Doris Holmes Blake - Correspondence with Doris Sidney Blake, March 1948 - January 1949

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“He doesn’t amount to much scientifically, but I like him just the same,” wrote Smithsonian entomologist Doris Holmes Blake about a colleague in 1948. The shade is blinding. This frankness fills the pages of her letters to her daughter, Doris Sidney, who was studying at Radcliffe College. Aside from talk about the happenings at the Smithsonian, the two often discuss Doris Sidney’s love life (she amusingly describes each date in detail). In one instance, Doris Sidney sought advice from her college physician about how to get out of going on a second date with a boy. Hunker down with a team of volunpeers to make these records more discoverable. Funding for the digitization of Blake's correspondence, and its inclusion into the Transcription Center, was provided by the Smithsonian Women's Committee.

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