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Douglas Volk and Leonard Wells Volk papers, circa 1858-1965, 2008, bulk circa 1870-1935

Douglas Volk and Leonard Wells Volk papers, circa 1858-1965, 2008, bulk circa 1870-1935

Volk, Douglas, 1856-1935


Collection Information

Size: 11.4 linear feet

Summary: Biographical material, correspondence, writings, photographs, lectures, speeches, financial material, works of art, and printed material concerning Douglas Volk and his father, Leonard Wells Volk. A small amount of material concerns other family members Wendell, Marion, and Lawrence Volk.

Biographical material includes Volk family genealogy. Personal and professional correspondence consists of letters between Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Volk and family, Mr. and Mrs. George de Forest Brush and others. Writings includes diaries, 1875 and 1934, kept by Douglas Volk as well as a personal account book, 1873-1875, listing daily expenditures, appointments and other notes, manuscripts, lectures, and speeches by Douglas Volk and memoirs of Leonard Volk. Photographs are of works of art and family members, many unidentified. Works of art consist of sketchbooks. Printed material includes one scrapbook of clippings concerning Volk exhibitions and one scrapbook containing records of the Center Lovell Rug Weaving Community and newspaper clippings. Also included is a photograph of a portrait of Abraham Lincoln by Douglas Volk.

Biographical/Historical Note

Douglas Volk (full name Stephen Arnold Douglas Volk) (1856-1935) was a painter. His father, Leonard Wells Volk (1828-1895) was a sculptor. Both artists active in Center Lovell, Maine.


A majority of the material was donated in 2004-2005 by Jessie J. Volk, daughter-in-law of Douglas Volk and by art collectors Mary K. and John F. Mcguigan Jr. in 2015. 1875 Diary and Brush letters donated in 2006 by David Wright, who acquired them at a Volk Family estate auction on July 19, 2006. 1934 diary and 60 photographs donated 2007 by the University of Maine Foundation via Amos Orcutt. Jessie Volk bequested material to the Foundation, who, in turn, donated it to the Archives. The personal account book, 1873-1875, was donated in honor of Judy Throm by Christine I. Oaklander who acquired the item at a Volk Family estate auction on July 19, 2006. Oaklander donated additional letters and a photograph in 2008. Papers on reel 4280 lent in 1989 for microfilming by the George Arents Research Library, Syracuse, N.Y. (Edward Deming Andrews, the grand-nephew of Leonard Wells Volk, donated the microfilmed materials to Syracuse University.)

Related Materials

Additional memoirs of Leonard Volk located at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Additional papers microfilmed on reel 4280 available at the George Arents Research Library, Syracuse University.

Location of Originals

  • Reel 4280: Originals in: George Arents Research Library, Syracuse University.

Microfilm reel 4280: available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Collection is being processed and digitized and is CLOSED to researchers.