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FILE — Box: D: 1, Folder: 56 Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001, D:BF 1941.06.28B

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine to John S. Thacher, Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, June 28, 1941 Digital

Letter from Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine to John S. Thacher, Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, June 28, 1941
Letter from Beatrix Farrand, Reef Point, Bar Harbor, Maine to John S. Thacher, Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, June 28, 1941

Scope and Contents

Typescript letter with handwritten signature from Beatrix Farrand to John Thacher requesting his review and comments on an attached report on the Dumbarton Oaks grounds policy. In the report, Beatrix Farrand provides her insight as to how Harvard University could adapt the Dumbarton Oaks gardens over time to better fit the institution's educational purposes. The report suggests the creation of a plant record book for Dumbarton Oaks [Beatrix Farrand's Plant Book for Dumbarton Oaks] to provide guidance on "the types of planting that have seemed to be fitting and effective." In the letter, Beatrix Farrand also mentions how she is eager to see the progress made on the Dumbarton Oaks library, indicating her plan to visit Dumbarton Oaks in July. "Please file" handwritten in pencil, likely by John Thacher, at top of first page. Typescript report entitled, "Report Submitted for Criticism and Suggestion." Dated June 28, 1941 and signed, "Respectfully submitted, Beatrix Farrand". Includes handwritten note in black ink, likely by Paul Sachs or John Thacher, "July 7th 1941. J.S.T. saw Mrs. Farrand in Bar Harbor, and approved of her report. Word is awaited from the Blisses before final draft is written." Written on Beatrix Farrand letterhead with 1650 Orlando Road, San Marino, California address canceled with typescript 'x's.

Dates

  • June 28, 1941

Creator

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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Extent

23 boxes (approximately 2632 items including correspondence, expense reports, invoices, estimates, deposit records, book lists, newspaper clippings, newsletters, and plant lists.)

Creator

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: https://www.doaks.org/research/library-archives/schedule-an-appointment

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