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A Finding Aid to the Henry Varnum Poor papers, 1873-2001, bulk 1904-1970 | Digitized Collection

Henry Varnum Poor papers, 1873-2001, bulk 1904-1970

Poor, Henry Varnum, 1887-1970

Muralist, Painter, Designer, Educator, Ceramicist

This site provides access to the papers of Henry Varnum Poor in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2016, and total 13,776 images.

Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Collection Information

Size: 11.5 linear feet

4 rolled docs.

Summary: The Henry Varnum Poor papers measure 11.5 linear feet and are dated 1873-2001, with the bulk from the period 1904-1970. Correspondence, writings, artwork, printed material, and photographs document his work as a painter, muralist, ceramic artist and potter, architect, designer, writer, war artist, educator and a co-founder of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Also found is extensive information about the design and construction of Crow House, his home in New City, New York, commissions for other architectural projects, and his personal life.

Biographical/Historical Note

Henry Varnum Poor (1888-1970), best known as a potter and ceramic artist, was also an architect, painter, muralist, designer, educator, and writer who lived and worked in New City, New York.

Provenance

Gift of Henry Varnum Poor's son, Peter V. Poor, in 2007. A smaller portion was loaned to the Archives in 1973 by Anne Poor for microfilming and returned to the lender; this material was included in the 2007 gift.

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Funding

Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.