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FILE — Box: B: 2, Folder: 6 Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, B:MB 1938.03.16

Letter from Mildred Bliss, 104 E. 68th Street, New York to Trix, March 16, 1938

Scope and Contents

Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Mildred Bliss to Trix (Beatrix Farrand) telling her she read the Casa Dorinda notes on the train to New York and thought it was an excellent report.

She informs Beatrix Farrand that plans are being made for the room southwest of the Dumbarton Oaks Music Room and Kenneth Conant of Harvard University has visited Dumbarton Oaks twice each for three days working the dummy, plans, and details of the new room. James Bryce has moved the trees well and quickly in that area. Both Harvard University and Princeton University have expressed interested in the future of Dumbarton Oaks.

Mildred Bliss reports she with James Bryce and Crampton attended the Flower Show and found no white Cyclamen or Platyclynus as good as those at Dumbarton Oaks.

She encloses the inscription in memory of William Gray, head gardener, and asks what Beatrix Farrand thinks or for any suggestions she might have. Mildred would like it to be crafted in bronze and placed on the greenhouse wall east of the door. She intends to hold a little ceremony when Beatrix and Ellis Russell can attend. Enclosure no longer with letter.

Ernest Schelling has arrived in Washington, D.C. and within a few days Mildred will join him on a trip to Boston to transport his wife's ashes.

Mildred reports Arthur Salter arrived on the Ile du France ship, but he is going to return on the same steamship because the European crisis has come sooner than anticipated. Salter "expects Hitler to act swiftly and takes a grave view of the situation. Mildred hopes that perhaps the world will simmer down for a generation of relative calm, once Germany gets the whole of Central Europe, the Ukraine in her hands as goes as far as Constantinople. Whether Great Britain can tighten, exploit and amplify her imperial trade and political weight, she seems at the moment to be relegated to second place and France seems to have become not even a secon, but a third class power."

She and Robert await Royall's [Royall Tyler] arrival in May with an impatience she can scarcely control.


  • March 16, 1938


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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