Dorothy Varian papers, 1902-1981

Varian, Dorothy, b. 1895 d. 1985
Painter, Designer
Active in New York, N.Y.; Bearsville, N.Y.

Collection size: 1.4 linear ft. (partially microfilmed on 2 reels)
Addition: 1.0 linear ft.

Collection Summary: Photographs, printed material, correspondence, sketchbooks, poems and writings.

REEL 797: Typescripts of Varian's letters from Paris, 1920-1922, letters from Alexander Brook and Peggy Bacon, from Waldo Peirce, Leonore Marshall (many about Herminie Kleinert), Fred Dana Marsh, and other correspondents; five sketchbooks, 1912, 1917 and undated; clippings, 1916-1971, exhibition catalogs and announcements; and poems and writings.

REEL 833: Fifteen photographs of Varian's work, and twenty-four of Varian and her friends, 1902-1961.

UNMICROFILMED: Cards and letters from Peggy Bacon and Katherine Schmidt (Shubert); printed material including clippings on the careers of Varian and Bernard Karfiol and a catalog from the 1926 Brancusi exhibition at the Brummer Gallery, N.Y.C., inscribed to Varian; bills and receipts; and photographs of Varian with her friends.

ADDITION: Biographical material, correspondence, photographs, sketches, caricatures, clippings, catalogs, and a tape recording.

Biographical/Historical Note: Painter; New York, N.Y.

Material on reels 797 & 833 donated by Varian, 1972. Unmicrofilmed material donated by Varian, 1978 and 1981.

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