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Nina Howell Starr papers, circa 1933-1996

Starr, Nina Howell, 1903-2000

Photographer, Dealer

Collection Information

Size: 21.2 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of photographer and art historian Nina Howell Starr measure 21.2 linear feet and date from circa 1933 to 1996. The papers contain research files about various art historical topics, museums and galleries, photography, and artists. There are extensive files documenting Starr's relationship as researcher, dealer, and friend of folk painter Minnie Evans. Additionally, the papers include biographical materials, writings, speeches, project files, printed material collected or authored by Starr, and hundreds of artistic and documentary photographs and negatives created by Starr depicting her travels, Minnie Evans' paintings, roadside folk art, and other topics.

Biographical/Historical Note

Nina Howell Starr (1903-2000) was a photographer, art dealer, and art historian who worked primarily in New York City. Born in Newark, New Jersey in 1903 as Cornelia Margaret Howell, Starr attended Wellesley College and graduated from Barnard in 1926. Also in 1926, she married Nathan Comfort Starr, an English professor, and, over the years the couple lived in Massachusetts, Maryland, Florida, and New York City.


The Nina Howell Starr papers were donated by Nina Howell Starr in 1996.

Language Note

Collection is in English


Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian's Collections Care and Preservation Fund.