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Richard Boies Stark papers, artwork, and memorabilia
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Artifacts and Ephemera

This series includes ribbons awarded to Stark at exhibits, several published items he illustrated, including the volume of poetry mentioned earlier (1946), and several articles, and some notes taken on a trip around the country. B.2/f.24 contains a long article that focuses on his WWII experience as an artist.


This series includes examples of original artwork, photographs of original artwork, and reproductions for publication of exhibit catalogs, programs, et cetera, therefore materials are divided between “Originals,” and “Reproductions.” Items include pencil sketches, pen and ink drawings, watercolors, and line and wash drawings, ranging from informal, spontaneously drawn works to the more formal color washed drawings. The subjects, culled mainly from Stark’s daily life as well as his domestic and international travel, vary widely: New York City scenes; a busy river community in Bangkok; the canals of Venice; villages of Barbados, and hospital scenes. Note that b.1/f.8 includes one item from 1971 that is glued to a page with other 1950s-era drawings. Also note that b.1/f.14, “First sale (to Edgar Bergen),” includes a clipping of Edgar Bergman and a photocopy of the check written to Stark for the sale of the picture he purchased. Two sketches (…de San Juan 1954, and Sunday at the Metropolitan Museum, 1976) plus the art exhibit layout for a show at the National Arts Club are in oversize box 4


Richard Stark corresponded, often regularly, with people prominent in both public life and the art world. Most of the folders contain incoming letters to Dr. Stark. B. 2/f. 4 contains a letter to Lawrence S. Huntington outlining the terms of a donation of drawings given to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center by Stark. B.2/f.5 also contains out-going correspondence to Medical Librarian, later archivist of the St. Luke’s library, Dr. Nancy Panella, including the announcement of Dr. Stark’s death. Other notable names are: UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim; US Surgeon General C. Everett Koop; US Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare John W. Gardner; Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge; and the artists Will Barnet, Giesla Beker, Brown Hagood, Greta Kempton, and Joan and Rex Brandt.

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