Guide to the Papers of Paul Sample, 1931 - 1975Manuscript MS-458

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of Paul Sample, 1931 - 1975

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-458

Collection Dates:

1931 - 1975

Size of Collection:

4 boxes (8.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:

Paul Sample (1896-1974), painter and illustrator. Dartmouth College Class of 1921. The papers contain correspondence, programs, magazine clippings, photographs, greeting cards and sketchbooks, documenting his professional life.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Publication & Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Paul Sample contain correspondence, primarily with Herbert West, magazine clippings with Sample illustrations, programs, Christmas and New Years cards featuring sample paintings, programs, photographs of paintings and of Paul Sample, as well as sketchbooks. The papers focus on his work as an illustrator for magazine articles, advertisements, calendars and greeting cards.

Original artwork and some sketchbooks were transferred to the Hood Museum in 1983, 2000 and 2012.

Biography

Paul Sample was born in Louisville, KY, in 1896. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1921. After graduation he studied with the neo-impressionist painter Jonas Lie at Saranac hospital while recuperating from tuberculosis. He moved to California in 1925, where he lived, painted and taught at the University of California until 1938, when he became artist-in residence at Dartmouth College. He served on jury panels for institutions at the Corcoran Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. During World War II, Sample worked as an artist-in-correspondent for Time-Life. However, after the war interest in Sample's conservative style of painting diminished and by 1960, his work was only followed in New England where he was painting at the time. Sample died on February 26, 1974.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: 1932-1975

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Correspondence, 1931-1938
  • Folder: 2, Correspondence, 1941-1949
  • Folder: 3, Correspondence, 1950
  • Folder: 4, Photographs: Paul Sample, undated
  • Folder: 5, Photographs: Philippine Sketches, undated
  • Folder: 6, Photographs: Paul Sample paintings, undated
  • Folder: 7, Clippings: Cover illustrations for a variety of magazines, 1943-1952
  • Folder: 8, Clippings: Illustrations for advertisements in magazines, circa 1940-1958
  • Folder: 9, Clippings: Paintings by Paul Sample from magazines, undated
  • Folder: 10, Clippings: Articles about Paul Sample, circa 1940-1958
  • Folder: 11, Clippings: Illustrations for printed articles in magazines, circa 1940-1958
  • Folder: 12, Clippings: Cover illustrations for "Country Gentlemen", 1942-1954
  • Folder: 13, Clippings: Cover illustrations for "Reader's Digest", 1949-1950
  • Folder: 14, Clippings: Cover illustrations for "Ford Times", circa 1950-1956
  • Folder: 15, Clippings: Illustrations related to Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, 1932-1964
  • Folder: 16, Christmas and New Years cards featuring Paul Sample paintings, 1943-1955
  • Folder: 17, Exhibition programs and announcements, 1934-1975
  • Folder: 18, Catalog: The Gimbel Pennsylvania Art Collection, 1947
  • Folder: 19, Book Cover: "Green Mountain Verse" , undated
  • Folder: 20, Writings: Biographical pieces, handwritten and typescript as well as on newspaper clipping, undated
  • Folder: 21, List of paintings with publication and dates, undated

Box: 2, Dates: circa 1940-1968

Sketchbooks

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 26, Norwich; Willoughby; Hanover, undated
  • Folder: 27, Barton road scenes; Male figures; Stevens Farm, Lyme, undated
  • Folder: 28, Farms, undated
  • Folder: 29, Connecticut River, undated
  • Folder: 30, Hanover, Baker Tower; Castle Hill, Mass; Vermont farms, undated
  • Folder: 31, Lemmington, VT; Female nude, undated
  • Folder: 1, Horse show; Life Studies; Horse in Traces; Violinist , undated
  • Folder: 2, Harris children; Lucy; Old People, undated
  • Folder: 3, Musicians (bass players, cellists); Toddler; Male diver-swimmers, undated
  • Folder: 4, Tim and Lucy; Musician, undated
  • Folder: 5, Barton Fair, Vermont, Summer '58, 1958
  • Folder: 6, Willoughby, fall ' 67, '68, outside scenes, 1967-1968
  • Folder: 7, "Life" Magazine sketches: Sailors, planes; Tim; Houses; Vermonters, 1942
  • Folder: 8, Musicians, undated
  • Folder: 9, At a horse show; boxing; Hopkins Center Rehearsal, undated
  • Folder: 10, Betsy, Emily; Tim; Vermonters, undated
  • Folder: 11, Divers-swimmers, undated
  • Folder: 12, Horse show; Life studies, undated
  • Folder: 13, Horse show; Theodore Dewey; Children dancing; Episcopal Church, Montpelier, undated
  • Folder: 14, Women; Fiddle Players; Connecticut River, 1940
  • Folder: 15, Turntable, White River Junction, undated
  • Folder: 16, Norwich; Connecticut River; White River Junction, 1961
  • Folder: 17, Norwich landscapes, New Boston Road, undated
  • Folder: 18, Pittsburgh, P.A.; John Cassus, undated
  • Folder: 19, Pittsburgh, P.A.; Mascoma Lake, NH, undated
  • Folder: 20, Charcoal female and male figures; lab dog, undated
  • Folder: 21, Planes; Male figures; 2nd Norfolk trip, undated
  • Folder: 22, Pompanoosuc, River Road, NH side, undated
  • Folder: 23, Planes; landscapes, undated
  • Folder: 24, Donkey; Male figure; elephant; buildings with calendar, undated
  • Folder: 25, Bronx Zoo, NYC; Shelburne, VT; Newfoundland fishing; Willoughby; Fred Metcalf; a boxer, undated

Box: 3, Dates: circa 1940-1958

Sketchbooks

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Barton, VT ' 58; Evansville, VT; Johnson and Stowe nearby; Richie Smith paining; Willowby; Lake Champlain ' 58, 1958
  • Folder: 2, Louisville, KY; Hartford, VT; West Virginia, 1945
  • Folder: 3, Vermont farm and landscapes, undated
  • Folder: 4, Scenes near Plainfield and Willoughby; Mrs. Lourdando's house in Norwich, VT, undated
  • Folder: 5, South Carolina; West Hartford, VT; Dancer, undated
  • Folder: 6, Near Willoughby; Haverhill, NH; Sketches for John Dickey painting; Pompanoosuc River; Sunapee, NH, undated
  • Folder: 7, Barton, VT; Connecticut River; Beaver Meadow; White River Valley, undated
  • Folder: 8, Musicians; Connecticut River sketches; Beaver Meadow; Norwich Church; Bert Cloud; Life sketches of women, 1950

Box: 4, Dates: circa 1940-1951

Oversize material

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Program: Cranbrook-Life Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, 1940
  • Folder: 2, "Magazine of Art" printed photograph of Paul Sample with printed signature, undated
  • Folder: 3, Magazine: "What's New" Special Christmas Edition, 1948
  • Folder: 4, Magazine: "The Courier-Journal Magazine," April 22, 1951
  • Folder: 5, Photograph: Painting for Christmas Card, 1944
  • Folder: 6, Certificate: United States Treasury Department, 1943
  • Folder: 7, Certificate: The National Academy of Design, 1941
  • Folder: 8, Magazine prints of Sample paintings, undated
  • Folder: 9, Advertisement: "Church Supper", undated
  • Folder: 10, Clippings: "Guadalcanal: The Jap" for "Life" Magazine, December, 1943
  • Folder: 11, Clippings: "Life" Magazine, 1940s
  • Folder: 12, Clippings: "Pacific Life" for "Life" Magazine, June 26, 1944
  • Folder: 13, Clippings: Calendar illustrations, circa 1940-1947

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