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David P. Becker Research Files M313

Title:
David P. Becker research files
ID:
M313
Date [inclusive]:
1983-2007, undated
Extent:
3.0 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
David Becker's research files on printmaking in Maine compiled in the process of writing his book The Imprint of Place: Maine Printmaking 1800-2005, published in conjunction with the Maine Print Project.
Access Restrictions:

Some materials restricted; restrictions noted in container list.

Preferred Citation:

David P. Becker Research Files, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine

David Pillsbury Becker (1947-2010), Bowdoin Class of 1970, was a collector and curator of prints, drawings, and rare books. Becker, worked at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art as an undergraduate, and following graduation served as an assistant curator, acting curator, and registrar at the Museum. He held positions in the Department of Printing and Graphic Arts at the Houghton Library at Harvard, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston where he was the Pamela and Peter Voss Curator of Prints and Drawings, and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard. Becker served Bowdoin College as an overseer (1986-1996) and trustee (1996-1998), and in June 2010, was awarded the Alumni Service Award in recognition of his volunteer service to the College. David Becker died on November 26, 2010.

David Becker's research files on printmaking in Maine compiled in the process of writing his book The Imprint of Place: Maine Printmaking 1800-2005, published in conjunction with the Maine Print Project. Subject files contain course material for a printmaking class taught at Bowdoin College as well as correspondence, background material, notes, and drafts for writing projects, exhibitions, and lectures for the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Frick Collection, among others.

Series Description:

This series contains correspondence, information about artists, print copies of images, and articles collected by Becker for The Imprint of Place: Maine Printmaking 1800-2005. Also included are drafts of portions of the book, drafts of talks given by Becker, exhibition information, and reviews related to the state-wide celebration of printmaking in Maine.

Arrangement:

Arrangement and folder headings established by David Becker.

General Note:

The Imprint of Place: Maine Printmaking 1800-2005 documents the history of Maine prints and the contributions Maine printmaking has made to American art. Published in 2006, it launched "Celebrating 200 Years of Printmaking in Maine," a series of exhibitions, education programs, and symposia about all aspects of Maine printmaking. Organized by the Maine Print Project, a statewide collaboration of twenty-five art museums and non-profit arts institutions, the events marking 200 years of printmaking in Maine took place from August 2006 through February 2007.

Fan letters, 2006-2007, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 1

Correspondence, 2004-2006, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 2

Correspondence - Earle Shettleworth notes and articles, 2002, 2005, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 3

Correspondence - Maine print history: editing design, 2005-2006, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 4

Reviews, publicity, 2005-2007

Box 1 Folder 5-6

Project brochures, 2006

Box 1 Folder 7

Down East Books (includes catalog), 2006

Box 1 Folder 8

Notes, miscellaneous, 2005, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 9-10

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Allen, Judith

Box 1 Folder 11

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Arms, John Taylor

Box 1 Folder 12

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Bacon, Peggy

Box 1 Folder 13

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Barnet, Will

Box 1 Folder 14

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Baskin, Leonard

Box 1 Folder 15

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Beckman, Siri

Box 1 Folder 16

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Bellows, George

Box 1 Folder 17

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Benson, Frank

Box 1 Folder 18

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Berry, Carroll Thayer

Box 1 Folder 19

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Bileck, Marvin

Box 1 Folder 20

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Cambronne, James

Box 1 Folder 21

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Cook, Howard

Box 1 Folder 22

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Cooney-Porter, Barbara

Box 1 Folder 23

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Cornell, Thomas

Box 1 Folder 24

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Dohanos, Stevan

Box 1 Folder 25

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Dougherty, Paul

Box 1 Folder 26

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Drewes, Werner

Box 1 Folder 27

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Driskell, David C.

Box 1 Folder 28

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Eames, John H.

Box 1 Folder 29

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Easton, Linwood

Box 1 Folder 30

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Eby, Kerr

Box 1 Folder 31

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Estes, Richard

Box 1 Folder 32

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Fisher, Jonathan

Box 1 Folder 33

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Fiske, Gertrude

Box 1 Folder 34

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Groce, Susan

Box 1 Folder 35

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Hardy, Pat

Box 1 Folder 36

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Hartley, Marsden

Box 1 Folder 37

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Haskell, Ernest

Box 1 Folder 38

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Hepler, Anna

Box 1 Folder 39

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Herman, Adriane

Box 1 Folder 40

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Hewes, Horace G.

Box 1 Folder 41

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Hewitt, Charles

Box 1 Folder 42

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Hildreth, Alison

Box 1 Folder 43

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Hodsdon, Frances

Box 1 Folder 44

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Hopper, Edward

Box 1 Folder 45

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Hultberg, John

Box 1 Folder 46

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Indiana, Robert

Box 1 Folder 47

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Jacquette, Yvonne

Box 1 Folder 48

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Jensen, Dorothy Hay

Box 1 Folder 49

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Katz, Alex

Box 1 Folder 50

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Kent, Rockwell

Box 1 Folder 51

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Kimball, Charles F.

Box 1 Folder 52

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Kuhn, Walt

Box 1 Folder 53

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Kuniyoshi, Yasuo

Box 1 Folder 54

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Lozowick, Louis

Box 1 Folder 55

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Marin, John

Box 1 Folder 56

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Moran, Emily and Peter

Box 1 Folder 57

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Morang, Alfred

Box 1 Folder 58

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Muench, John

Box 1 Folder 59

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Nevelson, Louise

Box 1 Folder 60

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Nineteenth century publishers and artists - Stinson; Hallett / engravers et al

Box 1 Folder 61

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Patterson, Margaret J.

Box 1 Folder 62

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Peirce, Waldo and Alzira

Box 1 Folder 63

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Porter, Fairfield

Box 1 Folder 64

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Schrag, Karl

Box 1 Folder 65

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Skolfield, Raymond

Box 1 Folder 66

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Staley, Tom

Box 1 Folder 67

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Stephan, Aaron and Scribner, Meghan

Box 1 Folder 68

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Walker, John

Box 1 Folder 69

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Washburn, Cadwallader

Box 1 Folder 70

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Welliver, Neil

Box 1 Folder 71

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Wengenroth, Stow

Box 1 Folder 72

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Woodbury, Charles

Box 1 Folder 73

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Zorach, William and Marguerite

Box 1 Folder 74

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Close possibilities; Maybes

Box 2 Folder 1

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Others (20*)

Box 2 Folder 2

Correspondence, artist information, and print images: Others (Contemp)

Box 2 Folder 3

Correspondence, collection information and print images: Bates College Museum of Art, 2005, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 4

Correspondence, collection information and print images: Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 2005, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 5

Correspondence, collection information and print images: Colby College Museum of Art, 2005-2006, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 6

Correspondence, collection information and print images: John Day, collector, 2005, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 7

Correspondence, collection information and print images: Farnsworth Art Museum, 2004, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 8

Correspondence, collection information and print images: Maine Historical Society, 2005, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 9

Correspondence, collection information and print images: Ogunquit Museum of American Art, 2004, 2005

Box 2 Folder 10

Correspondence, collection information and print images: Portland Museum of Art, 2005, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 11

Correspondence, collection information and print images: University of Maine Museum - Bangor, 2004-2005, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 12

Correspondence, collection information and print images: Maine Print Project - collection inventories, 2005, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 13

Correspondence, collection information and print images: History of collecting - exhibiting

Box 2 Folder 14

Correspondence, collection information and print images: Maine Print Project - related exhibitions 2006

Box 2 Folder 15

The Imprint of Place: Maine Printmaking 1800-2005: Introduction - drafts

Box 2 Folder 16

The Imprint of Place: Maine Printmaking 1800-2005: Bibliography - articles

Box 2 Folder 17

The Imprint of Place: Maine Printmaking 1800-2005: Glossary - samples/drafts

Box 2 Folder 18

The Imprint of Place: Maine Printmaking 1800-2005: Current drafts

Box 2 Folder 19

The Imprint of Place: Maine Printmaking 1800-2005: Checklist

Box 2 Folder 20

The Imprint of Place: Maine Printmaking 1800-2005: Photo orders

Box 2 Folder 21

The Imprint of Place: Maine Printmaking 1800-2005: Images for Maine printmaking history

Box 2 Folder 22

The Imprint of Place: Maine Printmaking 1800-2005: Maine Historical Society exhibit, 2006 Sep-Dec

Box 2 Folder 23

The Imprint of Place: Maine Printmaking 1800-2005: Maine Historical Society talk, Portland, 2006 Sep 28

Box 2 Folder 24

The Imprint of Place: Maine Printmaking 1800-2005: Center for Maine Contemporary Art talk, Rockport, 2006 Oct 21 28

Box 2 Folder 25

The Imprint of Place: Maine Printmaking 1800-2005: Baxter Society talk, Portland, 2006 Sep 13

Box 2 Folder 26

Series Description:

Course material for a 2001 History of Printmaking class taught by David Becker at Bowdoin College, as well as information about his 1994 gift to the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, and material for catalogue entries prepared by Becker for the Baltimore Museum of Art catalogue and for New York's Frick Collection catalogue. Also includes correspondence, notes, printed background material, and drafts for lectures, gallery talks, exhibitions, statements, and articles by Becker.

Arrangement:

Arrangement and folder headings established by David Becker.

Access Restrictions:

Some materials restricted; restrictions noted in container list.

Griffiths review - Print Quarterly, articles and drafts, 2005, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 27

Baltimore Museum of Art catalogue - Odilon Redon, 2004, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 28

Baltimore Museum of Art catalogue - Adolphe Hervier, 2004-2005, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 29

Bowdoin College Museum of Art - Ad Hoc Art Museum Study Group, 2001 Mar

Box 2 Folder 30

Newspaper clipping re: Bowdoin College Museum of Art, "The Portland Phoenix," 2000 Nov 17-23

Box 2 Folder 31

Bowdoin College Museum of Art Executive Advisory Council and reopening committee, 2004-2006, n.d. [RESTRICTED until 2026]

Box 2 Folder 32

Correspondence - miscellaneous, 1986-1989

Box 2 Folder 33

Bowdoin print course - bibliographies

Box 2 Folder 34

Bowdoin History of Printmaking class - lists of prints and books shown, 2001

Box 2 Folder 35

Bowdoin History of Printmaking course - lectures, 2001

Box 2 Folder 36

Bowdoin print course - articles and notes

Box 2 Folder 37

Bowdoin History of Printmaking class - final exam, 2001 Fall

Box 2 Folder 38

Bowdoin History of Graphics course, 2001

Box 2 Folder 39

Bowdoin History of Printmaking class - Special Collections visit, 2001 Oct 10

Box 2 Folder 40

Bowdoin print course - miscellaneous notes and slide copies

Box 2 Folder 41

Frick Collection catalogue correspondence, 1997-2003

Box 2 Folder 42

Frick Collection catalogue - final entries and loose ends, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 43

Frick Collection correspondence, 1986-1998

Box 2 Folder 44

Frick Collection - Albrecht Durer

Box 2 Folder 45

Frick Collection - Anthony Van Dyck

Box 2 Folder 46

Frick Collection - Rembrandt van Rijn

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Frick Collection - Charles Meryon

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Frick Collection - James McNeill Whistler

Box 3 Folder 2

Frick Collection - Jacob Maris

Box 3 Folder 3

Frick Collection - British mezzotinto portraits

Box 3 Folder 4

Frick Collection - British/Cincinnati - Francesco Bartolozzi, Charles Knight

Box 3 Folder 5

Frick Collection - British mezzotints

Box 3 Folder 6

Frick Collection talk - lecture notes, 1993 Mar 24

Box 3 Folder 7

Illustrated books - modern

Box 3 Folder 8

Bowdoin College Museum of Art - Looking at Prints, 1992

Box 3 Folder 9

Trees - correspondence with Josephine Aldridge, exhibition information, notes prints, lists, 1991-2007

Box 3 Folder 10-11

Bowdoin College Museum of Art/1994 D. P. Becker gift

Box 3 Folder 12

Bowdoin College Museum of Art/D. P. Becker show - invites, talk, fan mail, 1995-1996

Box 3 Folder 13

Bowdoin College Museum of Art/D. P. Becker show - catalogue, 1994-1995

Box 3 Folder 14

Bowdoin College Museum of Art - Print collection statement, 1991-1992

Box 3 Folder 15

Art - miscellaneous jobs: Bowdoin College Museum of Art - value and art exchange, 2002 Spring

Box 3 Folder 16

Art - miscellaneous jobs: Bowdoin College Museum of Art - Dante show proposal, 1997

Box 3 Folder 17

Art - miscellaneous jobs: annotation, Bowdoin College library copy of Dirk van Gelder's book re: Rodolphe Bresdin

Box 3 Folder 17a

Art - miscellaneous jobs: Peregrine Press jurying, 2003 Apr 19

Box 3 Folder 18

Art - miscellaneous jobs: Marsden Hartley biography, 2003

Box 3 Folder 19

Art - miscellaneous jobs: Jessica Gandolf essay, 1999-2000

Box 3 Folder 20

Lectures: Leonard Baskin as a Collector, Baxter Society talk, 2001 Jan 10

Box 3 Folder 21

Lectures: Andy Warhol gallery talk, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 2001 Nov 14

Box 3 Folder 22

Lectures: Renaissance Prints and Drawings, Maine College of Art class, 1994 Mar 2

Box 3 Folder 23

Lectures: Baskin Old Master Prints, Bates College, 1992 Nov 12

Box 3 Folder 24

Lectures: "Speaking of Prints," Portland Museum of Art, 1994 Feb 12

Box 3 Folder 25

Lectures: Drawings for prints, Susan Wegner's Drawing class, Bowdoin College, 1994 Nov 9

Box 3 Folder 26

Lectures: Stephen Harvard talk, Baxter Society, Portland, 1993 Apr 14

Box 3 Folder 27

Lectures: Vinalhaven Press, St. Anselm's College, 1993 Dec 2

Box 3 Folder 28

Lectures: Monotype lecture, Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, Maine, 1993 Sep 17

Box 3 Folder 29

Lectures: Introduction of Michael Mazur and Robert Pinsky, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 1997 Jan 29

Box 3 Folder 30

Gallery talks: Meryon gallery talk, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 1990 May

Box 3 Folder 31

Gallery talks - miscellaneous, 1983-1996, n.d.

Box 3 Folder 32

David P. Becker bookplates

Box 3 Folder 33
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