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de Graaff, Jan, 1903-1989

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Biography

Jan de Graaf was born in Leiden, the Netherlands, into a family that had been in the wholesale bulb business since 1723. With the family's help, he bought the Oregon Bulb Farms in Oregon, United States in 1934. In World War II, when imports were scarce, Mr. de Graaff became one of this country's premier producers of daffodil and tulip bulbs. A horticulturalist, Jan started a lily hybridization program that made him the vanguard in his industry. In 1941, he produced Enchantment, a hot-coral lily with erect flowers and petals that unfurled gently. He sold his business in 1968 and moved to Manhattan, New York City, N.Y. He wrote the "New Book of Lilies" in 1952 and co-authored two others on plants. He married Margaret (Peggy) Hess in 1931 in Manhattan. They had a son, Alfred and a daughter, Joan. He died in 1989 in New York City.

Found in 15 Collections and/or Records:

Day letter from Beatrix Farrand to Jan de Graaff, Oregon Bulb Farms, Sandy, Oregon, July 15, 1946 Digital

File — Box: C, Folder: 10, item: 36Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, C10:BF 1946.07.15
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Copy of day letter text from Beatrix Farrand to Jan de Graaff of Oregon Bulb Farms asks that he send first rate high quality bulbs for Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C. Farrand is anxious to make a good showing as she is placing this order against the will of the gardener. The bulbs must compare favorably from those he would purchase.

Letter from Beatrix Farrand to Jan de Graaff, Oregon Bulb Farms, Sandy, Oregon, June 6, 1942 Digital

File — Box: C, Folder: 10, item: 1Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, C10:BF 1942.06.06
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Copy of typescript letter form Beatrix Farrand to Jan de Graaff, Oregon Bulb Farms inquires about big trumpet daffodil bulbs for Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C. She tells him the Naiotnal Museum Picture Galley [Gallery] may want some forced bulbs for Dumbarton Oaks in Washington. Letter likely typed by Isabelle M. Stover, secretary on behalf of Beatrix Farrand.

Letter from Beatrix Farrand to Jan de Graaff, Oregon Bulb Farms, Sandy, Oregon, July 16, 1942 Digital

File — Box: C, Folder: 10, item: 4Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, C10:BF 1942.07.16
Scope and Contents: Copy of letter from Beatrix Farrand to Jan de Graaff, Oregon Bulb Farms discusses trumpet daffofil bulbs for the National Gallery of Art, flower bulbs for James Bryce at Dumbarton Oaks which may also be for Robert and Mildred Bliss, daffodil bulbs for the cottage at Santa Barbara where she and Max Farrand will be at for the winter, and daffodil and iris bulbs at Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine. While other universities are cutting back on bulb orders, the ones Beatrix Farrand is working with...

Letter from Beatrix Farrand to Jan de Graaff, Oregon Bulb Farms, Sandy, Oregon, August 5, 1942 Digital

File — Box: C, Folder: 10, item: 5Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, C10:BF 1942.08.05
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Copy of letter from Beatrix Farrand to Jan de Graaff, Oregon Bulb Farms discusses the uncertainty of the daffodil bulb order for the National Gallery of Art and daffodil bulbs for Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine and the cottage at Santa Barbara.

Letter from Beatrix Farrand to Jan de Graaff, Oregon Bulb Farms, Sandy, Oregon, August 10, 1942 Digital

File — Box: C, Folder: 10, item: 6Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, C10:BF 1942.08.10
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Copy of letter from Beatrix Farrand to Jan de Graaff, Oregon Bulb Farms tells him the National Gallery of Art has decided against Dumbarton Oaks growing its flowers for the coming winter.

Letter from Beatrix Farrand to Jan de Graaff, Oregon Bulb Farms, Sandy, Oregon, August 14, 1942 Digital

File — Box: C, Folder: 10, item: 7Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, C10:BF 1942.08.14
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Copy of a letter from Beatrix Farrand to Jan de Graaff, Oregon Bulb Farms discusses the complexity of Dumbarton Oaks providing bulb flowers for the National Gallery of Art and the negotiations did not come to fruition. If Dumbarton Oaks were to grow and supply the flowers for the National Gallery of Art, a government organization, then they would have had to compete with local florists under a competitive bid. It would entail a tax questions which are delicate matters.

Letter from Beatrix Farrand to Jan de Graaff, Oregon Bulb Farms, Sandy, Oregon, June 11, 1947 Digital

File — Box: C, Folder: 10, item: 43Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, C10:BF 1947.06.11
Scope and Contents: Copy of letter from Beatrix Farrand to Jan de Graaff, Oregon Bulb Farms tells him that it is difficult to get information from people at Arnold Arboretum, Dumbarton Oaks, and the University of Chicago. The Arnold Arboretum is giving Farrand funds to buy about 2000 Narcissi bulbs from him. She might pay for an additional 1000 as they would be planted in a big "drift" near the Administration Building. She asks if he would permit her to order bulbs for these public institutions. She tells him...

Letter from Beatrix Farrand to Jan de Graaff, Sandy, Oregon, July 10, 1942 Digital

File — Box: C, Folder: 10, item: 3Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, C10:BF 1942.07.10
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Copy of letter from Beatrix Farrand to Jan de Graaff, Oregon Bulb Farms discusses Narcissus Maude Adams bulbs for Mrs. Gerrish H. Milliken and bulbs for the National Gallery of Art. Beatrix Farrand tells him she looks forward to telling him about the ways his bulbs are used in different universities and how much pleasure they give.

Letter from Isabelle M. Stover to James Bryce, 3101 R Street, Washington, D.C., June 30, 1943 Digital

File — Box: C, Folder: 10, item: 17Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, C10:BF 1943.06.30
Scope and Contents: Copy of typescript letter from Isabelle Stover on behalf of Beatrix Farrand to James Bryce tells him an enclosed bulb order should go to Oregon Bulb Farms. The Narcissi bulbs are for both Dumbarton Oaks and Mildred Bliss. The Bliss order was heartily approved by John Thacher. Also enclosed with the letter was a copy of an order that was sent to George Lawler for tulips next season. Bryce is to let Stover know at once if something needs to be changed on the order. Another order enclosed was...

Letter from Jan de Graaff, Oregon Bulb Farms, Sandy, Oregon to Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine, July 15, 1942 Digital

File — Box: C, Folder: 10, item: 56Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, C10:de Graaff 1942.07.15
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Handsigned letter from Jan de Graaff, Oregon Bulb Farms, to Beatrix Farrand says he is very glad to send Agnes Milliken the Narcissus, Maude Adams. It would be an honor for his bulbs to be at the National Gallery of Art, and will hold orders for others in order to fill the National Gallery of Art request.

Letter from Jan de Graaff, Oregon Bulb Farms, Sandy, Oregon to Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine, July 20, 1942 Digital

File — Box: C, Folder: 10, item: 57Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, C10:de Graaff 1942.07.20
Scope and Contents: Handsigned typescript letter from Jan de Graaff, Oregon Bulb Farms, to Beatrix Farrand tells her he can supply the bulbs for the National Gallery of Art and more bulbs to James Bryce for Dumbarton Oaks. He suggest bulbs for Beatrix Farrand's cottage in Santa Barbara, California and a bulb substitution to consider for Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine. He reports William Craig, a horticulturalist, says the substitution bulbs work well in the Vermont climate. He says the daffodils planted at Reed...

Letter from Jan de Graaff, Oregon Bulb Farms, Sandy, Oregon to Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine, August 10, 1942 Digital

File — Box: C, Folder: 10, item: 58Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, C10:de Graaff 1942.08.10
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Handsigned typescript letter from Jan de Graaff, Oregon Bulb Farms to Beatrix Farrand acknowledges the problem with daffodil order for the National Gallery of Art. He is going to ship 300 bulbs to New York and if the request does not come through he tells Farrand to sell them or donate them to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Letter from Jan de Graaff, Oregon Bulb Farms, Sandy, Oregon to Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine, August 13, 1942 Digital

File — Box: C, Folder: 10, item: 59Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, C10:de Graaff 1942.08.13
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Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Jan de Graaff, Oregon Bulb Farms to Beatrix Farrand tells her the order for the National Gallery of Art is being cancelled. He is disappointed the project did not go through as it would have been nice to see some of the Oregon Bulb Farms bulbs there.

Order from Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine to Jan de Graaff, Oregon Bulb Farms, Sandy, Oregon, June 2, 1943 Digital

File — Box: C, Folder: 10, item: 16Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, C10:BF 1943.06.02B
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Order from Beatrix Farrand to Jan de Graaff, Oregon Bulb Farms for 650 Narcissus bulbs to be sent to James Bryce for Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C. Changes to order in pencil increased order to 925 bulbs. Written in pencil: "Explain to Bryce that some of these "extras" & make a separate list of them are for Mrs. Bliss's house - with Mr. Thacher's hearty agreement".

Order modification request from Beatrix Farrand to Jan de Graaff, Oregon Bulb Farms, Sandy Oregon, June 27, 1947 Digital

File — Box: C, Folder: 10, item: 51Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, C10:BF 1947.06.27C
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Order modification request from Beatrix Farrand to Jan de Graaff, Oregon Bulb Farms asks for 1000 Recurvus and 1000 Pheasant's Eye Narcissus bulbs instead of 2000 each to be sent to James Bryce for the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens, Washington, D.C. Isabelle M. Stover, secretary sent order modification on behalf of Beatrix Farrand.