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John Whorf papers, [ca. 1880-1961]

Whorf, John, 1903-1959



Collection Information

Size: 0.4 Linear feet, (partially microfilmed on 1 reel)

Summary: Correspondence; photographs; sketches and pages from a sketchbook; drawings; certificates; notes; a book; and clippings.
REEL 1052: Correspondence, mostly between Whorf and family members; pages from a scrapbook of clippings and photographs, 1912-1926; 2 National Academy of Design certificates; a drawing, 1913, done by Whorf as a child; photographs of Whorf, his family (including one of his grandfather, ca. 1880), and of his paintings; and clippings, 1924-1961.
UNMICROFILMED: A postcard from Ruth and Loring Dodd; a 1934 letter from a patron; 6 photographs, including The Beachcombers (a painter's club); a street scene (ca. 1890's) taken by John's father, commercial photographer, Harry C. Whorf, photographs of Harry C. Whorf (1890s), John Whorf's work, and of a John Singer Sargent painting; certificates of membership in the National Academy of Design; notes on color; 17 sketches in pencil, crayon and water color (1911); 21 clippings; and an inscribed copy of Harry Kemp's PROVINCETOWN TIDEWAYS (c 1947).

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter; Provincetown, Mass.


Materials on reel 1052 lent for microfilming 1975 by Nancy Whorf Kelly, Whorf's daughter. Portions were subquently donated along with unmicrofilmed material, 1983.

Language Note

English .

Location of Originals

  • Some items on reel 1052: Originals retained by Nancy Whorf Kelly.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 1052 available from Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

John Whorf papers, [ca. 1880-1961]. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.