Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Title
David P. Becker Research Files, 1983-2007, undated
ID
M313
Date [inclusive]
1983-2007
Extent
3.0 linear feet.
Language

Preferred Citation

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


Biographical/Historical Note

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.


Scope and Content

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.


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

Some materials restricted; restrictions noted in container list.


Collection Inventory

M313.1: Research Files on Printmaking in Maine, 2002-2007, n.d.   1.5 linear feet.

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.

Box Folder
1 1

Fan letters, 2006-2007, n.d. 

1 2

Correspondence, 2004-2006, n.d. 

1 3

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

1 4

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

1 5-6

Reviews, publicity, 2005-2007 

1 7

Project brochures, 2006 

1 8

Down East Books (includes catalog), 2006 

1 9-10

Notes, miscellaneous, 2005, n.d. 

1 11

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

1 12

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

1 13

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

1 14

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

1 15

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

1 16

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

1 17

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

1 18

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

1 19

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

1 20

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

1 21

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

1 22

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

1 23

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

1 24

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

1 25

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

1 26

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

1 27

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

1 28

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

1 29

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

1 30

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

1 31

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

1 32

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

1 33

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

1 34

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

1 35

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

1 36

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

1 37

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

1 38

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

1 39

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

1 40

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

1 41

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

1 42

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

1 43

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

1 44

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

1 45

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

1 46

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

1 47

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

1 48

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

1 49

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

1 50

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

1 51

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

1 52

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

1 53

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

1 54

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

1 55

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

1 56

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

1 57

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

1 58

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

1 59

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

1 60

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

1 61

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

1 62

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

1 63

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

1 64

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

1 65

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

1 66

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

1 67

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

1 68

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

1 69

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

1 70

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

1 71

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

1 72

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

1 73

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

1 74

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

2 1

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

2 2

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

2 3

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

2 4

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

2 5

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

2 6

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

2 7

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

2 8

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

2 9

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

2 10

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

2 11

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

2 12

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

2 13

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

2 14

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

2 15

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

2 16

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

2 17

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

2 18

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

2 19

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

2 20

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

2 21

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

2 22

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

2 23

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

2 24

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

2 25

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

2 26

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


M313.2: Subject Files, 1983-2007, n.d.   1.5 linear feet.

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.

Box Folder
2 27

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

2 28

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

2 29

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

2 30

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

2 31

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

2 32

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

2 33

Correspondence - miscellaneous, 1986-1989 

2 34

Bowdoin print course - bibliographies 

2 35

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

2 36

Bowdoin History of Printmaking course - lectures, 2001 

2 37

Bowdoin print course - articles and notes 

2 38

Bowdoin History of Printmaking class - final exam, 2001 Fall 

2 39

Bowdoin History of Graphics course, 2001 

2 40

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

2 41

Bowdoin print course - miscellaneous notes and slide copies 

2 42

Frick Collection catalogue correspondence, 1997-2003 

2 43

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

2 44

Frick Collection correspondence, 1986-1998 

2 45

Frick Collection - Albrecht Durer 

2 46

Frick Collection - Anthony Van Dyck 

2 47

Frick Collection - Rembrandt van Rijn 

3 1

Frick Collection - Charles Meryon 

3 2

Frick Collection - James McNeill Whistler 

3 3

Frick Collection - Jacob Maris 

3 4

Frick Collection - British mezzotinto portraits 

3 5

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

3 6

Frick Collection - British mezzotints 

3 7

Frick Collection talk - lecture notes, 1993 Mar 24 

3 8

Illustrated books - modern 

3 9

Bowdoin College Museum of Art - Looking at Prints, 1992 

3 10-11

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

3 12

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

3 13

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

3 14

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

3 15

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

3 16

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

3 17

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

3 17a

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

3 18

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

3 19

Art - miscellaneous jobs: Marsden Hartley biography, 2003 

3 20

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

3 21

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

3 22

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

3 23

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

3 24

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

3 25

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

3 26

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

3 27

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

3 28

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

3 29

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

3 30

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

3 31

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

3 32

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

3 33

David P. Becker bookplates