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Dorothy Varian papers, circa 1902-1984

Varian, Dorothy, 1895-1985

Painter, Designer

Collection Information

Size: 2.3 linear feet

Summary: 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.

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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