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Robert Woods Bliss collection

Identifier: GTM-761028

Scope and Contents note

Pamphlets, printed documents, transcripts, maps, and newspaper clippings assembled by Robert Woods Bliss. The material pertains chiefly to the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, with a number of the documents dealing specifically with Russia. Bliss (1875-1962), career diplomat, was stationed at the American embassy in Paris as secretary and counselor from 1912-1920.

Note: Click on "External Documents" below for a link to the finding aid for the collection.


  • 1914-1921

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Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.

Biographical Note

Robert Woods Bliss (1875-1962) was a career diplomat, art collector, philanthropist, and co-founder of the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. Born on August 5, 1875 in St. Louis, Missouri, he earned a B.A. from Harvard University in 1900.

Bliss held a wide array of diplomatic positions throughout his career, including: U.S. Consul to Venice (1903), Second Secretary at St. Petersburg (1904-1907), Secretary of Legation in Brussels (1907-1909), Secretary of Legation at Buenos Aires (1909-1912), Scretary of the U.S. Embassy at Paris (1912-1916), Counselor of the U.S. Embassy at Paris (1916-1919), Third Assistant Secretary of State (1921-1923), U.S. Minister to Sweden (1923-1927), and U.S. Ambassador to Argentina (1927-1933).

During World War II, Bliss was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Special Assistant to Secretary of State Cordell Hull (1944), and Consultant to Secretary of State Edward Settinius (1944-1945). Later, he held executive and advisory roles for organizations in the arts and humanities. He was a noted philanthropist. He and his wife Mildred co-founded Dumbarton Oaks.

Robert Woods Bliss died on April 19, 1962.

[Source: Dumbarton Oaks Web site].


1.20 Linear Feet (1 Hollinger Record Storage Box and 1 Document Case)

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Gift of Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired (DACOR), October 1976.

Robert Woods Bliss collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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