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FILE — Box: B: 2, Folder: 28 Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, B:MB 1938.06.13

Letter from Mildred Bliss, Dumbarton Oaks, Georgetown, Washington, D.C. to Trix, June 13, 1938 Digital

Letter from Mildred Bliss, Dumbarton Oaks, Georgetown, Washington, D.C. to Trix, June 13, 1938
Letter from Mildred Bliss, Dumbarton Oaks, Georgetown, Washington, D.C. to Trix, June 13, 1938

Scope and Contents

Dictated typescript letter with handwritten signature and postscript from Mildred Bliss to Beatrix Farrand. Mildred Bliss was hoping that Beatrix Farrand would stop in Washington, D.C. on her way to Calfornia as she had much to talk over with her. She thanks her for the recent letter and photographs. She reports the Garden Club met at Dumbarton Oaks and Anne Sweeney gave a talk about the Catalogue House. Royall Tyler leaves for New York and Robert Bliss is going to hear him speak at the Council on Foreign Relations. Royall Tyler's visit to Dumbarton Oaks was satisfactory as "he saw everyone he wished to talk with about Hungarian affairs and found the White House, State Department, Treasury, R. F. C., Tariff Commission and individuals scattered through all of the pertinent bodies entirely in accord with his policy." "It remains to be seen whether the executive officers or Congress will prove the stronger." While in the U.S., Royall Tyler had word that his wife had a stroke. She comments that selling [Edith Wharton's] Ste. Claire Pavillon and unexpected financial issues put a daily strain on his wife, Elisina.

Mildred Bliss offers her comments and thoughts on the Orion and Bootes chairs for the Star Garden, the bench in the Lilac Circle, the unicorn lady, inscriptions for the Forsythia arch and gate, design work for the Dumbarton Oaks Garden, Star Lantern, seat for the Terrior Column and Enclosure, colors for ironwork, [William] Gray's memorial, and the Music Room wall.

Mildred thanks Beatrix for the lantern slides and the Odilon Redon painting to be sent later, and Edith Wharton's jade cup.

She inquiries about the planting at the Palomar Mountain Observatory that Beatrix Farrand is doing and asks her if Philip Lucking has more help then he needs at Casa Dorinda. Robert Woods Bliss is not well, and a series of medical examinations is to be undertaken.


  • June 13, 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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