The collection is arranged as 7 series. Series 1: Biographical Information, 1848-1970s (Box 1, OV 11-12; 0.3 linear ft.) Series 2: Correspondence, 1914-1979 (Boxes 1-3; 2.0 linear ft.) Series 3: Subject Files, 1925-1979 (Boxes 3-6; 3.0 linear ft.) Series 4: Writings, 1907-1970s (Boxes 6-9; 2.85 linear ft.) Series 5: Artwork, 1923-1934 (Box 9, OV 13; 5 folders) Series 6: Printed Material, 1917-1979 (Box 9; 0.75 linear ft.) Series 7: Photographs, circa 1900-1972 (Box 10; 0.4 linear ft.)
Access Note / Rights:
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The papers of art conservator and historian, engineer, and professor Daniel Varney Thompson (1902-1980) are dated 1848-1979, with the bulk of the material dated 1923-1979. The collection measures 10.1 linear feet and consists of biographical material, correspondence, subject files, writings, artwork, printed material, and photographs.
Daniel Varney Thompson papers, 1848-1979, bulk 1923-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
A portion of the collection is available on 35 mm microfilm reel 888 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Also found in the Archives of American Art are oral history interviews conducted with Daniel V. Thompson by Robert Brown, September 25, 1974-November 2, 1976. There are also three letters from Thompson to his sister-in-law Edith Simonds Moore.
Daniel Varney Thompson (1902-1980) was an art conservator and historian, professor, engineer, and writer. A noted authority on medieval painting, Varney lived and worked primarily in the Boston area and London.
The Daniel Varney Thompson papers were donated to the Archives of American Art in increments between 1974-1981 by Mr. Thompson and his estate.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001