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

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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
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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
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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
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15
E, 1952-1968
  • Estelle Mandel Agency
  • Evergreen House Foundation
  • Evergood, Phillip
  • Eyerly, Jeannie
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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
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17
G, 1919-1970
  • Galerie Morency
  • Garnett, David
  • Garrett, Alice
  • Gerard, Constance
  • Giacomini, L.
  • Greeft, Adele
  • Green, Sam
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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
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19
H, 1955-1969
  • Hougland, Josephine Poor
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20
J, 1943-1952
  • Jensen, Richard
  • Jones, Joseph
  • Johnson, Edward
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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.
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27
R, 1944-1970
  • Ramsbusch, Viggo
  • Reed, Bob
  • Reeves, Ruth
  • Reynolds Enterprises
  • Riddens, Shaskins
  • Rockland Light and Power Company
  • Rossin, Alfred
  • Ryan, Lila
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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
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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.
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32
Y, 1960
  • Yelin, Saul
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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
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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
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