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FILE — Box: H, Folder: 2, item: 8 Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, H2:Sessions 1943.06.25

Letter from Barbara Sessions, 2 Brookside Avenue, Claremont, N.H. to Robert Woods Bliss, June 25, 1943 Digital

Letter from Barbara Sessions, 2 Brookside Avenue, Claremont, N.H. to Robert Woods Bliss, June 25, 1943
Letter from Barbara Sessions, 2 Brookside Avenue, Claremont, N.H. to Robert Woods Bliss, June 25, 1943

Scope and Contents

Typescript copy of a letter written in longhand sent from Barbara Sessions, Dumbarton Oaks Librarian, to Robert Woods Bliss responding to his letter about her health and return to Dumbarton Oaks for the fall term. She says it touches her that he and the other members of the Board [Administrative Committee] have been thinking of her. She feels that rate of progress of recovery from her illness does not securely promise a return to full usefulness when the new term begins. She believes she can begin doing some Dumbarton Oaks work on a regular basis in the fall even if not for the full day.

The Administrative Committee members were Edward K. Rand, George LaPiana, John C. Baker, Robert Blake, Charles Rufus Morey, Albert M. Friend, Paul Sachs (chairman), Michael I. Rostovtzeff, Sirarpie Der Nersessian, and Alexander A. Vasiliev.

She informs Robert Bliss that she could not accept an extension of the eaveof absence or even a return to part-time work without a readjustment of the stipend she receives. She asks if she can offer an amount to him after she sees her physician, Dr. Putnam. She plans to see him in July after her visit to Miss Townsend in Ipswich. His decision and predictions will offer her a realistic view of her expenses. She hopes a sustantial reduction in her stipend can be made if she is not able to pull her share of the load in the fall.

She is happy to learn that Robert and Mildred Bliss are in their own home and offers her devoted regards to Mildred and Robert Bliss.


  • Creation: June 25, 1943


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.)

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