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Acknowledgments

Within Dumbarton Oaks thanks are owed to

  • Sheila Klos, Director of the Library from 1999-2015, whose original dream of simply indexing the voluminous correspondence between Mildred Bliss and Beatrix Farrand grew into something more complex and useful when drawings and photographs were added to the mix.
  • Wendy Johnson, cataloger and metadata expert with a vision and the high standards to meet it.
  • Katy Van Arsdale, research associate in 2013-2014, who researched and wrote many of the garden essays and biographies in addition to working on design and construction, testing and testing and testing again through every iteration and adjustment.
  • Jan Ziolkowski, director of Dumbarton Oaks, for supporting an ambitious multi-year project with additional resources.
  • Megan Cook, photographer, who prepared digital images of all the drawings and historic photographs.
  • Sarah Mackowski and Joy Siebers, who scanned thousands of pages of the correspondence.
  • Lain Wilson and Kathy Sparkes in the Publications Department, who helped in many ways for many months as the online archives were developed in Plone.
  • Deb Brown, Sarah Burke Cahalan, James Carder, Kim Clark, Bridget Gazzo, Gail Griffin, Linda Lott, and Sandra Parker Provenzano, all of whom offered expertise about the gardens themselves or advised on the design and construction of the online archives, including user interface testing through multiple iterations.

Thanks are also owed to

  • Nita Beck and Kelby Schuetz at Nita Beck Communications for working on a pilot project in 2012.
  • The Jazkarta team who helped design this site in Plone – Sally Kleinfeldt, Alec Mitchell, and Carlos de la Guardia; and Alice Tseng who consulted on user interface issues.
  • Deborah Patton, indexer extraordinaire.   She stuck with this project for six years as it morphed from a simple index for the written correspondence into a full-blown indexed and searchable digital collection of our garden records in several media.  This material would never have been available online without her.

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