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Series 3 | A Finding Aid to the Abbott Handerson Thayer and Thayer family papers, 1851-1999, bulk 1881-1950 | Digitized Collection

Abbott Handerson Thayer and Thayer family papers, 1851-1999, bulk 1881-1950

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Series 3: Writings, 1888-1945
(Box 3-4; 0.8 linear feet)

This series contains writings by Abbott Handerson Thayer and others, including family members and scholars. Writings by Thayer primarily focus on his theories about concealing coloration and nature observations through notes and draft writings. Also found are his writings on other topics such as the restoration of artwork. Writings by others include the writings of Emma Beach Thayer and Abbott Thayer's daughters Mary and Gladys, and writings by scholars about the Thayer's artwork.
The Writings series is arranged into 2 subseries:
Subseries 3.1: Writings by Abbott Handerson Thayer, circa 1890-1918
Subseries 3.2: Writings by Others, 1888-1989
3.1:Writings by Abbott Handerson Thayer, circa 1890-1918
Writings by Abbott Handerson Thayer, primarily on the topic of concealing coloration and his observations of nature, include four small notebooks. His notes and draft essays, often written on small scraps of paper or the back of other documents, are on the topic of concealing coloration in nature, and the related topics, the invisibility of icebergs and the concealing coloration in military uniforms and warships. Many of his notes appear to be preparations for lectures or letters to the editor on these topics, or responses to the negative feedback from his book
Concealing Coloration in Nature
, published in 1909. Also found are draft essays on the restoration of works of art and notes and essays on various subjects such as the Boer war, art, and other thoughts on nature.
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Notebooks, circa 1890-1920
(2 folders)
3
18-19
Notes & Essays on Concealing Coloration in Nature, circa 1910-1917
(4 folders)
3
20-23
Notes & Essays on the Invisibility of Icebergs, 1912
3
24
Notes & Essays on Concealing Coloration in Uniforms & Warships, circa 1915-1918
(6 folders)
3
25-30
Essay, "Restoration: The Doom of Works of Art", 1917
3
31
Typescript, "Restoration of Pictures", circa 1910s
(3 folders)
3
32-34
Draft Letters to the Editor of
The Auk
, 1916-1917
3
35
Notes & Essays on Various Subjects, circa 1901-1919
(4 folders)
3
36-39
3.2:Writings by Others, 1888-1989
This subseries contains writings by the Thayer family and writings by scholars, primarily about Abbott Handerson Thayer. Included are writings by Emma Thayer, such as a manuscript for a story entitiled "Ernest" and two poems, and Mary Thayer's diary and corresponding hand-made calendar, written when she was ten years old. Writings by Gladys Thayer Reasoner include a brief biographical sketch of her father, a biography of her son, Allen Reasoner, who died in 1943 in a plane crash, and stories and other writings she wrote as a young girl.
Writings by others about Abbott Thayer include a draft manuscript by Nancy Bell, wife of artist Arthur Bell, about Thayer's book on concealing coloration. This series also contains writings by unidentified authors, such as draft writings about George Gray Barnard, possibly written by David or Gladys Thayer Reasoner, and miscellaneous writings and poetry by others. Folders are arranged by author and title of work, if known, and chronologically within each folder.
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Emma Beach Thayer, "Ernest", circa 1900
3
40
Emma Beach Thayer, Poetry, circa 1910
3
41
Mary Thayer, Diary and Calendar, 1888
3
42
Gladys Thayer Reasoner, Biographical Sketch of Abbott H. Thayer, circa 1930
3
43
Gladys Thayer Reasoner, Biography of Allen Reasoner, "One Out of Fifty", circa 1945
3
44
Gladys Thayer Reasoner, Biography of Allen Reasoner, Draft Versions, circa 1945
(3 folders; not scanned)
3
45-47
Gladys Thayer Reasoner, Miscellaneous Writings, circa 1897
3
48
Sidney Allen, "Abbott Handerson Thayer: An Appreciation of His Work", circa 1920s
3
49
Nancy Bell, "A Painter Naturalist and His Son", circa 1909
3
50
William Dutcher, "Report of the A. O. U. Committee on the Protection of North American Birds for the Year 1903", 1903
3
51
Elizabeth Walmsley, "A Preliminary Investigation into the Painting Techniquest of Abbott Handerson Thayer", 1988-1989
3
52
Unknown Author, Notes for a Book on Abbott H. Thayer, circa 1920s
3
53
Unknown Author, Lecture on Rembrandt and Reubens, undated
3
54
Unknown Author, Writings about George Grey Barnard, circa 1938
3
55
Miscellaneous Writings by Others, circa 1890-1920
4
1
Miscellaneous Poetry, circa 1900-1945
(Partially scanned)
4
2

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