carbon copy of the letter to Paul J. Sachs informing the Administrative Board of Dumbarton Oaks about the same ongoing projects. "Mr. Thacher" typed at the top of the first page of the carbon copy.

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, 1650 Orlando Road, San Marino, California to John S. Thacher, Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Harvard University, 3101 R Street, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., March 8, 1941 Digital

File — Box: D: 1, Folder: 26Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1941.03.08
Scope and Contents: Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Beatrix Farrand to John Thacher in response to his letter (D:JT 1941.03.04). Beatrix Farrand elaborates on garden projects enumerated in an earlier letter attempting to answer or express her opinion regarding each. Includes a copy of Beatrix Farrand's letter to Paul Sachs regarding dates for her next visit to Dumbarton Oaks (D:BF 1941.03.08B). She mentions her husband, Max Farrand's is resigning from the Huntington Library which is occupying...

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, 1650 Orlando Road, San Marino, California to John S. Thacher, Dumbarton Oaks Research Collection, 3101 R Street, Washington, D.C., March 18, 1941 Digital

File — Box: D: 1, Folder: 29Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1941.03.18
Scope and Contents: Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Beatrix Farrand to John Thacher details the dates of Beatrix Farrand's next planned trip to Dumbarton Oaks and topics she and John Thacher plan to discuss. Specifically, Mildred Bliss' wishes for the Orangery and the drawing room to be part of the discussion. She also plans to work with James Bryce and Anne Sweeney on the Catalogue House while Thacher is away on Harvard business. Beatrix Farrand discusses the health of Robert Bliss and Henri...

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, 1650 Orlando Road, San Marino, California to Miss Anne Sweeney, c/o Mr. James Bryce, 3203 "S" Street N.W., Washington, D.C., February 10, 1940 Digital

File — Box: B: 2, Folder: 75Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, B:BF 1940.02.10
Scope and Contents: Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Beatrix Farrand to Anne Sweeney tells her she is writing Miss Draper to inform her of Mildred Bliss's approval for $100.00 in petty cash to buy prints. She hope James Bryce is enjoying his holiday in Florida. She is delighted to hear that Sweeney was successful in getting plates from the New York Botanical Gardens. Handwritten note added probably by Anne Sweeney, "Answered 2/16/40, told about Miss Draper? & Maryland architect, also abt...

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 Digital

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, Harvard University, Dumbaton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Georgetown, Washington, D.C. to Mrs. Arthur Stover, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine, September 24, 1943 Digital

File — Box: C, Folder: 10, item: 27Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, C10:BF 1943.09.24
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Letter from Beatrix Farrand to Isabelle Stover asks her to get prices and delivery dates from Conard & Pyle Co. and Bobbink & Atkins (Nursery) on a list of roses for Dumbarton Oaks. Beatrix Farrand wants the roses sent to James Bryce with a carbon copy of the order.

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 James Bryce, 3203 S Street, Washington, D.C., September 7, 1945 Digital

File — Box: D: 3, Folder: 84Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1945.09.07
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,...

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine to James Bryce, 3203 S Street, Washington, D.C., October 2, 1943 Digital

File — Box: C, Folder: 10, item: 31Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, C10:BF 1943.10.02
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Copy of letter from Beatrix Farrand to James Bryce tells him that Conard-Pyle Co. is unable to supply all the roses from the list, and they suggests substitutions for the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens, Washington, D.C. Beatrix Farrand does not feel the substitutions are adequate and will ask Bobbink & Atkins if they can provide those that Conard-Pyle Co. can not. She will place an order with Conard-Pyle Co. for those they can provide.

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine to James Bryce, 3203 S Street, Washington, D.C., September 18, 1943 Digital

File — Box: D: 2, Folder: 124Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1943.09.18
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Typescript letter from Beatrix Farrand to James Bryce tells him she plans to arrive in Washington, D.C. on a train from Boston or New York. If she is coming from New York, she will arrive late and asks if Elizabeth can leave food for her upon arrival to Dumbarton Oaks. She offers details on the food she would like to have. Letter signed by Isabelle Stover, secretary on behalf of Beatrix Farrand.

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, 3101 R Street, Washington, D.C., May 28, 1942 Digital

File — Box: D: 2, Folder: 51Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1942.05.28
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Typescript letter from Beatrix Farrand to John Thacher tells him she is sending the agenda for the upcoming meeting with Robert and Mildred Bliss. Copies of the letter are also being sent to G. Frederick Coles, James Bryce, and Anne Sweeney. She is looking forward to the visit.