Papers of Robert Woods Bliss and Mildred Barnes Bliss, ca. 1860-1969 (inclusive), 1900-1967 (bulk).

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Papers of Robert Woods Bliss and Mildred Barnes Bliss, ca. 1860-1969 (inclusive), 1900-1967 (bulk).

This collection contains documents relating to the whole of the Bliss's lives: their personal and family lives, their philanthropic endeavors, their art collecting, and Robert Woods Bliss's Foreign Service career. Due to the Bliss's social standing and activities, the collection includes correspondence with many prominent twentieth-century figures. These include musicians (Nadia Boulanger, Blair Fairchild, Doda Conrad and Samuel Dushkin), political figures and government officials (Gifford Pinchot, Herbert Hoover, Louise, Queen of Sweden, Frank Kellog, William Henry Hunt and Charles Warren), and art critics and art historians (Bernard Berenson, Royall Tyler, William Tyler, Fitz Roy Carrington and Henri Focillon).

58.22 cubic feet in 174 containers

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SNAC Resource ID: 8183837

Harvard University, Archives

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Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959

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Bernard Berenson (June 26, 1865 – October 6, 1959) was an American art historian specializing in the Renaissance. His book Drawings of the Florentine Painters was an international success. His wife Mary is thought to have had a large hand in some of the writings. Berenson was a major figure in the attribution of Old Masters, at a time when these were attracting new interest by American collectors, and his judgments were widely respected in the art world. Recent research has cast doubt on some...

Harvard University

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Harvard College was founded by a vote of the Great and General Court of Massachusetts on October 28, 1636 that allocated “400£ towards a schoale or colledge.” Subsequent legislative acts established the Board of Overseers, but it was the Charter of 1650 that created the Harvard Corporation as the College's primary governing board and defined its composition and authority. The College Charter became a contentious target for College officials, the Massachusetts Governor and General C...

Carrington, Fitz Roy, 1869-1954

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Fitz Roy Carrington first met Carl Zigrosser when the latter was hired by Frederick Keppel & Co. Their correspondence began when Carrington became curator of prints at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Zigrosser went to Weyhe Gallery. Their friendship continued after Carrington went back to a commercial print dealer, M. Knoedler & Co., and on into Carrington's retirement. From the description of Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1917-1953, n.d. (University of Pennsylvani...

Boulanger, Nadia, 1887-1979

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French composer and music teacher. From the description of [Letter] 1977 October 27 [to] Dear Mr. Wilson 1977. (Bowling Green State University). WorldCat record id: 755584222 Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979) was a Parisian composer, music teacher and conductor. From the description of Nadia Boulanger American music scores, 1925-1937 and undated. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612769739 French composer and composition teacher. From the d...

Dushkin, Samuel, 1891-1976

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American violinist of Polish birth. From the description of Autograph letters signed (4) : New York and Avon (France), 1923 [and n.d.], to [Harry Harkness Flagler], 1923 Feb. 22, 1923 Aug. 27 and n.d. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270566071 ...

Tyler, William Royall.

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Dumbarton Oaks.

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Robert Woods Bliss and Mildred Barnes Bliss donated their home Dumbarton Oaks and its library and collections to Harvard University in 1940 to serve as a research center in Byzantine studies. In 1969, upon the death of Mildred Bliss, her Garden Library collection of rare and modern materials was willed to Harvard, to become a part of the over-all institution of Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University. From the description of Garden Library collection, ca. 1500-1900 (inclusive...

Thacher, John

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Fairchild, Blair, 1877-1933

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American composer. From the description of Autograph letters signed (4), dated : New York, London, Avon (France), [and other places], 1924, 1929 [and n.d.], to Harry [Harkness Flagler] and to Mr. & Mrs. Flagler, 1924, 1929, and n.d. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270576684 From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Golfe-Juan, [n.d.], to Mrs. [Mary Flagler] Cary, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270576677 From the description of Autograph let...

Siposs, Emery.

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Tyler, Royall, 1884-1953

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Tyler was an art collector, and advisor to Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss in the development of the Dumbarton Oaks Collection of Byzantine art. From the description of Papers of Royall Tyler, 1902-1967 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 76973320 ...

United States. Foreign Service

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Denby was a counselor of the American legation in Vienna. From the description of Correspondence to Alma Mahler, 1949. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155864674 ...

Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964

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Herbert Clark Hoover (b. August 10, 1874, Iowa-d. October 20, 1964), thirty-first president of the United States, was born in Iowa, and was orphaned as a child. A Quaker known from his childhood as "Bert" to his friends, he began a career as a mining engineer soon after graduating from Stanford University in 1895. Within twenty years he had used his engineering knowledge and business acumen to make a fortune as an independent mining consultant. In 1914 Hoover administered the American Relief Com...

Pinchot, Gifford, 1865-1946

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First director, United States Forest Service (1905). He changed the name of protected "forest preserves" to "national forests" and advocated a controversial "wise use" policy for the resources of the national forests, whereby a greater use of forest resources, such as tree harvests and grazing rights could be permitted. From the description of Correspondence, 1905-1945. (Denver Public Library). WorldCat record id: 40804560 Forester and governor of Pennsylvania. F...

Hunt, William Henry, 1857-1949

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Secretary of the Navy. From the description of Papers, 1881. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 41150182 Chairman of the executive committee for the centennial. From the description of Papers, 1910. (Rhinelander District Library). WorldCat record id: 18447042 Jurist. From the description of Letter of William Henry Hunt, 1903. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79453211 Public official, lawyer. From the description...

Bliss, Robert Woods, 1875-1962

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Robert Woods Bliss (1875-1962, Harvard AB 1900) and his wife, Mildred Barnes Bliss (1875-1969) were prominent art collectors and the founders of Dumbarton Oaks, an estate which they developed and conveyed in 1940 to Harvard University as the Center for Byzantine Studies, a research center and museum. Robert Woods Bliss served in the U.S. Foreign Service from 1903-1933. He was Minister to Sweden from 1923-1927 and Ambassador to Argentina from 1927-1933. From t...

Focillon, Henri, 1881-1943

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A French art historian who taught in Europe and the United States, Focillon was an authority on the art of the Middle Ages, particularly the Romanesque period. From the description of Henri Focillon letter, 1923 Jan. 4. (Louisiana State University). WorldCat record id: 70831318 ...

Bliss, Mildred, 1879-1969

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Warren, Charles, 1868-1954

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Lawyer and historian. From the description of Papers of Charles Warren, 1874-1954. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82466495 Charles Warren graduated from Harvard in 1889. From the description of Forensics, 1887-1888. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 77073347 Lawyer. From the description of Reminiscences of Charles Warren : transcript, 1952. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309735506 Warren gr...

Conrad, Doda

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