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

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1.3: Writings and Notes , 1886-1933
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Boxes 5-6

Writings are primarily on art and historical events relating to Leonard Wells Volk's creation of the life mask and hands of Lincoln. They include what appear to be early versions and drafts of Volk's monograph "Art Instruction in Public Schools" (1894) and manuscripts on related ideas including "What should Children Draw?" (1897). Also found is a corrected newspaper copy of an address on the subject of art instruction in schools read before the Minnesota State Convention of Teachers (1886). Related to activities in Center Lovell are multiple partial drafts of writings entitled "Beauty Dethroned..," promoting the value of art and craftsmanship in an age when productivity was increasingly driven by automated processes and the use of machines.
Also found are manuscripts for eight dated lectures and addresses to schools and societies.
Notebooks contain lists and notes relating to Volk's daily business, scattered journal entries, scattered sketches, names and addresses, and some accounting information. The 1901-1905 notebook relates primarily to subscriptions to the Center Lovell community publication The Fire Fly: A Periodical of Fearless Endeavour.
Notes and other fragments and manuscripts include notes and annotated transcripts of letters and reviews relating to Leonard Wells Volk's Lincoln life mask. The notes and letters appear to have been used by Douglas Volk in various addresses and writings on his father's work.
Manuscripts for two plays and a fictional romance story can also be found in this series. Writings by others include Paul Dougherty's statement on Volk's portrait of William Macbeth (1917) that was given to the Brooklyn Museum, and an essay by Edgar Whitaker Work on Volk's Lincoln portrait, With Malice Toward None.
Manuscripts for what appear to be essays and/or monographs are followed by addresses and lectures, plays, and notes and notebooks. Writings by others are arranged at the end of the series.
Series is scanned in entirety with the exception of duplicate manuscripts with no annotations.
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"A Romance From Maine", circa 1890
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"Abraham Lincoln - Breasting the Winds", circa 1890-circa 1930
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"Art Instruction In Public Schools," Corrected Newspaper Copy, 1886
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"Art Instruction in Public Schools," Drafts (1 of 5)", circa 1890s
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"Art Instruction in Public Schools," Drafts (2 of 5), circa 1890s
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"Art Instruction in Public Schools," Drafts (3 of 5), circa 1890s
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"Art Instruction in Public Schools," Drafts (4 of 5), circa 1890s
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"Art Instruction in Public Schools," Drafts (5 of 5), circa 1890s
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"Art Instruction In Public Schools," Manuscript, 1897
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"Beauty Dethroned: Beauty and it's Enemy the Machine" and Related Drafts, circa 1900-circa 1930
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"Beauty Dethroned: Beauty and it's Enemy the Machine" and Related Drafts, circa 1900-circa 1930
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"Beauty Dethroned: Beauty and it's Enemy the Machine" and Related Drafts, circa 1900-circa 1930
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"Going to Gen'l Grant's Reception", circa 1870s
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"Interview with the Aid de Camp of the King of Belgium", circa 1919
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"Motive and Subject in Art", circa 1890-circa 1930
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"Protecting Brain Work", circa 1890-circa 1930
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"What Should Young Children Draw?", circa 1890-circa 1930
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Untitled Fragments, circa 1890-circa 1930
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Untitled Fragments, circa 1890-circa 1930
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Untitled Fragments, circa 1890-circa 1930
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Untitled Manuscripts, circa 1890-circa 1930
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Untitled Writings on Handweaving Textiles/Rugs, circa 1890-circa 1930
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Addresses/Lectures
"Addressed to an Art Student", circa 1890-circa 1930
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"Art as an Expression of Life," Bowdoin College (1927 May 12), 1927
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"Art as an Expression of Life," Bowdoin College (1927 May 12), 1927
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"Art as an Expression of Life," Bowdoin College (1927 May 12), 1927
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"Art Matters in Norfolk," To Norfolk Society of Arts, circa 1924-1926
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Conway Rotary Club Address on Lincoln and Leonard Volk (1932 June 12), 1932
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Conway Rotary Club Address on Lincoln and Leonard Volk (1932 June 12), 1932
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Conway Rotary Club Address on Lincoln and Leonard Volk (1932 June 12), 1932
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Conway Rotary Club Address on Lincoln and Leonard Volk (1932 June 12), 1932
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"Fryeburg Address: Lincoln and Trip Abroad", 1920-1929
includes letter from Henry White (1919) and Brand Whitlock (1920)
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Memorial Ceremony in Honor of Dr. Maurice Francis Egan, 1926
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"Montclair Early Days", 1926 February 11
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"Preamble on reading the Declaration of Independence at the celebration held in Center Lovell, ME July 4, 1918", 1918
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Play, "A Studio Romance", 1893
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Play, "A Studio Romance", 1893
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Play, "A Studio Romance", 1893
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Play, "Witchcraft", circa 1890-circa 1930
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Notebook, circa 1899
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Notebook, 1901-1905
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Notebook, 1915
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Notebook, 1916-1918
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Notebook, circa 1917-1918
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Notebook, 1918
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Notebook, circa 1921
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Notebook, circa 1931-1933
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Notes, circa 1920s
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By Others
"Douglas Volk's Portrait of William Macbeth" by Paul Dougherty, circa 1917
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"In Memoriam, Marion Volk, 13th January 1925, Readings by Percival Chubb", 1925
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On Art Instruction in Public Schools, circa 1890s
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"The Douglas Volk Lincoln: 'With Malice Toward None' " by Rev. Dr. Edgar Whitaker Work, circa 1926
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Untitled Manuscripts and Fragments, circa 1891
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