Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Title
Susan Dwight Bliss Collection, 1906-1990, undated
ID
M236
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1944-1990
Date [inclusive]
1906-1990
Extent
0.25 linear feet
Language

Biographical/Historical Note

Shortly after the death of her father, banker George T. Bliss, in 1901, Susan Dwight Bliss and her mother had a library constructed in the Bliss residence in New York City which housed the family book collection, assembled largely by her father. The library, designed by C. Grant LaFarge, had black walnut woodwork and an antique ceiling and mantelpiece, examples of sixteenth-century Italian Renaissance art. In 1945 Bliss anonymously donated the ceiling, fireplace, and woodwork to Bowdoin College. The College, working with the architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White, had the gift installed on the second floor of Hubbard Hall. In the 1950s Bliss anonymously donated furniture and books from her private library to Bowdoin. The books relate primarily to the fine arts, French and English history and literature, and travel, and are noted for their fine bindings. After her death in 1966, the College named the second floor Hubbard Hall room the Susan Dwight Bliss Room, in honor of the donor of the room and the approximately 1200 fine volumes it houses.


Scope and Content

Articles, Bowdoin College librarians' reports, and other printed material concerning Susan Dwight Bliss's gifts to Bowdoin College, as well as material concerning the extended Bliss family. Also includes images of the interior and exterior of the Bliss residence at 9 East 68th Street in New York City .

For additional material in the Bowdoin College Archives regarding Susan Dwight Bliss' donation see Library Office Files, catalog #5.1.4, boxes 10 and 11, and James Stacy Coles, Subject Files, catalog #1.2.9.4, box 3.

For further information about the Bliss book collection in Bowdoin College Library, visit the online exhibit: Blissful Books and Bindings.


Administrative Information

Publication Information

 George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288
scaref@bowdoin.edu

Collection Inventory

Box Folder
1 1

Articles and news release, 1946, 1987, 1989 

1 2

Bowdoin College librarians' reports, 1945, 1957, 1963, 1968 

1 3

Family material - extended Bliss family, 1913-1914, 1986-1990 

1 4

Information concerning fine bookbinding and bookbinders, 1977, n.d. 

1 5

Notes for Museum Studies presentation re: Bliss Room by Sandra Rice, 1984 

Volume
Bliss Room 1

Images: "9 East 68th Street, New York, 1906-1943," photoprints of the Bliss residence, interior and exterior (search Archives Image Gallery for digital versions) 

Box Folder
1 6

Bliss residence library, black and white photographs, 1940s?: Ceiling 

1 7

Bliss residence library, black and white photographs, 1940s?: Desk 

1 8

Bliss residence library, black and white photographs, 1940s?: Doorway 

1 9

Bliss residence library, black and white photographs, 1940s?: Entryway 

1 10

Bliss residence library, black and white photographs, 1940s?: Fireplace 

1 11

Negatives for black and white photographs, 1940s? 

1 12

Exterior of 5 East 68th Street, New York City, color prints, 1980 

1 13

Exterior of 9 East 68th Street, New York City, color prints, 1980 

1 14

Negatives for color prints, 1980