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

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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
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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
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30
"Looking at Animals", 1990-2004
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31
"What God Means to Me", circa 1993
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32
"What Being a Quaker Means to Me", circa 1993
5
33
Memorial Tribute for Sally Sedgwick, 1994
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34
"Painting Cornelia Lombard", circa 1995
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35
Memorial Tribute to Harold Newcombe, 1996
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36
Writing on Polly Thayer's Cat Benny, circa 1997
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37
Memorial Tribute for David McClelland, 1998
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38
"Leftover Recollections", 2000
5
39
"Moving", 2005
5
40
"Childhood Recollections of Weir River Farm", 2005-2006
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41
"Spring in the Public Garden", 2006
5
42
Untitled Short Story by Christina Marquand, circa 1940-circa 1990
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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.
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"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
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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
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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.
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Disbound Annotated Appointment Calendars, 1922-1924
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6
Disbound Annotated Appointment Calendars, 1925-1927
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Disbound Notebook of Art Lecture Notes from New York Trips, 1930-1933
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8
Lecture Notes from Class on Nature and Art, circa 1930-circa 1950
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9
Disbound Binder "Painting Notes: Painter's Workshop Lecture", 1938-1940
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10
Notes on Religion, circa 1940
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11
"The Technique of Modern Art", circa 1940
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12
Carl Nelson's Class at Boston WMCA, circa 1948-1960
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13
"Hingham Household" Contents and Repairs, 1965-1981
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14
"West Chop: Dinner Lists" and Repairs, 1965-1981
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15
Disbound "Daily 1968 Log", 1968-1988
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16
Dismantled Notebook on Errands, Repairs, Guest Lists, 1974-1994
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17
"Health, Eyes, Paintings, Etc.", 1993-1994
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18
198 Beacon Street Maintenance and Repairs, 1995-1996
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19
198 Beacon Street Maintenance and Repairs, 1995-1997
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20
"The Schooner Pilgrim Logbook for 1996", 1996
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21
"Old Letters: May Sarton, Howes, Etc.", circa 1996
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22
"Brookhaven: Chores, Telephone Calls", 1996-1997
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23
Moving Out of 198 Beacon Street, 1997
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24
"Atlanta Exhibition - 198 Beacon Street - Wendy", 1997
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25

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