Henry Varnum Poor papers, 1873-2001, bulk 1904-1970

Poor, Henry Varnum, b. 1887 d. 1970
Painter, Muralist, Educator, Designer, Ceramicist
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 11.1 linear ft.
4 rolled docs.

Collection Summary: The Henry Varnum Poor papers measure 11.1 linear feet and are dated 1873-2001, with the bulk from the period 1904-1970. Correspondence, writings, artwork, printed material, and photographs document his work as a painter, muralist, ceramic artist and potter, architect, designer, writer, war artist, educator and a co-founder of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Also found is extensive information about the design and construction of Crow House, his home in New City, N.Y., commissions for other architectural projects, and his personal life.

Biographical/Historical Note: Henry Varnum Poor (1888-1970), best known as a potter and ceramic artist, was also an architect, painter, muralist, designer, educator, and writer who lived and worked in New City, N.Y.

Gift of Henry Varnum Poor's son, Peter V. Poor, in 2007.

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An oral history interview with Henry Varnum Poor was conducted by Harlan Phillips for the Archives of American Art in 1964.