Letter from Whitelaw Reid to Elly Elliott, July 30, 1971

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OPHIR FARM PURCHASE, NEW YORK

July 30, 1971

Dear Elly:

Thanks so much for your letter and also for

the copy of your one to M. L. and Brown. I understand you were having dinner with them

last night, and by now they have probably

pickflyour brain for further intelligence

about the Womens' Center. But I was very

glad to get word of plans that are now in

progress and think Barnard’s use of the ,_ money in the way you indicate is eminently {,5_ , fitting and very much in line with H. R.'s 'y§kg§{g&5‘;‘ thinking about the role of women. A ‘ ' ' 3

H. R.'s autographed;f books and decorations can be given a home to advantage at Barnard. The books add up to a rather interesting

collection of current material, mostly written _;

I was also very glad to hear that you believe. x:2h_1%§ X N I

 by people she cared about. The decorations y §}¢g\‘¢ are not all hers. Some are undoubtedly my i ';L3““ father's and others may go back to my grand— XX; \2

parents. They would, in any event, be a Reid - \ collection, and perhaps they would make a \ decorative display. I recently came on A} citations in connection with the Siamese 3 decorations, and these I will get into the ; hands of whomever is handling them -—- ~ I probably the woman in charge of the archives, E whose name I have momentarily lost track of. I

I She and Barnard‘s librarian both came to the

apartment and looked over an assortment of -3

‘ things that I thowht might have interest in  3/’ connection with H. R. They included a number . \y of medals and special awards, which could be 1- meaningful, and a few other items. . X-\~\

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I still have a rather large collection of honorary degrees, and perhaps some way could

be found for using these. I believe they are currently in the bottom drawer of a file that

is now in the stables on the Ophir Cottage side of Purchase Street. I am takingpthe family up

’ to our. camp in the Adirondacks tomorrow but will

be back in September and will hope to put all remainin pieces together then.

with best to you and much gratefulness for - your letters.

Affectionately,

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Mrs. John Elliott, Jr. Board of Trustees Barnard College Columbia University

New York, New York 10027

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