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

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 7 series.

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

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

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
  • 3.2: Food and Gardening, 1966-1974
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.
Description Container
Avco Corporation, 1959-1966
3
9
Berenson, Bernard, 1933-1935
3
10
Berenson, Bernard, 1936-1939
3
11
Berenson, Bernard, 1945-1968
3
12
Berenson, Bernard, 1939-1960
3
13
China Expedition, Harvard University, 1925
3
14
Consulting Projects
Mechanical/Optical Instrument System, 1955
3
15
Miscellaneous, 1949-1957, undated
3
16
Schlieren-Shadowgraph System, 1955-1956
3
17
Tension Frame TF2, 1949
3
18
Wavemeter G79, 1942
3
19
Wyckoff Hydrogen Discharge Tube, 1953
3
20
Daniel Varney, Ltd., 1945-1972
3
21
Dover Publications, Inc., 1955-1972
3
22
Greene, Belle da Costa, 1943-1971
3
23
Hindu Paintings at Elloru, 1925-1933
3
24
Jarrell-Ash Company, 1952-1955, undated
(5 folders)
3
25-29
Jones, R. V., 1951-1962
3
30
Kermes Beetles(see also: "Memorial" of the Kermes Group Luncheon)
Correspondence and Notes, 1978-1979
3
31
Photographs, undated
3
32
Research Material [including photocopies of material dated 1733], 1984, undated
(3 folders)
3
33-35
Leases and Mortgage, 1932-1961
4
1
Lucas, Sam, 1951-1974, undated
4
2
Mariano, Nicky (see: Berenson, Bernard)
4
"Memorial" of the Kermés Group Luncheon, 1978
4
3
Sylvania Electric Products, Inc., 1951
4
4
University of Glasgow, 1976
4
5
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.
Description Container
Agents, 1970-1973, undated
4
6
B. P. Singer Features, 1968
4
7
Backer, Sally ("Sally's Own Cookbook"), 1968-1970
4
8
Banks, Emily A., 1969-1970
4
9
Book Reviews, 1966-1970
4
10
Boyden, Sarah, 1967-1973
4
11
Chicago Sun-Times, 1968-1973 (see also: Readers -
(2 folders)
4
12-13
Dun and Lapham Agents for Writers, 1971-1973
4
14
Editor and Publisher, 1967-1971
4
15
Family Circle, 1970
4
16
Flower and Garden Magazine (see also: Readers - Flower and Garden Magazine), 1969-1973
4
17
"Food and Garden Gossip" (column), 1970-1971
4
18
"Foodmanship" (column), 1969-1979
4
19
Francatelli, Charles Elme (see: "Queen Victoria's Chef")
4
Gloxinia-Gesneriad Society, 1968-1971
4
20
Gourmet (see also: Readers - Gourmet), 1966-1974, undated
(6 folders)
4
21-26
Greaves, Harry, 1970-1972
4
27
Hearthside Press, 1970
4
28
Horticulture, 1968-1972, undated
(2 folders)
4
29-30
Hubley, Ben, 1968-1971
4
31
Kennedy Special Common Crackers, 1967-1970
4
32
Krech, Inez, 1971-1974
4
33
Melanson, Harold R., 1968-1969
4
34
Morton, Miriam L., 1971-1972
4
35
North Shore Magazine/Essex County Newspapers, Inc. (see also: Readers - North Shore Magazine), 1966-1973
(5 folders)
5
1-5
"Pleasures of Food and Garden" (column), 1967
5
6
Possible Clients, 1968-1973, undated
5
7
Press (Binghamton, N.Y.) (see also: Readers - Press (Binghamton, N.Y.), 1969-1972
5
8
Press Herald-Evening Express (Portland, Maine) (see also: Readers - Press Herald-Evening Express, 1968-1973
(5 folders)
5
9-13
"Queen Victoria's Chef" ( The Modern Cook by Charles Elme Francatelli), 1972
5
14
Correspondence With Readers
Chicago Sun-Times, 1969-1972
(3 folders)
5
15-17
Flower and Garden Magazine, 1970-1971
5
18
Gourmet, 1969-1972
5
19
Miscellaneous, 1968-1974, undated
(4 folders)
5
20-23
North Shore Magazine, 1968-1971
5
24
Press, Binghamton, N.Y., 1969-1971
5
25
Press Herald-Evening Express (Portland, Me.), 1968-1972
(5 folders)
5
26-30
Worcester Telegram (Worcester, Mass.), 1968-1870
(3 folders)
5
31-33
Recipes, undated
6
1
Risley, Dorothy, 1971
6
2
Saylor, William R., 1969-1971
6
3
Seeds and Supplies, 1967-1972
(2 folders)
6
4-5
Speaking Engagements, 1968-1970
6
6
Wilder, Isabel, 1966-1973
(2 folders)
6
7-8
Wines Internationale, 1969-1970
6
9
Worcester Telegram (Worcester, Mass.) (see also: Readers - Worcester Telegram), 1967-1970
6
10
Yankee, 1969-1973
6
11

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
  • 4.2: By Daniel Varney Thompson - Food and Garden, 1960s-1970s
  • 4.3: By Other Authors, 1907-1967
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.
Description Container
Art Notes, Index to Medieval Manuscripts on Craftsmanship (arranged by library), 1935
(2 card files)
6
12-13
Art Notes, Miscellaneous, undated
6
14
Art Writings, 1935-1937, undated
(2 folders)
6
15-16
Diary, Trip to India (typescript copy), 1924
6
17
Diary and Address Book, 1933-1934
(1 vol. disbound)
6
18
Miscellaneous Notes, undated
6
19
Miscellaneous Writings, undated
6
20
Poems, 1928-1929, undated
6
21
Scientific and Technical Notebooks, 1926-1949
(4 folders)
6
22-25
Scientific and Technical Notebooks, 1950-1957, undated
(6 folders)
7
1-6
Scientific and Technical Notes, 1956-1966, undated
(2 folders)
7
7-8
Scientific and Technical Writings, 1937-1957
7
9
Student Notes (art history graduate courses), 1924-1925
(2 folders)
7
10-11
Student Papers (English courses), 1921-1922
7
12
Translation, Diversarium vilium schedula by Theophilus Presbyter, circa 1956
7
13
Translation, Il libro dell'arte by Cennino Cennini, circa 1932
7
14
Translation, Secretum Philosophorum, 1934
(3 folders)
7
15-17
Translation, Various Writings concerning Red and Purple Dyes from Animal Sources, undated
7
18
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.
Description Container
Articles and Columns, A-Z, by title, 1960s-1970s
(6 folders)
8
1-6
Articles and Columns, Untitled, 1960s-1970s, undated
(4 folders)
8
7-10
Articles and Columns, Fragments, undated
8
11
Book, Good Food, Green Gardens and Red and White Wines, 1970s
(2 folders)
8
12-13
Columns, "Food and Garden Gossip,", 1970s
(2 folders)
8
14-15
Columns, "Foodmanship,", 1969-1971, undated
(5 folders)
8
16-20
Columns, "Garden Gossip,", 1970s
(2 folders)
8
21-22
Columns, "Pleasures of Food and Garden,", 1967
8
23
Columns, "The Second Glass,", 1970s
8
24
Columns, Unidentified [possibly "Garden Gossip" or column for Horticulture], 1966
8
25
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.
Description Container
Saint-Ange, Mme. E. "introduction" (to a cookbook), undated
9
1
Thompson, Cecile de Luze. Diary, 1964-1967
9
2
Thompson, Cecile de Luze. Notes on Weaving Patterns (with diagrams), 1931
9
3
Thompson, Grace R. Diary [typescript copy], summer 1907 and summer 1908
9
4
Thompson, Randall. "Say Ye to the Righteous" (music score inscribed to Dan and Cecily), 1935
9
5
Trotta, Geri. "Buenos Aires: Europe I South America,", undated
9
6

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

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
  • 6.2: By Other Authors, 1917-1979
6.1: By Daniel Varney Thompson, 1926-1971
Description Container
Articles, 1926-1969
9
12
Book Reviews, 1933, undated
9
13
Letters to Editors, 1967-1971
9
14
Miscellaneous Items, 1936
9
15
Poem, 1938
9
16
6.2: By Other Authors, 1924-1974
Description Container
About/Mentioning Daniel Varney Thompson
Articles, 1924-1967, undated
9
17
Biographical Notes, circa 1950-1979, undated
9
18
Letterheads and Business Cards, undated
9
19
Membership Lists, 1936-1964, undated
9
20
Reviews and Advertisements of Books by Thompson, 1936
9
21
About/Mentioning Randall Thompson
Articles, 1939-1974, undated
9
22
Concert Programs, 1939-1974
9
23
About/Mentioning Thompson Family, 1926-1970, undated
9
24
Articles
Art, History Medieval Studies, Science and Technology, 1936-1968, undated
(4 folders)
9
25-28
Food and Garden, 1963-1967, undated
9
29
Miscellaneous Subjects, 1962-1973, undated
9
30
Books
L'arte della seta in Firenze by Girolamo Gargiolli (photocopy), undated
(2 folders)
9
31
The Göttingen Model Book, edited by Helmut Lehmann-Haupt (photocopy), 1972
9
32
Die Herstellung des Blattmetalls in Altertum und Neuzeit by Wilhelm Theobald, undated
9
33
Le memorie di un pittore di quadric antichi by Inicio Federico Joni, undated
9
34
Miscellaneous Printed Items, 1935-1964, undated
9
35
Periodicals - Mathematical Pie (Nos. 1-53), 1950-1967
9
36
Printing Samples (Carl Purington Rollins, Daniel Varney Thompson, and others), 1917-1955, undated
9
37

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
  • 7.2: People, circa 1900-1969
  • 7.3: Places, 1923-1972
  • 7.4: Miscellaneous Subjects, 1929-1969
  • 7.5: Negative and Transparency, undated
7.1: Artwork, 1906-circa 1941
Description Container
Greaves, T. A., undated
10
1
Lyon, Robert, circa 1941
10
2
McKean, Margaret Sargent, 1937, undated
10
3
Taylor, Edwin C., 1933
10
4
Thompson, Daniel Varney, Jr., circa 1939, undated
10
5
Unidentified, 1906-1925, undated
10
6
7.2: People, circa 1900-1969
Description Container
Thompson, Cecile de Luze Simonds, 1903-1936
10
7
Thompson, Daniel Varney
Portraits, 1903-1972
10
8
With Cecile and their Children, 1931-1944
10
9
With Colleagues and Friends, 1919-1968
10
10
Family
Thompson Family (group shots with and without Daniel Varney Thompson), 1900-circa 1938, undated
10
11
Thompson, Daniel Varney, Sr. [father], 19th century
10
12
Thompson, Frederick Lincoln [uncle], circa 1930s
10
13
Thompson, John Ireland [son] and Anthea [daughter], 1939-circa 1946
10
14
Thompson, William Ladd [relationship unknown], undated
10
15
Varney, D. A. [probably uncle or grandfather], 19th century
10
16
Friends
Forbes, Edward and Margaret with Others (at Villa Curonia, Florence), 1923
10
17
McKean, Margaret Sargent, Shaw, and Family, 1931
10
18
Other Individuals, 1906-1969, undated
10
19
7.3: Places, 1923-1972
Description Container
China, 1972
10
20
Gardens, 1956-1965
10
21
Greenhouses, 1966, undated
10
22
Houses, 1964, undated
10
23
Italy, 1923
10
24
Storeroom, Daniel Varney, Ltd., 1943
10
25
Unidentified (landscapes; buildings), undated
10
26
7.4: Miscellaneous Subjects, 1929-1969
Description Container
Architectural Models of Yale University Art Gallery (proposed extension), undated
10
27
Automobiles, 1966
10
28
Consulting Projects, circa 1940s, undated
10
29
Dogs, 1929-1966
10
30
Flowers, 1966-1969, undated
10
31
Scientific Data, undated
10
32
7.5: Negative and Transparency, undated
Description Container
Negative (Artwork by Margaret Sargent McKean), undated
10
33
Color Transparency (Consulting Project), undated
10
34

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