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

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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
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1
Adams, Thomas Boylston and Ramelle, 1984-2007
7
2
Alfred, William, circa 1996-2008
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3
Ames, John W., Jr. , 1963-1965
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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
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9
Baynes, Ernest Harold, circa 1900-1920
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10
Beckmann, Max, 1995-2008
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11
Berlin, Isaiah, circa 1997
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12
Bundy, Harvey Hollister, Sr., circa 1936-circa 1990
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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
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17
Crombie, Diana, circa 1936
7
18
Cunningham, Francis deLancey
Photographs, crica 1935-circa 1990
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19
Biographical Material, circa 1953-2002
7
20
Francis Cunningham Art Trust, 1996-2004
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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
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25
Fisher, Roger, 1985-1998
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26
Forbes, Edward, circa 1965-1990
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27
Fuller, Horace W., 1989-1994
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28
Galantiere, Lewis, 2002
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29
Gershwin, George, circa 1931
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30
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco Jose de, 2001
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31
Gregory, Molly, 1987-2007
7
32
Griscom, Joanie, 2004-2005
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33
Hale, Philip, 1968-2004
7
34
Hale, Robert Beverly, circa 1995
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35
Hammond, Florence and Mason, 1999-2002
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36
Hawthorne, Charles, 1999-2004
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37
Herrick, Alice, circa 1921
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38
Hofmann, Hans, 1995-2008
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39
Hopkinson, Charles and Family, circa 1955-2007
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40
Howe Family, 1932-1982
7
41
Howe, Helen, 1955-1995
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42
Howe, Mark, 1953-1996
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43
Howe, Molly, circa 1985-1995
7
44
Howe, Quincy, 1964-1986
7
45
Howe, Susan, 1992-2008
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46
Howe, Tina, 1984-1997
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47
Howells, Muriel, 2001
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48
Jacovleff, Alexandre, 2008
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49
James, William, Jr., 1942-1995
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50
Johnson, Edward and Elsie, 1966-2994
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51
Johnston, Gilbert L., 1992-1999
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52
Katz, Leo, 2008
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53
Lampoon, Bob, 1932
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Lawrence, James and Martina, 1987-1995
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Leslie, Shane, 1954
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Lhote, Andre, circa 2000
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1
Littlefield, William Horace, circa 1995
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2
Lodge, John, 1940
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3
Longcope, Duncan, 2003-2004
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4
Lydis, Mariette, 1931-1936
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5
Mabon, James Brown and Mary and Candida, 1961-2005
8
6
MacLeish, Archibald, 2001-2008
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7
Marks, Emily, 2000-2006
8
8
Mason, Charles E., 1971-2003
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9
McDonald, Marjorie, 2004
8
10
McClelland, David and Mary, 1944-1998
8
11
Morgan, Maud, 1996-2001
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12
Morris, Alice Vanderbilt, 1931-2003
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13
Murchie, Guy, 1990-1997
8
14
Najan, Nala, 1970-2002
8
15
Nelson, Carl, circa 1996-2008
8
16
Newcombe, Harold, 1996-2001
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17
Nichols, Rose, 1953-1986
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18
Nichols, Rose, 1995-2001
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19
Parrish, Anne, circa 1957
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20
Peirce, Waldo, 1950
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21
Pickman, Hester, 1989-2004
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22
Porter, Cole, 2005
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23
Preston Family, 1995
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24
Pryor, Luanne, 1996-2001
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25
Richards, I. A., 1974-1979
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26
Roberts, Robert, circa 1926
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27
Rodgers, Robert, circa 1928
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28
Rodgers, Fanny Colby, circa 1932
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29
Rousmaniere, John, circa 1990-2003
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30
Sander, Frank and Emily, 1992-2004
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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
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42
Stevens, Neyan, 1939-1953
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43
St. John, Barbara Cummings, 1995-2002
8
44
Thompson, Dolores, 1996-2001
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45
Thompson, Leslie Prince, circa 2001
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46
Toumanov, Leo, circa 1933-1997
8
47
Trafford, Stella, 1983-2004
8
48
Van Ness, Beatrice, 1995-2008
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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
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1
Printed Materials, 1939-1986
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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.
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Wickey, Harry, circa 2001
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Wood, Anne, circa 1990
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5
Yarnall, Agnes, 1940-2001
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6
Obituaries of Friends and Colleagues, 1977-2008
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7
Miscellaneous Artists, 1979-2005
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8
Advice from Artists, 1978-2004
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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
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10
Art, 1932-2005
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11
Art, 1932-2005
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12
Art, "Sight-Impaired and Aging Artists", 1965-2006
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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
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