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FILE — Box: B: 2, Folder: 22 Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, B:BF 1938.05.26

Letter from Beatrix Farrand to Mildred Bliss, May 26, 1938 Digital

Letter from Beatrix Farrand to Mildred Bliss, May 26, 1938
Letter from Beatrix Farrand to Mildred Bliss, May 26, 1938

Scope and Contents

Copy of typescript letter from Beatrix Farrand to Mildred Bliss offers her thoughts on Orion and Bootes chairs, the wall for Lilac Circle, the placement of the Unicorn Lady, adding Dumbarton Oaks and Dumbarton Oaks Park insciptions on the Forsythia arch with an iron gate, cost of designing and having Ruth Havey do some of the design work, new position for the old Forsythia seat, the Star Garden lantern with the Gemini and Corona constellations in the panel, swinging seat for the Terrior Column and Enclosure area, the Finalities frieze, lead soldier and terra cotta vases and possible locations in the garden, a map for the Catalogue House, colors for ironwork, [William] Gray's Memorial, and Music Room wall and moving of the pink marble bench over to the Music Room terrace for the visit of the Crown Prince and Princess to Dumbarton Oaks, a passageway for the new [Museum] wing uniting the two small wings on Thirty-second street and tree placement and visability of the existing Service Road. While in California Farrand reports she and Max may go up the Redwood Highway to Crater Lake then on to Yellowstone Park.


  • May 26, 1938


Language of Materials

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

Conditions Governing Access

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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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