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Bliss Family Papers, 1850-1981 (Bulk: 1856-1922)
2 records storage boxes, 2 archives boxes, 1 half archives box, 1 flat box, 1 map case drawer (4 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Correspondence (with other writings, clippings, and photographs) of members of the Bliss and Dodge families, principally of Howard Sweetser Bliss, second president (1902-1920) of Syrian Protestant College (later American University of Beirut), which was founded by his father, Daniel Bliss, in 1866. Two letters by Howard Bliss (age 13) are from 1873; additional letters (to 1920) describe his undergraduate years at Amherst College, his travels to universities at Oxford, Goettingen and Berlin as a travelling fellow of Union Theological Seminary, and his pastorship at churches in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Montclair, N.J., following his ordination in 1902. The correspondence, especially of Abby Wood Bliss between 1874 and 1909, provides insight into marriage and family relationships of the 19th and early 20th centuries, discussing a range of issues from education and the raising of children to health problems and the treatment of illness. The Dodge family was descended from Howard's and Amy's daughter, Mary Bliss Dodge.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the papers for research use. Fragile items have been enclosed in mylar folders.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the papers should be directed to the Archivist of the College.

Amherst College Archives and Special Collections

Scope and Contents of the Collection

General information about the Bliss Family, including genealogical charts, is contained in Series 1. Daniel Bliss and his three sons, as well as both of Howard's sons, were graduates of Amherst College. Amy Blatchford's brother was a member of Howard's class. Daniel Bliss Leavitt, Howard's grandson, and one of the donors of the Papers, is also an Amherst alumnus. Biographical files on all of these family members are available in the Archives. A list, including their class years, follows:

1852Daniel Bliss; Founder and first President of Syrian Protestant College
1880Frederick Jones Bliss; Son of Daniel
1882Howard Sweetser Bliss; Son of Daniel; second President of Syrian Protestant College
1882Paul Blatchford; Brother-in-law of Howard (No material in the Papers)
1887William Tyler Bliss; Son of Daniel
1920Daniel Bliss II; Son of Howard; grandson of Daniel
1926Howard Huntington Bliss; Son of Howard, grandson of Daniel
1945Daniel Bliss Leavitt; Grandson of Howard

There is also a biographical file for Edwin Elisha Bliss, Class of 1837, containing some of his diaries and those of his wife, Isabella Holmes Porter Bliss, who were missionaries in Turkey. Ebenezer Bliss (1683-1717), great-great-grandfather of Edwin Bliss, and Thomas Bliss (1668-1733), great-great-grandfather of Daniel Bliss were brothers. While there does not appear to be a close connection between these branches of the Bliss family, Howard Bliss does mention Edwin and "poor cousin Bella" in one of his letters, and there was apparently some contact.

Photographs of some family members are included in their biographical files or in class albums (compiled for graduating classes), available in the Amherst College Archives. A few photographs are contained in Series 11.

Brief biographical sketches of all Amherst College alumni from 1822 through 1971 appear in the Amherst College Biographical Record, 1973 edition, available in the Amherst College Archives.

Reminiscences of Daniel Bliss, edited and supplemented by Frederick Jones Bliss, published in 1920, provides additional information about the early life of Daniel Bliss; his marriage and the time he spent as a missionary in Syria before the College was founded; the founding of the College, the Presidency of Daniel Bliss, and the years following his retirement. In 1989 the book was edited by Carleton S. Coon, Jr., and published under the title Daniel Bliss and the Founding of the American University of Beirut. The introduction and other material provided by Frederick Jones Bliss in the first edition have been replaced in the second edition by a prologue and an epilogue by Daniel Bliss II. These books are located in Box 4 of the Papers, and additional copies may be available in the general collection of the Amherst College Library.

Other published material relating to the Bliss Family or to the history of American University of Beirut may be available in the general collection of the Amherst College Library. Pieces of wood and pressed flowers, believed to have been sent to the Dickinson Family by the Bliss Family, are part of the Dickinson collection in Special Collections.

Insofar as possible, information in these papers has been made accessible by name of individual, by date, by name of institution or by event. Most of the material in the papers is original. In a few cases fragile material has been removed, due to preservation concern, and replaced with photocopies. Furthermore, Addendum 2 contains hand written transcripts by Mrs. Rugh of about 75% of the letters included in that accession. The originals are included with each transcript in their own folder.

The Bliss Family Papers, according to a member of the family, were probably preserved because of the distance the letters had traveled. The papers consist primarily of the correspondence, from the early 1850s to the early 1920s, of a missionary family whose members lived in different parts of the world. As a whole, it gives a clear picture of the lifestyle of such a family. Perhaps due to distance and the infrequency of personal visits, the family members generally wrote in detail. Howard Bliss is particularly notable for this attention to detail, as well as for his sense of humor.

Daniel Bliss began his work as a missionary in Syria in 1856. He was one of the founders and the first President of Syrian Protestant College (now American University of Beirut). His letters in this collection date from 1856 to 1908. Daniel's son, Howard, succeeded his father to the Presidency in 1902. While both were ordained ministers, their focus as missionaries was on education.

Abby Wood Bliss, Daniel's wife, due to the ill health of her mother, grew up in Amherst in the home of her uncle, Luke Sweetser. She was a childhood friend of Emily Dickinson. Although the Daniel Bliss series is not extensive, a great deal of information about him and about Syrian Protestant College is contained in Abby's letters, which date from 1856 to 1909. Her news to the family about Daniel's activities and the activities at the College, like his, reflects both the history of the institution and nineteenth century thought on education. Their discussion of the Lewis Affair is a good example.

Howard's lifelong connection with Amherst (and with the College) began when he visited Amherst with his mother and became friends with Ned Dickinson. His letters from Amherst College describe student life, as well as social life in the town of Amherst and his friendship with the Dickinson family and other Amherst families. The twenty years between Howard's graduation and his acceptance of the Presidency of Syrian Protestant College included teaching, study, travel, and ministry to two churches, as well as marriage and the birth of four of his five children. From 1919 until his death, he writes about his illness and treatment, as well as about his continuing work.

The papers reveal much about late nineteenth and early twentieth century family relationships in general, and provides specific information about each of the members of this particular family, both as they write about themselves and as other family members write to and about them. Howard and Amy's correspondence, while it recounts the events of their lives, also shows the lasting intimacy of their relationship, and provides insight into marriage and family life around the turn of the century. Finally, the papers offer an opportunity to study letter-writing in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

There are essentially three parts to the Bliss Family Papers. Part one consists of the original accession, and is divided into 12 series. Part two is comprised of additional papers to the Daniel Bliss series. And, part three is made up of three series; Daniel Bliss, Abby Bliss, and Belle Dorman Rugh. Parts two and three are described as Addendum 1 and 2 respectively.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the papers for research use. Fragile items have been enclosed in mylar folders.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the papers should be directed to the Archivist of the College.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in Bliss Family Papers [Box #, folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection
Custodial history:

The Bliss Family Papers were kept by Margaret Blatchford Bliss Leavitt, second daughter of Howard Sweetser and Amy Blatchford Bliss. Shortly after her death, the papers were given to the Amherst College Archives in her honor by Daniel Bliss Leavitt, Howard Bliss Leavitt, Margaret Leavitt Peters and Helen Leavitt Campbell.

Processing Information
Processed:1987-1990, 1991, 1994
By:Deborah Pelletier, Special Collections and Archives Associate and
P. Scott Lapinski, Science Intern, Simmons College of Library and Information


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series 1: INTRODUCTORY MATERIAL



INTRODUCTORY MATERIAL provides general information about the Bliss family and the city of Beirut, as well as about Syrian Protestant College.

Genealogical charts


Box 1: folder A
Westminster Wood ancestry of Abby Wood Bliss


Box 1: folder B
Typescript: Memoir of Mrs. Sarah L. Huntington Smith -- Beirut background material
1834-36

Box 1: folder C
Typescript: William Bird's Journal (incomplete) -- General information re: Bliss family and SPC
1854-1902

Box 1: folder D
Bliss family chronology, handwritten; references to published sources (Rem -- Remembrances of Daniel Bliss; Jes-- [Henry H. Jessup?]; etc.).
1850-1921

Box 1: folder E
Series 2: DANIEL BLISS



Arrangement:

Divided into subseries as appropriate

Scope and content:

In general each series contains outgoing and incoming correspondence. Some contain printed material and general information about the individual. In some cases (notably the Lewis Affair, the untimely deaths of Gerald Fitzgerald Dale and three of the four Dale children, and the call to Howard to assume the Presidency of Syrian Protestant College in 1902), the same subject is discussed by more than one member of the family. Letters to "Dear Family" appear in most series, and were apparently passed (by mail if necessary) from one member to another; Howard's later letters sometimes specify the order in which they are to circulate. Other letters were "personal, but not confidential," or even "private," and there is an occasional note of apology added by someone who has opened another person's letter by mistake.

OUTGOING CORRESPONDENCE:



DB to HSB
1880 Dec 27

Box 1: folder 1
Photocopies: DB to HSB
1880

Box 1: folder 1A
DB to HSB
1881

Box 1: folder 2
DB to HSB
1882 Jan-Jul

Box 1: folder 3
Typescripts: DB to HSB (includes duplicates)
1882

Box 1: folder 4
DB to HSB and WTB
1882 Aug-Sep

Box 1: folder 5
DB to AWB [and HSB or FJB]
1882 Nov 6

Box 1: folder 6
DB to HSB and WTB re the Lewis Affair
1883 Feb 28

Box 1: folder 7
Typescript: DB to HSB and WTB re the Lewis Affair
1883 Feb 28

Box 1: folder 8
DB to Family
1883 Mar-Oct

Box 1: folder 9
DB to Family
1883 Nov-Dec

Box 1: folder 10
DB to Family
1884

Box 1: folder 11
DB to Family
1885-1890

Box 1: folder 12
DB to Family
1892-1898

Box 1: folder 13
DB to ABB
1892 Apr 11

Box 1: folder 13A
DB to Children
1895 Sep 7

Box 1: folder 13B
DB to MBD
1897 Jul

Box 1: folder 13C
DB to HSB
1898-1902

Box 1: folder 14
Typescript: DB to HSB
1898 Dec 2

Box 1: folder 15
Typescripts: DB to HSB
1899, 1900

Box 1: folder 16
DB to ABB: Typed letter describing method of reading difficult handwriting
1908 Dec 15

Box 1: folder 16A
INCOMING CORRESPONDENCE:



Copies: DB from W. S. Tyler, Amherst College
1866, 1870

Box 1: folder 17
LEGAL DOCUMENT:



Photocopy: DB passport
1866

Box 1: folder 18
Note:
PRINTED MATERIAL:



Biographical sketch from unidentified source
n.d.

Box 1: folder 19
Note:
Series 3: HOWARD SWEETSER BLISS



Arrangement:

Divided into subseries as appropriate

Scope and content:

The Howard Sweetser Bliss series constitutes the bulk of the collection. In general each series contains outgoing and incoming correspondence. Some contain printed material and general information about the individual. In some cases (notably the Lewis Affair, the untimely deaths of Gerald Fitzgerald Dale and three of the four Dale children, and the call to Howard to assume the Presidency of Syrian Protestant College in 1902), the same subject is discussed by more than one member of the family. Letters to "Dear Family" appear in most series, and were apparently passed (by mail if necessary) from one member to another; Howard's later letters sometimes specify the order in which they are to circulate. Other letters were "personal, but not confidential," or even "private," and there is an occasional note of apology added by someone who has opened another person's letter by mistake.

OUTGOING CORRESPONDENCE:



HSB to DB: travel, en route to U.S.
1873 Jun 10-Aug 14

Box 1: folder 20
HSB to DB: Uncle Luke's house; visit with Dodge family; school in Amherst
1873 Sep 19

Box 1: folder 21
HSB to DB: "Ned Dickinson is my seatmate and best friend;" Amherst home and school
1874 Jan 17, 23

Box 1: folder 22
Typescripts: HSB to DB
1873-74, 1876

Box 1: folder 23
Typescript: HSB to DB re possible return to Syria
1876 Jul 11

Box 1: folder 24
HSB to Family
1878 summer

Box 1: folder 25
HSB to Family: Amherst College
1878-79

Box 1: folder 26
HSB to Family
1879 summer

Box 1: folder 27
HSB to Family: Amherst College -- holiday visits to the Dickinsons
1879-80

Box 1: folder 28
HSB to Family
1880 summer

Box 1: folder 29
HSB to Family: Amherst College
1880-81

Box 1: folder 30
HSB to Family
1881 summer

Box 1: folder 31
HSB to Family: Amherst College
1881-82

Box 1: folder 32
HSB to Family: Death of "Uncle" (Luke Sweetser)
1882 Jul 26

Box 1: folder 33
HSB to Family
1882 summer

Box 1: folder 34
Typescripts: HSB to Family: Account of Freshman year at Amherst;
1878-79

Box 1: folder 35
Typescripts: HSB to parents from Amherst
1878-79

Box 1: folder 36
Typescripts: HSB to Family
1879 summer

Box 1: folder 37
Typescripts: HSB to Family -- Amherst, 1879 through Commencement
1878-1882

Box 1: folder 38
Typescript: HSB to FJB -- after Commencement
1882 Aug 24

Box 1: folder 39
HSB to Family: Washburn College; Christmas with Blatchford family in Chicago
1882-83

Box 1: folder 40
HSB to Family: One year of teaching completed
[1883] spring

Box 1: folder 41
HSB to Family: New Mexico, Colorado
1883 Jul-Aug

Box 1: folder 42
HSB to Family: Washburn College
1883-84

Box 1: folder 43
HSB to Mrs. Blatchford
1884 Jun 26

Box 1: folder 44
HSB to parents: Reunion with Mary and family; visit to Dodge family; Adirondacks; Amherst; Greenfield; Jaffrey
1884 Jun-Aug

Box 1: folder 45
Typescripts: HSB to Family and to Mrs. Blatchford -- Topeka and return to Amherst
1883-84

Box 1: folder 46
Typescripts: HSB to Family (duplicates)
1883-84

Box 1: folder 47
HSB to Family: Union Seminary; reunion with parents
1884-85

Box 1: folder 48
Typescript: HSB to Mrs. Blatchford
1884

Box 1: folder 49
Typescript: HSB to Family
1884

Box 1: folder 50
HSB to parents: At sea
1885 Sep 19

Box 1: folder 51
HSB to Family: Union Theological Seminary
1885 Sep-1886 Jun 4

Box 1: folder 52
HSB to Family: Dr. Chickering's account of "Miss Emily's funeral"
1886 Jun 12

Box 1: folder 53
HSB to Family
1886 Jun 28-Sep 10

Box 1: folder 54
HSB to Family: Visit from Dr. Edwin Bliss
1886 Sep 21

Box 1: folder 55
HSB to Family: Illness of Carrie Dale; birth of Geraldine Dale; death of Gerald and Carrie Dale; move of Mary and other children from Zahleh to Beyrout
1886 Sep 29-Nov 29

Box 1: folder 56
HSB to Family
1886 Dec

Box 1: folder 57
Typescripts: HSB to Family
1884-1886

Box 1: folder 58
HSB to Mrs Blatchford
1887 Feb 28, Apr 12

Box 1: folder 59
HSB to Family
1887 Feb-May

Box 1: folder 60
HSB to Family: Death and funeral of "Uncle Jones"
1887 Jun

Box 1: folder 61
HSB to Family: Amherst College Commencement of WTB
1887 Jun

Box 1: folder 62
HSB [to Family]: Partial letter -- WTB at Amherst, undecided about future; HSB sailing in Sep; "enclose Uncle Jones last letter"
[1887 Jun]

Box 1: folder 63
HSB to Family
1887 Jul 6-Sep 19

Box 1: folder 64
HSB to Family: Voyage and arrival in Liverpool
1887 Oct 5, 11

Box 1: folder 65
HSB to Family: Oxford
1887 Oct-Dec

Box 1: folder 66
HSB to Family: Oxford
1888 Jan 20-Jun 15

Box 1: folder 67
Typescript: HSB to parents
1887 Aug 29

Box 1: folder 68
HSB to Family: Gottingen
1888 Nov, Dec

Box 1: folder 69
HSB to Family: Gottingen; meeting with Mr. Blatchford
1889 Jan-May

Box 1: folder 70
HSB to Family re ABB and WTB
1889 Sep

Box 1: folder 71
HSB to Family: Partial letter from Gottingen -- [engagement?] -- "The announcement will not come out for some weeks or months"
[1889 Mar]

Box 1: folder 72
Typescripts: HSB to Family
1888-89

Box 1: folder 73
Typescripts: HSB to Family re engagement
1889

Box 1: folder 74
HSB to Family
1890

Box 1: folder 74A
HSB to Mary Williams Bliss
1891

Box 1: folder 75
HSB to ABB
1891-1893

Box 1: folder 76
HSB to Family
1892, 1893

Box 1: folder 76A
Typescript: HSB to family -- mentions visit in Amherst with [Mabel Loomis] Todd re Emily Dickinson and Aby W. Bliss
1894 Sep 3

Box 1: folder 77
Typescripts: HSB to ABB, about the children
1893, 1898

Box 1: folder 78
HSB to Family
1894

Box 1: folder 79
Typescripts: HSB to Family (duplicates)
1894

Box 1: folder 80
HSB to Family
1895-1899

Box 1: folder 81
HSB to "Miss Bogue" (Found in correspondence with Dodge family)
1897 Jul 30

Box 1: folder 81A
Typescripts: HSB to Family (duplicates)
1894-1901

Box 1: folder 82
Typescripts: HSB to Family (duplicates)
1896-1899

Box 1: folder 83
Typescripts: HSB to Family
1895-1898

Box 1: folder 84
Typescript: HSB to parents -- mentions death of Edward Dickinson, (Amherst College 1884), Assistant Librarian of AC
1898 May 10

Box 1: folder 85
HSB to Alice Wood Bliss
1901 Aug

Box 1: folder 86
Typescripts: HSB to Family
1901

Box 1: folder 87
HSB and ABB to HSB's Family (includes printed material)
1895-1899

Box 1: folder 88
HSB to parishioners
1897 Jun 29

Box 1: folder 89
HSB to Family: Upper Montclair
1900-1901

Box 1: folder 90
HSB to Family
1900-1905

Box 1: folder 91
HSB to "Dear Boys," written en route to Syria
1901 Mar 15

Box 1: folder 92
Typescript: HSB to parishioners: announcement of his return
1901 Aug-Sep

Box 1: folder 93
Typescript: HSB to Family re decision to accept Presidency of SPC
1902 Jan 21

Box 1: folder 94
HSB and ABB to Family re decision to accept the Presidency
1902 Jan

Box 1: folder 95
Typescript: HSB to parishioners re decision to accept Presidency
1902 Jan 30

Box 1: folder 96
HSB to parishioners: Resignation
1902 Jan 30

Box 1: folder 97
HSB to DB re difference of opinion among Board of Managers about nomination of HSB
1902 Feb 3

Box 1: folder 98
HSB to Family re Board of Managers
1902 Feb 11

Box 1: folder 99
Typescripts: HSB to Family -- reply to letters re acceptance of Presidency
[1902 Mar 1]

Box 1: folder 100
Typescript: HSB to [DB]: partial letter -- details re departure plans
[1902]

Box 1: folder 101
Typescript: HSB and ABB to parishioners: Farewell letter
1902 Oct 4

Box 1: folder 102
HSB to ABB: Call at Mr. Carnegie's
1905 Sep 29

Box 1: folder 103
[HSB] to R. H. West re SPC
1905 Oct 26

Box 1: folder 104
Typescript: [HSB to Prof. West]
1905 Oct 26

Box 1: folder 105
HSB to ABB: Washington; lunch at the White House; Theodore Roosevelt; Hanover -- Dartmouth
1905 Nov-Dec

Box 1: folder 106
Typescript: HSB to Frances Blatchford re approaching death of ABB's brother (Huntington Blatchford)
1905 Dec 11

Box 1: folder 107
HSB to ABB
[1905?]

Box 1: folder 108
HSB to ABB: Constantinople
1906 Feb 6

Box 1: folder 109
Typescript: HSB to Board of Trustees: Supplement to Annual Report
1906 Dec 18

Box 1: folder 110
Typescripts: HSB to DSD re SPC
1902-1906

Box 1: folder 111
HSB to ABB: Personal letters
1907 Jan-May

Box 1: folder 112
HSB to ABB
1907 Sep 15

Box 1: folder 113
Typescripts: HSB to ABB: Journal letters
1907

Box 1: folder 114
Typescripts: HSB to ABB: Journal letters (duplicates)
1907

Box 1: folder 115
HSB to E. W. Blatchford
1908 Aug 17

Box 1: folder 116
HSB, ABB, to Family: Furlough in U. S.
1908 Aug-Oct

Box 1: folder 117
HSB to Family: Amherst -- visit at the Dickinsons'
1908 Oct 20

Box 1: folder 118
HSB to ABB: Crisis at SPC
1909 Feb-Sep 6

Box 1: folder 119
HSB to E. W. Blatchford
1909 Apr 16, Jun 4

Box 1: folder 120
HSB to ABB: Death of Dr. Post
1909 Sep 30

Box 1: folder 121
HSB to ABB: Trip to Egypt to join Cleveland Dodge party
1910 Mar

Box 1: folder 122
HSB to Family
1910 Jul-Sep

Box 1: folder 123
HSB to ABB
1910 Sep 6

Box 1: folder 124
HSB to ABB: Description of Trustees' Meeting and resultant problems
[1910 Sep 9]

Box 1: folder 125
HSB to FJB: Account of visit to Amherst
1910 Nov 3

Box 1: folder 126
Typescript: HSB to Trustees: Account of bombardment of Beirut
1912 Feb 7

Box 1: folder 127
HSB to ABB
1912 Sep 24

Box 1: folder 128
HSB to Sydney A. Clark re Christianity and Christian ministry
1912 Dec 18

Box 1: folder 129
HSB to ABB: Trip to Egypt and Sudan; return on yacht with Arthur Curtis James
1913 Feb

Box 1: folder 130
HSB to ABB
1914 Sep-Oct

Box 1: folder 131
Typescript: HSB re Holy War
1914 Sep 24

Box 1: folder 132
Typescript: HSB to Dr. Dodge re wartime situation
1914 Nov 28

Box 1: folder 133
HSB to Lyman Abbott: Birth of granddaughter (Grace Dodge); political situation
1915 Feb 13

Box 1: folder 134
HSB to ABB
1915 Aug-Sep

Box 1: folder 135
HSB to ABB
1916 Jul 18-26

Box 1: folder 136
HSB to ABB: Last illness of DB; arrangements for family to come (DB died later that day.
1916 Jul 27

Box 1: folder 137
HSB to ABB
1916 Sep

Box 1: folder 138
HSB to ABB
1918

Box 1: folder 139
HSB to ABB: Paris Peace Conference; voyage to America; illness
1919 Jan-Jul

Box 1: folder 140
Typescripts: HSB to ABB -- excerpts
1919 Jan-Mar

Box 1: folder 141
HSB to Theodore Greene
1919 Jan 4

Box 1: folder 142
[HSB?] to Seirafi: Repayment or wartime loan to student
1919 Jun 30

Box 1: folder 143
HSB to ABB and Family
1919 Sep-Oct

Box 1: folder 144
HSB to ABB and Family
1919 Nov-Dec

Box 1: folder 145
HSB partial letters
[1919 or 1920?]

Box 1: folder 146
HSB to ABB and Family
1920 Jan-Feb

Box 1: folder 147
INCOMING CORRESPONDENCE:



To HSB from F. W. Cragin: Promissory note
1884

Box 1: folder 148
To HSB from Lyman Abbott: Recommendation of HSB as Assistant Pastor, Plymouth Church, Brooklyn, NY
1889 Jan 7

Box 1: folder 149
To HSB: Call to Plymouth Church
1889 spring

Box 1: folder 150
To HSB from Jos. J. Randolph: sends "two mss. of your brother's"
1890 Nov 3

Box 1: folder 151
To HSB from Dr. Morgan W. Ayres: concern for HSB's health
[1895]

Box 1: folder 152
Typescript: To HSB from Edward Dickinson (AC 1884) re Amherst pastorate
1897 Jun 7

Box 1: folder 153
To HSB
1898

Box 1: folder 154
To HSB from Norman Clark
1898

Box 1: folder 155
To HSB from England
1899

Box 1: folder 156
To HSB
1899

Box 1: folder 157
To HSB
1900

Box 1: folder 158
Typescripts: Anonymous to HSB and ABB re "nurse girl"
[1902]

Box 1: folder 159
Typescripts: Anonymous to HSB and ABB (duplicates)
[1902]

Box 1: folder 160
To HSB from R. W. Raymond
1902

Box 1: folder 161
To HSB from parishioners re Presidency of SPC
1902

Box 1: folder 162
To HSB from friends re Presidency of SPC
1902

Box 1: folder 163
To HSB from SPC faculty, former student re Presidency of SPC
1902

Box 2: folder 1
Typescript: To HSB and ABB from MBD, re Presidency
1902 Jan 26

Box 2: folder 2
Typescript: To HSB from FJB re Presidency
1902 Jan 20

Box 2: folder 3
Typescript: To HSB from Aunt Alice re departure for Syria
1902 Feb 14

Box 2: folder 4
Typescripts: To HSB re Presidency
1902

Box 2: folder 5
To HSB from Williston Walker re Amherst College Honorary Degree to be conferred 1902 Jun 25
1902 May 30

Box 2: folder 6
To HSB from D. S. Dodge: Humorous letter of congratulation on receipt of degree
1902 Jun 6

Box 2: folder 7
Typescript: To HSB from Mrs. Lyman Abbott
1902 Jul

Box 2: folder 8
Typescript: To HSB from H. A. Bridgman re material for "The Congregationalist"
1902 Jul

Box 2: folder 9
Typescripts: To HSB re SPC
1905

Box 2: folder 10
To HSB from A. M. Fairbairn, Oxford
1905 Oct 13

Box 2: folder 11
Number not used


Box 2: folder 12
Typescripts: To HSB from Dr. Post, Prof. West re Moslem tract (Anti-Christian)
1905 Nov

Box 2: folder 13
Typescript: To HSB from Harry Dorman re funds for YMCA
1905 Nov 6

Box 2: folder 14
Typescripts: To HSB
1905-06

Box 2: folder 15
Invitation to visit Oxford and preach
1905 Oct 21

Box 2: folder 16
To HSB from Lyman Abbott: Mrs. Abbott's death
1907 Oct 6

Box 2: folder 17
To HSB from George Adam Smith
[1919?]

Box 2: folder 18
To HSB from Harold H. [Judson], Secretary of the Faculty, enclosing copy of letter from SPC Faculty to the Trustees of SPC re HSB's Presidency in wartime (original letter in Box 2, Folder 51)
1919 Jan 8

Box 2: folder 18A
To HSB and Dr. Dodge from Frances Blatchford
1919 Feb 25

Box 2: folder 19
To HSB from M. S. Wilson: Welcome home; sudden death of Frances Blatchford
1919 Mar 20

Box 2: folder 20
To HSB from M. S. Wilson
1919 Mar

Box 2: folder 21
To HSB from Williston Walker re Amherst College Honorary Degree to be conferred 1919 Jun 18
1919 May 3

Box 2: folder 22
To HSB from Faculty of SPC; to Dr. Dodge from Faculty; [HSB?] reply: Faculty salaries
1919 Jun-Jul

Box 2: folder 23
To HSB from Alexander Meiklejohn: Letter accompanying degree citation
1919 Jul 21

Box 2: folder 24
Typescripts: re Presidency of SPC (duplicates)
1902

Box 2: folder 25
SPEECHES:



[HSB] remarks at the laying of the cornerstone of the Women's Pavilion at SPC
[1907]

Box 2: folder 26
HSB, "The new era and the new duties," to Ottoman Students' Union Society
1909 Mar 6

Box 2: folder 27
HSB, "Unity and not uniformity," delivered under the auspices of "Flower of Culture"
1909 May 1

Box 2: folder 28
Typescript: HSB statement before Paris Peace Conference
1919 Feb 13

Box 2: folder 29
Typescript: HSB speech [at SUNY, Albany] seeking funds for SPC
[1919 April?]

Box 2: folder 29A
GENERAL:



"Amherst Juvenile," HSB and FJB: Vol. 1, Nos. 1, 2, 3
1874

Box 2: folder 30
HSB: summary of pre-college education
1876-78

Box 2: folder 31
List of essays read at the "Young Men's Improvement Class," Beirut
1877-78

Box 2: folder 32
HSB expenses, Amherst College
1878 Sep-Nov

Box 2: folder 33
HSB Freshman composition: "Longfellow's Hiawatha"
1879 Feb

Box 2: folder 34
Typescript: HSB essay on Hiawatha
1879 Feb

Box 2: folder 35
HSB income and expenses: Amherst College, Washburn College
1878-85

Box 2: folder 36
HSB expenses paid to F. J. Fletcher
1887-88

Box 2: folder 37
Poem to HSB [from the Black family]
1889

Box 2: folder 38
Typescript: Poem to HSB
1889

Box 2: folder 39
Fred W. Hinrichs to Lyman Abbott re departure of HSB from Plymouth Church
1894 Jun 29

Box 2: folder 40
Minutes of Council dismissing HSB from Assistant Pastorate of Plymouth Congregational Church, Brooklyn
1894 Jul 9

Box 2: folder 41
Minutes of Council calling HSB to Christian Union Church, Upper Montclair, N. J.
1894 Oct 18

Box 2: folder 42
Number not used


Box 2: folder 43
Farewell address to HSB, Upper Montclair
1902 Oct 2

Box 2: folder 44
Description of HSB's arrival in Syria
1902 Nov 11

Box 2: folder 45
Typescripts: German philosophical attack on SPC and Robert College; HSB reply
1905 May

Box 2: folder 46
Typescript: Leeds Examiner interview with HSB
1905 [Oct?]

Box 2: folder 47
Typescript: James Bertram to Sir Robert Pullar -- Andrew Carnegie will not have interview with HSB
1905 Oct

Box 2: folder 48
Number not used


Box 2: folder 49
SPC: terms of settlement with non-Christian students in connection with student strike
1909 Apr

Box 2: folder 50
SPC Faculty to the Trustees of SPC re HSB's Presidency in wartime
1919 Jan 7

Box 2: folder 51
Photocopy: HSB passport; travel permits
1919 Jan 13

Box 2: folder 52
Note:
HSB Honorary Degree citation, Amherst College
1919 Jun 18

Box 2: folder 53
Photocopy from Hoover Institution: Charles R. Crane to Woodrow Wilson re findings of commission in Syria (covering letter only)
1919 Jul 10

Box 2: folder 54
Bulus Khauli account of visit to HSB at Presbyterian Hospital
1920 Apr 10

Box 2: folder 55
PRINTED MATERIAL:



The Bethel of Plymouth Church: Printed letter from HSB
1890 Feb

Box 2: folder 55A
"Plymouth Church at Work"
1893 Dec 17

Box 2: folder 56
Order of service, Plymouth Church, Brooklyn: announcement of HSB's installation at Christian Union Church, Upper Montclair, N. J.,
1894 Oct 14, 1894 Oct 18

Box 2: folder 57
Order of service: Installation of HSB at Christian Union Church
1894 Oct 18

Box 2: folder 58
Printed material and pastoral letters, Christian Union Church
1895-1902

Box 2: folder 59
Printed material and pastoral letters, Christian Union Church
1897-1901

Box 2: folder 60
News article: Ladies Society, Christian Union Church, presents "An Old English Fantasy"
1897 Jun 17

Box 2: folder 61
Montclair Herald: Dedication of Christian Union Church
1900 Nov 15

Box 2: folder 62
Newsclippings re Presidency
1902

Box 2: folder 63
Program: Prize Declamation Contest, SPC
1908 Jun 20

Box 2: folder 64
Newsclipping from 1909 letters of HSB to ABB
[1909]

Box 2: folder 65
Crisis in Adana and other areas in Asia Minor
1909 Apr

Box 2: folder 66
Newsclippings: HSB speaking on situation in Turkey
1910 Nov

Box 2: folder 67
Newsclipping: "Dr. Bliss attacks race prejudice"
1913 Jun 30

Box 2: folder 68
Article re SPC Commencement
1916

Box 2: folder 69
Article re occupation of Beirut
1918 Oct 8

Box 2: folder 70
Right of the Syrian people re political future
1918

Box 2: folder 71
"About Dr. Bliss," -- church publication, unidentified
[1919 Jan?]

Box 2: folder 71A
The Syrian Protestant College ... During the Great War and After, 1914-1920
[1920]

Box 2: folder 72
The Plymouth Chimes, "Reminiscences of Dr. Howard Bliss"
[1920]

Box 2: folder 73
"In Loving Memory of Howard Sweetser Bliss," Christian Union Congregational Church
1920 May 30

Box 2: folder 74
Minute of the Faculty of SPC prepared as a tribute to the Presidency of HSB
1920

Box 2: folder 75
Series 4: ABBY WOOD BLISS



Arrangement:

Divided into subseries as appropriate

Scope and content:

In general each series contains outgoing and incoming correspondence. Some contain printed material and general information about the individual. In some cases (notably the Lewis Affair, the untimely deaths of Gerald Fitzgerald Dale and three of the four Dale children, and the call to Howard to assume the Presidency of Syrian Protestant College in 1902), the same subject is discussed by more than one member of the family. Letters to "Dear Family" appear in most series, and were apparently passed (by mail if necessary) from one member to another; Howard's later letters sometimes specify the order in which they are to circulate. Other letters were "personal, but not confidential," or even "private," and there is an occasional note of apology added by someone who has opened another person's letter by mistake.

OUTGOING CORRESPONDENCE:



AWB to FJB
[1874] Oct 13

Box 2: folder 76
AWB to HSB, Sons
1874-1883

Box 2: folder 77
AWB [to WTB?] (fragment found with WTB 1880-81 correspondence): Dr. [?] in town; coming to luncheon with Dr. Moore, Prof. Day, etc.
[1880?]

Box 2: folder 77A
AWB to WTB
[1882]

Box 2: folder 78
AWB to Sons: Reference to Lewis Affair
1882-83

Box 2: folder 79
AWB to HSB, WTB, MBD, Sons: Some reference to Lewis Affair
1883

Box 2: folder 80
Typescripts: Excerpts -- AWB to sons re Lewis Affair
1882-83

Box 2: folder 80A
AWB to HSB, WTB, Children
1884

Box 2: folder 81
AWB to Children
[1884]

Box 2: folder 82
Typescript: AWB to HSB
1884 Jun 11

Box 2: folder 83
AWB to HSB, Sons, Children
1885

Box 2: folder 84
AWB to HSB, Sons
1886

Box 2: folder 85
AWB to HSB, Children: Death of Gerald Dale; Carrie Dale; Mr. Dale, Sr.
1886 Oct

Box 2: folder 86
AWB to HSB: "shall not celebrate" Christmas
[1886?]

Box 2: folder 87
AWB to HSB, FJB, WTB, Sons
1887

Box 2: folder 88
AWB to HSB, ABB, WTB, Children
1888-89

Box 2: folder 89
AWB to HSB, ABB and other family
c. 1889-91

Box 2: folder 90
AWB to ABB: "My very precious Daughter Amy"
1889 Dec 4

Box 2: folder 91
AWB to HSB, ABB, Children
1890

Box 2: folder 92
AWB to HSB, ABB, WTB, Children
1890 Jan-Jun

Box 2: folder 93
AWB to HSB, ABB, WTB, Children
1890 Jul-Dec

Box 2: folder 94
AWB to ABB, HSB, WTB: Death of DB's brother
[1890?]

Box 2: folder 95
AWB to ABB and HSB
[1891]

Box 2: folder 96
AWB to HSB, ABB, Children, Baby
1891

Box 2: folder 97
AWB to HSB, ABB, Absent Boys, Children, Grandchild
1891

Box 2: folder 98
AWB to ABB and HSB from England and Spain
[early 1890s]

Box 2: folder 99
AWB to Children
[1890s]

Box 2: folder 100
AWB to HSB and ABB: ABB's birthday
[1890s]

Box 2: folder 101
AWB to HSB and ABB
1892

Box 2: folder 102
AWB to HSB, ABB, Children
1892

Box 2: folder 103
AWB to ABB and HSB
[1892?]

Box 2: folder 104
AWB to ABB, HSB, WTB: Re translation of tablet found by FJB
1892

Box 2: folder 105
Feb 15
[1893]

Box 2: folder 106
AWB to HSB, ABB, Children
1893

Box 2: folder 107
Typescript: AWB to HSB re religious advice to her nephew
[1893]

Box 2: folder 108
AWB to Children
1895

Box 2: folder 109
AWB to MBD
1895, n.d.

Box 2: folder 110
AWB to Children, Dear Ones at Home
1896-1898

Box 2: folder 111
AWB to MBD, May, FJB
[1897] Jun 21, Oct 1, Dec 21

Box 2: folder 112
AWB to Children and May
1898

Box 2: folder 113
Typescripts: AWB and DB to HSB
[1893?]-1900

Box 2: folder 114
AWB to Children
1900, 1902, 1905

Box 2: folder 115
AWB to HSB
[1902?]

Box 2: folder 116
AWB to Children: Copy of excerpt from Dr. Dodge's letter to AWB re MBD's acceptance of position of superintendent [of hospital]
[1905] Aug 8

Box 2: folder 117
Photocopy: AWB to ABB (copy in Margaret Bliss Leavitt's handwriting)
1907 Jul 6

Box 2: folder 118
AWB to ABB and HSB
1908 Jul 21, Sep 28

Box 2: folder 119
AWB to ABB
1908-09

Box 2: folder 120
AWB to Family, Children
1907-09

Box 2: folder 121
INCOMING CORRESPONDENCE:



To AWB from C. E. Hill
[1883]

Box 2: folder 122
To AWB from "Emma"
1890 Oct 2

Box 2: folder 123
To AWB from Mary Blatchford: Birth of Mary
1890 Nov 18

Box 2: folder 124
To AWB from S. G. [Bird]
[early 1890s]

Box 2: folder 125
Typescript: To AWB from Mrs. Lyman Abbott
1891

Box 2: folder 126
To AWB from Theodosia D. Jessup
1895 Aug 19

Box 2: folder 127
To AWB from Alfred Ely Day
1895 Sep 29

Box 2: folder 127A
To AWB from Frances Emily White
1898 Mar 20

Box 2: folder 128
PRINTED MATERIAL:



Conference of Christian Workers, Brummana, Mt. Lebanon, Syria: Provisional Programme, printed letter (from AWB letters)
1898 Aug 9-14

Box 2: folder 129
Note:
Series 5: AMY BLATCHFORD BLISS



Arrangement:

Divided into subseries as appropriate

Scope and content:

In general each series contains outgoing and incoming correspondence. Some contain printed material and general information about the individual. In some cases (notably the Lewis Affair, the untimely deaths of Gerald Fitzgerald Dale and three of the four Dale children, and the call to Howard to assume the Presidency of Syrian Protestant College in 1902), the same subject is discussed by more than one member of the family. Letters to "Dear Family" appear in most series, and were apparently passed (by mail if necessary) from one member to another; Howard's later letters sometimes specify the order in which they are to circulate. Other letters were "personal, but not confidential," or even "private," and there is an occasional note of apology added by someone who has opened another person's letter by mistake.

OUTGOING CORRESPONDENCE:



Typescript: ABB to AWB re engagement to HSB
1889 May 22

Box 2: folder 130
ABB to AWB
1890

Box 2: folder 131
ABB to MBD
1890, 1892

Box 2: folder 132
Typescript: ABB to MBD
1890 Jul 2

Box 2: folder 133
ABB to AWB
1891 May 5

Box 2: folder 134
ABB to HSB's parents: Partial letter
[1899 Dec?]

Box 2: folder 135
Typescript: ABB to AWB
1900 Sep 3

Box 2: folder 136
Typescript: ABB to AWB
1900

Box 2: folder 137
ABB to Family re call to Presidency of SPC
1901 Jul 22

Box 2: folder 138
ABB to her family re call to Presidency of SPC
1901

Box 2: folder 139
ABB to HSB: "Corrections" for Who's Who entry
[1909]

Box 2: folder 140
ABB to HSB
1919 Jan-Jul

Box 2: folder 141
ABB to HSB: Partial letter -- "perhaps ... you are really in Paris"
1919

Box 2: folder 142
ABB and daughter, Margaret, to AWB and family re HSB's last days
1920 Apr 20, 27

Box 2: folder 143
INCOMING CORRESPONDENCE:



To ABB from C. E. Hill, shortly after marriage
[1889]

Box 2: folder 144
To ABB from Dr. Moore
1905

Box 2: folder 145
To ABB from daughter Alice
1919 Mar 28

Box 2: folder 146
To ABB from Talcott Williams in memory of HSB
1922 May 2

Box 2: folder 147
To ABB and family in sympathy following HSB's death
1920

Box 2: folder 148
GENERAL:



Photos of London, with ABB's notes re HSB's visit in 1905
n.d.

Box 2: folder 149
ABB: notes, tributes, etc. found wrapped together in silk. (Includes HSB letter to Family re decision to accept Presidency of SPC, 1902 Jan 21)
n.d.

Box 2: folder 150
ABB: silk originally wrapped around material in folder 150
n.d.

Box 2: folder 151
Lyman Abbott to Edward W. Blatchford [ABB's brother]: Congratulations on work in Constantinople
1921 Aug 2

Box 2: folder 151A
Series 6: MARY BLISS DALE



Arrangement:

Divided into subseries as appropriate

Scope and content:

In general each series contains outgoing and incoming correspondence. Some contain printed material and general information about the individual. In some cases (notably the Lewis Affair, the untimely deaths of Gerald Fitzgerald Dale and three of the four Dale children, and the call to Howard to assume the Presidency of Syrian Protestant College in 1902), the same subject is discussed by more than one member of the family. Letters to "Dear Family" appear in most series, and were apparently passed (by mail if necessary) from one member to another; Howard's later letters sometimes specify the order in which they are to circulate. Other letters were "personal, but not confidential," or even "private," and there is an occasional note of apology added by someone who has opened another person's letter by mistake.

OUTGOING CORRESPONDENCE:



MBD to HSB: Partial letter
1882 Sep 20

Box 2: folder 152
MBD to AWB
1883

Box 2: folder 153
MBD to ABB and HSB
[1892]

Box 2: folder 154
MBD to HSB: Letter and partial letter
[1899?]

Box 2: folder 155
MBD to HSB and ABB
1900-1902

Box 2: folder 156
Typescripts: MBD to HSB
1900-1901

Box 2: folder 157
Typescripts: MBD to HSB (duplicates)
1900-1901

Box 2: folder 158
Typescript: MBD to HSB: Arrival of Osanna Muksedian for nurses' training
1905 Oct 15

Box 2: folder 158A
MBD to HSB: Request to go to Adana
[1909 Apr]

Box 2: folder 159
Series 7: FREDERICK JONES BLISS



Arrangement:

Divided into subseries as appropriate

Scope and content:

In general each series contains outgoing and incoming correspondence. Some contain printed material and general information about the individual. In some cases (notably the Lewis Affair, the untimely deaths of Gerald Fitzgerald Dale and three of the four Dale children, and the call to Howard to assume the Presidency of Syrian Protestant College in 1902), the same subject is discussed by more than one member of the family. Letters to "Dear Family" appear in most series, and were apparently passed (by mail if necessary) from one member to another; Howard's later letters sometimes specify the order in which they are to circulate. Other letters were "personal, but not confidential," or even "private," and there is an occasional note of apology added by someone who has opened another person's letter by mistake.

OUTGOING CORRESPONDENCE:



FJB to Family
1879 Feb 23

Box 2: folder 160
FJB to parents: Future plans
1880

Box 2: folder 161
FJB to "Dear Trio"
[1880?]

Box 2: folder 162
FJB to HSB from Mansfield College, Oxford
[early 1880s]

Box 2: folder 163
FJB to HSB
1881, 1885

Box 2: folder 164
FJB to HSB: Lewis Affair
1882 Dec-1883 Jan

Box 2: folder 164A
FJB to HSB: "Dear Mary ...suffers"
[1886?]

Box 2: folder 165
FJB to HSB
[1887]

Box 2: folder 166
FJB to HSB re wedding
1889

Box 2: folder 167
FJB to Family
[early 1890s]

Box 2: folder 168
FJB to HSB
[early 1890s]

Box 2: folder 169
FJB to ABB
[early 1890s]

Box 2: folder 170
FJB to Family, DB, HSB: From Jaffa Harbor, Wasta, Cairo, Jerusalem, Beirut, Sinai
1891

Box 2: folder 171
FJB and DB to AWB
1891 Mar

Box 2: folder 172
FJB to ABB
1892, n.d.

Box 2: folder 173
FJB to HSB, ABB and Family
1887-1893

Box 2: folder 174
FJB, from the Court Circular: Humor
1896 Aug 25

Box 2: folder 175
FJB to HSB
1899-1902

Box 2: folder 176
Typescripts: FJB to HSB
1899 Nov 19; 1900 May 13

Box 2: folder 177
Typescript: FJB to HSB
1900

Box 2: folder 178
Typescript: FJB to HSB
1902 Jan 20

Box 2: folder 178A
Typescripts: FJB to HSB: Presidency of SPC, etc.
1902

Box 2: folder 179
FJB to HSB: Problems -- Board of Managers, SPC
1902 Apr 25

Box 2: folder 180
FJB [to HSB]
[1905?]

Box 2: folder 181
FJB to HSB: Health problems of FJB
1905-06

Box 2: folder 182
FJB to HSB
1906 Oct 23

Box 2: folder 183
FJB to Brothers and Sisters
[1908?]

Box 2: folder 184
FJB to HSB
1909 Feb, Mar

Box 2: folder 185
FJB to HSB
1909 Nov 6

Box 2: folder 186
FJB to HSB
[1909] Dec 28

Box 2: folder 187
FJB to HSB: Health problems of WTB
1911

Box 2: folder 188
Typescripts, FJB
1914

Box 2: folder 189
FJB to HSB
1919 Sep 16

Box 2: folder 190
FJB to HSB
1919 Oct

Box 2: folder 191
Copy: FJB to Faculty and Students of SPC re death and burial of HSB
1920 May 6

Box 2: folder 192
INCOMING CORRESPONDENCE:



To FJB from the Palestine Exploration Fund
1900 Jun 25

Box 2: folder 193
MANUSCRIPTS:



"The Bread Boys of Damascus"
1890 Mar 24

Box 2: folder 194
Typescript: FJB -- poem for the Golden Anniversary of DB and AWB
1905

Box 2: folder 195
GENERAL:



Note:
Series 8: WILLIAM TYLER BLISS



Arrangement:

Divided into subseries as appropriate

Scope and content:

In general each series contains outgoing and incoming correspondence. Some contain printed material and general information about the individual. In some cases (notably the Lewis Affair, the untimely deaths of Gerald Fitzgerald Dale and three of the four Dale children, and the call to Howard to assume the Presidency of Syrian Protestant College in 1902), the same subject is discussed by more than one member of the family. Letters to "Dear Family" appear in most series, and were apparently passed (by mail if necessary) from one member to another; Howard's later letters sometimes specify the order in which they are to circulate. Other letters were "personal, but not confidential," or even "private," and there is an occasional note of apology added by someone who has opened another person's letter by mistake.

OUTGOING CORRESPONDENCE:



WTB to HSB
1878-81

Box 2: folder 196
Typescript: WTB to Family re arrival of HSB and Family in New York
1908 Aug

Box 2: folder 197
Typescript: WTB to Family re arrival of HSB and family in New York (duplicate)
1908 Aug

Box 2: folder 198
WTB to HSB
1909

Box 2: folder 199
Series 9: DODGE FAMILY



Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically

Scope and content:

DODGE FAMILY consists, with a single exception, of outgoing correspondence written by D. Stuart Dodge; his wife, Ellen P. Dodge; and his nephew, Cleveland H. Dodge. The series consists of 16 folders and contains letters of both business and personal nature.

OUTGOING CORRESPONDENCE:



DSD to HSB
1878-82

Box 2: folder 200
EPD to HSB
1878-79

Box 2: folder 201
DSD to HSB: Death of EPD; checks to HSB for his college course to continue
1880 Jul 9

Box 2: folder 202
Typescript: DSD to DB -- visit with FJB, HSB, WTB; Dr. Post
1887 Sep 23

Box 2: folder 203
DSD to HSB: Arrival of box from Beirut, mishandled by Customs
1890 Apr 17

Box 2: folder 204
DSD to HSB
1890 May 26

Box 2: folder 204A
Telegram: DSD to HSB, re death of Geraldine Dale on Oct. 15 1891
1891 Nov 2

Box 2: folder 205
Typescripts: DSD to DB -- succession of HSB to Presidency of SPC
1901 Apr 9, 1902 Jan 17

Box 2: folder 206
Typescript: DSD to HSB -- congratulations on receipt of degree
1902 Jun 6

Box 2: folder 207
Typescripts: DSD to HSB
1901-1903

Box 2: folder 208
Photocopy: DSD to AWB -- AWB's copy of excerpts re MBD as superintendent [of hospital]
[1905] Aug 8

Box 2: folder 209
DSD to DB and AWB
1908-1910

Box 2: folder 210
Typescripts: DSD to DB and AWB
1909

Box 2: folder 211
Typescript: DSD to DB and AWB -- funds for land purchase, SPC
1909 Feb 19

Box 2: folder 212
CHD to DSD
1910 Apr 12

Box 2: folder 213
Typescript: CHD to "Uncle Stuart" (duplicate)
1910 Apr 12

Box 2: folder 214
CHD to HSB
1912 Mar 1

Box 2: folder 215
INCOMING CORRESPONDENCE:



To DSD from James S. Dennis, re HSB
1909 Apr

Box 2: folder 215A
Series 10: SYRIAN PROTESTANT COLLEGE



SYRIAN PROTESTANT COLLEGE contains only seven folders. Significant in the series is Donald M. Leavitt's article (written while the papers were in his grandmother's possession), "Darwinism in the Arab world: the Lewis Affair at Syrian Protestant College," published in 1981 in The Muslim World.

GENERAL:



Typescript:
1874

Box 2: folder 216
Typescript: Early history of SPC; parallel history of Robert College (Extract: Book II -- Minutes of the Board of Trustees of SPC)
1899 Jul 9

Box 2: folder 217
Typescript: Remarks of HSB at laying of the cornerstone of the Women's Pavilion, SPC
1908

Box 2: folder 218
Request that College Community be exempted from order re evacuation of Beirut
c. 1915

Box 2: folder 219
PRINTED MATERIAL:



Annual Reports, SPC
1898-99, 1899-1900, 1902-03

Box 2: folder 220
"Two Missionaries and Educators in Syria," The Missionary Review of the World, Vol. 44, No. 3
1921 Mar

Box 2: folder 221
Leavitt, Donald M., "Darwinism in the Arab world: the Lewis Affair at the Syrian Protestant College," The Muslim World, Vol. LXXI, No. 2
1981 Apr

Box 2: folder 222
Note:
Series 11: PHOTOGRAPHS



PHOTOGRAPHS includes individual and group photos of Howard Bliss, as well as photos of Daniel Bliss, Abby Wood Bliss and Amy Blatchford Bliss.

Daniel Bliss
1855

Box 3: folder 1
DB
c. 1856

Box 3: folder 2
Abby Wood Bliss
1855

Box 3: folder 3
DB and AWB
1902

Box 3: folder 4
Howard Sweetser Bliss and the teachers at Syrian Protestant College
c. 1876

Box 3: folder 5
HSB with a group at Mansfield College, Oxford
1887

Box 3: folder 6
HSB
1902

Box 3: folder 7
Amy Blatchford Bliss
1902

Box 3: folder 8
Note:
Series 12: OVERSIZE MATERIAL



OVERSIZE MATERIAL contains a photographic reproduction of Daniel Bliss' 1866 passport; Howard Bliss' 1919 passport, with a photograph; and a set of Palestine Exploration Fund maps belonging to Frederick Jones Bliss.

Photographic reproduction: Daniel Bliss' passport (2 copies)
1866 Feb 8

Box MC5:12: folder 1
Frederick Jones Bliss' Maps: Palestine, from the surveys conducted for the Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund
1890

Box MC5:12: folder 2
Howard Sweetser Bliss: Passport
1919 Jan 13

Box MC5:12: folder 3
SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL



Bliss, Daniel. Reminiscences of Daniel Bliss, edited and supplemented by Frederick Jones Bliss. New York, etc.:Fleming H. Revell Co., 1920.


Box 4: folder 3
Bliss, Daniel. Daniel Bliss and the Founding of the American University of Beirut, edited by Carleton S. Coon, Jr. Washington: The Middle East Institute, 1989.


Box 4: folder 3
Addendum 1



Addendum 1 continues the Daniel Bliss Series (Series 2) with addition material on the history of the founding of Syrian Protestant College. Comprising 8 folders, and ranging in dates from 1850-1904 Addendum 1 contains; a typescript of reminiscences by Daniel Bliss (annotated by Frederick Jones Bliss) on the early days of the Syrian Protestant College, manuscripts of several sermons by Daniel Bliss, and Printed Materials including an early description for the proposed college in Syria.

Series 1: DANIEL BLISS additions



TYPESCRIPT:



"A few reminiscences of the early days of the Syrian Protestant College, by Rev. Daniel Bliss, First President" -- documentation of the founding of SPC. [Annotated by FJB.]
n.d.

Box 5: folder 1
MANUSCRIPTS:



DB:
1894 Jul 8

Box 5: folder 2
DB:
1889-1904

Box 5: folder 3
DB:
1903 May

Box 5: folder 4
DB:
n.d.

Box 5: folder 5
PRINTED MATERIAL:



Catalogue of the Officers and Students of Amherst College for the Academical Year 1850-51
1850-51

Box 5: folder 6
Missionary Tracts, No. 14:
1856

Box 5: folder 7
before the Society of Inquiry when he graduated from Andover, 1855)

Box 5: folder 7
"The Syrian Protestant College" -- description of proposed college and appeal for donations
[1865]

Box 5: folder 8
Note:
Addendum 2



Arrangement:

Addendum 2 is arranged in three series: DANIEL BLISS ADDITIONS 2 (DB), ABBY WOOD BLISS ADDITIONS (AWB), BELLE DORMAN RUGH

Scope and content:

Addendum 2 further increases the Daniel Bliss Series (Series 2) by 23 folders ranging in dates from 1856 to 1874, and also adds 19 folders to the Abby Bliss Series (Series 4). Comprised mainly of personal correspondence between Daniel and Abby, the Daniel Bliss series contains a copy book from 1862 with letters to several associates. Though the copy book is in its own folder, three of the letters were transcribed by donor Belle Dorman Rugh and they precede the copybook in a sequence of folders. Otherwise, transcripts by Ms. Rugh are provided in the same folders as the originals, except where noted in the folder listing. The Abby Bliss Series is enriched with extensive correspondence between Abby and her Mother, Sister, Aunt and Uncle Luke Sweetser, and Cousin Howard. Dated from throughout 1856, the 19 folders of correspondence shed light onto a much younger Abby Bliss than is found elsewhere in the papers. Transcripts have been provided by Belle Dorman Rugh for a majority of the letters in this Addendum, and are filed with the originals in the same folder. A separate series was created for Belle Dorman Rugh which contain some of her working notes while she transcribed the letters.

Series 1: Daniel Bliss additions 2



Outgoing Correspondence:



Note:

folder contains original document only

DB to Abby's Mother and Sister
1856 Jan 19

Box 6: folder 1
DB to Abby's Mother
1856 Apr 2

Box 6: folder 2
DB to D.D. Anderson
1862 Feb 11

Box 6: folder 3
DB to J.S. & C. Adams
1862 Feb 11

Box 6: folder 4
DB to Rev. Gordon
1862 Feb 11

Box 6: folder 5
DB to Prof Tyler *
1862 Feb 25

Box 6: folder 6
DB to George Washburn *
1862 Mar 5

Box 6: folder 6
DB to R. Anderson D.D. *
1862 Mar 6

Box 6: folder 6
DB to Mr. Phelps*
1862 Apr 18

Box 6: folder 6
DB to Brother Robson*
1862 Apr 27

Box 6: folder 6
DB to Brother B *
1862 Apr 28

Box 6: folder 6
DB to R. Anderson D.D *
1862 Jun 13

Box 6: folder 6
DB to Abby and Children
1874 Apr 16

Box 6: folder 7
DB to Abby and Children
1874 Apr 21

Box 6: folder 8
DB to Abby and Children
1874 Apr 22

Box 6: folder 9
DB to Abby and Children
1874 Apr 26

Box 6: folder 10
DB to Abby and Children
1874 Apr 28

Box 6: folder 11
DB to Abby and Children *
1874 May 12

Box 6: folder 12
DB to Abby and Children *
1874 May 15

Box 6: folder 13
DB to Abby and Children *
1874 May 18

Box 6: folder 14
DB to Abby and Children *
1874 May 19

Box 6: folder 15
DB to Abby and Children *
1874 May 23

Box 6: folder 16
DB to Abby and Children *
1874 May 27

Box 6: folder 17
DB to Abby and Children *
1874 May 29

Box 6: folder 18
DB to Abby and Children *
1874 Jun 3

Box 6: folder 19
DB to Abby and Children *
1874 Jun 6

Box 6: folder 20
DB to Abby and Children *
1874 Jun 9

Box 6: folder 21
DB to Abby and Children *
1874 Jun 12

Box 6: folder 22
Incoming Correspondence:



Note:

* folder contains original document only

LF Marshall to DB *
1874 May 23

Box 6: folder 23
Note:
Series 4: Abby Wood Bliss additions



Outgoing Correspondence:



AWB to Mother and sister Mary
1856 Jan 11-Jan 23

Box 6: folder 24
AWB to Aunt and Uncle Luke Sweetser
1856 Jan 17-Jan 23

Box 6: folder 25
AWB to Cousin Howard
1856 Jan 30

Box 6: folder 26
AWB to Aunt Abby Sweetser
1856 Mar 24

Box 6: folder 27
AWB to Cousin Howard
1856 Apr 10

Box 6: folder 28
AWB to Aunt Abby Sweetser
1856 Apr 21

Box 6: folder 29
AWB to Uncle Luke Sweetser
1856 Apr 21

Box 6: folder 30
AWB to Aunt Abby Sweetser
1856 May 30

Box 6: folder 31
AWB to Mother
1856 Jun 15

Box 6: folder 32
AWB to Mother and Sister
1856 Jun 26

Box 6: folder 33
AWB to Mother and Sister Mary
1856 Jul 5

Box 6: folder 34
AWB to Aunt Abby Sweetser
1856 Jul 28

Box 6: folder 35
AWB to Aunt Abby Sweetser
1856 Sep 14

Box 6: folder 36
AWB to Aunt Abby Sweetser
1856 Oct 14

Box 6: folder 37
AWB to Aunt Abby Sweetser
1856 Nov 6

Box 6: folder 38
AWB to Sister Mary
1856 Nov 11

Box 6: folder 39
AWB to Aunt Abby Sweetser
1856 Dec 15

Box 6: folder 40
AWB to Aunt Abby Sweetser
1856 Dec 20

Box 6: folder 41
AWB to Sister Mary
1856 Dec 31

Box 6: folder 42
Note:
Series 13: Belle Dorman Rugh



WORKING NOTES



Postscript to letters...


Box 6: folder 43
re: letters of 1874


Box 6: folder 44
Notebook used during transcription


Box 6: folder 45

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Subjects
  • American University of Beirut.
  • Amherst College--Students.
  • Bliss family.
  • Christian educators.
  • Clergy--Family relationships.
  • Communication in marriage.
  • Lebanon--Description and travel.
  • Missionaries--Lebanon--Correspondence.
  • Syrian Protestant College.
  • Teachers--Lebanon--Correspondence.

Contributors
  • Bliss, Abby Wood.
  • Bliss, Amy Blatchford.
  • Bliss, Daniel, 1823-1916.
  • Bliss, Frederick Jones, 1859-1937.
  • Bliss, Howard Sweetser, 1860-1920.
  • Bliss, William Tyler.
  • Dale, Mary Bliss.
  • Dodge family.


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