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Barry Faulkner papers, circa 1858-1973

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 8 series:

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Series 1: Biographical Materials, 1914-1971
(Box 1, 3, RD1; 13 folders)

Found here are biographical sketches, an address book, a list of Faulkner's writings, an award from the Architectural League of New York, and a calendar listing social events and medical appointments. Military records from World War I include an identification card, officer's record book, awards, discharge papers, and other records. Also found here are oversized architectural drawings by Eric Gugler for Faulkner's home in Keene, New Hampshire. Materials related to the publication of
Sketches From an Artist's Life
, party guest lists, a list of Faulkner's medication, and an address list compiled by Mary Platt are also in this series.
The bulk of this series has been scanned, except for the address book and the oversized archictectural drawings.

Series 2: Correspondence, 1900-1973
(Boxes 1; 0.5 linear feet)

Correspondence includes letters from Faulkner's friends, family, fellow artists, and art organizations and institutions. Faulkner's letters with his parents document his 1900-1901 trip to Italy with the Thayer family. Additional family correspondence includes letters from Faulkner's brother Philip, his niece Jocelyn, his nephew Francis, and his cousin Ellen. Topics include daily activities, Faulkner's health, and family affairs and gossip. The letters also discuss other artists, such as August Saint-Gaudens, Abbott Handerson Thayer, Paul Manship, as well as the Cornish Art Colony.
Of special interest are nine folders of correspondence with close friend and writer Witter Bynner about Faulkner's daily life in New Hampshire, travels through Europe, his artistic practice and career, opinions on artistic and literary works, his service in World War I, and Bynner's writings. Included within the correspondence with Bynner are sketches of Abbott Handerson Thayer, Rockwell Kent, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Homer Saint-Gaudens, George de Forest Brush, Kahlil Gibran, and Mark Twain.
Additional correspondents in this series include sculptor Frances Grimes, architect Eric Gugler, painter Leon Kroll, and museum director James Johnson Sweeney, as well as friends Elizabeth Hare, Elsie King, and Milly Knox. The letters discuss Faulkner's career, social events, family, health concerns, travel, and common friends.
Of special interest are two postcards sent by Faulkner to "Maraine[?]" which are illustrated with pictures of Faulkner during World War I.
Also found are letters from publishers about publishing
Sketches From an Artist's Life
and letters from the Library of Congress regarding a donation of Faulkner's papers.
Some of the letters are typed transcripts and photocopies. Content has been cut out of some of the transcripts, and a few letters are annotated in pencil by an unknown hand.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.

Series 3: Writings, 1912-1966
(Boxes 1-2; 1.0 linear foot)

Most of this series consists of writings by Faulkner about other artists and writers who were friends and contemporaries. There are writings on Gifford Beal, George de Forest Brush, James Earle Fraser, Harriet Hosmer, Paul Manship, Charles Adams Platt, Hiram Powers, Edward Willis Redfield, Joseph Lindon Smith, Mary Lawrence Tonetti, Mark Twain, Lawrence Grant White, and Mahonri Young.
Other writings are about the history of New Hampshire and the Connecticut River Valley, including essays on the towns of Cornish, Walpole, and Chesterfield in New Hamphire, New Hampshire captivity narratives, stories of the Revolutionary War, and historic sites around Keene, New Hampshire. Two long essays document the history of the Dublin and Cornish art colonies, whose inhabitants included George de Forest Brush, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and Abbott Handerson Thayer. Another essay is a history of the American Academy in Rome.
Of special interest is an unpublished manuscript called
A Neighborhood of Artists
which covers the art, history, and the inhabitants of the Connecticut River Valley from the 1800s to the early 1900s. Personages discussed in the manuscript include the eighth president of Yale University Timothy Dwight, notorious criminal Stephen Burroughs, judge and playwright Royall Tyler, architect Richard Morris Hunt, the painter George Fuller, and the sculptors Henry Kirke Brown and Harriet Hosmer. Another chapter discusses the periodical
Farmers Weekly Museum
There is a manuscript of Faulkner's memoir
Swift River
, published posthumously under the title
Sketches of an Artist's Life
Other writings are about Faulkner's mural commissions including his works for the Elliot Community Hospital in Keene, New Hampshire, the National Archives, the New Hampshire Senate Chambers, and the Oregon State Capitol. Also found are essays on Amherst College, camouflage, the Hopewell Furnace in Pennsylvania, the explorer John Ledyard, walking, and witchcraft.
Writings by others include essays about Faulkner by Leon Kroll and Paul Manship. Also found are miscellaneous essays on the camouflage section in World War I, the history of herb gardens and gardener Margaret Fitch Brewster, the scholar Olivia Rodham, mural paintings in Pennsylvania and the Villa Bosco Parasio in Rome, both written by Eric Gugler. Of special interest is a 1966 interview with Faulkner by John Bond about Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
This series has been scanned in its entirety, except for 3 folders containing writings by others that are unrelated to art.

Series 4: Sketchbooks and Sketches, circa 1910s-1930s
(Boxes 2-3; 8 folders)

Four sketchbooks by Faulkner contain pencil and ink drawings of landscapes, city scenes, architecture, figures, faces, animals, trees, and water. Also included are drawn copies of artwork by others including murals, sculptures, mosaics, Asian art, Egyptian art, Greek art, and objects such as furniture and clothing. The first sketchbook contains notes on the relationship between the body, color, and the zodiac; notes on astrology; and detailed notes about where sketches were copied. Also found in this series are a small pencil sketch of a foot and a large pastel sketch of a landscape.
Artwork by others includes two sketches by Margaret Platt including one of Faulkner's studio from 1922, and three drawings which are similar stylistically but whose creator is unknown.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.

Series 5: Diaries, 1922-1956
(Boxes 2; 6 folders)

Five travel diaries from 1922 to 1924 document Faulkner's trips to Europe, Africa, and Asia including stops in France, Italy, Egypt, and Turkey. Entries describe Faulkner's impressions of places, architecture, artwork, tourist sites, restaurants, and accomodations. Topics include French churches, the artwork of Andrea Mantegna and Piero della Francesca, the tombs of Luxor, and Turkish marketplaces. Also found with the diaries are a few sketches, a list of expenses, and a chronology for March and April of 1924.
There is also a diary Faulkner kept during the summer of 1956 documenting general social, artistic, and daily events. Topics include Gifford Beal, Maxfield Parrish, Paul Manship, Eric Gugler, Saint-Gaudens Memorial trustee meetings, and gardening. Also found in this diary is a short biographical sketch of Faulkner and a list of works gifted to friends.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.

Series 6: Printed Materials, circa 1858-1966
(Box 2-3; 8 folders)

Clippings are of published writings by Faulkner, obituaries and published remembrances of Faulkner, local events in Keene, New Hampshire, and reproductions of Faulkner's artwork. Also found here are exhibition catalogs for various other artists, a reproduction of an engraving of spectactors looking at Hiram Powers' sculpture "The Greek Slave," and an announcement of Faulkner's death by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Other publications include Lawrence Grant White's translation of the first canto of Dante's
, and
The Charters of Freedom
, reproductions of the Bill of rights and the Declaration of Independence illustrated by Faulkner's murals for the National Archives. Also found is a copy of the Keene newspaper from 1879.
A portion of this series has been scanned. Materials not scanned are exhibition catalogs of other artists, the printed reproduction of the Greek Slave, and the translation of Dante's

Series 7: Photographs, 1892-1960s
(Box 2-3; 15 folders)

Photographs include portraits and photographs of Faulkner, of Faulkner with his dog Slipper, and a photograph of Faulkner with Paul Manship. Also found are portraits of James Earle Fraser and Paul Manship, a photograph of Augustus Saint-Gaudens' studio, a landscape in Dublin, New Hampshire, and a photograph of Faulkner's studio.
There are many photographs of Faulkner's artwork, including drawings, paintings, and murals for the Eastman School of Music, the National Archives, the Oregon State Capitol, and the New Hampshire Capitol Building. Photographs of artwork by others includes pieces by Gifford Beal, George Bellows, Paul Manship, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and Abbott Handerson Thayer.
Also found is one photograph album from Faulkner's adolescence and twenties, and another album of photographs primarily from the mid to late 1930s. The first album contains photographs of Faulkner, pictures of Keene, New Hampshire, landscapes, leisure activities, family photographs, and informal pictures of unidentified people. Of special interest are photographs of Faulkner fencing and camping with a person who appears to be Witter Bynner. The bulk of the photographs in the second album are of Faulkner's New Hampshire home "The Bounty." Also found are pictures of social events, the landscape around the house, Faulkner at work and with his dog Slipper, and locations in New England.
The bulk of this series has been scanned, except for photographs of works of art.

Series 8: Scrapbook, 1951
(Box 3; 2 folders)

Found here is a scrapbook of Faulkner's 70th birthday in 1951 that includes photographs of Faulkner with friends, photographs from his birthday party, telegrams with birthday greetings, birthday cards, and letters. Of special interest is a drawing and poem by Nick and Frederika James, a song by the Platts, a poem by Lawrence Grant White, and placecards with hand drawn illustrations depicting the "taste and characteristics" of Faulkner.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.

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