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FILE — Box: B: 2, Folder: 9 Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, B:BF 1938.03.28

Letter from Beatrix Farrand to Mildred Bliss, March 28, 1938

Scope and Contents

Copy of typescript letter from Beatrix Farrand to Mildred Bliss. Beatrix Farrand reports the Palomar Observatory wants help in planting the surrounding great dome of the 200 ft. Hale telescope. She comments "how closely our minds jump in parallel lines." She says it is exciting about Dumbarton's future with the sculpture gallery being built, Christian and Byzantine census, and the interest expressed by Princeton and Harvard Universities.

Beatrix Farand thinks the memorial inscription for [William] Gray, the Superintendent of the Dumbarton Oaks Garden is "just right", but has ideas for adding his length of service and what was gained by his supervision of the development of the garden. She thinks that is was a wise decision by Mildred Bliss to make James Bryce Superintendent of the garden after William Gray's death.

Beatrix Farrand offers her thoughts about projects in the Dumbarton Oaks Garden for the Catalogue House and spending time with Anne Sweeney, Orangery plants, colors for ironwork, dummies of North Bay, Forsythia Gate plans, survey completion for the north boundary of the property, seat for the Terrior Column and Enclosure garden area, and the box hedge at the front door.

She asks Mildred Bliss not to go to Paris for the Iranian Congress, but to stay for the Swedish Tercenterary and "let us all play and work at Dumbarton" [Oaks].

Beatrix Farrand offers condolences to Mildred Bliss for the death of Lucie Howe Draper Schellings death. She feels it is good news that Royall Tyler is coming to the United States in May. She reports legal matters with his wife, Elisina Tyler [regarding Edith Wharton's estate] is complicated. Arthur Salter gave a talk at the University of California which Max Farrand found interesting, clear, frank, and informative, but left once he was finished.


  • March 28, 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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