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Dorothy Varian papers, circa 1902-1984

Dorothy Varian papers, circa 1902-1984

Varian, Dorothy, 1895-1985

Painter, Designer

Collection Information

Size: 2.3 linear feet

Biographical/Historical Note

Dorothy Varian (1895-1985) was a painter in New York City, and Woodstock, NY.


The collection was donated to the Archives of American Art in installments by Dorothy Varian in 1972, 1978, and 1981. An additonal installment was donated in 1986 by the Dorothy Varian estate, via Robert Plate.

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Scope and Contents

The papers of painter Dorothy Varian date from circa 1902 to 1984 and measure 2.3 linear feet. This collection documents Varian's life primarily through scattered biographical material; correspondence with family, friends, artists, and art galleries; personal business records; a few writings; exhibition catalogs, news clippings, and other printed material; photographs of Varian, her friends, including Peggy Bacon, Alex Brook, Bernard Karfiol, and Yauso Kuniyoshi, and artwork; and original sketches by Varian and fellow artist Peggy Bacon.

Varian's earliest correspondence is with her mother and her cousin Jessie, detailing her life as an artist in Paris. Also found is extensive correspondence with with Peggy Bacon, Hermine Kleinert, Lenore G. Marshall, Waldo Pierce, Katherine Schmidt, Antoinette Schulte, and the Renoir family.

Portions of the collection are available on microfilm reels 797 and 833 at the Archives of American Art offices, and thorugh interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the current arrangement of this collection does not match the microfilm arrangement.

Use of original papers requires an appointment. Contact Reference Services for more information. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.

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