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Polly Thayer (Starr) papers, 1846-2008, bulk 1921-2008

Contents and Arrangement

The Polly Thayer papers were organized and inventoried by curator Dorothy Koval and other art consultants prior to arriving at the Archives of American Art, and most likely do not reflect the original order by Polly Thayer. The Archives has maintained the arrangement imposed by Koval for the bulk of the papers. This collection is arranged as 13 series.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1921-2007
0.8 Linear feet
Box 1, 22

Biographical material includes Polly Thayer's school records, marriage certificate, inventories of possessions meant for appraisal at houses she owned, journal entries and clippings about the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake from Thayer's trip to Japan, and passports. Also included are financial documents on art-related expenses such as invoices and receipts for framing, printing, and conservation, in addition to printed and digital inventories created by Dorothy Koval for her reference and research of Thayer's papers prior to their arrival at the archives.
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Westover School Records and Reunion Material, 1921, 1972
1
1
Great Kanto Earthquake
Polly Thayer's Travel Journal, 1923
1
2
Notebook Describing Earthquake and Aftermath, 1923
1
3
Writings by Mother Ethel Thayer, 1923
1
4
Printed Materials, 1923-2004
1
5
United Kingdom Certificate if Registration for Travel, 1926
1
6
Weir River Farm Property Management, 1931-2000
1
7
Marriage Certificate from Genoa, Italy, 1933
1
8
Metal Engraving for Calling Card, circa 1935
1
9
Check Stubs and Deposit Slips, 1937-1939
1
10
198 Beacon Street Inventory and Appraisal of Contents, 1948
1
11
Notes and Records on Vision Loss, 1952, 1981-2005
1
12
Agamemnon
Program and Related Materials, 1953
1
13
Visitor's Pass to View Egyptian Monuments, 1970
1
14
Memorial and Obituary Plans, 1976-2006
1
15
West Chop Summer House Inventory of Contents, circa 1990
1
16
90th Birthday Tribute Signed by Members of Cambridge Friends Meeting, 1995
Oversized material housed in Box 22, Folder 1.
1
17
Brookhaven Retirement Home Assorted Materials, 1996-2006
1
18
Resumes, circa 2003
1
19
Passports, 1925-1934
1
20
Passports, 1955-1971
1
21
Passports, 1977-1987
1
22
Invoices and Receipts for Framing Artwork, 1945-2005
1
23
Invoices and Receipts for Photography, 1976-2003
1
24
Invoices and Receipts for Printing, 1992-2001
1
25
Invoices and Receipts for Art Conservation, 1993-2004
1
26
Invoices and Receipts for Shipping, 1994-1997
1
27
Dorothy Koval's Inventory of Thayer's Papers , circa 2004
1
28
Dorothy Koval's Inventory of Thayer's Papers, 2007, Digital, 2014
0.001 Gigabytes
Seven computer files
ER01
Dorothy Koval's List of Thayer's Uninventoried Artwork, Sketchbooks and Sketches, 2007, Digital, 2014
0.581 Gigabytes
13 computer files
ER02
Oversized Birthday Tribute Card from Box 1, Folder 17, 1995
22
1

Series 2: Family Files , 1846-2006
2 Linear feet
Box 1-3, 22

Polly Thayer's family files, which include immediate and extended family, are extensive. Several individuals, such as Thayer's parents, Ezra Ripley Thayer and Ethel Randolph Thayer (née Clark), and her husband Donald Carter Starr, have multiple folders. Since there are files on members from the maternal and paternal sides of Thayer's family tree, there are materials on the Clark, Ripley and Vinton families, in addition to the voluminous folders on the Thayers and Starrs. The series includes correspondence, writings, printed materials, condolence letters, memorial plans, estate papers, and obituaries.
Family files on the members of the Starr and Thayer family are arranged alphabetically. Found at the end of the series are a few folders on extended family and relatives, including the Clarks, Ripleys and Vintons, all of which are arranged alphabetically. Miscelleanous folders about genealogy are arranged at the end of the series.
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Starr, Donald Carter
Short Biographies, 1920-1992
1
30
Passports, 1926-1935
1
31
Passports, 1960-1987
1
32
Harvard
Reunion Runes
, 1950
1
33
National Geographic
Article about Schooner Pilgrim, 1937
1
34
Typescript Draft of Article "Vanished Signs of Vanished Times", 1983
1
35
Typescript Draft about Charitable Giving, 1986
1
36
St. Botolph Club Donations, 1990-1994
1
37
St. Botolph Club Donations, 1996-2006
1
38
Assorted Notes and Sketches, 1991
1
39
Funeral Arrangements, 1992
1
40
Obituaries, 1992
1
41
Inventory of Writings, circa 1992
1
42
Starr, Donald Carter, Continued
Condolence Letters, A-L, 1992
2
1
Condolence Letters, M-Z, 1992
2
2
Starr's Miscellany
Table of Contents, circa 1992
2
3
Memorial Services, 1992-2006
2
4
Correspondence about Boats, 1992-2006
2
5
Schooner Pilgrim's Progress
Editing Process, 1993-1995
2
6
Schooner Pilgrim's Progress
Correspondence with David Ford, 1995
2
7
Schooner Pilgrim's Progress
Correspondence with Donald S. Marshall, 1994-1996
2
8
Schooner Pilgrim's Progress
Cover Design, 1994-1996
2
9
Schooner Pilgrim's Progress
Book Reviews, 1996-1997
2
10
Schooner Pilgrim's Progress
Letters from Readers, 1996-2004
2
11
Schooner Pilgrim's Progress
Chapters Read by Richard Dey, circa 1997
1 Sound cassette
2
12
Inventory of Paintings and Drawings, 2005
2
13
Starr, Victoria Thayer
Baby Book, 1940
2
14
Babysitting Notes by Childhood Nurse Sally, 1942
2
15
Vocabulary List, 1942
2
16
Childhood Compositions and Drawings, circa 1948
2
17
"Cartoons of Vicky's Mastectomy, 1985, Chinon", 1985
2
18
Postcard of Polly Thayer's Drawing
Victoria with Hamster
, circa 1991
2
19
Bryn Mawr Alumnae Bulletin, 1995
2
20
Photocopy of Diplome d' honneur for Restoration of French Building, 1999
2
21
Higham House Restoration, 1999-2003
2
22
Miscellaneous Printed Materials , 2003-2004
2
23
Thayer, Eleanor Arnold
Postcard, 1907
2
24
Writings, 1913-1919
2
25
News Clippings, 1921
2
26
Memorial and Obituary, 1923-1957
2
27
Thayer, Ethel Randolph
Letters from Phillips Brooks, 1885-1891
2
28
Letters from Joseph Trumbull Stickney, 1893-1895
2
29
Letter from President William Howard Taft, 1914
2
30
Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1885-1957
2
31
"Servants" Book, 1898-1950
A notebook containing the names of servants, their dates of service, and notes about their quality of work.
2
32
Shopping List and Recipe Notes, 1902
2
33
Locks of Children's Hair, circa 1910
2
34
Will and Estate Papers, 1923-1959
2
35
Typescript Drafts of Open Letters, circa 1938
2
36
Writings on Religion and the Oxford Group, circa 1938
2
37
News Clippings, 1942
2
38
Handwriting Analysis, 1944
2
39
Memorial Service, 1959
2
40
Condolence Letters, 1959-1982
2
41
Family Service of Greater Boston Charity, 1986-2003
2
42
Thayer, Ezra Ripley
Travel Diary, 1882-1883
2
43
The Harvard Monthly
, 1888
2
44
Typed Excerpts of Letters to Ethel Thayer, 1910-1911
Transcriptions of selected letters, sometimes partial and sometimes in full, written by Ezra Thayer to his wife Ethel Thayer over the course of a trip.
2
45
Thayer, Ezra Ripley, Continued
News Clippings, 1913-2001
3
1
Typescript Draft of "A Sketch of Thayer's Life" and a copy of
Ezra Ripley Thayer
published by Harvard Law School, 1916
3
2
Harvard Law School Class of 1914: The Third Class Report
, 1929
3
3
Memorials, 1961-2004
3
4
Ezra Ripley Thayer Fellowship at Harvard, 1973-2003
3
5
"Ezra Ripley Thayer: Dean of Harvard Law School 1910-1915", 2002
3
6
Thayer, James Bradley, the elder
Obituaries, 1902
3
7
Journal of Legal Education
, 1949
3
8
Jay Hook's Research and Thesis on James Bradley Thayer, 1987-1998
3
9
Harvard Law School Special Collections Records, 1987-2000
3
10
"Digging for Roots: The North Dakota Constitution and the Thayer Correspondence", 1989
3
11
Photocopy of Journal Entry, circa 1990
3
12
Northwestern University Centennial, 1992-1993
3
13
Thayer, James Bradley, the younger
Harvard Law School Donation and Records, 1982-2000
3
14
Estate Papers, 1982-1991
3
15
Thayer, Sophia Bradley
Obituary, 1914
3
16
Condolence Letters, 1914
3
17
Thayer, Theodora W.
Letter to Mary Vinton Clark, 1898
3
18
Condolence Letters, 1905
3
19
Articles and News Clippings, 1906-2005
3
20
Thayer, William Sydney, Articles and News Clippings, 1932-1985
3
21
Clark, Mary Vinton, Estate Papers, 1940
Oversized material housed in Box 22, Folder 2
3
22
Emerson, Mary Moody, Biographical Sketches, circa 2000
3
23
Ripley, Ezra, Biographical Sketches, circa 1990
3
24
Ripley, Samuel
Letter to Parish Members, 1846
3
26
Reverend Samuel Ripley of Waltham
, 1897
3
25
Ripley, Sarah Alden, Biographical Sketches, 1973-1999
3
27
Ripley and Thayer Family Genealogy Charts, circa 1980
3
28
Ripley and Thayer Family, Old Manse Historic Building, 1983-2004
3
29
Vinton Family, 1969-1987
3
30
Miscellaneous Family Material, 1948-1983
3
31
Oversized Estate Papers from Box 3, Folder 22, 1940
22
2

Series 3: Correspondence , 1929-2008
1.3 Linear feet
Box 3-5

This series contains correspondence with friends and colleagues as well as correspondence with museums, galleries, and arts venues.
This series is arranged as 2 subseries.
  • 3.1: Friends and Colleagues, 1929-2008
  • 3.2: Galleries, Museums, Venues, 1940-2006
3.1: Friends and Colleagues, 1929-2008
Correspondence with friends and colleagues is limited. Notable correspondents include Royal Cortissoz, Philip Hofer, Louis Kronenberger, Anne Parrish, and photocopies of letters from Tasha Tudor. The most voluminous folders of correspondence are from curator Dorothy Koval, as well as Wendy Swanton and Margaret Winslow, art consultants who helped organize Thayer's artwork before the Archives received the collection. There are a few letters of inquiry about Polly Thayer's family history for genealogical research from researchers and assorted correspondents.
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Correspondence about Family History, 1972-1983
3
32
Apthorp, L. L., circa 1934
3
33
Arapoff, Alexis, 1941
3
34
A Miscellaneous, 1977-2005
3
35
Barzun, Jacques, circa 1933-1944
3
36
Blackman, Joyce, 2005
3
37
Bliss, Josselyn, 1996
3
38
B Miscellaneous, 1993-2004
3
39
Coolidge, John G. , 1931-1932
3
40
Cortissoz, Royal, 1929
3
41
C-E Miscellaneous, circa 1935-2001
3
42
Fullery Family, circa 1945-1993
3
43
F-G Miscellaneous, 1931-2001
3
44
Harrison, Marie L., circa 1958
3
45
Hodges, Eloise, 1973-circa 1995
3
46
Hofer, Philip, 1950-1974
3
47
Howe, Mark A. DeWolfe, 1937, 1987-1988
3
H Miscellaneous, circa 1933-2003
3
49
James, William, 1935-1938
3
50
Koval, Dorothy, 1997-2008
3
51
Kronenberger, Louis, circa 1950
3
52
K Miscellaneous, 1940
3
53
Lawrence, Martina, circa 1936
3
54
L Miscellaneous, 1942-1989
3
55
Mason, Elizabeth A., circa 1957
3
56
May, Benjamin M., Jr., 1975
3
57
M-O Miscellaneous, 1950-1999
3
58
Parrish, Anne, 1955-1957
3
59
P Miscellaneous, 1940-1991
3
60
Rodgers, Mrs. John A., 1934-1935
3
61
R Miscellaneous, 1937-2003
3
62
Sachs, Paul J., 1937
3
63
St. John, Barbara Cummings, 1978-circa 2000
3
64
Swanton, Wendy L., 1990-2006
4
1
S Miscellaneous, circa 1932-1999
4
2
Thornton, Nonnie, 1996
4
3
Towl, Bruce, 2006
4
4
Tudor, Tasha, 1981-1987
4
5
Wesselhoeft, Fanny and Frances, 1942
4
6
Winslow, Margaret L., 1993-1998
4
7
Wood, H. G., 1941-1942
4
8
W-Z Miscellaneous, 1940-1958
4
9
Correspondents without Surnames, 1944-1996
4
10
3.2: Galleries, Museums, and Venues, 1940-2006
Arranged here is Thayer's correspondence with museums, galleries, and arts venues which represented or exhibitedher artwork. Also found is correspondence with organizations that Thayer supported through her patronage. Multiple files are found for The Boston Athenaeum, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Copley Society of Boston, Harvard Law School, and Vose Galleries.
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Alfred J. Walker Fine Arts, 2000-2005
4
11
Art Complex Museum, 1995-2002
4
12
Boston Athenaeum, 1977-2002
4
13
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 1950-2003
4
14
Boston Public Library, 1988-1992
4
15
Brigham Young University, 1974-1979
4
16
Brown University Library, 1973
4
17
Century Association, 2002
4
18
Channel 2 Auction, 1975-1995
4
19
Childs Gallery, 1965
4
20
Contemporary Arts Center, 1940-1945
4
21
Copley Society of Boston, 1957-1997
4
22
Copley Society of Boston, 1999-2006
4
23
DeCordova Museum, 1997-2002
4
24
Doll & Richards, Inc., 1958-1963
4
25
Fogg Art Museum, 1993-1998
4
26
Guild of Boston Artists, 1973-2006
4
27
Harvard Law School, 1985-1998
4
28
Harvard Law School, 1999-2004
4
29
Harvard-Yenching Institute, 1964
4
30
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 1942-1980
4
31
Massachusetts College of Art, 2000
4
32
Mystic Seaport Museum, 1990-1996
4
33
New Britain Museum of American Art, 2000-2006
4
34
New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1997
4
35
Nichols House Museum, 1970-1987
4
36
Nichols House Museum, 2000-2005
4
37
Newport Art Museum, 2002
4
38
Peabody Essex Museum, 1993-2006
4
39
Peabody Museum, 1982
4
40
Schlesinger Library, 1999-2001
4
41
Skinner Auctioneers, 1991
4
42
Vose Galleries, 1947-2005
5
1
Miscellaneous Venues, 1996-2005
5
2

Series 4: Interviews , 1995-2004
0.2 Linear feet
Box 5

There are four transcripts of interviews with Polly Thayer and two unstranscribed interviews, one digital audio recording and one recorded on VHS videocassette. There is also one sound recording on cassette of Doris Abramson talking about Catherine Sargent Huntington.
The series is arranged chronologically.
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"Doris Abramson on Catherine Sargent Huntington", circa 1995
1 Sound cassette
5
3
Transcripts of Polly Thayer Interviews Conducted by Robert F. Brown, 1995-1996
5
4
Transcript of Polly Thayer Interview about Nichols House Museum, 2001
5
5
Transcript of Polly Thayer Interview for Brookhaven Newsletter
The Voice
, 2001
5
6
Channel 5 Boston Chronicle Interview with Polly Thayer, 2003
1 videocassettes (vhs)
5
7
Jackson Braider "Radio Stories", 2004. Digital Audio Recording, 2014
0.196 Gigabytes
Five computer files
This recording contains 5 "Radio Stories" by Jackson Braider, two of which are about Polly Thayer.
ER03
Transcript of "Radio Stories: Polly Thayer and a Student Drawing", 2004
5
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Series 5: Writings , 1922-2006
1.7 Linear feet
Box 5-6

Writings by and about Thayer include typescript and handwritten drafts of articles, essays, and speeches, and notes and notebooks.
This series is arranged as 3 subseries.
  • 5.1: Drafts, circa 1934-2006
  • 5.2: Notes, 1932-circa 2004
  • 5.3: Notebooks, 1922-1997
5.1: Drafts, circa 1934-2006
This series is comprised of Polly Thayer's drafts of papers, articles, letters to the editor, and speeches. Although the bulk of material consists of typescript drafts, folders often contain multiple drafts of writing, some of which are handwritten. Polly Thayer wrote on a range of topics such as art, religion, and politics, as well as several memorial tributes to friends. There is a draft of Looking At Animals, an anthology of poems by various writers for which Thayer selected the contents and wrote the introduction. Also included are writings by friends and relatives which are about Thayer or reference her.
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"What the Modern Artist is Trying to Do", circa 1934
5
10
Letter to the Editor of
The Boston Herald
on Vincent van Gogh, 1936
5
11
"Is Neutrality a Thing of the Past?", 1938
5
12
"Who Are the Outstanding Contemporary Artists?", 1940
5
13
"What is Toleration?", circa 1941
5
14
"Why Do We Read So Little Poetry?", circa 1955
5
15
"On Marijuana", 1968
5
16
Letter to the Board on Establishing Guidelines for Nichols House Museum Committees, 1970
5
17
Nichols House Museum May Meeting, circa 1970
5
18
Westover School 50th Reunion Speech, 1972
5
19
"What is Killing the Theaters?", circa 1973
5
20
"Preservation Versus Restoration", 1973
5
21
"George Taloumis and the Garden at 55th Mt. Vernon Street", 1977
5
22
"On Love", 1979-1991
5
23
"Why I Paint", circa 1980-circa 1990
5
24
"On Seeing", 1981-2004
5
25
"Painting Rose", circa 1985
5
26
Letter to the Editor of
The Boston Globe
on Thomas Boylston Adams, 1986
5
27
"Rose Standish Nichols: A Tribute to a Friend", 1986-1987
5
28
Memorial Tribute to Hester Pickman, 1989
5
29
"Looking at Animals", 1990
5
30
"Looking at Animals", 1990-2004
5
31
"What God Means to Me", circa 1993
5
32
"What Being a Quaker Means to Me", circa 1993
5
33
Memorial Tribute for Sally Sedgwick, 1994
5
34
"Painting Cornelia Lombard", circa 1995
5
35
Memorial Tribute to Harold Newcombe, 1996
5
36
Writing on Polly Thayer's Cat Benny, circa 1997
5
37
Memorial Tribute for David McClelland, 1998
5
38
"Leftover Recollections", 2000
5
39
"Moving", 2005
5
40
"Childhood Recollections of Weir River Farm", 2005-2006
5
41
"Spring in the Public Garden", 2006
5
42
Untitled Short Story by Christina Marquand, circa 1940-circa 1990
5
43
Poems by Friends, 1967-2002
5
44
Memorandum about Polly Thayer's Name Changes, circa 1970-circa 1980
5
45
Dinah Starr's Memorial Tribute to Polly Thayer, 2003
5
46
5.2: Notes, 1932-circa 2004
This subseries contains mostly handwritten notes by Thayer that were originally scattered throughout the collection. The subjects of the notes are varied and reference painting techniques and studio ideas, daily tasks and activities, lists, errands, gallery contacts, and general musings.
Description Container
"Studio Ideas", circa 1932
5
47
Journal Entries, 1932-1995
5
48
Guest Lists for Events at Martha's Vineyard, 1936-1974
5
49
Lists of Silverware, China, Linens, and Other Household Goods, 1940-1967
5
50
Art Techniques and Materials, 1941-1994
5
51
Lists of Galleries Contacted by Polly Thayer, circa 1950-1971
6
1
Humorous Verses about Friends and Family, 1961-1991
6
2
Assorted Addresses and Phone Numbers, circa 1990-circa 2000
6
3
History of Grace Horne Gallery, circa 2004
6
4
Miscellaneous Notes, circa 1980-2003
6
5
5.3: Notebooks, 1922-1997
Notebooks includes annotated appointment calendars, art class notes, and errand books which inventory possessions and list repairs at several of Thayer's properties. The titles in quotation marks are taken directly from the cover of the notebooks and the rest are general headings based on the subject of the notes. The notebooks often have loose papers or clippings tucked between the pages.
Description Container
Disbound Annotated Appointment Calendars, 1922-1924
6
6
Disbound Annotated Appointment Calendars, 1925-1927
6
7
Disbound Notebook of Art Lecture Notes from New York Trips, 1930-1933
6
8
Lecture Notes from Class on Nature and Art, circa 1930-circa 1950
6
9
Disbound Binder "Painting Notes: Painter's Workshop Lecture", 1938-1940
6
10
Notes on Religion, circa 1940
6
11
"The Technique of Modern Art", circa 1940
6
12
Carl Nelson's Class at Boston WMCA, circa 1948-1960
6
13
"Hingham Household" Contents and Repairs, 1965-1981
6
14
"West Chop: Dinner Lists" and Repairs, 1965-1981
6
15
Disbound "Daily 1968 Log", 1968-1988
6
16
Dismantled Notebook on Errands, Repairs, Guest Lists, 1974-1994
6
17
"Health, Eyes, Paintings, Etc.", 1993-1994
6
18
198 Beacon Street Maintenance and Repairs, 1995-1996
6
19
198 Beacon Street Maintenance and Repairs, 1995-1997
6
20
"The Schooner Pilgrim Logbook for 1996", 1996
6
21
"Old Letters: May Sarton, Howes, Etc.", circa 1996
6
22
"Brookhaven: Chores, Telephone Calls", 1996-1997
6
23
Moving Out of 198 Beacon Street, 1997
6
24
"Atlanta Exhibition - 198 Beacon Street - Wendy", 1997
6
25

Series 6: Subject Files , circa 1900-2008
3.3 Linear feet
Box 7-10

Subject Files are separated into "People" files and "Interests" files. "People" files contain materials such as articles, obituaries, short biographical profiles, and some audiovisual recordings related to Thayer's friends and colleagues. The "Interests" files include articles and clippings on assorted topics such as animals, humor, and pacifism.
This arrangement of the files in this series reflects historian Dorothy Koval's arrangement of Thayer's papers prior to their arrival at the archives, particularly the files on people. During processing, several unmerged, but related types of file titles and materials were integrated here.
This series is arranged as 2 subseries.
  • 6.1: People, circa 1900-2008
  • 6.2: Interests, 1919-2008
6.1: People, circa 1900-2008
This subseries contains material about Thayer's friends, colleagues, fellow artists, and portrait subjects. Materials in this subseries include short biographies, articles, and obituaries. Some of the folders were created by curator Dorothy Koval as part of her and include partial transcripts of interviews with Thayer discussing a particular artist or individual. The most voluminous files are on Francis DeLancey Cunningham, the Howe family, Rose Nichols, May Sarton, John Brooks Wheelwright, and Agnes Yarnall. The materials on Cunningham, Sarton, and Wheelwright are particularly extensive and include multiple folders with biographical materials, correspondence, writings, and printed materials. The subseries contains 2 videocassettes and 1 sound cassette.
Description Container
Abbe, Dorothy, 1991-2008
7
1
Adams, Thomas Boylston and Ramelle, 1984-2007
7
2
Alfred, William, circa 1996-2008
7
3
Ames, John W., Jr. , 1963-1965
7
4
Anderson, Judith, circa 1936
7
5
Ash, Tom, 2004-2008
7
6
Bancroft, Mary, 1991-1997
7
7
Bandler, Bernard, circa 1930-1999
7
8
Barzun, Jacques, 2002-2003
7
9
Baynes, Ernest Harold, circa 1900-1920
7
10
Beckmann, Max, 1995-2008
7
11
Berlin, Isaiah, circa 1997
7
12
Bundy, Harvey Hollister, Sr., circa 1936-circa 1990
7
13
Cabot, Eliot, circa 1936
7
14
Codman, Russell, circa 1940
7
15
Colt, Charles and Amy, 1982-1996
7
16
Cox, Gardner, circa 1954-1996
7
17
Crombie, Diana, circa 1936
7
18
Cunningham, Francis deLancey
Photographs, crica 1935-circa 1990
7
19
Biographical Material, circa 1953-2002
7
20
Francis Cunningham Art Trust, 1996-2004
7
21
Writings on The Nude, 1999-2006
7
22
Writings on Edwin Dickinson, 2000-2002
7
23
Printed Materials, 1964-2006
7
24
Despujols, Jean, 1995-2006
7
25
Fisher, Roger, 1985-1998
7
26
Forbes, Edward, circa 1965-1990
7
27
Fuller, Horace W., 1989-1994
7
28
Galantiere, Lewis, 2002
7
29
Gershwin, George, circa 1931
7
30
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco Jose de, 2001
7
31
Gregory, Molly, 1987-2007
7
32
Griscom, Joanie, 2004-2005
7
33
Hale, Philip, 1968-2004
7
34
Hale, Robert Beverly, circa 1995
7
35
Hammond, Florence and Mason, 1999-2002
7
36
Hawthorne, Charles, 1999-2004
7
37
Herrick, Alice, circa 1921
7
38
Hofmann, Hans, 1995-2008
7
39
Hopkinson, Charles and Family, circa 1955-2007
7
40
Howe Family, 1932-1982
7
41
Howe, Helen, 1955-1995
7
42
Howe, Mark, 1953-1996
7
43
Howe, Molly, circa 1985-1995
7
44
Howe, Quincy, 1964-1986
7
45
Howe, Susan, 1992-2008
7
46
Howe, Tina, 1984-1997
7
47
Howells, Muriel, 2001
7
48
Jacovleff, Alexandre, 2008
7
49
James, William, Jr., 1942-1995
7
50
Johnson, Edward and Elsie, 1966-2994
7
51
Johnston, Gilbert L., 1992-1999
7
52
Katz, Leo, 2008
7
53
Lampoon, Bob, 1932
7
54
Lawrence, James and Martina, 1987-1995
7
55
Leslie, Shane, 1954
7
56
Lhote, Andre, circa 2000
8
1
Littlefield, William Horace, circa 1995
8
2
Lodge, John, 1940
8
3
Longcope, Duncan, 2003-2004
8
4
Lydis, Mariette, 1931-1936
8
5
Mabon, James Brown and Mary and Candida, 1961-2005
8
6
MacLeish, Archibald, 2001-2008
8
7
Marks, Emily, 2000-2006
8
8
Mason, Charles E., 1971-2003
8
9
McDonald, Marjorie, 2004
8
10
McClelland, David and Mary, 1944-1998
8
11
Morgan, Maud, 1996-2001
8
12
Morris, Alice Vanderbilt, 1931-2003
8
13
Murchie, Guy, 1990-1997
8
14
Najan, Nala, 1970-2002
8
15
Nelson, Carl, circa 1996-2008
8
16
Newcombe, Harold, 1996-2001
8
17
Nichols, Rose, 1953-1986
8
18
Nichols, Rose, 1995-2001
8
19
Parrish, Anne, circa 1957
8
20
Peirce, Waldo, 1950
8
21
Pickman, Hester, 1989-2004
8
22
Porter, Cole, 2005
8
23
Preston Family, 1995
8
24
Pryor, Luanne, 1996-2001
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25
Richards, I. A., 1974-1979
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26
Roberts, Robert, circa 1926
8
27
Rodgers, Robert, circa 1928
8
28
Rodgers, Fanny Colby, circa 1932
8
29
Rousmaniere, John, circa 1990-2003
8
30
Sander, Frank and Emily, 1992-2004
8
31
Sarton, May
Biographical Materials, 1984-1999
8
32
"Signs of Love: Sarton/Sherman", circa 1997
1 videocassettes (vhs)
8
33
Susan Sherman Correspondence, 1995-2004
Articles and correspondence from Susan Sherman about May Sarton.
8
34
Biography of May Sarton by Margot Peters, 1995-1997
Reviews, printed materials, and assorted materials on Margot Peters's biography about May Sarton.
8
35
Hazel Hunley Correspondence, 1997-2000
8
36
Barbara Martin Correspondence, 1997
8
37
Miscellaneous, 1993-1997
8
38
Schroeder, Eric, 1960-1971
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39
Sears, Richard, circa 2003, circa 1936
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40
Sedgwick Family, 1954-1996
8
41
Steere, Douglas and Dorothy, 1991-2003
8
42
Stevens, Neyan, 1939-1953
8
43
St. John, Barbara Cummings, 1995-2002
8
44
Thompson, Dolores, 1996-2001
8
45
Thompson, Leslie Prince, circa 2001
8
46
Toumanov, Leo, circa 1933-1997
8
47
Trafford, Stella, 1983-2004
8
48
Van Ness, Beatrice, 1995-2008
8
49
Vose Family, 2002-2004
8
50
"Vose Art Galleries:Tales of an Art Dealer", circa 1991
1 videocassettes (vhs)
8
51
Wheelwright, John Brooks
Rock and Shell
, 1933
9
1
Printed Materials, 1939-1986
9
2
"Susan Howe Interviews: Thayer, Quincy, Howe on J.B. Wheelwright", circa 1981
1 Sound cassette
Susan Howe's WBAI radio program had one show titled "The Bostonian" about John Brooks Wheelwright and talks to Quincy Howe, Polly Thayer, Malcolm Cowley, and others.
9
3
Wickey, Harry, circa 2001
9
4
Wood, Anne, circa 1990
9
5
Yarnall, Agnes, 1940-2001
9
6
Obituaries of Friends and Colleagues, 1977-2008
9
7
Miscellaneous Artists, 1979-2005
9
8
Advice from Artists, 1978-2004
9
9
6.2: Interests, 1919-2008
This subseries contains articles and clippings on a range of topics such as animals, humor, and pacifism. These files were probably used by Polly Thayer for reference on her many interests. Most of the original folder headings were retained.
Description Container
Animals, 1976-2005
9
10
Art, 1932-2005
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11
Art, 1932-2005
9
12
Art, "Sight-Impaired and Aging Artists", 1965-2006
9
13
Art, Museums in Boston, 1982-2006
9
14
Books, 1948-1999
9
15
Cats, 1994-2004
9
16
Clothing, 1939-1991
9
17
Death, 1958-2004
9
18
Decorating, 1940-1942
9
19
Graphology and Horoscopes, 1919-1995
9
20
Humor, 1955-2003
9
21
Old Age, 1977-2005
9
22
Pacifism, 1964-2004
10
1
Poems, 1939-2006
10
2
Politics, 1939-2005
10
3
Quotations, circa 2000
10
4
Theater and Dance, 1924-2008
10
5
Travel, 1965-1977
10
6

Series 7: Organization Files , 1931-2008
1 Linear foot
Box 10-11

This series contains materials related to Polly Thayer's charitable contributions, club memberships and affiliations. Included are donation requests, correspondence, clippings, newsletters, events announcements, membership listings, organization charters and by-laws, and printed materials. There are also 6 sound cassettes and one digital audio recording. The Chilton Club, Nucleus Club, Religious Society of Friends, and Trustees of Reservations are a few of the organizations included in the series.
This series is arranged alphabetically by the name of the organization.
Description Container Select
American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, 2000-2001
10
7
Back Bay Public Garden, 1985-2001
10
8
Century Club of New York, "The Naked and The Nude Symposium", 2004
1 Sound cassette
10
9
Chilton Club, 1986-2005
10
10
"Chilton Club: Phoebe Driver", 1993
1 Sound cassette
10
11
Contemporary Club, 1940
10
12
Cosmopolitan Club, 1959-2005
10
13
Fenway Studios, 1998-2005
10
14
Footlight Club, 2008
10
15
New England Friends Home, 1965-2003
10
16
Nucleus Club, 1931-2006
10
17
Peace Action, 1994-2002
10
18
Pendle Hill, 1983-2002
10
19
Pine Street Inn, 2003
10
20
Poets' Theatre, 1984-2003
10
21
Religious Society of Friends, 1955-1994
10
22
Religious Society of Friends, 1995-2005
10
23
Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, 1943
10
24
Tavern Club, 1983-2004
10
25
Trustees of Reservations
Correspondence and Annual Reports, 1963-1999
11
1
Annual Reports and Strategic Plan, 2000-2006
11
2
"Weir River Farm - Past, Present, Future", circa 2000
2 Sound cassettes
11
3
"Weir River Farm Interviews with Vicki Starr, daughter of donor Polly Thayer Starr" , 2008
1 Sound cassette
11
4
"Weir River Farm Interviews with Vicki Starr, daughter of donor Polly Thayer Starr", 2008. Digital Audio Recording , 2014
0.029 Gigabytes
Three computer files
ER04
"Polly Thayer had a farm", 2002
1 Sound cassette
Trustees of Reservations staff and children visiting Weir River Farm wishing Polly Thayer happy birthday.
11
5
Tuesday Club, 1978-2003
11
6
Tuesday Club Book Lists, 1963-2005
11
7
Williams College, 1940
11
8
Assorted Membership Cards, 1940-1953
11
9
Miscellaneous Philanthropic Organizations, 1994-2004
11
10

Series 8: Exhibition Files , 1928-2006
1.9 Linear feet
Box 11-13

This series holds exhibition catalogs, reviews, clippings, notes, letters of congratulations, and other items related to Polly Thayer's solo exhibitions as well as group shows. Noteworthy exhibitions include "Polly Thayer Starr: Fauna and Some Flora" (1996), which includes a visitor's book and a notebook, and "A Studio of Her Own: Women Artists in Boston 1870-1940" (2001).
The exhibitions are arranged chronologically.
Description Container Select
Catalogue of the 123rd Annual Exhibition of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1928), 1928
11
11
Boston Art Club, "Exhibition of Work of American Women Painters" (1928-1929), 1929
11
12
National Academy of Design Exhibition Group Show (1929), 1929
11
13
National Academy of Design Winter Exhibition Group Show (1929), 1929
11
14
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, The 125th Annual Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture (1930), 1930
11
15
Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts Group Show (1930), 1930
11
16
Horticultural Hall, Boston Tercentenary Fine Arts and Crafts Exhibition (1930), 1930
11
17
Doll & Richards Gallery, "Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Ethel R. Thayer" (1930-1931), 1931
11
18
Boston City Club Solo Exhibition (1931), 1931
11
19
Jordan Marsh Company Art Gallery, An Exhibition of Paintings by Contemporary Artists of New England (1931), 1931
11
20
Ogunquit Art Center, XI Annual Exhibition Paintings and Etchings (1931), 1931
11
21
Addison Gallery of American Art Group Show (1931), 1931
11
22
Wildenstein Gallery, "Exhibition of Portraits by Ethel Thayer" (1932), 1932
11
23
Guild of Boston Artists, "Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Ethel R. Thayer" (1932), 1932
11
24
American-Anderson Galleries, "American Portraits by American Artists" (1932), 1932
11
25
Boston Art Club, "Women Artists of New England" (1933), 1933
11
26
Catalogue of the 128th Annual Exhibition of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (1933), 1933
11
27
National Academy of Design 108th Annual Exhibition (1933) , 1933
11
28
Catalogue of the 129th Annual Exhibition of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (1934), 1934
11
29
National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors 44th Annual Exhibition (1935), 1935
11
30
Catalogue of the 130th Exhibition of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (1935), 1935
11
31
Doll & Richards Gallery Solo Exhibition (1935), 1935
11
32
Jordan Marsh Company Art Gallery, 6th Annual Exhibition of Paintings (1935), 1935
11
33
Philadelphia Art Alliance Solo Exhibition (1936), 1936
11
34
Harrisburg Art Association Solo Exhibition (1936), 1936
11
35
Grace Horne Galleries Solo Exhibition (1938), 1938
11
36
Institute of Modern Art, Contemporary New England Oil Paintings (1939), 1939
11
37
Grace Horne Galleries, Exhibition of Polly Thayer and Susumu Hirota (1940), 1940
11
38
Contemporary Arts, "Tenth Annual Pre-Season Exhibition" (1940), 1940
11
39
Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, "Contemporary American Painting" (1940), 1940
11
40
Institute of Modern Art, Paintings by Fifty Oncoming Americans (1941), 1941
11
41
Denver Art Museum, "47th Annual Exhibition" (1941), 1941
11
42
Contemporary Arts, "Polly Thayer: The 1941 Burton Emmett Memorial Exhibition" (1941), 1941
11
43
Catalogue of the 137th Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture (1942), 1942
11
44
Contemporary Arts Group Show, "Favorite Paintings" (1942), 1942
11
45
Contemporary Arts, Mid-Season Retrospection (1942), 1942
11
46
Springfield Museum of Fine Arts Group Show (1942), 1942
11
47
Boston Institute of Modern Art Group Show (1942), 1942
11
48
Springfield Art League 25th Annual Members Exhibition (1943), 1943
11
49
Vose Galleries Solo Exhibition (1950), 1950
11
50
Boston Society of Independent Artists 21st Annual Exhibition (1954), 1954
11
51
Childs Gallery, Paintings by Polly Thayer Starr with Sculpture by Mary Elizabeth Sears (1955), 1955
11
52
Boston Arts Festival Group Show (1955), 1955
11
53
Boston Society of Independent Artists 22nd Annual Exhibition (1956), 1956
11
54
Sessler Gallery, "Exhibition of Paintings by Polly Thayer" (1956), 1956
11
55
Friends Neighborhood Guild, "Quaker Artists of America" (1957), 1957
11
56
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, The Lambert Collection: Three Hundred Pictures Purchased in Half a Century (1961), 1961
11
57
Childs Gallery, "Paintings by Polly Thayer Starr" (1963), 1963
11
58
Pietrantonio Gallery, "Paintings and Drawings by Polly Thayer" (1964), 1964
12
1
Cosmopolitan Club Solo Exhibition of Art from Pietrantonio Gallery (1964), 1964
12
2
Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences, "American Drawing Annual XXI" (1965), 1965
12
3
Chilton Club Solo Exhibition (1965), 1965
12
4
Boston Public Library, "The Boston Scene: An Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Polly Thayer" (1969), 1969
12
5
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, "Special Exhibition of M.F.A. School Centennial" (1977), 1976-1977
12
6
Copley Society of Boston, "A Centennial Exhibition" (1980), 1980
12
7
Copley Society of Boston, "Work by Polly Thayer Starr" (1981), 1981-1982
12
8
Alfred J. Walker Fine Art, "Women in Art: An American Tradition, 1880-1986" (1987), 1987
12
9
Boston Athenaeum Members' Exhibition (1987), 1987
12
10
St. Botolph Club, "All in the Family: Exhibition of Art by Spouses of Club Members" (1990), 1990
12
11
Copley Society of Boston, "A Collection of Little Masters" (1992), 1992
12
12
Copley Society of Boston, "Paintings and Works on Paper by Polly Thayer Starr" (1994), 1994
12
13
Art Complex Museum, "Living by the Brush: Portraits by Women Artists" (1995), 1994-1995
12
14
Cambridge Friends Meeting House, "An Exhibition of Paintings by Polly Thayer Starr" (1995), 1995
12
15
Cambridge Friends Meeting House, "An Exhibition of Paintings by Polly Thayer Starr" (1995), 1995
12
16
The French Library, Effective Light: Contemporary Artists Explore Light (1995), 1995
12
17
Copley Society of Boston, "Copley Women Artists 1996" (1996), 1995-1996
12
18
Cambridge Friends Center, "Polly Thayer Starr: Fauna and Some Flora" (1996), 1996
12
19
Cambridge Friends Center, "Polly Thayer Starr: Fauna and Some Flora" Visitors Book (1996), 1996
12
20
Cambridge Friends Center, "Polly Thayer Starr: Fauna and Some Flora" Notebook (1996), 1996
12
21
Copley Society of Boston, "Polly Thayer Starr: Drawings" (1996), 1996-1997
12
22
Latrelle Brewster, "Insect Pollinators: Sketches and Drawings by Polly Thayer Starr" (1997), 1996-1997
12
23
Brookhaven Solo Exhibition, "Polly Thayer Starr" (1997), 1997
12
24
Vose Galleries, "Mary Bradish Titcomb and Her Contemporaries: The Artists of Fenway Studios" (1998), 1998
12
25
Copley Society of Boston, "3 Masters: Nat Burwash, Kahlil Gibran, Polly Thayer Starr" (1999), 1999
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Copley Society of Boston, "Perspectives in Portraiture" (1999), 1999
12
27
Copley Society of Boston, "Women Artists in the Back Bay" (2000), 2000
12
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Copley Society of Boston, "Patrons' Choice" (2001), 2000-2001
12
29
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, "A Studio of Her Own: Women Artists in Boston 1870-1940" (2001), 2001-2002
12
30
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, "A Studio of Her Own: Women Artists in Boston 1870-1940" (2001), 2001-2002
12
31
Vose Galleries, "Poetry of Hand & Spirit: Paintings and Drawings by Polly Thayer (Starr)" (2001), 2001
12
32
Guild of Boston Artists, "A Woman's Perspective: Founding and Early Women Members of the Guild of Boston Artists, 1914-1945" (2001), 2001-2002
12
33
Harvard Club of Boston, "Copley Masters Show" (2001), 2001
13
1
Vose Contemporary, "Cats & Other Creatures" (2001), 2001
13
2
Brookhaven, "'Resident Owned' Art Exhibit" (2001), 2001
13
3
New Britain Museum of American Art, "The Body Revealed: Two Hundred Years of the American Nude" (2002), 2002
13
4
Hingham Public Library, "The Work of Polly Thayer Starr" (2002), 2002
13
5
Bruce Museum of Arts and Sciences, "The Great American Nude" (2002), 2002
13
6
Vose Galleries, "The Work of Polly Thayer Starr" (2002), 2002
13
7
St. Botolph Club and Vose Galleries, "Carved from Darkness, Carved from Light: Works by Polly Thayer Starr" (2003), 2003
13
8
Vose Contemporary, "Realism Now: Traditions and Departures, Mentors and Proteges" (2004), 2004
13
9
Vose Galleries, "Centennial Exhibition: Polly Thayer (Starr)" (2004), 2004-2005
13
10
Brookhaven, "'Resident Owned' Art Exhibit" (2005), 2005
13
11
Boston Center for the Arts, "9th Annual Boston International Fine Art Show" (2005), 2005
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Brookhaven, "The Passing Show" (2006), 2006
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Vose Galleries, The New England Watercolor Tradition 1920-1950 (2006), 2006
13
14

Series 9: Art Inventory , circa 1940-1999
4.6 Linear feet
Box 13-17

Art inventory records include 15 disbound binders of art inventory lists that include photographs and descriptions of artwork. The records represent art inventory at Polly Thayer's studio at 198 Beacon Street, Boston. Each page has a photograph of an artwork and its inventory number, along with descriptive information such as the title, dimensions, and medium. There are an additional four disbound binders of photographs of the same works of art.
There is also one folder of partial inventories of art which were originally scattered throughout the collection.
All of the art inventory and photographs catalogs were originally compiled and arranged by art consultant Wendy L. Swanton before the collection arrived at the archives. The order created by Wendy L. Swanton was retained.
The 15 disbound art inventory binders are arranged by inventory number, whereas the 4 photographs catalogs contain the same artwork arranged alphabetically by subject. The original subject headings for the photographs catalogs were retained. Some of the photographs in the photographs catalogs were kept in their plastic sleeves which had stickers that presumably indicate artwork that was sold or given away.
There is one folder of miscellaneous art inventories at the end of the series. These inventories were originally scattered throughout the collection and are unrelated to the disbound binders compiled by Swanton.
Description Container Select
Wendy Swanton's Inventory Location Key, circa 1990
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15
Disbound Book 1 Art Inventory, 1990.1-1990.50, 1990
13
16
Disbound Book 1 Art Inventory, 1990.51-1990.100, 1990
13
17
Disbound Book 1 Art Inventory, 1990.101-1990.150, 1990
13
18
Disbound Book 2 Art Inventory, 1990.151-1990.200, 1990
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19
Disbound Book 2 Art Inventory, 1990.201-1990.250, 1990
13
20
Disbound Book 2 Art Inventory, 1990.251-1990.300, 1990
13
21
Disbound Book 3 Art Inventory, 1990.301-1990.350, 1990
13
22
Disbound Book 3 Art Inventory, 1990.351-1990.400, 1990
13
23
Disbound Book 3 Art Inventory, 1990.401-1990.450, 1990
13
24
Disbound Book 4 Art Inventory, 1990.451-1990.500, 1990
13
25
Disbound Book 4 Art Inventory, 1991.501-1991.550, 1991
13
26
Disbound Book 4 Art Inventory, 1991.551-1991.600, 1991
13
27
Disbound Book 5 Art Inventory, 1991.601-1991.650, 1991
14
1
Disbound Book 5 Art Inventory, 1991.651-1991.700, 1991
14
2
Disbound Book 5 Art Inventory, 1991.701-1991.750, 1991
14
3
Disbound Book 6 Art Inventory, 1991.751-1991.800, 1991
14
4
Disbound Book 6 Art Inventory, 1991.801-1991.850, 1991
14
5
Disbound Book 6 Art Inventory, 1991.851-1991.900, 1991
14
6
Disbound Book 7 Art Inventory, 1991.901-1991.950, 1991
14
7
Disbound Book 7 Art Inventory, 1991.951-1991.1000, 1991
14
8
Disbound Book 7 Art Inventory, 1991.1001-1991.1050, 1991
14
9
Disbound Book 8 Art Inventory, 1991.1051-1992.1100, 1991-1992
14
10
Disbound Book 8 Art Inventory, 1992.1101-1992.1150, 1992
14
11
Disbound Book 8 Art Inventory, 1992.1151-1992.1200, 1992
14
12
Disbound Book 9 Art Inventory, 1992.1201-1992.1250, 1992
14
13
Disbound Book 9 Art Inventory, 1992.1251-1992.1300, 1992
14
14
Disbound Book 9 Art Inventory, 1992.1301-1992.1350, 1992
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Photocopy of Disbound Book 10 Art Inventory, 1992
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Disbound Book 10 Art Inventory, 1992.1351-1992.1400, 1992
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1
Disbound Book 10 Art Inventory, 1992.1401-1992.1450, 1992
15
2
Disbound Book 10 Art Inventory, 1992.1451-1992.1500, 1992
15
3
Disbound Book 11 Art Inventory, 1992.1501-1992.1550, 1992
15
4
Disbound Book 11 Art Inventory, 1992.1551-1992.1600, 1992
15
5
Disbound Book 11 Art Inventory, 1992.1601-1992.1650, 1992
15
6
Disbound Book 12 Art Inventory, 1992.1651-1992.1700, 1992
15
7
Disbound Book 12 Art Inventory, 1992.1701-1993.1750, 1992-1993
15
8
Disbound Book 12 Art Inventory, 1993.1751-1993.1800, 1993
15
9
Disbound Book 13 Art Inventory, 1994.1851-1994.1900, 1994
15
10
Disbound Book 13 Art Inventory, 1994.1901-1995.1950, 1994-1995
15
11
Disbound Book 14 Art Inventory, 1995.1951-1995.2000, 1995
15
12
Disbound Book 14 Art Inventory, 1995.2001-1996.2050, 1995-1996
15
13
Disbound Book 14 Art Inventory, 1996.2051-1999.2100, 1996-1999
15
14
Disbound Book 15 Art Inventory, 1999.2101-1999.2150, 1999
15
15
Disbound Book 15 Art Inventory, 1999.2151-1999.2186, 1999
15
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Disbound Photographs Catalog Volume I: Abstract Paintings, 1990-1992
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Disbound Photographs Catalog Volume I: Animals - Cats, 1990
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2
Disbound Photographs Catalog Volume I: Animals - Cats, 1990-1992
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3
Disbound Photographs Catalog Volume I: Animals - Cats, 1992-1993
16
4
Disbound Photographs Catalog Volume I: Animals - Cats, 1993-1995
16
5
Disbound Photographs Catalog Volume I: Animals - Miscellaneous, 1990-1992
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6
Disbound Photographs Catalog Volume I: Animals - Miscellaneous, 1992
16
7
Disbound Photographs Catalog Volume I: Animals - Miscellaneous, 1992-1996
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8
Disbound Photographs Catalog Volume I: Architecture, 1990-1995
16
9
Disbound Photographs Catalog Volume I: Architecture - Boston, 1990-1995
16
10
Disbound Photographs Catalog Volume II: Figure Studies, 1991-1992
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11
Disbound Photographs Catalog Volume II: Figure Studies, 1992
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12
Disbound Photographs Catalog Volume II: Figure Studies, 1992-1993
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13
Disbound Photographs Catalog Volume II: Figure Studies, 1994-1995
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14
Disbound Photographs Catalog Volume II: Figure Studies - Children, 1991
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15
Disbound Photographs Catalog Volume II: Figure Studies - Children, 1991-1992
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Disbound Photographs Catalog Volume III: Flowers, Plants , 1990
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Disbound Photographs Catalog Volume III: Flowers and Plants, 1990
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Disbound Photographs Catalog Volume III: Flowers and Plants, 1991-1996
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2
Disbound Photographs Catalog Volume III: Insects, 1990-1996
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3
Disbound Photographs Catalog Volume III: Interiors, 1990-1992
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4
Disbound Photographs Catalog Volume III: Landscapes - Watercolors and Paintings, 1990-1995
17
5
Disbound Photographs Catalog Volume III: Landscapes - Drawings and Sketches, 1990-1995
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6
Disbound Photographs Catalog Volume III: Landscapes - Boston, 1990-1995
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Disbound Photographs Catalog Volume IV: Portraits of Women - Paintings , 1990-1995
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8
Disbound Photographs Catalog Volume IV: Portraits of Women - Drawings, 1990-1992
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9
Disbound Photographs Catalog Volume IV: Portraits of Women - Drawings, 1990-1992
17
10
Disbound Photographs Catalog Volume IV: Portraits of Men, 1990-1995
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Disbound Photographs Catalog Volume IV: Seascape - Paintings, 1990-1995
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12
Disbound Photographs Catalog Volume IV: Seascape - Drawings, 1990-1995
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Disbound Photographs Catalog Volume IV: Still-Life, 1990-1995
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Miscellaneous Art Inventories, circa 1940-circa 1983
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15

Series 10: Printed Material , 1900-2006
1.8 Linear feet
Box 17-19, 22

Printed materials include two scrapbooks compiled by Polly Thayer's mother, Ethel Randolph Thayer, as well as articles about Thayer, magazines, journals, exhibition catalogs, brochures, exhibition invitations, postcards, clippings, and miscellaneous materials.
Materials are arranged primarily by format.
Description Container Select
Scrapbook, 1929-1942
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16
Scrapbook, 1929-1963
Oversized material housed in Box 22, Folder 3.
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17
Photocopies of Articles in Scrapbooks, circa 2000
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18
Articles Including Polly Thayer, 1934-2006
Original folder title for folder of articles that mention Polly Thayer, but she is not the main subject.
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19
Poems and Stories based on Polly Thayer, circa 1940-2000
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20
Short Biographies and Listings, 1941-2006
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21
Clippings about Polly Thayer, 1927-2008
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22
Clippings about Art Fraud Case, 1959-1960
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"Polly Thayer and May Sarton: Portrait of the Artists as Young Women", 1994
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24
"Peak Experiences", 1995
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25
"Reflections on Life at the Easel", 1995
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"A Dean's Daughter Funds Professorship", 1998
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2
"Polly and the Bees", 1998
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3
Articles on Weir River Farm Public Opening, 2000
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"Polly Thayer: Poetry of Hand and Spirit", 2001
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5
"Polly Thayer's Century of Art", 2001
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"Portrait in Determination", 2001
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"Modern Women, Modern Art", 2001
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"Nearly a Century in Art", 2002
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"A Paragon in Our Midst", 2006
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10
Polly Thayer Starr Obituaries, 2006
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11
"Dinah in Hingham", 2007
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12
Williams and Everett Galleries Auction Catalog, 1900
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13
Bromfield Art Galleries Exhibition Catalog, 1909
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14
Italian Language Workbook, 1926
Oversized material housed in Box 22, Folder 4.
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Town & Country, 1934
Oversized material housed in Box 22, Folder 5.
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National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors 45th Annual Exhibition Catalog, 1936
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National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors 46th Annual Exhibition Catalog, 1937
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National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors 47th Annual Exhibition Catalog, 1938
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19
Art Instruction, 1938
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Parke-Bernet Galleries Auction Catalog, 1939
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21
The Windsor Graduate Bulletin, 1955
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22
Westover Magazine, 2001
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Westover Magazine, 2002
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24
Vose ArtNotes: A Guide for Collectors, 2004
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25
The Voice Newsletters, 2004-2006
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26
The Pastel Journal, 2005
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27
People at Meetings: From the Sketchbooks of Polly Thayer, circa 2005
18
28
Some Poems Learned and Loved by Polly Thayer Starr, circa 2006
18
29
Vose ArtNotes Special Edition, 2006
18
30
Brochures, circa 1960-1990
18
31
Brochures, circa 1960-1990
18
32
Exhibition Invitations, 1943-1975
18
33
Exhibition Invitations, 1976-1984
18
34
Exhibition Invitations, 1985-2006
18
35
Undated Exhibition Invitations, circa 1950-circa 1990
18
36
Postcards, 1941-1979
18
37
Postcards, 1980-1989
18
38
Undated Postcards, circa 1970-circa 1980
18
39
Blank Postcards, circa 1960-circa 1990
19
1
Clippings, circa 1940-circa 2000
19
2
Clippings, circa 1940-circa 2000
19
3
Clippings, circa 1940-circa 2000
19
4
Clippings, circa 1940-circa 2000
19
5
Clippings, circa 1940-circa 2000
19
6
Clippings, circa 1940-circa 2000
19
7
Clippings, circa 1940-circa 2000
19
8
Clippings, circa 1940-circa 2000
19
9
Clippings, circa 1940-circa 2000
19
10
Oversized Scrapbook from Box 17, Folder 17
22
3
Oversized Italian Language Workbook from Box 18, Folder 15, 1926
22
4
Oversized Town & Country Magazine from Box 18, Folder 16, 1934
22
5

Series 11: Sketchbooks , 1930-circa 1970
0.3 Linear feet
Box 19, 23

There are five sketchbooks of Polly Thayer's drawings. A few of the sketchbooks have annotations or titles on the cover and usually contain a range of subjects such as figure drawings, portraits, and sketches of scenery.
The sketchbooks are arranged chronologically.
Description Container Select
Sketchbook of Figure Drawings, Portraits, and Operating Room, 1930-1933
Oversized material housed in Box 23, Folder 1.
19
11
Sketchbook, circa 1930-circa 1970
Oversized material housed in Box 23, Folder 2.
19
12
Sketchbook of Portraits and "Sketches from the fights", circa 1933
Oversized material housed in Box 23, Folder 3.
19
13
Sketchbook, circa 1960-circa 1970
19
14
Sketchbook from Canal Trip, circa 1965
19
15
Oversized Sketchbook from Box 19, Folder 11, 1930-1933
23
1
Oversized Sketchbook from Box 19, Folder 12, circa 1930-circa 1970
23
2
Oversized Sketchbook of Portraits and "Sketches from the fights" from Box 19, Folder 13, circa 1933
23
3

Series 12: Artwork , 1927-circa 1990
0.4 Linear feet
Box 19, 23, OV 25

Artwork consists of loose sketches and drawings of animals, landscapes, and people. The artwork is in various mediums such as pencil, ink, paint and charcoal. With the exception of one drawing by a fellow art student, all of the artwork in the series is by Polly Thayer.
This series is arranged chronologically.
Description Container Select
Figure Drawings at the Art League of New York, 1927
Oversized material housed in Box 23, Folder 4.
19
16
Miscellaneous Sketches, circa 1930-circa 1990
19
17
Figure Drawings, circa 1930-circa 1950
Oversized material housed in OV 25.
19
18
Prints of Drawing at Arts Students League of NY , 1931
Oversized material housed in Box 23, Folder 5.
19
19
Portraits of Theodore Spencer, Lewis Galantiere, and May Sarton, circa 1931
Oversized material housed in Box 23, Folder 6.
19
20
Caricature of Polly Thayer by Fellow Student at Fontainebleau Art School, 1932
Oversized material housed in Box 23, Folder 7.
19
21
"Techniques" Sketches and Drawings, circa 1940-circa 1970
Oversized material housed in Box 23, Folder 8.
19
22
Pencil Drawings of Statues in Park, circa 1950
19
23
Drawing of Cat, circa 1950-circa 1980
19
24
Sketches of Siamese Cat, circa 1950-circa 1980
19
25
Drawing of Polar Bears, circa 1950-circa 1990
Oversized material housed in Box 23, Folder 9.
19
26
Preliminary Sketches for Ocean Paintings, circa 1950-circa 1990
19
27
Poster Designed by Polly Thayer for 2 Plays by Archibald Macleish, circa 1953
Oversized material housed in Box 23, Folder 10.
19
28
"Game Drawings" Sketches for Word Games, circa 1985
19
29
Oversized Figure Drawings at the Art League of New York from Box 19, Folder 16, 1927
23
4
Oversized Prints of Drawing at the Art Students League of New York from Box 19, Folder 19, 1931
23
5
Oversized Portraits from Box 19, Folder 20, circa 1931
23
6
Oversized Caricature of Polly Thayer from Box 19, Folder 21, 1932
23
7
Oversized "Techniques" Sketches and Drawings from Box 19, Folder 22, circa 1940-circa 1970
23
8
Oversized Drawing of Polar Bears from Box 19, Folder 26, circa 1950-circa 1990
23
9
Oversized Posters Designed by Polly Thayer from Box 19, Folder 28, circa 1953
23
10
Oversized Figure Drawings from Box 19, Folder 18, circa 1930-circa 1950
OV 25

Series 13: Photographs , 1898-2006
2.1 Linear feet
Box 19-21, 24

Photographs include four disbound binders of photographs of artwork such as portraits of women, portraits of men, landscapes, and "mystical,flowers,animals." The portrait photographs include a label with the sitter's name and sometimes the date and the name of the owner/buyer of the portrait. The other photographs of works of art also have labels with identification information.
Also found are several folders of personal photographs which include portraits of Polly Thayer and family members, houses and properties, social events, pets, and friends. There is also one small disbound photograph album with images of houses and properties.
The four disbound binders are at the start of the series and are arranged by subject (the original binder titles were retained): portraits of women, portraits of men, landscapes, and "mystical, flowers, animals." The personal photographs are organized by subject, then chronologically within each grouping. Photographs of Polly Thayer are first, followed by photographs of family members arranged alphabetically, and then other subjects. Miscellaneous photographs are grouped together at the end of the series.
Description Container Select
Portraits of Women Disbound Binder, circa 1930-2000
Oversized material housed in Box 24, Folder 1.
19
30
Portraits of Women Disbound Binder, circa 1930-2000
19
31
Portraits of Women Disbound Binder, circa 1930-2000
19
32
Portraits of Men Disbound Binder, circa 1930-2001
Oversized material housed in Box 24, Folder 1.
20
1
Portraits of Men Disbound Binder, circa 1930-2001
20
2
Portraits of Men Disbound Binder, circa 1930-2001
20
3
Landscape Disbound Binder, 1936-1992
20
4
Landscape Disbound Binder, 1936-1992
20
5
Landscape Disbound Binder, 1936-1992
20
6
Landscape Disbound Binder, 1936-1992
20
7
"Mystical, Flowers, Animals" Disbound Binder, circa 1925-1996
20
8
"Mystical, Flowers, Animals" Disbound Binder, circa 1925-1996
20
9
"Mystical, Flowers, Animals" Disbound Binder, circa 1925-1996
20
10
"Mystical, Flowers, Animals" Disbound Binder, circa 1925-1996
20
11
"Mystical, Flowers, Animals" Disbound Binder, circa 1925-1996
20
12
Photographs of Polly Thayer
Photographs Album of Polly Thayer in Agamemnon, 1953
20
13
Childhood Photographs, 1905-circa 1913
Oversized material housed in Box 24, Folder 2.
20
14
Portraits of Polly Thayer, circa 1925-circa 1950
Oversized material housed in Box 24, Folder 3.
20
15
Photographs of Polly Thayer, 1964-1978
20
16
Portraits of Polly Thayer taken by Steven Trefonides, circa 1985
20
17
Photographs of Polly Thayer, 1980-1999
20
18
Photographs of Polly Thayer, 2000-2006
20
19
Family Photographs, circa 1910-1987
This folder contains group photographs of Starr and Thayer family members and relatives. Polly Thayer is in some of the photographs.
Oversized material housed in Box 24, Folder 4.
20
20
Cercle Francais Group Portrait, 1924
Oversized material housed in Box 20, Folder 21.
20
21
Starr, Dinah, 1954-1995
Oversized material housed in Box 24, Folder 6.
20
22
Starr, Donald Carter
Childhood and Family Photographs, 1898-circa 1925
Photographs of Donald Starr with his parents and siblings.
20
23
Solo Photographs and Portraits, 1932-1984
Oversized material housed in Box 24, Folder 7.
20
24
Photographs with Others, 1934-1984
Photographs of Donald Starr with Polly Thayer and friends.
20
25
Starr, Victoria Thayer, circa 1945-circa 1960
20
26
Thayer, Eleanor Arnold, circa 1916-circa 1921
20
27
Thayer, Ezra Ripley, circa 1910
20
28
Thayer, James Bradley, The Younger, 1905
20
29
Friends and Colleagues, circa 1931-2004
21
1
Pets, circa 1964-2005
21
2
"Painting Sites", circa 1963-1990
21
3
"Elsinore" House, 1928
21
4
Weir River Farm, circa 1929-1996
21
5
77 Bay State Road, circa 1960
21
6
West Chop Summer House, circa 1970-1988
21
7
198 Beacon Street, circa 1985
21
8
Dismantled Album of Several Houses, 1988
21
9
Hingham House, 1936-1996
Oversized material housed in Box 24, Folder 8.
21
10
Bust of Polly Thayer by Agnes Yarnall, 1937-2001
Oversized material housed in Box 24, Folder 8.
21
11
Miscellaneous, circa 1940-1960
Oversized material housed in Box 24, Folder 8.
21
12
Oversized Binder Cover of Portraits of Women from Box 19, Folder 30, circa 1995
The original binder cover was retained b/c there are extensive annotations on the verso with the names of portrait subjects and the names and addresses of the portraits' owners.
24
1
Oversized Binder Cover of Portraits of Men from Box 20, Folder 1
The original binder cover was retained b/c there are extensive annotations on the verso with the names of portrait subjects and the names and addresses of the portraits' owners.
24
1
Oversized Childhood Photograph of Polly Thayer from Box 20, Folder 14, circa 1913
24
2
Oversized Portraits of Polly Thayer from Box 20, Folder 15, circa 1925-circa 1950
24
3
Oversized Photograph of Cousin's Wedding from Box 20, Folder 20, circa 1920
24
4
Oversized Cercle Francais Portrait from Box 20, Folder 21, 1924
24
5
Oversized Dinah Starr Photograph from Box 20, Folder 22, 1954
24
6
Oversized Donald Starr Portrait from Box 20, Folder 24, circa 1980
24
7
Oversized Photograph of Hingham House from Box 21, Folder 10, circa 1950
24
8
Oversized Photo of Bust from Box 21, Folder 11, circa 1937
24
8
Oversized Photograph of Carving from Box 21, Folder 12, 1970
24
8

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