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Oral history interview with Henry Varnum Poor, 1964

Poor, Henry Varnum, 1887-1970

Muralist, Painter, Designer, Ceramicist, Educator


Collection Information

Size: 30 Pages, Transcript

Format: Sound has been lost on tape reel; reel discarded.

Summary: An interview of Henry Varnum Poor conducted in 1964, by Harlan Phillips, for the Archives of American Art
Poor speaks of his youth in Chapman, Kansas; the artistic influence of his mother; his education at Stanford University; studying under Walter Sickert; going to Paris and to London; the influence of Cézanne; teaching at Stanford; World War I's influence on him; his work in pottery; meeting Edward Bruce; his mural decoration for the Department of Justice; his work on a post office mural; and his feelings about government support for the arts.

Biographical/Historical Note

Henry Varnum Poor (1887-1970) was a painter, mural painter, and educator in New York, New York.


This interview conducted as part of the Archives of American Art's New Deal and the Arts project, which includes over 400 interviews of artists, administrators, historians, and others involved with the federal government's art programs and the activities of the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s and early 1940s.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Transcript: 35mm microfilm reel 3612 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Transcript: Patrons must use microfilm copy.

Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Henry Varnum Poor, 1964. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.