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

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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.
DescriptionContainer
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.
DescriptionContainer
By Henry Varnum Poor, Drawings
Figures, 1911
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54
Landscapes, 1943
7
55
Mural Studies for Pennsylvania State College
Land Grant Frescoes
and Unidentified Ceramic Tile Mural, 1940s
7
56
Portraits, 1943, circa 1918-1919
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
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64
By Henry Varnum Poor, Paintings
Figures, 1943
7
65-66
Landscapes, circa 1908-1917
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67
Portraits, 1943
7
68-69
Self-Portraits, circa 1950
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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
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3
Miscellaneous Objects, circa 1950
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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
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7
Tiles, circa 1950
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8
Vessels, circa 1950
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9
By Other Artists
Cummings, Willard W., 1940s
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10
Esherick, Wharton, circa 1928
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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
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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.
DescriptionContainer
Henry Varnum Poor Portraits
Henry Varnum Poor, circa 1905-1940s
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14-15
Henry Varnum Poor in World War II, 1943
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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
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19
Henry Varnum Poor at Work
In the Pottery, circa 1940s-1960s
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20
Making a Life Mask, 1958
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21
Painting, circa 1910s
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22
Painting Murals, Department of the Interior (with Anne Poor), 1938
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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
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29
Juries (Art Institute of Chicago, Carnegie Institute, Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts, and unidentified), 1935-1937
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30
Parties at Crow House, 1965
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31
Students (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and unidentified), 1937
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32
Students with Poor's Ceramic Tile Mural at Unidentified School, 1956
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33
Henry Varnum Poor with Family
Sister, Mother and Other Relatives, circa 1893-1937
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34
Family Groups (with Bessie Breuer, Marion Dorn, Anne Poor, Josephine Lydia Poor, and Peter Poor), 1913-1960s
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35
Family
Breuer, Bessie, circa 1940s-1960s
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36
Dorn, Marion Victoria, circa 1910s-1923
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37
Poor, Anne, circa 1920s-1960s
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38
Poor, Candide, circa 1957-circa 1959
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39
Poor, Josephine Graham, circa 1930
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40
Poor, Josephine Lydia, 1951, circa 1930
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41
Poor, Peter, 1926-1930s
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42
Relatives [?], Unidentified, 1919
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43
Individuals, Identified, 1912, 1967
Terry Anderson
Mayfield
Martha Rhyter
Rosse children
Marjorie Content Tooner
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44
Individuals, Unidentified, circa 1930-circa 1950
Man
Children
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45
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
Classes and Students, circa 1946-1960s
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46-47
Faculty and Visitors, circa 1946-1960s
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48
Oversized Photographs of Henry Varnum Poor scanned with Box 8, Folders 17-18, 24, 27, 46-47, circa 1926-circa 1960
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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.
DescriptionContainer
Alaska
Aerial Views, 1943
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49
Airplanes (Ft. Richardson and/or Ft. Ladd?), 1943
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50
Boats and Boatbuilding, 1943
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51
Buildings, 1943
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52
Dogs, 1943
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53
Landscapes, 1943
Oversized material housed in Box 13, Folder 8
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54
Miscellaneous Subjects, 1943
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55
People, 1943
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56-58
Various Subjects, 1943
Contact sheets
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59
California, circa 1906-1917
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60
France (landscape, Institut Militaire), circa 1911-1918
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61
Kansas (Poor and Graham family houses in Chapman and Bonner Springs), 1939
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62
Unidentified
Buildings, circa 1940
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63
Landscape, circa 1940
Oversized material housed in Box 13, Folder 8
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64
Oversized Photographs of Places scanned with Box 8, Folder 64, circa 1940
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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
.
DescriptionContainer
Exhibition Installations
Carnegie Institute, Frank K. M. Rehn Galleries, and Unidentified Location, 1946-1976
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65
National Academy of Design, 1984
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66
Kentucky Farm Scenes, circa 1940
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67
Notes on Glazes by Henry Varnum Poor, circa 1940
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68
Nude Models, circa 1908
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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.
DescriptionContainer
Negatives, Architectural Work
Varnum Poor House (exterior), circa 1950
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70
Henry Varnum Poor Studio [new] (exterior), 1957 or later
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71
Unidentified Exteriors, circa 1940
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72
Unidentified Interiors, circa 1940
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73
Negatives, artwork by Henry Varnum Poor
Paintings, circa 1940
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74
Tiles, circa 1940
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75
Miscellaneous Subjects (Fireplace), circa 1940
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76
Negatives, People
Henry Varnum Poor; Poor with others including family and Marcel Duchamp, circa 1940
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77
Family, circa 1940
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78
Slides
Artwork by Henry Varnum Poor, Pottery, circa 1940
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79
Places, Alaska (various subjects, including people), 1943
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80
Miscellaneous Subjects, Rockland County Center for the Arts, Retrospective Exhibition, 1975
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81
Transparencies, Artwork by Henry Varnum Poor
Department of the Interior Mural (Henry Varnum Poor and Anne Poor at work), circa 1938
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82
Pottery, circa 1940
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83

Make a Request

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