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

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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.
DescriptionContainer
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", 1949, 1964[?]
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

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