Bliss Family Papers
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.)
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.
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There is no restriction on access to the papers for research use. Fragile items have been enclosed in mylar folders.
Requests for permission to publish material from the papers should be directed to the Archivist of the College.
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