Doris Holmes Blake - Correspondence with Helena "Lena" G. Fowler, 1933-1949

About the Project

In 1934, Lena G. Fowler wrote about how Smithsonian entomologist Doris Holmes Blake and her husband, botanist Sidney Fay Blake, should think about retiring before they were “too old to get any good out of what they have.” And we know that Doris Holmes Blake did think about retiring...but not until 1978. This project will invite researchers to see the Blake family through the eyes of others. Fowler referred to the Blakes as “frugal” and to Doris Sidney Blake, their daughter, as a “social soul, happy to be in company with her own kind.” For you volunpeers who have worked on projects from the Doris Holmes Blake Papers and think you might know the family well, think again.

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