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

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 9 series:

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Series 1: Biographical Materials , 1919-1987
0.2 Linear feet
Box 1, OV 18

This series includes Poor's desk diary containing sporadic, sparse notes along with addresses and phone numbers; army discharge material; biographical notes on Poor by Bessie Breuer Poor and others; a desk diary; genealogical material; medical documents; and wills of Henry Varnum Poor and Bessie Breuer Poor. Awards and certificates document: Carnegie Institute Third Prize, 1933; Limited Editions Club Fellowship in Book Illustration, 1937; announcement of gold medal award from the Architectural League of New York, 1938; appointment to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, 1941; and membership certificate, National Institute of Arts and Letters, 1943. The posthumous item is a proclamation of Henry Varnum Poor Centennial Month, Clarkstown, New York, 1987.
Materials are arranged by document type.
This series has been partially scanned. Documents with sensitive information have not been scanned.
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Address Book, circa 1920
1
1
Army Discharge, 1919
1
2
Awards and Certificates, 1933-1943
Oversized material housed in OV 18
1
3
Biographical Notes and Reminiscences of Henry Varnum Poor, Bessie Breuer Poor, circa 1940s
1
4
Biographical Notes and Reminiscences of Henry Varnum Poor, by Others, 1937
1
5
Desk Diary, 1952
1
6
Genealogical Notes and Related Correspondence, 1961-1968
1
7
Medical Reports, Notes and Bills, 1953-1968
1
8
Proclamation of Henry Varnum Poor Centennial Month, Clarkstown, N.Y., 1987
1
9
Social Security Cards, circa 1950
1
10
Wills, Henry Varnum Poor and Bessie Breuer Poor, 1974, 1930-1959
1
11
Oversized Biographical Materials scanned with Box 1, Folder 3, 1941
OV 18

Series 2: Correspondence , 1873-1985
1.5 Linear feet
Boxes 1-2

Henry Varnum Poor's correspondence documents his personal life and professional activities in a number of fields. Correspondents include family and friends, among them George Biddle, Charles Burchfield, John Ciardi, Marion V. Dorn (who became his second wife), Philip Evergood, Lewis Mumford, John Steinbeck, David Smith, and Mrs. John Work (Alice) Garrett. Other correspondents are individuals representing galleries, museums, schools, and organizations. There is fan mail from readers of his books, and letters from former students and colleagues, as well as friends and acquaintances from his military service and travels.
Family correspondence consists mainly of incoming letters from Henry to his parents Albert J. and Josephine Poor about his education, travels, World War I experiences, and his teaching and painting career. Scattered throughout are letters from his wife Bessie Breuer Poor to his parents, and from Anne and Peter. Correspondence between Albert and Josephine Poor was written in 1911 while she was traveling in Europe with Henry. Also found are letters from other relatives and friends. A few letters are addressed to Lena Wiltz, Henry Varnum Poor's first wife. After the death of Josephine Poor circa 1940, Poor's letters are addressed to his sister Eva and her husband Herbert Stone. Josephine Poor's relatives, the Graham family, are represented by a small number of 19th century letters.
Nineteenth century letters are from Josephine Poor's relatives, the Graham family. Items post-dating Poor's lifetime consist of condolence letters, correspondence regarding Poor's papers and writings, estate matters, loans, and exhibitions.
Professional correspondence is arranged alphabetically and is followed by condolence and estate related letters. Poor family correspondence is arranged chronologically by sender.
Researchers should note that genealogical correspondence and related notes are found with biographical materials (Series 1). Additional correspondence is included among the subject files (Series 4).
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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A, 1932-1964
  • A. Tollizini Tile Works, Inc.
  • Adler, F. Charles
  • Alaska, State of
  • Alden, Ray
  • Allhouse, Mary
  • American Artists Group
  • American Craftsmen's Educational Council Inc.
  • Anderson, Mrs. Maxwell
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Atkin, William Wilson
  • Audubon Artists
1
12
B, 1939-1969
  • Bachrach, Walter
  • Bennett College
  • Benton, Bill
  • Biddle, George
  • Bitterman, Eleanor
  • Blake, Mrs. Tiffany
  • Bousios, Basil Nicholas Hellenagoras
  • Boutis, T.
  • Bowles, Len
  • Brock, Mildred
  • Brockie
  • Brown, Hilton
  • Bruce, Peggy
  • Burchfield, Charles
1
13
C, 1946-1970
  • Callahan, Kenneth
  • Campbell, Mrs. Jewett
  • Canfield, Ruth
  • Caniff, Milton
  • Carrighar, Sally
  • Chapman State Bank
  • Choinski, W.F.
  • Ciardi, John and Judith
  • Columbia University
  • Commerce Trust Company
  • Commission of Fine Arts
  • Curtis, Ron
1
14
D, 1947-1968
  • Devan, Sylvia
  • Diederich, Hunt
  • Dignam (?), Hester
  • Dybbro, Tesse
1
15
E, 1952-1968
  • Estelle Mandel Agency
  • Evergreen House Foundation
  • Evergood, Phillip
  • Eyerly, Jeannie
1
16
F, 1941-1969
  • Fanning, Maggie
  • Federal Works Agency, Public Buildings Administration
  • Federal Seaboard Terra Cotta Corporation
  • Fieldhouse, Murray
  • Flack, Frank
  • Fraser, James
  • Friant, Jim
1
17
G, 1919-1970
  • Galerie Morency
  • Garnett, David
  • Garrett, Alice
  • Gerard, Constance
  • Giacomini, L.
  • Greeft, Adele
  • Green, Sam
1
18
H, 1943-1969
  • Hamlin, Jane
  • Hayman, D.
  • Heliker, John
  • Henson, William
  • Hilton, Elizabeth
  • Hoffman, Letha
  • Holabird, Dorothy
  • Hooper, M.
  • Houseman
  • Howarth, Pauline
  • Howell, J.F.
  • Humenho, Alexander
1
19
H, 1955-1969
  • Hougland, Josephine Poor
1
20
J, 1943-1952
  • Jensen, Richard
  • Jones, Joseph
  • Johnson, Edward
1
21
K, 1945-1967
  • Kansas State College
  • Kansas State University
  • Kappo
  • Kelly, Jack
  • Kienbusch, William
  • Koffler, Bob
1
22
L, 1910, 1946-1970
  • Leach, Bernard
  • Lentz, Harris
  • Levenstein, Harper
  • London New Art School
  • Lorson, Mrs. Clem
1
23
M, 1938-1970
  • Mager, N.H.
  • Mangravite, Peppino
  • Markham, Kyra
  • Marston, M.R.
  • McKenzie, Richard
  • Mikkelson Family
  • Mitchell, C.L.
  • Mitrotti, Leslie
  • Moore, Mary McClure
  • Muller, Ray
  • Mumford, Lewis
1
24
N, 1951-1965
  • National Academy of Design
  • National Institute of Arts and Letters
  • New York University
  • New World Foundation
1
25
O, 1942-1946
  • Office of Emergency Management
  • O'Neil, J.F.
1
26
P, 1911-1970
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Peterson, Alberta
  • Phillips, Miriam
  • Pomerance, Ralph
  • Poor, Henry
  • Poor, Herbert
  • Poor, Val
  • Poor
  • Postrung, R.
1
27
R, 1944-1970
  • Ramsbusch, Viggo
  • Reed, Bob
  • Reeves, Ruth
  • Reynolds Enterprises
  • Riddens, Shaskins
  • Rockland Light and Power Company
  • Rossin, Alfred
  • Ryan, Lila
1
28
S, 1918-1970
  • Sain, Lydia
  • Salina Art Association
  • Saltonstall and Morton
  • San Francisco Art Association
  • Sanchez, Tony
  • Sands, Mrs. Edward
  • Scheftel, Geraldine
  • Scherfee, Samuel
  • Shapero, Mrs. Harold
  • Short, Marie
  • Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
  • Spina, Paul
  • Springfield High School Art Association
  • Sloper, Ann
  • Smith, Claude
  • Smith, David
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Soyer, Raphael
  • Steinbeck, John
  • Stevens, Marti
  • Stillman
  • Stone, Eva and Herbert
  • Stone, Vivian and Charles
  • Strong, F.S.
  • Sullivan, George
  • Swain, Allen
  • Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts
  • Syracuse University
1
29
T, 1943-1968
  • Taylor, Tom
  • Teller Commercial Company
  • Terwilliger, Nellie and Fred
  • Toomer, Marjorie Content
1
30
V, 1965
  • Vihlein, Jane
1
31
W, 1924-1970
  • Walker, Maynard
  • War Department
  • Watkins, Franklin
  • Watson, Forbes
  • Watson, Nan
  • Webb, Mrs. Vanderbilt (Aileen)
  • Weeks, Lynn and Jim
  • Wigglesworth, Anne Parker
  • Williams, Gil
  • Wilson, Betty Balliett
  • Wolslagel, Earl
  • Women's Garment Manufacturers Supply Association
  • Wyche, Mrs. Cyril H.
1
32
Y, 1960
  • Yelin, Saul
1
33
Z, 1955
  • Zorach, Marguerite
1
34
First Names Only, 1944-1970
1
35
Outgoing Drafts, 1918-1964
1
36
Henry Varnum Poor to Marion Dorn, 1918-1919
1
37
Condolence Letters, 1970-1971
1
38
Business Correspondence, 1941, 1971-1993
Includes correspondence regarding estate matters, Henry Varnum Poor exhibitions, and loans
1
39-40
Henry Varnum Poor to Family, 1904-1906
1
41
Henry Varnum Poor to Family, 1907
1
42
Henry Varnum Poor to Family, 1908
1
43
Henry Varnum Poor to Family, 1909
1
44-45
Henry Varnum Poor to Family, 1910
1
46-47
Henry Varnum Poor to Family, 1911
1
48
Henry Varnum Poor to Family, 1912
1
49
Henry Varnum Poor to Family, 1913
1
50
Henry Varnum Poor to Family, 1914
1
51
Henry Varnum Poor to Family, 1915
2
1
Henry Varnum Poor to Family, 1916-1917
2
2
Henry Varnum Poor to Family, 1918
2
3-4
Henry Varnum Poor to Family, 1919
2
5-6
Henry Varnum Poor to Family, 1920-1923
2
7
Henry Varnum Poor to Family, 1924-1929
2
8
Henry Varnum Poor to Family, 1930-1931
2
9
Henry Varnum Poor to Family, 1932-1934
2
10
Henry Varnum Poor to Family, 1935
2
11
Henry Varnum Poor to Family, 1936-1937
2
12
Henry Varnum Poor to Family, 1938-1943
2
13
Henry Varnum Poor to Family, circa 1900-circa 1940
2
14
Poor Relatives and Friends, 1882-1905
2
15
Poor Relatives and Friends, 1906-1910
2
16
Poor Relatives and Friends, 1911
2
17
Poor Relatives and Friends, 1914-1920
2
18
Poor Relatives and Friends, 1922-1936
2
19
Poor Relatives and Friends, 1940-1949
2
20
Poor Relatives and Friends, 1952-1965
2
21
Poor Relatives and Friends, circa 1900-circa 1940
2
22
Graham Family Letters, 1965, 1873-1889
Includes many photocopies
2
23
Empty Envelopes
To Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Poor, 1910-1929
2
24-25
To Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Poor, 1930-1940
2
26-27
To Eva and Herbert Stone, 1931-1954
2
28

Series 3: Writings and Notes , circa 1944-1974
0.6 Linear feet
Boxes 2-3

Writings by Henry Varnum Poor include manuscripts of his two published books, An Artist Sees Alaska and A Book of Pottery: From Mud to Immortality. There are four notebooks containing information about pottery, tile procedures, and glazes, etc., film scripts, two journals, notes, including those from his studies in London and Paris, lists, speeches, and drafts of articles including "Painting is Being Talked to Death," published in the first issue of Reality: A Journal of Artists' Opinions, April 1953.
Among the writings by others are poems, notes, and reminiscences, including those by M. R. ("Muktuk") Marston, Waldo Peirce, Bessie Brueuer Poor, Josephine Poor, and unidentified individuals. The unsigned "Outline for a Proposed Artists Corps," circa 1942, is most likely written by Olin Dows or George Biddle.
Materials are arranged by document type.
Additional scattered writings and notes are found in biographical materials (Series 1) and within Poor's sketchbooks (Series 5).
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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By Henry Varnum Poor
Articles
"Painting is Being Talked to Death" and item for "Notes on Art Education" (both published in Reality: A Journal of Artists' Opinions), 1953-1954
2
29
"The Relation of Art to Life", circa 1950
2
30
Books, An Artist Sees Alaska (manuscript)
Table of Contents and Introduction, circa 1944
2
31
"Penn Station", circa 1944
2
32
"San Francisco", circa 1944
2
33
"Seattle", circa 1944
2
34
"The Turner Passage", circa 1944
2
35
"Fort Richardson", circa 1944
2
36
"Days from My Diary at Ladd Field", circa 1944
2
37
"Two Days on the Yukon", circa 1944
2
38
"Nome", circa 1944
2
39
"Golovin", circa 1944
2
40
"Unalakleet", circa 1944
2
41
"Nome Again", circa 1944
2
42
"Bering Strait", circa 1944
2
43
"Teller", circa 1944
2
44
"Cape Prince of Wales", circa 1944
2
45
"Little Diomede", circa 1944
2
46
"Shishmareff", circa 1944
2
47
"Kotzebuu - Seat of Empire", circa 1944
2
48
"Kotzebue", circa 1944
2
49
"Point Hope", circa 1944
2
50
"The Arctic Ocean", circa 1944
2
51
"Wainwright", circa 1944
2
52
"Point Barrow", circa 1944
2
53
"Journey Back", circa 1944
2
54
Books, A Book of Pottery: From Mud to Immortality
Outlines, circa 1954-1958
3
1
Longhand Draft of Chapters 2-11, and Fragments, circa 1954-1958
3
2-3
Typescript Draft of Chapters 1-11, and Fragments, circa 1954-1958
3
4-5
Film Script, "Painting in True Fresco", circa 1954
3
6
Fragments, circa 1940
3
7
Journals
March 9-June 11, 1963
3
8
May 27-Sept. 20, 1965
Photocopy
3
9
Lists, Miscellaneous, 1952
3
10
Notebooks, 1921-1960
Notebooks may include notes on pottery, tile procedures, glazes, measurements, and lists of supplies or various projects.
3
11
Notes
"Drawing Ideas from Slade School and Walter Sickert in London," "The Whistler Palette and Notes Gathered from [Clifford] Addams," "Grafton Galleries Post-Impressionists," and Untitled Miscellaneous Notes, circa 1910-1911
3
12
"Painting Points to Remember from Henry Varnum Poor", 1962
Mimeographed sheet
3
13
Miscellaneous Notes, circa 1920
3
14
Report, "Virgin Island Clays", circa 1950
3
15
Speeches, "Remarks on the Frescoes in Old Main at the Pennsylvania State College" and "Painting, Sculpture, and People", 1964[?], 1949
3
16
By Other Authors
Marston, M. R. ("Muktuk"), circa 1943
Account of Henry Varnum Poor rescuing an eskimo
3
17
Peirce, Waldo, circa 1950
"A Tribute to My Mother-in-Law"
3
18
Poor, Bessie Breuer, 1974
3
19
Poor, Josephine, circa 1950
Poem, photocopy
3
20
Unidentified (probably Olin Dows or George Biddle), circa 1942
"Outline for a Proposed Artists Corps"
3
21
Unidentified
"The Dolphin Passed Last Night: A Mural Drama", circa 1960
3
22
Notes on "Rakku" and "Painting w/ Ethyl Sillicate", circa 1940
3
23
Poem, "The New Moon of our Incoherence", circa 1940
3
24

Series 4: Subject Files , 1928-1975
0.8 Linear feet
Box 3, OV 23

Subject files are found on various topics and appear to have been established by Poor. The largest group is for the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and includes financial reports, by-laws, correspondence, miscellaneous administrative files, and minutes. Contents of the files are varied and may contain correspondence, printed material, and photographs.
Materials are arranged alphabetically by subject.
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
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Advisory Committee on Art, Division of Cultural Cooperation, Department of State, 1945
3
25
American Designers' Gallery, Inc., 1928-1929
Oversized material housed in OV 23
3
26
Automobile, 1946-1947
3
27
Benton, William, 1966-1971
3
28
A Book of Pottery: From Mud to Immortality (Prentice-Hall), 1954-1975
3
29
Dickson, Harold (Pennsylvania State College), 1952-1967
3
30
Insurance, 1937-1970
3
31
Marston, M. R. ("Muktuk"), 1943-1972
3
32
Pennsylvania State College, The Land Grant Frescoes, 1939-1940
3
33
Reality: A Journal of Artists' Opinions
Correspondence, 1953-1955
3
34
Reality, Nos. 1-3, 1953-1955
3
35
Articles, Editorials, Letters to the Editor Published in Other Periodicals, 1953
3
36
Sales
Auctions and Miscellaneous Galleries, 1968-1969
3
37
Frank K. M. Rehn, Inc., 1943-1970
3
38
Sales and Consignments, Market Fair, 1961-1965
3
39
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
Budgets and Financial Reports, 1960-1970
3
40
By-Laws, 1956-1961
3
41
Correspondence of Anne Poor, 1959-1970
3
42
Correspondence of Henry Varnum Poor, 1959-1970
3
43
Grant Proposal, Old Dominion Foundation, circa 1969
3
44
Leases, 1955-1965
3
45
Master Plans, 1966-1974
3
46
Minutes of Board of Directors, 1961
3
47
Minutes of Board of Governors, 1961-1972
3
48
Minutes of Board of Trustees, 1963-1984
3
49
Minutes of Faculty Meetings, 1970
3
50
Minutes of Officers' Meetings, 1961
3
51
Notes and Lists, circa 1961-1966
3
52
Poor Scholarship Fund, 1972-1975
3
53
Printed Material, 1946-1967
3
54
Reports and Recommendations, 1951-1971
3
55
Scholarships, 1968-1969
3
56
Sixteen Year Survey and Evaluation, 1962
3
57
Taxes, 1961-1970
3
58
Truro, Massachusetts Property, 1952-1955
3
59
Utilities, 1961-1964
3
60
War Posters, 1942
3
61
Oversized American Designers' Gallery Blueprints and Floor Plans scanned with Box 3, Folder 26, 1928
OV 23

Series 5: Artwork , circa 1890s-circa 1961
3.5 Linear feet
Boxes 4-6, 9-10, OV 19-22

Artwork by Henry Varnum Poor consists of loose drawings , sketches, designs, watercolors, and prints, as well as 45 sketchbooks. Many are studies for paintings, murals, and pottery. Included is work done in France, 1918-1919, and produced in Alaska while a war correspondent in 1943. Also found are commissioned illustrations and illustrations drawn for his monograph A Book of Pottery: From Mud to Immortality. Other artists represented are Anne Poor and Ernest Watson.
Additional drawings and prints are found in architectural projects (Series 6).
The series is arranged as 2 subseries.
  • 5.1: By Henry Varnum Poor, circa 1890s-circa 1961
  • 5.2: By Other Artists, circa 1938-circa 1949
This series has been scanned in its entirety.
5.1: By Henry Varnum Poor, circa 1890s-circa 1961
Some of the unidentified figure studies, portraits, and heads of women are probably Bessie and Anne Poor. Illustrations include those produced for Ethan Frome and The Scarlet Letter, and some that may have been intended for A Book of Pottery. Drawings produced in 1943 while Poor was a war correspondent in Alaska may have served as visual notes or illustrations for An Artist Sees Alaska. Also found are a small number of watercolors and prints. Most prints show the aftermath of World War I in France, and a Christmas card sent by Henry Varnum and Marion Dorn Poor features a print.
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Animals, 1918
Oversized material housed in Box 9, Folder 1
4
1-2
Birds and Fish, circa 1918
Oversized material housed in Box 9, Folder 2
4
3
Designs
Bathroom Fixtures and Tiles, 1929
Oversized material housed in Box 9, Folder 3
4
4
Ceiling Tiles, Union Dime Savings Bank, 1924
4
5
Tiles, Phillip Goodwin Pool Shelter, circa 1920
Oversized material housed in Box 9, Folder 4
4
6
Covers of Skowhegan School Publications, circa 1946-1961
4
7
Exhibition Announcement, Montross Gallery, 1923
4
8
Fireplaces, circa 1920
4
9
Furniture, 1924
4
10
Miscellaneous, circa 1930
Oversized material housed in Box 9, Folder 3 and OV 19
4
11
Figures , circa 1890s-1946
Oversized material housed in Box 9, Folder 5
4
12-17
Figures, Nude, circa 1920-circa 1940
Oversized material housed in Box 9, Folder 6
4
18-21
Figure Studies (hands and feet), circa 1920-circa 1940
4
22
Illustrations
A Book of Pottery by Henry Varnum Poor, circa 1954-1958
Oversized material in Box 10, Folders 8-9
4
23-26
Miscellaneous Illustrations of Pottery Construction Techniques (possibly for A Book of Pottery, by Henry Varnum Poor), circa 1954-1958
4
27
Ethan Frome, 1939
4
28
The Scarlet Letter, circa 1941
4
29
Landscapes, 1918-1919, 1939, 1943
Oversized materials housed in Box 9, Folders 7-9 and OV 20
4
30-37
Miscellaneous Subjects, circa 1918-1919, 1943
Oversized material housed in Box 9, Folder 10
4
38-39
Mural Studies
"Ben Hecht Leda and Swan", circa 1940
Oversized material housed in OV 21
4
40
Unidentified, circa 1940
4
41
Plants, circa 1910-1950
Oversized material housed in Box 10, Folder 1
5
1
Portraits and Heads (unidentified)
Children, undated, 1943
Oversized material housed in Box 10, Folder 2
5
2-3
Men, undated, 1918-1919, 1943
Oversized material housed in Box 10, Folders 3-4
5
4-6
Women, 1943
Oversized material housed in Box 10, Folder 5
5
7-10
Portraits (identified), circa 1930-circa 1950
Includes Bessie Breuer, Charles Duback, Jim Fickes, David Friedenthal, Stuard Frost, Ben Hecht, Helen Hayes, DeWitt Peters, Rollo Peters, Alfred Poor, Herbert Poor, Peter Poor, Ed Rowan, Concetta Scaravaglione, and John and Gwen Steinbeck Family. Oversized material housed in Box 10, Folder 6.
5
11
Portraits (self-portraits), circa 1930
Oversized material housed in Box 10, Folder 7
5
12
Pottery
Plates, circa 1920-circa 1950
5
13
Vessels and Birdhouses, circa 1920-circa 1950
5
14
Still Life, circa 1940
Oversized material housed in Box 10, Folder 10
5
15
Prints, 1918-1923
Oversized material housed in Box 10, Folder 11 and OV 22
5
16
Sketchbooks
Sketchbooks 1 and 2, 1918-circa 1919
France
5
17
Sketchbooks 3 and 4, circa 1920s
Early pottery drawings and notes
5
18
Sketchbook 5, circa 1924-1929
Sketch of Wharton Esherick plate
5
19
Sketchbook 6, 1925
Notes on pottery glazes
5
20
Sketchbook 7 , circa 1929
"Pottery/Sketches/Peter in Hat"
5
21
Sketchbook 8, circa 1929
5
22
Sketchbooks 9 and 10, circa 1929
5
23
Sketchbook 11, circa 1929
Pottery sketches and notes
5
24
Sketchbooks 12 and 13, 1936
Southwest Sicily and notes on art seen in Italy
5
25
Sketchbook 14, 1936
"Pitigliano/Grotto di Castri"
5
26
Sketchbook 15, 1937
Colorado Springs, and "Gedney and Dominick" (contains a few 19th century drawings)
5
27
Sketchbook 16, circa 1937-1938
Interior Department mural and statement regarding art
5
28
Sketchbook 17, circa 1938-1949
Penn State mural
5
29
Sketchbook 18, 1941
The Scarlet Letter illustrations
5
30
Sketchbooks 19 and 20, 1943
Alaska
5
31
Sketchbook 21, 1943
Alaska
5
32
Sketchbook 22, 1946
6
1
Sketchbook 23, 1946 or later
6
2
Sketchbook 24, circa 1946-1949
Studio sketch class and State College drawings
6
3
Sketchbook 25, 1957[?]
6
4
Sketchbook 26, circa 1960s
Journal entry dated Aug. 18, 1962
6
5
Sketchbook 27 and 28, 1964-1965 and circa 1960s
Early Truro and Florida
6
6
Sketchbooks 29, 30, and 31, circa 1900-circa 1960
Notes, pottery sketches, and lists
6
7
Sketchbooks 32 and 33, circa 1900-circa 1960
Pottery sketches, notes, and biographical notes
6
8
Sketchbooks 34 and 35, circa 1900-circa 1960
6
9
Sketchbooks 36 and 37, circa 1900-circa 1960
6
10
Sketchbooks 38 and 39, circa 1900-circa 1960
6
11
Sketchbook 40, circa 1900-circa 1960
6
12
Sketchbook 41, circa 1900-circa 1960
6
13
Sketchbook 42, circa 1900-circa 1960
6
14
Sketchbook 43, circa 1900-circa 1960
6
15
Sketchbook 44, circa 1900-circa 1960
6
16
Sketchbook 45, circa 1900-circa 1960
6
17
Watercolors, circa 1920-circa 1950
Oversized material housed in Box 10, Folder 12
6
18
Oversized Artwork by Poor scanned with Box 4, Folders 2-4, 6, 11-21, 30-39, 1918-1969
9
1-10
Oversized Artwork by Poor scanned with Box 4, Folders 23-26, Box 5, Folders 1-12, 15-16, and Box 6, Folder 18, 1918-1958
10
1-12
Oversized Artwork by Poor scanned with Box 4, Folder 11, circa 1930
OV 19
Oversized Artwork by Poor scanned with Box 4, Folders 30-37, circa 1918-1943
OV 20
Oversized Artwork by Poor scanned with Box 4, Folder 40, circa 1940
OV 21
Oversized Artwork by Poor scanned with Box 5, Folder 16, 1918-1919
OV 22
5.2: By Other Artists, circa 1938-circa 1949
The other artists represented in this subseries are Anne Poor and Ernest Watson.
Description Container
Artwork by Ernest Watson and Anne Poor, circa 1938-1949
Drawings by: Anne Poor of Henry Varnum Poor's Hands for the Lincoln Figure in The Land Grant Frescoes, Pennsylvania State College; and by Ernest Watson, sketch of Crow House interior. Oversized material housed in Box 10, Folder 13.
6
19
Oversized Artwork by Anne Poor scanned with Box 6, Folder 19, circa 1940
10
13

Series 6: Architectural Projects , circa 1940-1966
0.7 Linear feet
Box 6, OV 24-26, RD 14-17

Found are drawings and architectural prints documenting houses designed and built by Poor, including his own studio. Other projects include the homes of Jules Billig, Milton Caniff, MacDonald Deming, Burgess Meredith, Bessie B. Poor, Isobel Prado, John Houseman, and Elizabeth S. Sargent. Researchers should note that photographs of architectural projects may be found within the photographs series (Series 9).
This series has been partially scanned. Rolled documents of architectural prints have not been scanned due to the fragile nature of the document.
Description Container Select
Milton Canniff and Bessie B. Poor houses, and Unidentified, circa 1940-circa 1960
Oversized material housed in OV 24-26
6
20
Jules Billig House, circa 1966
RD 14
MacDonald Deming House, circa 1959
RD 15
Burgess Meredith House, circa 1940
RD 16
Isobel Prado, John Houseman, Elizabeth S. Sargent houses and Henry Varnum Poor Studio , circa 1941-1957
RD 17
Oversized Architectural Drawings scanned with Box 6, Folder 20, circa 1941-circa 1960
OV 24-26

Series 7: Miscellaneous Records , 1882-1967
0.5 Linear feet
Boxes 6, 11, FC 30-31

Family memorabilia consists of the autograph book belonging to Josie Graham Poor, a stored wheat account sheet from the Poor Elevator business, and two motion picture reels. Researchers should note that the script of the film Painting a True Fresco is among Poor's writings (Series 3).
Materials are arranged by document type.
This series has been partially scanned.
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Family Memorabilia, 1882
6
21
Guest Book Pages (unidentified events), 1967
6
22
"Painting a True Fresco" , 1952
1 Film reel
color, sound
16 mm
Motion picture film stored separately in film can numbered FC 30
11
1
"The Land Grant Murals at Pennsylvania State College", 1962
1 Film reel
color, sound
16 mm
Motion picture film stored separately in film can numbered FC 31
11
1
2 Motion Picture Film Reels from Box 1, Folder 1
FC 30-31

Series 8: Printed Material , 1881-2001
1.2 Linear feet
Boxes 6-7, 11, OV 27-29

Family history includes the Poor-Poore Family Reunion, a publication containing significant background information. Among the travel souvenirs are a few items that may have been saved by his mother from their 1911 trip to Europe together.
Also included are a copy of Jack London's The Call of the Wild illustrated by Poor, reproductions of illustrations for An Artist Sees Alaska and Ethan Frome, and two Associated American Artists greeting cards reproducing work by Poor.
Materials are arranged by document type.
This series has been partially scanned. In some cases, exhibition catalogs and other publications have had their covers, title pages, and relevant pages scanned.
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Articles
About and/or Mentioning Henry Varnum Poor, 1913-1959
6
23-25
About and/or Mentioning Henry Varnum Poor, 1960-1979
6
26-27
About and/or Mentioning Henry Varnum Poor, 1980-1985
6
28-29
Henry Varnum Poor's House (includes "My Kitchen" by Bessie Breuer), 1925-1933
6
30-31
Art Topics, 1938-1968
6
32
Miscellaneous Subjects (not art-related), 1942-1970
6
33
Book Reviews
An Artist Sees Alaska by Henry Varnum Poor (with advertisement), 1945-1946
7
1
A Book of Pottery by Henry Varnum Poor, 1958
7
2
Book, The Call of the Wild by Jack London, illustrated by Henry Varnum Poor, Limited Editions Club, 1960
7
3
Books, Pottery Reference Books used by Henry Varnum Poor
Barber, Edwin Atlee. Lead Glazed Pottery: Part First Common Clay, 1907
7
4
Binns, Charles F. The Potter's Craft, 1910
7
5
Cox, George F. Pottery for Artists, Craftsmen and Teachers, 1914
7
6
Searle, Alfred B. Kilns and Kilnbuilding, 1916
7
7
Catalogs of Kilns, circa 1900
7
8
Exhibition Catalogs and Announcements
Henry Varnum Poor Solo and Group Shows, 1912-1960
7
9-10
Henry Varnum Poor Solo and Group Shows, 1961-1999
7
11-12
Henry Varnum Poor Solo and Group Showsv, circa 1912-1999
7
13
Other Artists, circa 1940s-2001
7
14-15
Family History, 1881-1946
7
16
Maps
Anson Quadrangle, Somerset County, Maine, 1945
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 2
7
17
Clarkstown, N.Y., showing Poor property, circa 1927-1967
Oversized material housed in OV 27
7
18
Miscellaneous Printed Items
Book Announcement, Brochures, Menu, circa 1910s-1994
7
19
Mentioning and/or Belonging to Mrs. A. J. Poor, 1910-1925
7
20
Portfolio, Ceramic Art in America, edited by Richard B. Peterson, 1969
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 3
7
21
Posters illustrated by V. Prouvé, 1917
Oversized material housed in OV 29
7
22
Reproductions of Work by Henry Varnum Poor
American Artists Group Greeting Cards and Other Reproductions, circa 1940s
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folders 4-6
7
23
Illustrations, An Artist Sees Alaska (proofs), circa 1944
Oversized material housed in OV 28
7
24
The Call of the Wild, circa 1961
Oversized material housed in OV 28
7
25
Ethan Frome, circa 1939
7
26
Life Article on Alaska, circa 1944-1950
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 4
7
27
The Scarlet Letter, circa 1941
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 5
7
28
Reproductions of Illustrations by Henry Varnum Poor ( An Artist Sees Alaska and Call of the Wild), 1944-1961
Oversized material housed in Box 11, Folder 6
7
29
Theater Program from Pennsylvania State College production of Poor Mr. Varnum, 1949
7
30
Travel Souvenirs, 1910-1916
7
31
Oversized Printed Material scanned with Box 7, Folders 17, 21, 23, 27-29, 1941-1969
11
2-6
Oversized Printed Material scanned with Box 7, Folder 18, circa 1927-1967
OV 27
Oversized Printed Material scanned with Box 7, Folders 24-25, circa 1961
OV 28
Oversized Printed Material scanned with Box 7, Folder 22, 1917
OV 29

Series 9: Photographs , 1893-1984
2.3 Linear feet
Boxes 7-8, 12-13

Photographs record exterior and interior views of Henry Varnum Poor's architectural work, artwork by Poor and others, people, places, and miscellaneous subjects. This series also contains negatives, slides, and color transparencies.
The series is arranged as 6 subseries.
  • 9.1: Architectural Work, 1966
  • 9.2: Artwork, circa 1908-1948
  • 9.3: People, 1893-1967
  • 9.4: Places, circa 1906-1943
  • 9.5: Miscellanesou Subjects, 1946-1984
  • 9.6: Negatives, Slides, and Transparencies, circa 1938-1975
This series has been partially scanned. Negatives, slides, and transparencies have not been scanned.
9.1: Architectural Work, 1966
Among the photographs of architectural work are views of Poor at the building sites of the Jules Billig and Milton Caniff houses. Many views of Poor's own home, Crow House, show the original portion under construction as well as a later addition; also included are views of the grounds and outbuildings such as Poor's new studio, workroom, and garage.
Description Container
Maxwell Anderson House, circa 1950
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 1
7
32
Jules Billig House, 1966
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 2
7
33
Milton Caniff House, circa 1941
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 3
7
34
MacDonald Deming House, circa 1950
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 4
7
35
Ben Hecht Poker Room, circa 1940
7
36
John Houseman House, circa 1950
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 5
7
37
Burgess Meredith House and Bathing Pavilion, circa 1950
7
38
Henry Varnum Poor House (Crow House)
Construction, 1920
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 7
7
39-40
Exterior, Some by Marjorie Content Toomer, circa 1940
Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 8
7
41-42
Exterior of House and Interior of Studio and Pottery, Ed McCarthy, photographer, 1973
7
43
Interior, 1973, circa 1960
All 1973 photographs by Ed Hausner of living and dining rooms include Anne Poor. Oversized material housed in Box 12, Folder 9
7
44-45
Garden, circa 1960
7
46
Garage, circa 1960
7
47
Pottery Interior, circa 1960
7
48
Studio [new], Exterior, 1957 or later
7
49
Studio [new], Interior, circa 1960s
7
50
Studio [old], Interior, circa 1960
7
51
Work Room, Marjorie Content Toomer, photographer, circa 1960
7
52
Various Projects, Multiple Location, circa 1960
7
53
Oversized Photographs of Architectural Work scanned with Box 7, Folders 32-35, 37, 39-42, 44-46, 49-50, 53, 1920-1973
12
1-13
9.2: Artwork, circa 1908-1948
Photographs of Poor's artwork include drawings and sketches, murals, paintings, pottery and ceramics. Also among the photographs of works of art are pieces by Willard W. Cummings, Wharton Esherick, unidentified artists, and pottery from the collections of the American Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (possibly research material for A Book of Pottery by Henry Varnum Poor).
Among the photographs of architectural work are views of Poor at the building sites of the Jules Billig and Milton Caniff houses. Many views of Crow House show the original portion under construction, as well as a later addition; also included are views of the grounds and outbuildings such as Poor's new studio, workroom, and garage. Some Crow House photographs are by Marjorie Content Toomer.
Description Container
By Henry Varnum Poor, Drawings
Figures, 1911
7
54
Landscapes, 1943
7
55
Mural Studies for Pennsylvania State College Land Grant Frescoes and Unidentified Ceramic Tile Mural, 1940s
7
56
Portraits, circa 1918-1919, 1943
7
57
By Henry Varnum Poor, Murals (fresco)
Department of the Interior, circa 1938
7
58
Department of Justice, circa 1936
7
59
Louisville Courier-Journal, circa 1935
Oversized material housed in Box 13, Folder 3
7
60
Pennsylvania State College, The Land Grant Frescoes, circa 1940-1948
7
61
By Henry Varnum Poor, Murals (ceramic)
Fresno Post Office and Court House, circa 1942
7
62
Klingenstein Pavilion, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City, circa 1954
7
63
Unidentified, circa 1950
7
64
By Henry Varnum Poor, Paintings
Figures, 1943
7
65-66
Landscapes, circa 1908-1917
7
67
Portraits, 1943
7
68-69
Self-Portraits, circa 1950
7
70
Still Life, circa 1950
7
71
By Henry Varnum Poor, Pottery and Ceramics
Figures, circa 1950
8
1
Fountain (Leda and the Swan for Helen Hayes and Charles McArthur), circa 1950
Oversized material housed in Box 13, Folder 2
8
2
Heads, circa 1950
8
3
Miscellaneous Objects, circa 1950
8
4
Plates, circa 1950
8
5
Plates and Other Objects, circa 1950
8
6
Tile Screen for Abraham Lincoln High School Auditorium, circa 1950
Oversized material housed in Box 13, Folder 1
8
7
Tiles, circa 1950
8
8
Vessels, circa 1950
8
9
By Other Artists
Cummings, Willard W., 1940s
8
10
Esherick, Wharton, circa 1928
8
11
Pottery from the collections of American Museum of Natural History and Metropolitan Museum of Art (for A Book of Pottery by Henry Varnum Poor?), circa 1950s
8
12
Unidentified, circa 1950
8
13
Oversized Photographs of Artwork scanned with Box 7, Folder 60 and Box 8, Folders 2, 7, 1948-circa 1960
13
1-3
9.3: People, circa 1893-1967
Pictures of people include portraits and informal views of Henry Varnum Poor, Poor at work, and making a life mask. Among the views of Poor are several by photographer Marjorie Content Toomer, including one of the artist's hands holding brushes and a palette. Other photogaphs are of Poor with friends, clients, juries, students, various groups, and family members. Photographs of individuals include friends, immediate family, and various relatives.
Description Container
Henry Varnum Poor Portraits
Henry Varnum Poor, circa 1905-1940s
8
14-15
Henry Varnum Poor in World War II, 1943
8
16
Henry Varnum Poor, circa 1940s-1960s
Oversized material housed in Box 13, Folder 4
8
17-18
Henry Varnum Poor (Marjorie Content Toomer, photographer), circa 1920
8
19
Henry Varnum Poor at Work
In the Pottery, circa 1940s-1960s
8
20
Making a Life Mask, 1958
8
21
Painting, circa 1910s
8
22
Painting Murals, Department of the Interior (with Anne Poor), 1938
8
23
Painting Murals, Pennsylvania State College, circa 1940-1948
Oversized material housed in Box 13, Folder 5
8
24
Henry Varnum Poor with Others
Alaska (with M. R. ("Muktuk") Marston and Alaskans; aboard the Ada), 1943
8
25
California, circa 1908-1917
8
26
Clients (representative of Rockefeller Center, Mr. Billig, unidentified woman), circa 1933, circa 1965
8
27
Friends (including Milton Caniff, Marcel Duchamp, Wharton Esherick, Burgess Meredith, and unidentified), circa 1926
Oversized material housed in Box 13, Folder 6
8
28
Groups (high school class, Académie Julian [?], Town and Country dinner), 1905-circa 1910
8
29
Juries (Art Institute of Chicago, Carnegie Institute, Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts, and unidentified), 1935-1937
8
30
Parties at Crow House, 1965
8
31
Students (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and unidentified), 1937
8
32
Students with Poor's Ceramic Tile Mural at Unidentified School, 1956
8
33
Henry Varnum Poor with Family
Sister, Mother and Other Relatives, circa 1893-1937
8
34
Family Groups (with Bessie Breuer, Marion Dorn, Anne Poor, Josephine Lydia Poor, and Peter Poor), 1913-1960s
8
35
Family
Breuer, Bessie, circa 1940s-1960s
8
36
Dorn, Marion Victoria, circa 1910s-1923
8
37
Poor, Anne, circa 1920s-1960s
8
38
Poor, Candide, circa 1957-circa 1959
8
39
Poor, Josephine Graham, circa 1930
8
40
Poor, Josephine Lydia, 1951, circa 1930
8
41
Poor, Peter, 1926-1930s
8
42
Relatives [?], Unidentified, 1919
8
43
Individuals, Identified, 1912, 1967
  • Terry Anderson
  • Mayfield
  • Martha Rhyter
  • Rosse children
  • Marjorie Content Tooner
8
44
Individuals, Unidentified, circa 1930-circa 1950
  • Man
  • Children
8
45
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
Classes and Students, circa 1946-1960s
8
46-47
Faculty and Visitors, circa 1946-1960s
8
48
Oversized Photographs of Henry Varnum Poor scanned with Box 8, Folders 17-18, 24, 27, 46-47 , circa 1926-circa 1960
13
4-7
9.4: Places, circa 1906-1943
There are many photographs of Alaska taken in 1943 when Poor was a war correspondent. Landscapes and aerial views of the territory, boats and boatbuilding, dogs, airplanes, buildings, and other subjects illustrate village life. Some illustrations for An Artist Sees Alaska are based on these photographs.
Photographs of places do not include houses designed and built by Henry Varnum Poor.
Description Container
Alaska
Aerial Views, 1943
8
49
Airplanes (Ft. Richardson and/or Ft. Ladd?), 1943
8
50
Boats and Boatbuilding, 1943
8
51
Buildings, 1943
8
52
Dogs, 1943
8
53
Landscapes, 1943
Oversized material housed in Box 13, Folder 8
8
54
Miscellaneous Subjects, 1943
8
55
People, 1943
8
56-58
Various Subjects, 1943
Contact sheets
8
59
California, circa 1906-1917
8
60
France (landscape, Institut Militaire), circa 1911-1918
8
61
Kansas (Poor and Graham family houses in Chapman and Bonner Springs), 1939
8
62
Unidentified
Buildings, circa 1940
8
63
Landscape, circa 1940
Oversized material housed in Box 13, Folder 8
8
64
Oversized Photographs of Places scanned with Box 8, Folder 64, circa 1940
13
8
9.5: Miscellaneous Subjects, 1946-1984
Miscellaneous subjects include exhibition installations and photographs of Poor's notes on glazes. The Kentucky farm scenes may have been used as research material for a mural commissioned by the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Description Container
Exhibition Installations
Carnegie Institute, Frank K. M. Rehn Galleries, and Unidentified Location, 1946-1976
8
65
National Academy of Design, 1984
8
66
Kentucky Farm Scenes, circa 1940
8
67
Notes on Glazes by Henry Varnum Poor, circa 1940
8
68
Nude Models, circa 1908
8
69
9.6: Negatives, Slides, and Transparencies, circa 1938-1975
Negatives, slides, and transparencies are of architectural work and artwork by Poor, people, places and miscellaneous subjects.
Description Container
Negatives, Architectural Work
Varnum Poor House (exterior), circa 1950
8
70
Henry Varnum Poor Studio [new] (exterior), 1957 or later
8
71
Unidentified Exteriors, circa 1940
8
72
Unidentified Interiors, circa 1940
8
73
Negatives, artwork by Henry Varnum Poor
Paintings, circa 1940
8
74
Tiles, circa 1940
8
75
Miscellaneous Subjects (Fireplace), circa 1940
8
76
Negatives, People
Henry Varnum Poor; Poor with others including family and Marcel Duchamp, circa 1940
8
77
Family, circa 1940
8
78
Slides
Artwork by Henry Varnum Poor, Pottery, circa 1940
8
79
Places, Alaska (various subjects, including people), 1943
8
80
Miscellaneous Subjects, Rockland County Center for the Arts, Retrospective Exhibition, 1975
8
81
Transparencies, Artwork by Henry Varnum Poor
Department of the Interior Mural (Henry Varnum Poor and Anne Poor at work), circa 1938
8
82
Pottery, circa 1940
8
83

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