Dumbarton Oaks Gardens
The Dumbarton Oaks Gardens film was "re-discovered" in early 2011 when ICFA staff learned that three (3) film reels in cold storage contained footage of the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens.
Based on the film edge codes, clothing, and garden scenes, sections of the film can be dated to the mid-1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. The combined footage illustrates Dumbarton Oaks when it was still a private residence, as well as when it became an institute of Harvard University in 1940. There are also tantalizing glimpses of the Dumbarton Oaks' founders, including Mildred Barnes Bliss and her friends at the Orangery and Robert Woods Bliss in the gardens.
For additional information about this film, please refer to the following blog posts:
- Dumbarton Oaks Gardens Film via ICFA Blog (includes links to screening of film in July 2012, with commentary by James Carder, Dumbarton Oaks Archivist and House Collection Manager, and Gail Griffin, Director of Gardens and Grounds)
- Dumbarton Oaks Gardens Film via Dumbarton Oaks Conversation Blog (includes screenshots and notes on the footage by James Carder)
- The Chrysanthemum is Ready for Her Close-Up via ICFA Blog (guest post by Robin Veder)
This film is available in full length through Vimeo.
Running Time: 37:04 minutes