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FILE — Box: B: 2, Folder: 8 Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, B:MB 1938.03.22

Letter from Mildred Bliss, 103 East 68th Street, New York to Mrs. Max Farrand, 1650 Orlando Drive, San Marino, Calif., March 22, 1938 Digital

Letter from Mildred Bliss, 103 East 68th Street, New York to Mrs. Max Farrand, 1650 Orlando Drive, San Marino, Calif., March 22, 1938
Letter from Mildred Bliss, 103 East 68th Street, New York to Mrs. Max Farrand, 1650 Orlando Drive, San Marino, Calif., March 22, 1938

Scope and Contents

Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Mildred Bliss to Beatrix Farrand. Handwritten notes in ink added to letter. Mildred Bliss addresses the style of the Forsythia arch and the stone curbing for the parking spaces at Dumbarton Oaks. She tells Beatrix Farrand she will mail her the plans for the new room [the new museum?]. She reports Sir Arthur Salter is coming for three days, and she and Robert will be ready for Beatrix Farrand's visit to Dumbarton Oaks beginning April 6.

Mildred Bliss lets Beatrix Farrand know that Philip Lucking does not need to plant the Casa Dorinda garden as usual because the Blisses will not make it to Santa Barbara this summer [1938]. She hopes that the olives trees at Casa Dorinda can be saved.

Mildred reports that Ernest Schelling "is pitiful" [following the death of his wife, Lucy Howe Draper Schelling] and feels Ernest needs Robert and and Mildred Bliss.

Robert Woods Bliss traveled from New York to Washington, D.C. overnight and reports the Dumbarton Oaks Garden is "heavenly." The weeping cherries at the west end of the swimming pool are in bloom and the golden jonquils are everywhere.

Mildred Bliss reports Sam Dushkin and his wife, Louise, have a ten day old daughter [who they named Edie].

Dates

  • March 22, 1938

Creator

Language of Materials

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

Conditions Governing Access

An appointment is required to consult the collection. Please submit appointment requests here: http://www.doaks.org/research/library-archives/access-and-hours/schedule-an-appointment For research queries, contact the staff of Rare Book Collection (RareBooksLib@doaks.org).

Extent

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

Creator

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: https://www.doaks.org/research/library-archives/schedule-an-appointment

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