ELEANOR J. BLISS PAPERS
Scope and Contents
Personal papers and oversize material comprise the collection. The earliest records are papers of Eleanor Bliss’ parents dating from 1837. The majority of the collection dates from Bliss’ early life to the early 1990’s. Correspondence sent and received from Bliss and family and friends comprises part of the collection. Manuscripts written by Bliss, material collected by her on her travels, and directories and brochures from organizations of which she was a member comprise a portion of the collection.
The series begins with letters to and from Eleanor Bliss, including Christmas and birthday cards, and contains several diaries. Manuscripts of her pursuits in creative writing are included from her involvement in The Fortnightly Club, the previously all-male Explorer’s Club, and her travels through the United States and throughout the world. The series also contains papers on Bliss family history dating back to as 1837.
This series comprises watercolor paintings by family members and certificates awarded to Bliss.
Photographs of Bliss family members comprise the bulk of the series. A portion of the family photographs document trips to Europe and the western United States. Images include black and white and color prints, 35mm slides and limited negatives.
- 1837-1992, undated
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.
Biographical / Historical
Eleanor Bliss was born June 25th, 1900 on Long Island, New York. She attended Jamaica Normal School and the Hathaway-Brown School in Cleveland, Ohio, where she developed an interest in creative writing and dance. In 1919, Bliss returned east to attend Vassar College and Bradford Academy of Boston until deciding to finish her studies in the English Department of Smith College. In the fall of 1925, Bliss traveled to Cleveland to assist her aunt, Eleanor Flinn, who ran a dancing school. Her first visit to Colorado was to teach at the Perry-Mansfield Dance Camp in Steamboat Springs. At the camp, she met her lifelong friend Marjorie Perry, whose influence later brought Bliss to Colorado. Bliss visited the camp for several years until deciding to return to New York in 1930, and take over her father’s ailing real estate and insurance business. After many trips abroad and throughout the United States, she began a real estate and insurance business that she maintained in New York until her parents’ death in 1948.
Bliss moved to Colorado in March of 1948. She opened a real estate business located in Denver and began a hobby of raising, training, and showing Appaloosa horses at the ranch house she and Marjorie Perry shared in Littleton. After a successful start in the real estate market, Bliss could afford to spend summers in Steamboat Springs and winters working in Denver. She relocated to Steamboat Springs in 1969 and became actively involved in the local Arts community. In 1971, Bliss founded the Steamboat Springs Council of the Arts and Humanities. Five years later she won the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts for her work in that organization. Her impact as a promoter of Arts in the Steamboat Springs community won her a dedicated park bench in the town and the date of June 5th, beginning in 1988, as Eleanor Bliss Day. She died on October 4th, 1994 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
1 photo box
1 Photo Folio
Language of Materials
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Eleanor Bliss donated her papers with the assistance of Carol Gossard on the 28th of June 1994.
REVISED AND ENCODED BY:
- Manuscripts for publication. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Personal papers. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Photographs. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Women authors -- Colorado. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Women real estate agents -- Colorado. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- ELEANOR J. BLISS PAPERS
- Revised June 2009
- Language of description
- Script of description
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