Daniel Varney Thompson papers, 1848-1979, bulk, 1923-1979

A Finding Aid to the Daniel Varney Thompson Papers, 1848-1979, bulk 1923-1979, in the Archives of American Art, by Catherine S. Gaines

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Biographical Information

Daniel Varney Thompson (1902-1980) was an art conservator and historian, professor, engineer, and writer. A noted authority on medieval painting, Varney lived and worked primarily in the Boston area and London.

Daniel Varney Thompson was born in New Jersey in 1902. He was the son of Grace Randall Thompson and Daniel Varney Thompson, Sr., a classics teacher at the Lawrenceville School and later headmaster of Boston Latin School. American composer Randall Thompson was his older brother. Following family tradition, Thompson attended Harvard, earning the A.B. in 1922 and A.M. in 1926, focusing his attention on fine arts, physical chemistry, and literature. Daniel V. Thompson stopped using the designation Jr. after his father's death in 1932.

Between 1922 and 1925 Thompson was employed in the Fogg Museum's laboratory devoted to analyzing art materials for the purposes of detecting forgeries, preserving works of art, and devising methods to aid working artists. During this period, Thompson went to Italy as a Sheldon Fellow in Fine Arts, to learn medieval fresco painting techniques from Edward W. Forbes, Director of the Fogg Museum. He also had an opportunity to study medieval and Renaissance painting techniques with Inicio Federico Joni, and while in Italy began life-long friendships with the Forbes family and Bernard Berenson. Thompson served as a technical advisor to the 1924-1925 Second Harvard China Expedition; he traveled to China by way of India, where he studied wall paintings in caves at Ajanta and Elura and researched newly discovered scrolls.

Daniel Varney Thompson was on the faculty of Yale from 1926-1933, where he taught art history, and tempera painting courses, and laid the foundation for the Department of Fine Arts when Yale became a university in 1932. During his time at Yale, Thompson married Cecile [Cecily] de Luze Simonds.

When The American Council of Learned Societies awarded Thompson a research fellowship for the academic year 1933/34, he returned to Europe and surveyed major libraries for materials concerning the history of technology of the arts. Thompson was then invited to be Professor of the History of Technology at the University of London. He was on the faculty from 1934-1946, and also served as research and technical advisor, developing a laboratory at the Courtauld Institute for analysis of art materials.

During World War II, the Courtauld's laboratory - which had facilities for emission, absorption, and x-ray spectrography - was offered to the Ministry of Aircraft Production. To avoid compromising the University's tax-free status, Thompson formed and served as managing director of Daniel Varney Limited, a private company which leased the premises and equipment. From 1940 to 1945, the company was operated in the name of the Courtauld Institute, employing 200 people in tool making, gauge making, fine mechanisms, and development and production of optics instruments. After the war, Daniel Varney Limited shifted its interests to high vacuum diffusion pumps, gas manipulation, and glassblowing.

Upon returning to the United States in 1947, Thompson settled in the Boston area, becoming a technical consultant. He worked on projects for E-Z Mills, Inc., Sylvania Eloctronics, Comstock & Wescott, Inc., and other corporations. He was chief engineer of Jarrell-Ash Co., 1953-1955, redesigning optical instruments, spectrography, and schlieren systems. Between 1955 and 1957, Thompson served as Vice President of Swett & Sibley, involved with the design and development of optical instruments, scanning spectrometers, and densistometers. He then moved to Avco Corporation, where for the next decade he was a Senior Staff Consultant working on optical design in rocket instrumentation. Thompson retired from his engineering career in 1967.

Daniel V. Thompson wrote and published extensively. Art-related writings include translations and a monograph published by Yale University Press, and numerous articles and reviews. Translations are: Cennino Cennini's Il Libro dell'Arte (3 volumes: Text of Il Libro dell'Arte, 1932; The Craftsman's Handbook, 1933; and The Practice of Tempera Painting, 1936), and An Anonymous Fourteenth Century Treatise (De arte illuminadi) (with his student George Heard Hamilton), 1936. A monograph, The Materials and Techniques of Medieval Painting (foreword by Bernard Berenson) appeared in 1936.

Most of Thompson's scientific and technical writings are unpublished and relate to projects for which he served as a consulting engineer.

Soon after retiring, Thompson began a new career that he continued for the remainder of his life. A serious cook and long-time gardener, he began writing about these topics, producing weekly columns that were published by newspapers from Maine to Chicago and contributing articles to Gourmet, Horticulture, and similar periodicals. Thompson also lectured to garden clubs and judged garden and flower competitions.

Daniel Varney Thompson died on January 4, 1980, following an automobile accident in Malaga, Spain.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The papers of art conservator and historian, professor, engineer, and writer Daniel Varney Thompson (1902-1980) are dated 1848-1979, with the bulk of the material dated 1923-1979. The collection measures 9.6 linear feet and consists of biographical material, correspondence, subject files, writings, artwork, printed material, and photographs.

Biographical information includes certificates and diplomas, passports, and wills. Correspondence documents Daniel Varney Thompson's personal and professional life. Personal correspondence centers heavily on family members including his brother, the composer Randall Thompson. Professional correspondence concerns Thompson's academic career, research, writing, and work as a technical consultant and engineer. Among the correspondents are colleagues from Harvard, Yale, the Courtauld Institute, publishers, and academic and technical journals, in addition to corporate clients.

Subject files are comprised of varying correspondence, printed matter, photographs, notes and writings relating to Thompson's areas of interest. Personal and professional subject files include many relating to his research interests and engineering consulting projects. Of particular interest are numerous letters from Bernard Berenson. There is also correspondence with Belle da Costa Greene, as well as files concerning the Kermes beetle (a source of crimson dyes in the middle ages). Food and gardening subject files reflect Thompson's career as a writer and columnist on these subjects.

Writings consist mainly of manuscripts, drafts, research and miscellaneous notes; also included are diaries, poems, miscellaneous items, and a music score. Daniel Varney Thompson's personal and professional writings include two diaries, poems, and student writings. Most of his extant writings are on art-related topics, science and technology. Among the notes is an index to medieval manuscripts on craftsmanship in major European libraries was compiled by Thompson in 1935. His work on the subject remains unpublished and his notes are extremely valuable since some of the materials noted were lost in World War II. Scientific and technical notebooks, along with various wirings and reports, document projects undertaken as a technical consultant and engineer. The food and gardening writings are extensive and consist of manuscripts and notes for articles and columns, and for a book-length compilation of these writings. Among the writings by other authors are diaries of his mother and wife, and a music score by his brother, Randall Thompson.

Artwork by Daniel Varney Thompson, Mary Sargent McKean, and Henry Winslow consists of drawings, prints, watercolors, a sketchbook, and an oil painting. Printed material includes articles and book reviews by Daniel Varney Thompson, and items about or mentioning him and his family. Also found are articles and books about art, history, medieval studies, science and technology, and food and gardening topics.

Photographs are of artwork, people, places and miscellaneous subjects. Images of people are mainly Thompson and family members.

Arrangement and Series Description

The collection is arranged as 7 series.

Subjects and Names

This collection is indexed in the online catalog of the Archives of American Art under the following terms:

Subjects:

  • Courtauld Institute of Art -- Faculty

Subjects-Topical:

  • Art historians
  • Conservators
  • Gardening
  • Food
  • Authors --Massachusetts
  • Engineers -- United States
  • Kermes (Insect)

Types of Materials:

  • Photographs
  • Diaries
  • Sketchbooks
  • Oil paintings
  • Poetry
  • Drawings
  • Manuscripts
  • Musical scores
  • Watercolors
  • Notebooks
  • Prints

Names:

  • Berenson, Bernard,1865-1959
  • Thompson, Randall, 1899-1984
  • Winslow, Henry, b. 1874
  • Greene, Belle da Costa, 1883-1950
  • McKean, Mary Sargeant

Provenance

The Daniel Varney Thompson papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in increments between 1974-1981 by Mr. Thompson and his estate.

Separated and Related Materials

Also found in the Archives of American Art are oral history interviews conducted with Daniel V. Thompson by Robert Brown, September 25, 1974-November 2, 1976. There are also three letters from Thompson to his sister-in-law Edith Simonds Moore.

How the Collection was Processed

A portion of the collection, including 81 letters from Bernard Berenson, was originally loaned in 1973 and microfilmed on reel 888. It was subsequently donated and is now integrated within the papers. The collection was processed by Catherine S. Gaines in 2007.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

Use of original papers requires an appointment.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Daniel Varney Thompson papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Available Formats

Use of originals requires an appointment.

How to Cite this Collection

Daniel Varney Thompson papers, 1848-1979, bulk 1923-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Biographical Information, 1848-1970s
(Box 1, OV 11-12; 0.3 linear ft.)

Biographical information includes certificates and diplomas, passports, and wills. The item pre-dating Thompson's birth is a family document: the marriage certificate of Samuel Cogswell and Sarah Williams.

Other information about the Thompson family is included in Thompson's diaries and those of his mother and wife, found among the writings (Series 4). Some printed material (Series 6) concerns the career of his brother, composer Randall Thompson, and other items mention his wife.

Biographical information is arranged by record type and chronologically within folders.

Box Folder
1 1 Awards, 1917-1969
1 2 Biographical Notes, 1950s-1970s
1 3 Certificate (Registered Professional Engineer), 1970
(see also OV 11)
1 4 Diploma
(see OV 11)
1 5 Driver's License, 1933-1946
1 6 Employment Applications and Recommendation, 1951-1960
1 7 Family Document, Marriage Certificate, 1848
1 Passports
1 8 Cecile deLuze Simonds Thompson, 1920-1941
1 9 Daniel Varney Thompson, 1920-1944
1 10 John Ireland Thompson, 1937
1 11 Selective Service Registration, 1943-1945
1 12 Wills and Cemetery Deed, 1967, 1970
(see also: OV 12)
Box
OV 11 Certificate (Registered Professional Engineer) and Diploma (Harvard University), 1926, 1956
Box
OV 12 Blueprint of Thompson Family Headstone, 1970

Series 2: Correspondence, 1914-1979
(Boxes 1-3; 2.0 linear ft.)

Correspondence documents Daniel Varney Thompson's personal and professional life. Mr. Thompson's brief notes about major correspondents immediately pecede the correspondence. Personal correspondence with friends and family includes many letters exchanged with his wife during their courtship and, later, when absent from home. Among the other family correspondence are a small number of letters from his parents, children, and brother, the composer Randall Thompson. Professional correspondence documents Thompson's academic career, research, and writing, and his later work as a technical consultant and engineer.

Correspondence concerning Thompson's food and garden writing career and additional personal and professional correspondence is scattered among the Subject Files (Series 3).

Correspondence is arranged in chronological order.

Box Folder
1 13 Notes on Correspondents by Daniel V. Thompson, circa 1970s
1 14-36 Correspondence, 1914-1938
(23 folders)
Box Folder
2 1-22 Correspondence, 1939-1973
(22 folders)
Box Folder
3 1-3 Correspondence, 1974-1979
(3 folders)
3 Correspondence, undated
3 4-5 January - December
(2 folders)
3 6 Sunday - Saturday
3 7 Clark, Katharine B. - York, Lewis E.
3 8 Unidentified; Illegible

Series 3: Subject Files, 1925-1979
(Boxes 3-6; 3.0 linear ft.)

Subject files contain varying combinations of correspondence, printed material, photographs, notes and writings relating to Thompson's areas of interest.

The series is arranged into 2 subseries:

3.1: Personal and Professional, 1925-1979

Personal and professional subject files include many relating to engineering consulting projects and research interests. Of particular interest are the files on Bernard Berenson consisting of many letters to Thompson dated 1933-1957 and letters from Nicky Mariano, 1959-1966, and Creighton Giilbert, 1968. All of these items appear on microfilm reel 888. Also of note are a file titled Belle da Costa Greene concerning background information and the circumstances surrounding the death of her adopted son. Extensive correspondence, notes, photographs, and research materials (much photocopied) document Thompson's interest in Kermes beetles, the source of crimson dyes in the Middle Ages.

Box Folder
3 9 Avco Corporation, 1959-1966
3 10-13 Berenson, Bernard (includes letters from Nicky Mariano and Creighton Gilbert), 1933-1968
(4 folders)
3 14 China Expedition, Harvard University, 1925
3 Consulting Projects
3 15 Mechanical/Optical Instrument System, 1955
3 16 Miscellaneous, 1949-1957, undated
3 17 Schlieren-Shadowgraph System, 1955-1956
3 18 Tension Frame TF2, 1949
3 19 Wavemeter G79, 1942
3 20 Wyckoff Hydrogen Discharge Tube, 1953
3 21 Daniel Varney, Ltd., 1945-1972
3 22 Dover Publications, Inc., 1955-1972
3 23 Greene, Belle da Costa, 1943-1971
3 24 Hindu Paintings at Elloru, 1925-1933
3 25-29 Jarrell-Ash Company, 1952-1955, undated
(5 folders)
3 30 Jones, R. V., 1951-1962
3 30 Kermes Beetles(see also: "Memorial" of the Kermes Group Luncheon)
3 31 Correspondence and Notes, 1978-1979
3 32 Photographs, undated
3 33-35 Research Material [including photocopies of material dated 1733], 1984, undated
(3 folders)
Box Folder
4 1 Leases and Mortgage, 1932-1961
4 2 Lucas, Sam, 1951-1974, undated
4 2 Mariano, Nicky (see: Berenson, Bernard)
4 3 "Memorial" of the Kermés Group Luncheon, 1978
4 4 Sylvania Electric Products, Inc., 1951
4 5 University of Glasgow, 1976

3.2: Food and Gardening, 1966-1974

Food and gardening subject files document Thompson's career as a writer and columnist on these subjects. Included are extensive files of correspondence with readers, as well as editorial correspondence.

Box Folder
4 6 Agents, 1970-1973, undated
4 7 B. P. Singer Features, 1968
4 8 Backer, Sally ("Sally's Own Cookbook"), 1968-1970
4 9 Banks, Emily A., 1969-1970
4 10 Book Reviews, 1966-1970
4 11 Boyden, Sarah, 1967-1973
4 12-13 Chicago Sun-Times, 1968-1973 (see also: Readers - Chicago-Sun Times) 1968-1973 (see also: Readers - Chicago-Sun Times)
(2 folders)
4 14 Dun and Lapham Agents for Writers, 1971-1973
4 15 Editor and Publisher, 1967-1971
4 16 Family Circle, 1970
4 17 Flower and Garden Magazine (see also: Readers - Flower and Garden Magazine), 1969-1973
4 18 "Food and Garden Gossip" (column), 1970-1971
4 19 "Foodmanship" (column), 1969-1979
4 Francatelli, Charles Elme (see: "Queen Victoria's Chef")
4 20 Gloxinia-Gesneriad Society, 1968-1971
4 21-26 Gourmet (see also: Readers - Gourmet), 1966-1974, undated
(6 folders)
4 27 Greaves, Harry, 1970-1972
4 28 Hearthside Press, 1970
4 29-30 Horticulture, 1968-1972, undated
(2 folders)
4 31 Hubley, Ben, 1968-1971
4 32 Kennedy Special Common Crackers, 1967-1970
4 33 Krech, Inez, 1971-1974
4 34 Melanson, Harold R., 1968-1969
4 35 Morton, Miriam L., 1971-1972
Box Folder
5 1-5 North Shore Magazine/Essex County Newspapers, Inc. (see also: Readers - North Shore Magazine), 1966-1973
(5 folders)
5 6 "Pleasures of Food and Garden" (column), 1967
5 7 Possible Clients, 1968-1973, undated
5 8 Press (Binghamton, N.Y.) (see also: Readers - Press (Binghamton, N.Y.), 1969-1972
5 9-13 Press Herald-Evening Express (Portland, Maine) (see also: Readers - Press Herald-Evening Express, 1968-1973
(5 folders)
5 14 "Queen Victoria's Chef" (The Modern Cook by Charles Elme Francatelli), 1972
5 Correspondence With Readers
5 15-17 Chicago Sun-Times, 1969-1972
(3 folders)
5 18 Flower and Garden Magazine, 1970-1971
5 19 Gourmet, 1969-1972
5 20-23 Miscellaneous, 1968-1974, undated
(4 folders)
5 24 North Shore Magazine, 1968-1971
5 25 Press, Binghamton, N.Y., 1969-1971
5 26-30 Press Herald-Evening Express (Portland, Me.), 1968-1972
(5 folders)
5 31-33 Worcester Telegram (Worcester, Mass.), 1968-1870
(3 folders)
Box Folder
6 1 Recipes, undated
6 2 Risley, Dorothy, 1971
6 3 Saylor, William R., 1969-1971
6 4-5 Seeds and Supplies, 1967-1972
(2 folders)
6 6 Speaking Engagements, 1968-1970
6 7-8 Wilder, Isabel, 1966-1973
(2 folders)
6 9 Wines Internationale, 1969-1970
6 10 Worcester Telegram (Worcester, Mass.) (see also: Readers - Worcester Telegram), 1967-1970
6 11 Yankee, 1969-1973

Series 4: Writings, 1907-1970s
(Boxes 6-9; 2.85 linear ft.)

Writings consist mainly of manuscripts, drafts, research and miscellaneous notes; also included are diaries, poems, miscellaneous items, and a music score. Additional writings by Thompson and other authors are found among the subject files (Series 3).

The series is arranged as 3 subseries:

4.1: By Daniel Varney Thompson - Personal and Professional, 1921-1966

The personal and professional writings of Daniel Varney Thompson are on art-related topics, science and technology. An index to medieval manuscripts on craftsmanship in major European libraries was compiled by Thompson in 1935 (2 card files). His work on the subject remains unpublished and his notes are extremely valuable since some of the materials noted were lost in World War II. In addition, there are notes and research materials relating to Thompson's translation work. His scientific and technical notebooks (10 vols.) and various writings and reports document projects undertaken as a technical consultant and engineer from the late 1930s through 1960s. Also extant are two diaries, poems, and student writings.

Box Folder
6 12-13 Art Notes, Index to Medieval Manuscripts on Craftsmanship (arranged by library), 1935
(2 card files)
6 14 Art Notes, Miscellaneous, undated
6 15-16 Art Writings, 1935-1937, undated
(2 folders)
6 17 Diary, Trip to India (typescript copy), 1924
6 18 Diary and Address Book, 1933-1934
(1 vol. disbound)
6 19 Miscellaneous Notes, undated
6 20 Miscellaneous Writings, undated
6 21 Poems, 1928-1929, undated
6 22-25 Scientific and Technical Notebooks, 1926-1949
(4 folders)
Box Folder
7 1-6 Scientific and Technical Notebooks, 1950-1957, undated
(6 folders)
7 7-8 Scientific and Technical Notes, 1956-1966, undated
(2 folders)
7 9 Scientific and Technical Writings, 1937-1957
7 10-11 Student Notes (art history graduate courses), 1924-1925
(2 folders)
7 12 Student Papers (English courses), 1921-1922
7 13 Translation, Diversarium vilium schedula by Theophilus Presbyter, circa 1956
7 14 Translation, Il libro dell'arte by Cennino Cennini, circa 1932
7 15-17 Translation, Secretum Philosophorum, 1934
(3 folders)
7 18 Translation, Various Writings concerning Red and Purple Dyes from Animal Sources, undated

4.2: By Daniel Varney Thompson - Food and Garden, 1960s-1970s

Thompson's food and garden writings consist of manuscripts, drafts and notes for articles and columns, and for a book-length compilation of these writings.

Box Folder
8 1-6 Articles and Columns, A-Z, by title, 1960s-1970s
(6 folders)
8 7-10 Articles and Columns, Untitled, 1960s-1970s, undated
(4 folders)
8 11 Articles and Columns, Fragments, undated
8 12-13 Book, Good Food, Green Gardens and Red and White Wines, 1970s
(2 folders)
8 14-15 Columns, "Food and Garden Gossip," 1970s
(2 folders)
8 16-20 Columns, "Foodmanship," 1969-1971, undated
(5 folders)
8 21-22 Columns, "Garden Gossip," 1970s
(2 folders)
8 23 Columns, "Pleasures of Food and Garden," 1967
8 24 Columns, "The Second Glass," 1970s
8 25 Columns, Unidentified [possibly "Garden Gossip" or column for Horticulture], 1966

4.3: By Other Authors, 1907-1967

Writings by other authors include diaries of Thompson's mother and wife and a music score by his brother, Randall Thompson.

Box Folder
9 1 Saint-Ange, Mme. E. "introduction" (to a cookbook), undated
9 2 Thompson, Cecile de Luze. Diary, 1964-1967
9 3 Thompson, Cecile de Luze. Notes on Weaving Patterns (with diagrams), 1931
9 4 Thompson, Grace R. Diary [typescript copy], summer 1907 and summer 1908
9 5 Thompson, Randall. "Say Ye to the Righteous" (music score inscribed to Dan and Cecily), 1935
9 6 Trotta, Geri. "Buenos Aires: Europe I South America," undated

Series 5: Artwork, 1923-1934
(Box 9, OV package 13; 5 folders)

This series includes drawings, prints, watercolors, and an oil painting. A small number of drawings, prints and a sketchbook containing pencil sketches and watercolors are by Daniel V. Thompson.

Artwork is arranged alphabetically by artist.

Box Folder
9 7 McKean, Mary Sargent. Drawing and Watercolors, 1934, undated
(see also: OV 13)
9 8-9 Thompson, Daniel Varney. Drawings, Prints, and Sketchbook, 1923, undated
(2 folders)
9 10 Winslow, Henry. Print, undated
9 11 Unidentified, undated
Box
OV 13 McKean, Mary Sargent [signed Sargent]. Oil Painting, undated

Series 6: Printed Material, 1917-1979
(Box 9; 0.75 linear ft.)

Items of particular interest are concert programs and articles about/mentioning noted American composer Randall Thompson, the older brother of Daniel Varney Thompson, and material concerning Daniel Varney Thompson and the Thompson Family. Also included is Le memorie di un pittore di quadric antichi, a book by Inicio Federico Joni under whom Thompson studied medieval and Renaissance painting techniques while in Italy in 1923.

A significant amount of additional printed material can be found in the Subject Files (Series 3).

The series is arranged as 2 subseries. Printed material is categorized by record type with each folder arranged chronologically.

6.1: By Daniel Varney Thompson, 1926-1971

Box Folder
9 12 Articles, 1926-1969
9 13 Book Reviews, 1933, undated
9 14 Letters to Editors, 1967-1971
9 15 Miscellaneous Items, 1936
9 16 Poem, 1938

6.2: By Other Authors, 1924-1974

Box Folder
9 About/Mentioning Daniel Varney Thompson
9 17 Articles, 1924-1967, undated
9 18 Biographical Notes, circa 1950-1979, undated
9 19 Letterheads and Business Cards, undated
9 20 Membership Lists, 1936-1964, undated
9 21 Reviews and Advertisements of Books by Thompson, 1936
9 About/Mentioning Randall Thompson
9 22 Articles, 1939-1974, undated
9 23 Concert Programs, 1939-1974
9 24 About/Mentioning Thompson Family, 1926-1970, undated
9 Articles
9 25-28 Art, History Medieval Studies, Science and Technology, 1936-1968, undated
(4 folders)
9 29 Food and Garden, 1963-1967, undated
9 30 Miscellaneous Subjects, 1962-1973, undated
9 Books
9 31 L'arte della seta in Firenze by Girolamo Gargiolli (photocopy), undated
(2 folders)
9 32 The Göttingen Model Book, edited by Helmut Lehmann-Haupt (photocopy), 1972
9 33 Die Herstellung des Blattmetalls in Altertum und Neuzeit by Wilhelm Theobald, undated
9 34 Le memorie di un pittore di quadric antichi by Inicio Federico Joni, undated
9 35 Miscellaneous Printed Items, 1935-1964, undated
9 36 Periodicals - Mathematical Pie (Nos. 1-53), 1950-1967
9 37 Printing Samples (Carl Purington Rollins, Daniel Varney Thompson, and others), 1917-1955, undated

Series 7: Photographs, circa 1900-1972
(Box 10; 0.4 linear ft.)

Photographs are of artwork, people, places and miscellaneous subjects. The majority of photographs of people are of Daniel V. Thompson and family members. Other individuals portrayed are Edward Forbes with colleagues and family at Villa Curonia, Shaw and Margaret Sargent McKean, and a number of unidentified people. Some Subject Files (Series 3) also include photographs.

The series is arranged as 5 subseries. Images of artwork are arranged by artist.

7.1: Artwork, 1906-circa 1941

Box Folder
10 1 Greaves, T. A., undated
10 2 Lyon, Robert, circa 1941
10 3 McKean, Margaret Sargent, 1937, undated
10 4 Taylor, Edwin C., 1933
10 5 Thompson, Daniel Varney, Jr., circa 1939, undated
10 6 Unidentified, 1906-1925, undated

7.2: People, circa 1900-1969

Box Folder
10 7 Thompson, Cecile de Luze Simonds, 1903-1936
10 Thompson, Daniel Varney
10 8 Portraits, 1903-1972
10 9 With Cecile and their Children, 1931-1944
10 10 With Colleagues and Friends, 1919-1968
10 Family
10 11 Thompson Family (group shots with and without Daniel Varney Thompson), 1900-circa 1938, undated
10 12 Thompson, Daniel Varney, Sr. [father], 19th century
10 13 Thompson, Frederick Lincoln [uncle], circa 1930s
10 14 Thompson, John Ireland [son] and Anthea [daughter], 1939-circa 1946
10 15 Thompson, William Ladd [relationship unknown], undated
10 16 Varney, D. A. [probably uncle or grandfather], 19th century
10 Friends
10 17 Forbes, Edward and Margaret with Others (at Villa Curonia, Florence), 1923
10 18 McKean, Margaret Sargent, Shaw, and Family, 1931
10 19 Other Individuals, 1906-1969, undated

7.3: Places, 1923-1972

Box Folder
10 20 China, 1972
10 21 Gardens, 1956-1965
10 22 Greenhouses, 1966, undated
10 23 Houses, 1964, undated
10 24 Italy, 1923
10 25 Storeroom, Daniel Varney, Ltd., 1943
10 26 Unidentified (landscapes; buildings), undated

7.4: Miscellaneous Subjects, 1929-1969

Box Folder
10 27 Architectural Models of Yale University Art Gallery (proposed extension), undated
10 28 Automobiles, 1966
10 29 Consulting Projects, circa 1940s, undated
10 30 Dogs, 1929-1966
10 31 Flowers, 1966-1969, undated
10 32 Scientific Data, undated

7.5: Negative and Transparency, undated

Box Folder
10 33 Negative (Artwork by Margaret Sargent McKean), undated
10 34 Color Transparency (Consulting Project), undated