Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Title
Museum of Art: Records, Files, and Publications, 1847- .
ID
5.2
Date
1847-
Extent
9.5 linear feet.
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Museum of Art: Records, Files, and Publications. George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives. Bowdoin College Library.


Biographical/Historical Note

Between 1855 and 1894, the College's art collection was housed in a gallery in King Chapel. The original collection, a bequest of James Bowdoin III in 1811, consisted of two portfolios of 141 old master drawings and 70 paintings. The gallery in the Chapel was a gift from Theophilus Wheeler Walker, a cousin of President Leonard Woods. A separate museum was needed when there was not enough space to house the entire collection. The Walker Art Building, built in 1894, which houses the Museum of Art, was designed by Charles Follen McKim of McKim, Mead and White. A gift to the College by Harriet Sarah and Mary Sophia Walker, the building was built as a memorial to their late uncle, Theophilus Wheeler Walker.

Since James Bowdoin III's 1811 bequest, the museum collections have been added to by many benefactors, including other members of the Bowdoin family, as well as alumni and friends of the College. The permanent collection includes American colonial and federal portraits by Blackburn, Copley, Feke, Smibert, Stuart, Sully, and Trumball; Chinese and Korean ceramics; paintings and prints by John Sloan; Winslow Homer paintings and drawings; and objects of the ancient world. Besides exhibiting its permanent collections, the Museum schedules temporary exhibits of art lent by other museums and private collectors. The Walker Art Building was renovated in 1976 and 1993 to accommodate the growing collections. Between July 2005 and October 2007 the Museum of Art was closed while Walker Art Building underwent a major renovation.


Scope and Content

Includes flyers, pamphlets, clippings, invitations, news releases from the Office of Communications and Museum Newsletters that publicize exhibits and collections. Also includes correspondence concerning the lending and donating of art objects to the museum, the publishing of catalogues, security of exhibits and insurance for borrowed art objects, and exhibit catalogs.


Administrative Information

Publication Information

 George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288
scaref@bowdoin.edu

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.


Collection Inventory

5.2.1: General Records, 1847- [ongoing]   2.0 linear feet.

Series Description:

Letters and memos from curator to Museum Associates, as well as flyers, pamphlets, invitations, and newspaper clippings publicizing exhibits and collections. Invitations to become Museum Associates are also prominent in the file.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box Folder
1 1

1847-1850, n.d., Board votes, correspondence, invoices, and notes relating to restoration and disposition of paintings in the Bowdoin Gallery - including typed transcriptions of some items 

1 2

1849 - 1850 

1 3

ca. 1850 - correspondence that is partially burned 

1 4

ca. 1850 - correspondence that is partially burned (photocopies) 

1 5

1851 - 1853 

1 6

1875 - 1910 

Volume
1

ca. 1878, handwritten inventory of coins, organized by drawer number 

Box Folder
1 7

1891-1907, 1935, n.d., Hammond Collection material 

Volume
2

1899-1926, accession log and calendar 

Box Folder
1 8

1911 - 1939 

1 9

1940 - 1949 

1 10

1950 - 1959 

1 11

1960 - 1963 

AV Box
Arch LP 1

1963 Feb 20, "Collecting With a Purpose - For What?", talk given by Maxim Karolik at Moulton Union, under the auspices of the Museum of Art. (BA1124, LP recording, 3 copies) 

Box Folder
1 12

1964 - 1965 

1 13

1965 - 1966 

1 14

1966 - 1967 

1 15

1967 - 1968 

1 16

1968 - 1969 

1 17

1969 - 1970 

1 18

1970 - 1971 

1 19

1971 - 1972 

1 20

undated, miscellaneous 

2 1

1972 - 1973 

2 2

1973 - 1974 

2 3

1974 - 1975 

2 4

1975 - 1976 

2 5

1976 - 1977 

2 6

1978 - 1979 

3 1

1979 - 1980 

3 2

1980 - 1981 

3 3

1981 - 1982 

3 4

1982 - 1983 

3 5

1983 - 1984 

3 6

1984 - 1985 

3 7

1985 - 1986 

3 8

1986 - 1987 

4 1

1987 - 1988 

4 2

1988 - 1989 

4 3

1990 - 1993 

4 4

1995 - 2000 

4 5

2001 - 2002 

4 6

2003 - 2004 Summer 

4 7

2005 Fall - 2006 Spring 

4 8

2007 Oct - Museum reopening after renovation 

4 9

2007 Fall - 2008 Spring/Summer 

4 10

2008 Fall - 2009 Spring/Summer 

4 11

2009 Fall - 2010 Summer 

5 1

2010 Fall - 2011 Summer 

5 2

2011 Fall - 2012 Summer 

5 3

2012 Fall - 2013 Summer 

5 4

2013 Fall - 2014 Summer 

5 5

2014 Fall - 


5.2.2: Baskin Exhibit Files, 1962-1965   0.72 linear feet.

Series Description:

The art work of contemporary American artist, Leonard Baskin, was exhibited from October 12 - November 11, 1962. Marvin Sherwood Sadik, curator, organized this exhibit. Includes correspondence and publicity relating the exhibit and the Baskin Catalogue. Also includes Baskin's acceptance speech for the medal of the American Institute of Graphic Arts.

Arrangement:

Arranged by subject.

Access restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box Folder
1 1

Baskin Exhibit Correspondence 

1 2

Baskin Exhibit Correspondence 

1 3

Baskin Exhibit Correspondence 

1 4

Baskin Exhibit Correspondence 

1 5

Baskin Exhibit Correspondence 

1 6

Baskin Exhibit Correspondence 

1 7

Baskin Exhibit Correspondence 

1 8

Baskin Exhibit Correspondence 

2 1

Baskin's Acceptance Speech for the Medal of the American Institute of Graphic Arts 

2 2

Publicity 

2 3

Baskin Exhibit Photos 

2 4

Finances 

2 5

Drawing Forms 

2 6

Sculpture Forms 

2 6

Sculpture Forms 


5.2.3: The Portrayal of the Negro in American Painting Exhibit Files, 1963-1966   1.25 linear feet.

Series Description:

The first exhibit of its kind, The Portrayal of the Negro in American Painting was originally held for two months from May 15-July 15, 1964, but was extended to September 6, 1964 due to popular demand. Marvin Sherwood Sadik, curator of the Museum of Art, organized this exhibit. Includes correspondence concerning the lending of paintings to the Museum of Art, the security of exhibit and insurance for the paintings. Also includes publicity for the exhibit and information on the catalogue. Martin Luther King, Jr. visited the exhibit.

Arrangement:

Arranged by subject.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box Folder
1 1

Correspondence A 

1 2

Correspondence B 

1 3

Correspondence C, photo 

1 4

Correspondence D 

1 5

Correspondence E 

1 6

Correspondence F 

1 7

Correspondence G 

1 8

Correspondence H 

1 9

Correspondence I - J 

1 10

Correspondence K 

2 1

Correspondence L 

2 2

Correspondence M 

2 3

Correspondence N, photo 

2 4

Correspondence O - P 

2 5

Correspondence R, photos 

2 6

Correspondence S 

2 7

Correspondence T, photos 

2 8

Correspondence U 

2 9

Correspondence V, photo 

2 10

Correspondence W, photos 

3 1

Correspondence X, Y, Z 

3 2

Correspondence on Insurance and Security 

3 3

Printing of Catalog Correspondence 

3 4

Catalog Sales 

3 5

Expenditures 

3 6

Invitations to the Opening of Exhibit and replies 

3 7

Publicity 

3 8

Publicity photos 

3 9

Publicity photos: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., visit 

3 10

Clippings 


5.2.4: Exhibit Catalogues and Occassional Publications, 1870- 

Series Description:

Catalogs to accompany exhibitions and occasional publications, mainly Museum guides and newsletters. Newsletters were published from December 1981 to Spring 1991 and reintroduced in Fall 2004. Select catalogues and publications are available online.

Arrangement:

Organized in two subseries: Exhibit Catalogs and Occasional Publications.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

5.2.4.1: Exhibit Catalogues, 1954- 

Series Description:

Catalogs published to accompany Museum of Art exhibits.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box Folder
1 1

The Art of Winslow Homer (1954 Nov 1-21) 

1 2

Terracotta Figurines in the Walker Art Building by Kevin Herbert, Ph.D. (1960) 

1 3

American Paintings of the 19th and 20th Centuries from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Norman B. Woolworth Catalogue (1961) 

1 4

An Exhibition of European Art (Oakes Center, Bar Harbour) (1961 Jul 5 - Aug 2) 

1 5

The Art of John Sloan 1871-1951 (1962) 

1 6

French Impressionist and Post Impressionist Paintings from the Collections of Mrs. Bertha Palmer Thorne and Mr. Gordon Palmer Catalogue (1962) 

1 7

Leonard Baskin (1962) 

1 8

Baroque Paintings from the Collection of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. (1963) 

1 9

Painting in British India 1757-1857 (1963) 

1 10

The Portrayal of the Negro in American Painting (1964) 

1 11

Prints, Drawings, Paintings by Thomas Cornell (1964) 

1 12

The Salton Collection: Renaissance and Baroque Medals and Plaquettes (1965) 

1 13

Collecting Privately (1965) 

1 14

A Family Collection (1965) 

1 15

The Walter K. Gutman Collection (1966) 

1 16

As Maine Goes (1966) 

1 17

Winslow Homer at Prout's Neck (1966) 

1 18

Colonial and Federal Portraits at Bowdoin College (1966) 

Volume
1

Colonial and Federal Portraits at Bowdoin College (1966) 

Box Folder
1 19

A Speech Given on the Occasion of the Exhibition of Colonial and Federal Portraits (1966) 

1 20

Islamic Art from the Collection of Edwin Binney, III (1966) 

1 21

Donald Lent: Paintings, Drawings, Etchings (1967) 

1 22

William Zorach (1968) 

1 23

Language of the Print: A Selection from the Donald H. Karshan Collection (1968) 

1 24

American Printmaking: the First 150 Years (1969) 

1 25

The French Visage: a Century and a Half of Portraiture and Caricature from the Artine Artinian Collection (1969) 

1 26

Hands to Work and Hearts to God: The Shaker Tradition in Maine (1969) 

1 27

Rockwell Kent: The Early Years (1969) 

1 28

Thomas Eakins: His Photographic Works (1969) 

1 29

The Salton Collection: Renaissance and Baroque Medals and Plaquettes (1969) 

1 30

Ancient Art of Middle America (1969 Oct) 

1 31

David Batchelder: Photographs [1969] 

Volume
2

John Marin Drawings 1886-1951 (1970) 

Box Folder
1 32

Landscape in Maine 1820-1970 (1970) 

1 33

Photographs by C.C. Church (1970) 

1 34

The Medieval Sculptor (1971) 

1 35

Italian Drawings from the Bick Collection (1971) 

1 36

Thomas Cornell: Drawings and Prints (1971) 

2 1

Warshaw: A Decade of Murals (1972) 

2 2

The Rockwell Kent Collection (1972) 

2 3

Nineteenth Century French Prints (1973) 

2 4

Photographs: John McKee (1973) 

2 5

The Recent Work of David Driskell: Paintings and Prints (1973) 

2 6

Twentieth Century American Watercolors (1973) 

2 7

The Tradition of Zen (1974 Jan 30 - Feb 24) 

2 8

Images of New World Natives (1974) 

2 9

Nineteenth Century American Paintings at Bowdoin College (1974) 

2 10

The Winslows: Pilgrims, Patrons and Portraits (1974) 

2 11

The Art of American Furniture: A Portfolio of Furniture in the Collections of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (1974) 

2 12

Wood Works: An Exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture in Wood (1974) 

2 13

Winslow Homer's Work in Black and White: Selected Works from the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (1975) 

2 14-15

Medals and Plaquettes from the Molinari Collection at Bowdoin College (1976) 

Volume
3

Medals and Plaquettes from the Molnari Collection at Bowdoin College (1976) 

Box Folder
2 16

Ernest Haskell (1876-1925): A Retrospective Exhibition (A Portfolio of Selected Work) (1976) 

2 17

James Bowdoin: Patriot and Man of the Enlightenment (1976) 

2 18

James Bowdoin: Patriot and Man of the Enlightenment (1976) (pamphlets) 

2 19

Joseph Nicoletti: Paintings and Drawings (1977) 

2 20

Coggeshall Paintings (1977 May 13 - Jun 26) 

2 21

Hemenway: Textures of our Earth, Bayetage Tapestries 1972-1977 (1977) 

2 22

500 Years of Printmaking 1978: Prints and Illustrated Books at Bowdoin College (1978) 

2 23

Daniel Putnam Brinley: The Impressionist Years (1978) 

2 24

The Spirit of the New Landscape (1978) 

2 25

All Maine Biennial '79 (1979) 

2 26

Robert Birmelin: Recent Paintings Maine and New York (1980) 

2 27

Art in Craft Media (1981) 

2 28

Treasures from Near Eastern Looms (1981) 

2 29

Reginald L. Jackson: African Extensions, A Photographic Search for African Survivals in the Americas (1981 Mar 7-22) 

2 30

Elizabeth Peak: Prints and Drawings (1982) 

2 31

Four Artists: James Biederman, Paul Maddrell, Johnnie Ross, Livio Saganic (1982 Jan 22 - Mar 7) 

2 32

The Prints of Edvard Munch: Mirror of His Life [Allen Memorial Art Museum] (1983) 

2 33

West Coast Realism [Laguna Beach Museum of Art] (1983) 

2 34

Winslow Homer: Watercolors (1983) 

2 35

Photographs '73-'83 John McKee (1984) 

Volume
4

Old Master Drawings at Bowdoin College (1985) 

Box Folder
2 36

Alex Katz: An Exhibition featuring Works from the Collection of Paul J. Schupf (1985) 

2 37

Yvonne Jacquette: Tokyo Nightviews (1986) 

2 38

Vital Statistics: American Folk Drawings and Watercolors from a Private Collection (1986) 

2 39

Images of the Madonna and Child by Three Tuscan Artists of the Early Seicento: Vanni, Roncalli and Manetti (1986) 

3 1

New England Now: Contemporary Art from Six States (1987) 

3 2

Twilight of Arcadia: American Landscape Painters in Rome, 1830-1880 (1987) 

3 3

Lucy Sallick: In the Vicinity of Self (1987) 

3 4

Kevin Donahue (1987) 

3 5

Martha Diamond (1988) 

3 6

Thomas Cornell Paintings: The Birth of Nature (1990) 

3 7

From Durer to Picasso: Five Centuries of Master Prints from a Private Collection (1990) 

3 8

Katherine Porter: Paintings/Drawings (1991) 

3 9

Vinalhaven at Bowdoin: One Press, Multiple Impressions (1992) 

3 10

Holocaust: the Presence of the Past: Photographs by Judy Ellis Glickman (1992 Apr 14 - May 31) 

3 11

Anne Minich (1992 Feb 11 - Apr 5) 

3 12

Whistler as Printmaker: His Sources and Influence on his Followers (1993) 

3 13

Meaning at the Crossroads: the Portrait in Photography (1994) 

Volume
5

The Legacy of James Bowdoin III (1994) 

Box Folder
3 14

Bowdoin Photographers: Liberal Arts Lens (1995) 

3 15

Collecting for a College: Gifts from David P. Becker (1995) 

3 16

Certain Uncertainties: Chaos and the Human Experience (1996) 

3 17

Context Considered: Perspectives on American Art (1996) 

3 18

Within the Atrium: A Context for Roman Daily Life (1997) 

3 19

Picturing Creativity: Portraits of Artists, 1860-1960, (1998) 

3 20

Memorable Histories and Historic Memories (1998) 

3 21

Multiples in the "Age of Mechanical Reproduction" (1999) 

3 22

Artistic License: Visions of Literature (2000) 

3 23

Brutal Beauty: Paintings by Walton Ford (2000) 

3 24

Littoral Abstractions: Drawings by Emily Nelligan (2000) 

3 25

A Maine Tidal Cove: Paintings by John Walker (2001) 

3 26

The Pervasive, Yet Elusive, Dionysos (2001) 

3 27

The Edges of the World: Photographs by Thomas Joshua Cooper (2002) 

3 28

Pointed Pairings: The Valuing of Art (2002) 

3 29

Telling Toggles: Netsuke in Context (2002) 

3 30

Beyond Thirst: The Dimensions of Drink (2003) 

3 31

The Disembodied Spirit (2003) 

3 32

Twists in Landscape: Paintings by Joseph Haroutunian (2003) 

3 33

Without Likeness: Paintings by Anne Harris (2003) 

3 34

Four Seasons in Maine: Lois Dodd's Small Plein-Air Paintings (2004) 

3 35

Ars Antiqua: Treasures from the Ancient Mediterranean World at Bowdoin College (2005) 

3 36

The Walker Sisters and Collecting in Victorian Boston (2007) 

3 37

Beauty & Duty: The Art and Business of Renaissance Marriage (2008) 

3 38

Andrea Sulzer: After Nature (2008 Summer) 

3 39

James Bowdoin III: Pursuing Style in the Age of Independence (2008 Sep - 2009 Jun) 

3 40

Fantastical Fables: Paintings, Drawings, and Prints by Amy Cutler (2008 Oct - 2009 Jan) 

3 41

Parterre: An Installation by Lauren Fensterstock (2008 Oct - 2009 Jan) 

3 42

Ink Tales: Chinese Paintings from the Collections of the Museums of Bowdoin and Colby Colleges (2009 Feb 3 - May 10) 

3 43

Ink Tales: Family Guide 

3 44

Third-Party Politics: Britain, France, and America in an Age of Revolution (2009 Apr 9 - Jul 12) 

3 45

Ling-Wen Tsai: Liminal Landscapes (2009 Jun 30 - Aug 23) 

3 46

Methods for Modernism: American Art, 1876-1925 (2010 Jan - Jul) 

3 47

Sit Down!: Chairs from Six Centuries (2010 Oct 21 - 2011 Jan 16) 

3 48

Absent the Center: Work by Danny Jauregui (2010 Mar 2 - Jun 6) 

3 49

Modernism at Bowdoin: American Paintings from 1900 to 1940 (2011 Jan - Jun) 

Volume
6

Edward Hopper's Maine (2011 Jul 15 - Oct 16) 

Box Folder
3 50

Along the Yangzi River: Regional Culture of the Bronze Age from Hunan (2011 Sep 1 - 2012 Jan 8) 

3 51

After Atget: Todd Webb Photographs New York and Paris (2011 Oct 28 - 2012 Jan 29) 

3 52

Lesley Vance (2012 Apr 12 - Jul 1) 

Volume
7

William Wegman: Hello Nature: How to Draw, Paint, Cook, & Find Your Way (2012 Jul 13 - Oct 21) 

Box Folder
3 53

A River Lost & Found: The Androscoggin River in Time and Place (2012 Jul 13 - Sep 16) 

3 54

A Library of Images: Prints from David P. Becker (2012 Nov 15 - 2013 Mar 10) 

Volume
8

Maurice Prendergast: By the Sea (2013 Jun 29 - Oct 13) 

Box Folder
3 55

Katherine Bradford: August (2013 Jun 29 - Sep 1) 

3 56

Breakthrough: Work by Contemporary Chinese Women Artists (2013 Sep 27 - Dec 22) 

3 57

Why Objects Matter (2013 Nov 7 - 2014 Jun 1) 

3 58

Under the Surface: Surrealist Photography (2014 Feb 27 - Jun 1) 

Volume
9

Richard Tuttle Prints, published on occasion of the exhibition "Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective" (2014 Jun 28 - Oct 19) 

Box Folder
3 59

"It's What You Do With What You View": Selections from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection (2014 Jun 28 - Sep 14) 

3 60

Hendrick Goltzius: Mythology and Truth (2014 Sep 27 - 2015 Mar 1) 

5.2.4.2: Occasional Publications, 1870- 

Series Description:

Museum of Art newsletters and Museum guides.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by material type, then chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box Folder
1 1-5

Bulletin (Vol.1, No.1 - Vol.3, No.1) 1961-1963 [lacking v.1/2, v.2/1] 

1 6-13

[Newsletters] (1981-2013) 

1 14

Occasional Papers I: The Walker Art Building Murals (1972) 

1 15

Occasional Papers II: The Bowdoin Sculpture of St. John Nepomuk (1975) 

1 16

Catalogue of the Bowdoin Collection of Paintings (1870) 

1 17

Catalogue of the Bowdoin Drawings by Frederick Winslow Hall, (1881 Feb 25) (mss. copy) 

Volume
0

Catalogue of the Bowdoin Drawings by Frederick Winslow Hall, copy of original made (1881 Apr) (mss. copy) 

Box Folder
1 18

Catalogue of the Bowdoin College Art Collections. Part I: The Bowdoin Drawings 

Box
1

Catalogue of the Bowdoin College Art Collections. Part I: The Bowdoin Drawings: Large Paper Edition (copy with paper cover in 5.2.4, box 1 

Box Folder
1 19

Catalogue of the Bowdoin College Art Collections. Part I: The Bowdoin Drawings: Large Paper Edition 

Volume-folio
2

Bowdoin Collection with text by Rev. Fred H. Allen (1886) (3 unbound paper copies in folio box 5.2.4) 

Box Folder
1 20

Address Delivered at Bowdoin College upon the Opening of the Walker Art Building June 7, 1894 

1 21

Descriptive Catalogue of the Bowdoin College Art Collections (1895) 

1 22

Descriptive Catalogue of the Bowdoin College Art Collections (1903) 

1 23

Descriptive Catalogue of the Art Collections of Bowdoin College (1906) 

1 24

Catalogue of Etchings Presented to Bowdoin College by Charles A. Coffin of New York May 1923 

1 25

Descriptive Catalogue of the Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings, and of the Walker Collection (1930) 

1 26

Descriptive Catalogue of the Warren Classical Collection of Bowdoin College (1934) 

1 27

An Illustrated Handbook of the Bowdoin College Museum of Fine Arts in the Walker Art Building (1950) 

Volume
3

An Illustrated Handbook of the Bowdoin College Museum of Fine Arts in the Walker Art Building (1950) 

4

Ancient Art in Bowdoin College: A Descriptive Catalogue of the Warren and other Collections (1964) 

Box Folder
1 28

Leonard Baskin's Speech of Acceptance on Receiving the Medal of the American Institute of Graphic Arts April 28, 1965 

1 29

Recent Acquisitions 1961-1968 (1968) 

1 30

Recent Acquisitions 1961-1968 (1968) (Exhibition Handlist) 

1 31

An Ounce of Prevention . . . Care and Conservation of Works of Art (1979) 

1 32-33

Bowdoin College Museum of Art: Handbook of the Collections (1981) 

Volume
5

The Architecture of Bowdoin College (1988) 

Box Folder
1 34

Assyrian Bas-Reliefs at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Barbara N. Porter (1989) 

1 35

Personal Recollections of the Museum of Art and the Department of Art at Bowdoin College, Philip C. Beam (1991) 

1 36

A New Beginning (2007) 


5.2.5: Exhibit Posters, 1962- 

Series Description:

Series contains posters printed to accompany Museum of Art exhibits.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Ovsz-Box Folder
1 1

Misc. Posters, 1960s-1990s 

Map-case Drawer
C C-12

"Leonard Baskin: Sculpture, Drawing, Prints, Gehenna Press Books," 1962 Oct 12 - Nov 11 

Ovsz-Box Folder
1 2

"The Portrayal of the Negro in American Painting." 15 May - 6 September 1964. 

Map-case Drawer
C C-12

"The Portrayal of the Negro in American Painting." 15 May - 6 September 1964. 

Ovsz-Box Folder
1 3

"Thomas Cornell: prints, drawings, paintings." 8 October - 22 November 1964. 

1 4

"Collecting Privately." 2 July - 5 September 1965. 

1 5

"Renaissance and Baroque Medals and Plaquettes." The Salton Collection. 12 November - 31 December 1965. 

1 6

"As Maine Goes: The Maine Coast and Its Despoilement." John McKee. 25 March - 8 May 1966. 

1 7

"Winslow Homer at Prout's Neck." 8 July - 4 September 1966. 

1 8

"Colonial and Federal Portraits at Bowdoin College." 14 September - 15 October 1966. 

1 9

"Contemporary American Painting." The Walter K. Gutman Collection. 7 October - 27 November 1966. 

1 10

"Sources for Tomorrow: American Paintings 1946 - 1966." James A. Michener Foundation. 21 April - 21 May 1967. 

1 11

"Views of Paris: Etchings and Drawings by Charles Meryon 1821 - 1868." 13 May - 11 June 1967. 

1 12

"Donald Lent: paintings, drawings, and etchings." 2 June - 2 July 1967. 

1 13

"Selection: Paintings, Drawings, Prints, and Sculpture from the Museum Collections 1813 - 1960." 10 November - 10 December 1967. 

1 14

"Views of the Tokaido: Woodblock Prints by Shiko Munakata." 18 December - 14 January 1968. 

1 15

"Impressions of Expo" and "Contemporary Photographers." 19 January - 11 February 1968. 

1 16

"The Distant View: An Exhibition of Landscape Painting." 16 February - 10 March 1968. 

1 17

"The Art of Sub-Sahara Africa." 15 March - 14 April 1968. 

Map-case Drawer
C C-12

"Section D'Or," 1968 Apr 19 - May 12 

Alpha-Box

"Language of the Print: A Selection from the Donald H. Karshan Collection," 1968 May 17 - Jun 9, framed 

Map-case Drawer
C C-12

"Language of the Print: A Selection from the Donald H. Karshan Collection," 1968 May 17 - Jun 9 

Ovsz-Box Folder
1 18

"Twentieth Century Drawings and Prints." 11 October - 3 November 1968. 

1 19

William Zorach. 7 - 24 November 1968. 

1 20

"Recent Acquisitions." 6 December - 26 January 1969. 

1 21

Museum Hours 1969. 

1 22

David Batchelder: photographs. 5 February - 2 March. 

1 23

"Hands to Work and Hearts to God: The Shaker Tradition in Maine." 4 April - 18 May 1969. 

1 24

"The Graphic Art of Winslow Homer." 20 June - 3 August 1969. 

1 25

"Rockwell Kent, the Early Years: Paintings and Drawings 1903 - 1935." 15 August - 5 October 1969. 

1 26

"Japanese Art of the Sixties." 9 January - 1 February 1970. 

1 27

"The Persistence of Vision: Contemporary Photographers." 13 February - 15 March 1970. 

1 28

John Marin, drawings. 17 April - 17 May 1970. 

1 29

"Landscape in Maine 1820 - 1970." 21 May - 28 June 1970. 

Map-case Drawer
C C-12

"American Printmaking: The First 150 Years," 1970 Jul 3 - Aug 16 

Ovsz-Box Folder
2 1

"The Medieval Sculptor." 12 February - 14 March 1971. 

2 2

Ziemann. 4 February - 5 March 1972. 

2 3

"Warshaw: A Decade of Murals." 22 September - 5 November 1971. 

Map-case Drawer
C C-12

"Thomas Cornell: Drawings and Prints," 1971 Nov 5 - Dec 19 

Ovsz-Box Folder
2 4

John McKee, photographs. 2 February - 16 March 1973. 

2 5

"Nineteenth Century French Prints." 23 March - 29 April 1973. 

2 6

"Twentieth Century American Watercolors." 1 November - 9 December 1973. 

Map-case Drawer
C C-12

"The Tradition of Zen," [1974] Jan 31 - Feb 24 and "Ayako," performance of Japanese dance in conjunction with "The Tradition of Zen," 1974 Feb 17 

C C-12

"The Art of American Furniture," [1974] Apr 7 - Jun 16 

C C-12

"Marguerite Zorach: The Early Years, 1908-1920," [1974] May 17 - Jun 30 

Ovsz-Box Folder
2 7

"American Masters at Bowdoin." 5 July - 11 August 1974. 

2 8

"American Posters of the Nineties." 10 November - 15 December 1974. 

2 9

"James Bowdoin: Patriot and Man of the Enlightenment." 28 May - 12 September 1976. 

2 10

Robert Sabin, paintings and drawings. 3 February - 6 March 1977. 

2 11

"The Spirit of the New Landscape: Six Contemporary Photographers." 20 January - 12 March 1978. 

2 12

"400 Years of Printmaking: Prints and Illustrated Books at Bowdoin College. 13 October - 31 December 1978. 

2 13

"The Ancient Collection." 21 October - 8 January 1979. 

2 14

"Photographs of Moholy-Nagy." 2 February - 18 March 1979. 

2 15

"An Ounce of Prevention: Care and Conservation of Works of Art." 20 April - 24 June 1979. 

2 16

"All Maine Biennial 1979." 27 July - 16 September 1979. 

Map-case Drawer
C C-12

"Kuniyoshi: An Exhibition of Ukiyo-e by Utagawa Kuniyoshi," 1979 Oct 5 - Nov 18 

Ovsz-Box Folder
2 17

"Robert Birmelin: Recent Paintings, Maine and New York." 14 March - 25 May 1980. 

2 18

"Three American Sculptors and the Female Nude: Archipenko, Lachaise, Nadelman." 18 July - 14 September 1980. 

2 19

"Modern American Masters" and "The Paintings of Yun Gee." Open House. 9 October 1980. 

2 20

"Modern American Masters: Paintings from the William HiLane Foundation." 10 October - 23 November 1980. 

Map-case Drawer
C C-12

"1794 Bowdoin College 1994," Ann Lofquist, 1992, Gift of Bicentennial Committee, 1993 

Ovsz-Box Folder
2 21

Campus reopening of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 2007 Oct 13 and public reopening of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 2007 Oct 14 

2 21

"The Early Bowdoin Library As a Window to Modernity," by Kenneth Carpenter '58; talk which complements exhibit "Banned in France: The Enlightenment Foundations of the James Bowdoin Collection," 2010 Apr 28 


5.2.6: Accession Records, 1811.54-1939.164   1.0 linear foot.

Series Description:

Correspondence regarding material accessioned by the Museum of Art, organized chronologically by the Museum of Art accession number. The bulk of the letters are dated from the late 1890s to the late 1930s and are written to Professor Henry Johnson (curator of the Museum of Art, 1881-1887, 1892-1914; and Director of the Museum of Art, 1914-1918), Anna Elizabeth Smith (Curator of the Art Collection, 1914-1935) and Professor Henry E. Andrews (Professor of Art and Director of the Museum of Art, 1918-1939). Letters are also addressed to Presidents Hyde and Sills; most of the correspondents are donors.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically by accession number.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box Folder
1 1

1811.54, Letters from Charles Henry Hart, 1916 

1 2

1813.22, Correspondence between Alfred Jakstas and Carl N. Schmalz, Jr., 1954 and note from Walter Friedlaender, 1956 

1 3

1813.43, Letters - George T. Little and Henry Johnson, 1892, 1893 

1 4

1826.6, Letters to Bowdoin College curator, 1915-1916, and biographical sketch of Joseph Badger 

1 5

1826.11, Letter to Bowdoin College curator, 1923 and letter to President Sills, 1927 

1 6

1853.3, Miscellaneous letters to Bowdoin College, 1870, 1894, 1903, 1909 

1 7

1855.1, Handwritten, unsigned note re: genealogy of Thomas Flucker, n.d. 

1 8

1869.1, Handwritten note re: life of Silas Lee, n.d. 

1 9

1880.1, Letter citing Massachusetts Historical Society records re: Knox portrait, 1891 

1 10

1881.1, Note re: price for portrait sitting, 1886 and handwritten biographical sketch of Frederick Vinton, n.d. 

1 11

1881.3, Handwritten note from Vinton re: progress on President Woods' portrait, 1881? 

1 12

1881.5, Letters from Thomas W. Hyde to Henry Johnson, 1881 

1 13

1885.1, Letter to Bowdoin College requesting information regarding Thomas Badger, 1909 

1 14

1886.1, Letters re: Nathaniel Hawthorne portraits, 1886, 1887 

1 15

1886.2, Letter re: Bennoch bust, n.d. 

1 16

1893.1, Letter from Edward Robinson re: Greek vase presented by the Walker sisters to Bowdoin, 1893 

1 17

1893.2-14, Letters from Virginia Dox, Whitman College, to Henry Johnson, 1896 

1 18

1893.35, Letters from and concerning La Farge, 1893, 1894, 1898 

1 19

1893.36, Miscellaneous letters, Thayer, Johnson, Walker, 1893-1903 

1 20

1893.37, Letters from and concerning Elihu Vedder, 1892-1894 

1 21

1893.38, Letters from Kenyon Cox, 1893-1894 and invitation re: Kenyon Cox, n.d. 

1 22

1894.1, Letters from and to E. P. and W. M. Payson, 1894 

1 23

1894.3, Correspondence re: Babylonian cane, 1894, 1946 

1 24

1894.4, Letter to Miss Walker re: painting by Corot, 1893 

1 25

1894.6, Letter to Professor Johnson re: paintings by Corot and Daubigny, ca. 1900 

1 26

1894.9, Note re: purchase and presentation to Walker Art Gallery by Harriet Walker, 1893 

1 27

1894.11, Note re: purchase and presentation to Walker Art Gallery by Harriet Walker, 1893 

1 28

1894.13.2, Note re: purchase and presentation to Walker Art Gallery by Harriet Walker, 1893 

1 29

1894.17-58, Letters to M.S. Walker re: shipping of glass collection to Bowdoin, with attached summary of "The Glass Industry in Antiquity," 1894 

1 30

1894.76, Bill of sale for writing desk, 1894 

1 31

1894.92-94, Two letters to Professor Johnson from Harriet and Mary Walker, 1894 

1 32

1894.147, Letter to Professor Johnson from M.S. Walker, 1894; letter to M.S. Walker from J.S. Inglis, 1894; and letters to Marvin Ross and Philip Beam 1947, 1950 

1 33

1894.148, Letters to Miss Walker from Daniel C. French and W. Northend, 1892-1894 

1 34

1895.1, Letter from E.P. Warren to Miss Walker with description of coin, ca. 1894 

1 35

1895.2, Letter to Professor Johnson from Sophia Walker re: donation of Greek vase, 1895; and description of vase by Edward Robinson, 1895 

1 36

1895.7, Note signed by John O'Brien '06 re: Joseph McKeen's life and personality, n.d. 

1 37

1895.8, Letter to President Hyde from Charles Hamlin '57 re: President Woods' portrait, 1898 

1 38

1895.14, Original label from Doll & Richards, 1823 

1 39

1896.7, Acknowledgement of loan of two items from Marcia W.A. Spring and letter to Professor Johnson from Marcia Spring re: donation, 1896 

1 40

1896.8, Original label tag, 1896 

1 41

1897.4, Letter to Professor Johnson from M.S. Walker re: donation of item, 1897 

1 42

1897.6, Unsigned handwritten label from framing paper, n.d. 

1 43

1897.7, Letter to Professor Johnson from M.S. Walker re: William Morris Hunt drawings, 1898, and typed note from Professor Johnson re: another Hunt work, 1907 

1 44

1897.9, Letter to Professor Johnson from Poultney Bigelow re: medallion, 1898 

1 45

1897.13, Copy of letter to Miss Walker from Edward Appleton re: miniatures, 1893 and letter to Professor Johnson from Harriet Walker re: painted ivory miniature, 1897 

1 46

1898.22, Letter to Professor Johnson from Thomas H. Hubbard re: Fayerweather portrait, 1898 

1 47

1898.67-74, Letter from Bowdoin curator to Arthur Sewall re: mask collection, 1898 

1 48

1899.1, Letter to Professor Johnson from F.W. Pickard re: Chinese cash 1899 

1 49

1900.1, Letter to President Hyde from Robert Hinckley re: shipment of Fuller portrait, 1900 

1 50

1900.2, Letter to President Hyde from Oliver Stevens re: model, 1901 

1 51

1900.3, Letters from Charles Gammon re: donations, 1901, 1907, 1910 and Chinese curios listed by Gammon 

1 52

1901.4, Letter to President Hyde from Mary Harris re: presentation of portrait to Bowdoin, 1901 

1 53

1901.6, Ten letters to/from Walker, Johnson, Klumpke, and Bonheur, 1895-1900 

1 54

1902.153, Letters between Professor Johnson and Dr. Packard, 1902 

1 55

1903.3, Letter to Professor Johnson from A.S. Packard, donor, 1903 

1 56

1903.5, Letter to Professor Johnson from Ellen Chandler, donor, 1903 

1 57

1903.6, Letter to Professor Johnson from Henry W. Swasey, donor, re: Kimball picture, 1903 

1 58

1903.8, Letters to President Hyde from Grant Walker and Edward Stanwood re: Thomas Ball's cupid, 1903 

1 59

1903.12, Transcription of letter from James Savage to Thomas Winthrop, 1833 and letter from Mrs. William Rogers to President Hyde re: transcribed letter, 1903 

1 60

1903.13, Letter to Mr. Little from C.D. Jameson, donor, 1902, and letter from Joshua L. Chamberlain to Professor Johnson re: possible duty on object referenced by Jameson, 1902 

1 61

1904.14, Letter to Miss Walker from Doll & Richards re: painting, 1902 

1 62

1904.37, Small handwritten note, unsigned re: purchase history of the St. Paul Head, n.d. 

1 63

1904.96, Letter from D. Webster, 1830 

1 64

1904.185, Envelope with note written by H.S. Walker, small note re: mint markings on the object, n.d. 

1 65

1905.17, Note from R. Huntington Blanchard re: interpretation of hieroglyphs, 1904 

1 66

1905.18, Note from Maspero re: Egyptian stele, n.d. and translation of stele by Museum of Fine Arts, 1936 

1 67

1906.9, Letter to Mrs. Hammond, wife of donor, from Perry Davis re: excavation of pottery, 1884 

1 68

1907.3, Letter to President Hyde from James A. Roberts re: gift to Bowdoin, 1907 

1 69

1907.8, Note from C.W. Newman, donor, re: object, n.d. 

1 70

1908.24, Letter to Professor Johnson from Franklin Payson re: donation of painting by a Payson client, 1907 

1 71

1908.26, Letter to Professor Johnson from the artist Walter Page re: hanging Chamberlain portrait, 1908 

1 72

1908.28, Photocopy of handwritten note taken from back of painting of John Vaughan, n.d. 

1 73

1909.25, Three notes to Professor Johnson from Mrs. John M. Brown, donor, 1908 

1 74

1910.1, Letters to President Hyde re: Smyth portrait, 1910 

1 75

1910.2, Typed copy of letter to Mrs. Eastman Johnson re: purchase of Kennedy portrait, 1910 

1 76

1910.3, Letter to Professor Johnson from Caleb Saunders (Class of 1859) re: shipment of painting, 1911 

1 77

1911.4, Letter to Professor Johnson from Mrs. Andrews, donor, 1911 

1 78

1911.14, Note to "Miss Robinson" from Ruth Heald re: work's date of creation, 1910 

1 79

1912.1, Letters from James P. Baxter to Professor Johnson re: commissioning of Merrill portrait by Kahill, 1912 

1 80

1912.2, Letters to President Hyde and Professor Johnson from Horace P. Chandler re: portrait of Peleg Whitman Chandler, 1912 

1 81

1912.3, Letter to Professor Johnson from Philip Little, artist, re: painting, 1912 

1 82

1912.4.2, Two labels for items listed in the will of Frances Weston - a ladle and cream pitcher, 1912 

1 83

1913.51, Correspondence with General Chanmberlain and President Hyde re: Woodman portrait, 1913 

1 84

1914.1, Correspondence re: donation of painting in memory of Henry Leland Chapman, 1914 

1 85

1914.2, Letter to Professor Johnson re: Elizabeth H. Pennell bequest, 1913 

1 86

1915.64, Letters to President Hyde and Professor Johnson from George Whittlesey re: coin collection, 1915 and typed inventory of coin collection 

1 87

1916.7, Letters to Professor Johonson from Horace Chandler re: picture by Vinton, 1916-1917 

1 88

1916.12, Letters between Professor Johnson and Gallozzi's Florentine Arts along with original newspaper article re: purchase, 1917 

1 89

1919.1, Correspondence re: Stuart painting of Mrs. Upham, 1917, 1919, 1920 

1 90

1919.58.1-108, Numerous reciepts, statements, bills and letters to/from Professor Johnson re: purchase of coins, 1908-1914 and letter to President Sills from George Chase re: Johnson coin collection, 1919 

1 91

1919.59, Notes re: Moody picture donated by Violetta Shepherd, 1919 

1 92

1921.2, Letters between President Sills and Gov. Percival Baxter re: copy by Kahill of Vinton's picture of Baxter's father, 1921 

1 93

1921.3, Numerous letters re: resolution of issues arising from will of donor, Mary Clapp, 1921 

1 94

1921.5, Letters to Professor Johnson from W.D. Northend and Harper & Brothers re: Healy painting, 1886, 1902 

1 95

1921.8, Letter to President Sills from Mrs. Edwin H. Abbot re: John Abbot portrait, 1921 

1 96

1922.1, Correspondence re: donation of Reverend Edward Payson portrait copied by Gilchrist, 1922 

1 97

1922.2, Letter to curator from Harold M. Sewall re: Buddha, 1922 

1 98

1923.52, Letter to Miss Smith from Isabel Hinckley re: Blake family and letter re: Cloudman portraits, 1922-1924 

1 99

1923.54, Four letters between Dr. Norman Call and Professor Henry Andrews re: exhibition space, 1923 

1 100

1924.1, Correspondence with Clara Bowdoin Winthrop re: portrait of Governor Bowdoin by John S. Copley, 1924 

1 101

1924.4.2, Letter to President Sills from John and Robert Woodruff re: portrait of Professor Woodruff by W.W. Gilchrist, 1924 

1 102

1925.5, Letters to Professor Andrews from Arthur Parker re: gift of sandwich glass, 1925 

1 103

1925.12, Correspondence with E.A. Merrill re: donation of Japanese items, 1925 

1 104

1925.14, Letter to President Sills from Annie K. Gifford re: donation of ivory brooch and College's reply, 1925 

1 105

1926.1, Packet of correspondence between Professor Andrews and National Academy of Design re: Ranger bequest, 1925-1926 

1 106

1926.2, Packet of correspondence between Professor Andrews and Stanley and Sidney Woodward re: paintings by S.W. Woodward, 1926 

1 107

1926.7, Letter to President Sills from Charlotte Packard re: donation and copy of College reply, 1926 

1 108

1927.1, List of items shipped from Cairo with consular invoice and certificate of antiquity, 1927 

1 109

1927.27, Letter to Anna Smith from President Sills re: Judge Appleton portrait, 1927 

1 110

1927.36, Three letters from Frank Forbes, donor, to Anna Smith re: ivory elephant, 1927 

1 111

1928.12, Unsigned letter to Mrs. MacVeagh re: "anonymous" donation of $500 for the Etruscan collection, 1928 

1 112

1929.1, Letters from Mrs. Lucien Howe, donor, to "Professor" Walker and Miss Smith re: gifts, 1929 

1 113

1930.1, Letter to Miss Smith re: request for information from Professor Beazley, Sussex, 1929 

1 114

1930.71, Letters to Miss Anna Smith concerning eight charcoals by Sargent, 1930 

1 115

1930.166, Letter to Professor Andrews from curator, New York Public Library, with enclosure re: Millet, 1927 

1 116

1930.206, Packet of letters and newspaper clippings re: Edward Page Mitchell portrait by Salisbury, 1930-1931 

1 117

1930.208, Three letters to Anna Smith from Augustus Moulton re: exchange of portraits, 1929-1930 

1 118

1931.4, Letter to President Sills from Israel Wasburn re: offer of etchings to College, and reply of College, 1931 

1 119

1931.8, Letter to Professor Andrews from Mrs. Edgar Nichols re: portrait, and letter from Professor Andrews to Miss Smith re: shipment, 1931 

1 120

1931.10, Letter to Anna Smith from Mrs. Guy Callender, donor, re: lace veils, 1931 

1 121

1932.5.1-38, Correspondence between Edith Greenwood and Professor Andrews re: donations, 1932, 1935 

1 122

1932.7.D, Correspondence between President Sills, Professor Andrews, and William H. Allen re: President William Allen's watch, 1931-1932 

1 123

1933.6, Correspondence concerning Bowdoin medal, 1933 

1 124

1933.7, Letter to Professor Andrews from Walter Gutman, donor, re: gift of print, n.d. 

1 125

1934.1, Letter to Professor Johnson from A.E. Moore re: solicitation of business, 1889 

1 126

1934.2, Letter to Anna Smith from Bath Trust Company re: bequest, 1933 

1 127

1934.6, Letter to Professor Andrews from William Thomas, with four enclosures, re: ship carved from bone owned by William M. Payson, 1934 

1 128

1935.1, Unsigned note re: opera singer [subject of photograph], n.d. 

1 129

1935.4, Letter to Mrs. John E. Walker from R. W. Andrews, 1925 and letters to Professor Andrews from G.R. McIntire re: bequest of Josepine P. Walker, 1935 

1 130

1935.19, Letter to Edith Boardman, donor, re: chair given to the College and notes concerning the chair, 1935 

1 131

1935.438, Letter to Professor Andrews from William Johnson re: painting, 1935 

1 132

1935.475-476, Letter to Mrs. Sessions from Mary Davies, donor, re: silver shoe buckles, n.d. 

1 133

1936.5, Letter to Mrs. Sessions from Mary Davies re: book on early silver, n.d. 

1 134

1936.6, Letter to Mrs. Sessions from Mary Davies, donor, re: claret warmer and skewer, and reply, 1936 

1 135

1936.10, Letter to President Sills from Mrs. Robert Washburn, donor, re: gift of Japanese prints, with College responses, 1936 

1 136

1936.11, Letter to Professor Andrews from Rebekah Smith, donor, re: Duncan Phyfe table, mirror, and vase, n.d. 

1 137

1936.12, Correspondence between Arthur Parker, Mrs. John H. Payne, and Professor Andrews re: donation of Japanese sword to Bowdoin, 1936 

1 138

1936.16.1, Correspondence between F.K. Detwiller and Bowdoin re: Detwiller's aquatint etchings, 1928, 1930, 1936 

1 139

1937.4, Letter to "Curator" from Mary Davies and Philip Beam's reply re: Edward VIII coronation spoon, 1937 

1 140

1937.7, Correspondence re: gift of Bartlett sculpture to Bowdoin, 1921, 1928-1929, 1937 

1 141

1937.10, Large packet of letters, the bulk to Professor Andrews, re: Sills portrait by Seyffert, 1936-1938 

1 142

1938.4.1-3, Letter to Professor Andrews from Margaret Patterson, donor/artist, re: gift, 1938 

1 143

1938.10, Letters to/from Professor Andrews re: Anna Hyatt Huntington sculpture, 1938 

1 144

1938.12, Correspondence between Professor Andrews, Frederick Lovejoy, and Ella Reed re: Samuel Munson plate, 1938 

1 145

1939.164, Letters to/from Philip Beam re: donation by Mrs. Marshall Slade of painting by Charles Codman, 1939