Skip to main content

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

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.

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.
DescriptionContainer
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, 1873-1889, 1965
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

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.