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

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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.
This subseries is arranged chronologically. Writings by others are grouped together at the end.
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"What the Modern Artist is Trying to Do", circa 1934
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Letter to the Editor of
The Boston Herald
on Vincent van Gogh, 1936
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"Is Neutrality a Thing of the Past?", 1938
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"Who Are the Outstanding Contemporary Artists?", 1940
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"What is Toleration?", circa 1941
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"Why Do We Read So Little Poetry?", circa 1955
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"On Marijuana", 1968
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Letter to the Board on Establishing Guidelines for Nichols House Museum Committees, 1970
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Nichols House Museum May Meeting, circa 1970
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Westover School 50th Reunion Speech, 1972
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"What is Killing the Theaters?", circa 1973
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"Preservation Versus Restoration", 1973
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"George Taloumis and the Garden at 55th Mt. Vernon Street", 1977
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"On Love", 1979-1991
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"Why I Paint", circa 1980-circa 1990
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"On Seeing", 1981-2004
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"Painting Rose", circa 1985
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Letter to the Editor of
The Boston Globe
on Thomas Boylston Adams, 1986
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"Rose Standish Nichols: A Tribute to a Friend", 1986-1987
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Memorial Tribute to Hester Pickman, 1989
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"Looking at Animals", 1990
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"Looking at Animals", 1990-2004
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"What God Means to Me", circa 1993
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"What Being a Quaker Means to Me", circa 1993
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Memorial Tribute for Sally Sedgwick, 1994
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"Painting Cornelia Lombard", circa 1995
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Memorial Tribute to Harold Newcombe, 1996
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Writing on Polly Thayer's Cat Benny, circa 1997
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Memorial Tribute for David McClelland, 1998
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"Leftover Recollections", 2000
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"Moving", 2005
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"Childhood Recollections of Weir River Farm", 2005-2006
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"Spring in the Public Garden", 2006
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Untitled Short Story by Christina Marquand, circa 1940-circa 1990
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Poems by Friends, 1967-2002
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Memorandum about Polly Thayer's Name Changes, circa 1970-circa 1980
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Dinah Starr's Memorial Tribute to Polly Thayer, 2003
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