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An Ideal Environment

Conversations delegates on the North Vista
American, British, and Soviet delegates to the first phase of the Conversations assembling for a group photograph on the North Vista at Dumbarton Oaks, April 21, 1944 (photo: Stettinius Papers [2723], Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Robert Woods Bliss was instrumental in arranging these meetings. Already in June 1942, on behalf of the Director of Dumbarton Oaks, John Thacher, and the Trustees for Harvard University, he had offered to place the facilities at the disposal of Secretary of State Cordell Hull. When in June 1944 the State Department found that Dumbarton Oaks could comfortably accommodate the delegates and that the environment [was] ideal, the offer was renewed by James B. Conant, then President of Harvard University, in a letter of June 30, 1944.

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