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FILE — Box: B: 2, Folder: 35 Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, B:MB 1938.07.27

Letter from Mildred Bliss, Dumbarton Oaks, Georgetown, Washington, D.C. to Mrs. Max Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Mt. Desert, Maine, July 27-29, 1938

Scope and Contents

Typescript letter dated July 27, 1938 and July 29, 1938 with handwritten signature from Mildred Bliss to Beatrix Farrand (Trix) tells her it is distressing news to hear about the illness and surgery of Robert Millikan. Mildred comments on Farrand's letter of July 12 and 14, 1938 on Helen Reid and prices for Nerines, and she lists questions and comments on Casa Dorinda. Mildred Bliss addresses Dumbarton Oaks building new wing and the landscape, seeking out consultation about trees from Van Yahres, a company who did work for Maria Beale at Clifton. She comments on Dumbarton Oaks garden projects: Lilac Circle, Forstythis arch, Forsythia seats, the Terrior seat, William Gray's memorial tablet, and the N.G.A. tablet honoring him, polychroming, the garage lantern, the Lovers' Lane trellis, and the Music Room Terrace. She and Robert spent two days on Long Island where they lunched at Westbrook, home of Olivia [Cutting]. She tells Farrand she is gong to attend Mrs. Coolidge's Silver Anniversary Musikfest in the Berkshires after the Old World Management Congress garden party. She asks if Mr. [Herbert] Hoover is now the person that Max Farrand will turn to given Millikan's condition. Mildred Bliss adds a handwritten note at end of letter "And 'me, too, please' from Robert!"


  • July 27-29, 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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