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FILE — Box: B: 1, Folder: 103 Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, B:MB 1937.09.xx

Dumbarton Oaks Garden project list and updates by Mildred Bliss, Dumbarton Oaks, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., Sept 7, 1937

Scope and Contents

Unsigned handwritten update of the list of Dumbarton Oaks Garden projects written on Mildred Bliss' personal letterhead. Mildred Bliss includes a handwritten note saying to give at once to Miss [Anne] Sweeney and enclose in my letter to Mrs. Farrand. This list was likely enclosed with a letter to Beatrix Farrand sent around the same time. Mildred Bliss mentions the Lovers' Lane trellis; Lilac Circle; Forsythia Arch; Forsythia Flatform; Willow by Terrior; Garage lamp post; Quod Severis finials; and Unicorn lady. She mentions [James] Bryce, the garden Superintendent, just returned from a holiday in the South rested and happy. Undated list, but a telegram dated Sep 8, 1937 indicates "Magnum Opus" dictated yesterday. This statement probably refers to the list of garden project.


  • Sept 7, 1937


Language of Materials

Materials chiefly in English with a few items in Greek, Latin, French, Italian, or Spanish.

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23 boxes (approximately 2632 items including correspondence, expense reports, invoices, estimates, deposit records, book lists, newspaper clippings, newsletters, and plant lists.)


Repository Details

Part of the Dumbarton Oaks Repository

Dumbarton Oaks holds archival collections in its Rare Book Collection, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives, and the Dumbarton Oaks Archives. The collections include: the papers of noteworthy scholars in the three fields that Dumbarton Oaks supports (Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and Garden and Landscape); image collections depicting objects or sites of topical interest to scholars in the three fields; Beatrix Farrand’s personal archive of letters and original drawings that document the development of the Dumbarton Oaks Garden; and institutional records and architectural plans and drawings documenting the history of Dumbarton Oaks. For more information about hours and to make an appointment to consult any of the collections listed here, please fill out the request form:

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