The collection is arranged as 6 series. Series 1: Biographical material, 1954-circa 1990 (8 folders; Box 1) Series 2: Writings, Speeches and Projects, 1933-1995 (1.1 linear feet; Boxes 1-2) Series 3: Subject Files, circa 1939-1996 (8.3 linear feet; Boxes 2-10) Series 4: Minnie Evans, 1962-1996 (3.7 linear feet; Boxes 10-13, 23, OV 24) Series 5: Printed Material, 1936-1995 (2.7 linear feet; Boxes 13-16, 23) Series 6: Photographic Material, circa 1939-1993 (5.4 linear feet; Boxes 16-23, OV 24)
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice. Contact Reference Services for more information.
The papers of photographer and art historian Nina Howell Starr measure 21.2 linear feet and date from circa 1933 to 1996. The papers contain research files about various art historical topics, museums and galleries, photography, and artists. There are extensive files documenting Starr's relationship as researcher, dealer, and friend of folk painter Minnie Evans. Additionally, the papers include biographical materials, writings, speeches, project files, printed material collected or authored by Starr, and hundreds of artistic and documentary photographs and negatives created by Starr depicting her travels, Minnie Evans' paintings, roadside folk art, and other topics.
Nina Howell Starr papers, circa 1933-1996. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Some of the sound recordings in this collection have been digitized for research access and are available in the Archives of American Art offices.
Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Smithsonian's Collections Care and Preservation Fund.
Nina Howell Starr (1903-2000) was a photographer, art dealer, and art historian who worked primarily in New York City. Born in Newark, New Jersey in 1903 as Cornelia Margaret Howell, Starr attended Wellesley College and graduated from Barnard in 1926. Also in 1926, she married Nathan Comfort Starr, an English professor, and, over the years the couple lived in Massachusetts, Maryland, Florida, and New York City.
Collection is in English
The Nina Howell Starr papers were donated by Nina Howell Starr in 1996.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001