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Philip C. Beam papers (M010)

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Title:
Philip C. Beam papers
Creator:
Beam, Philip C.
ID:
M010
Date [inclusive]:
1929-2001, undated
Extent:
2.0 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
Papers of Philip C. Beam including writings, photographs, news clippings, correspondence, diplomas and certificates, and ephemera, principally from late in his career; the bulk of the collection relates to Beam's writings about Winslow Homer.
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Philip C. Beam Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine.

Philip Conway Beam was born in Dallas, Texas, on October 7, 1910. He earned his bachelor's, master's and doctorate at Harvard University. Beam joined the Bowdoin faculty in 1936 as curator of the art collections and instructor in the department of art, becoming director of Bowdoin's Museum of Art (1939-1964) and professor of art (1949-1982). In 1967 Beam was named curator of the Museum of Art's Winslow Homer collection, and after his retirement as a faculty member he remained at Bowdoin through the summer of 1983 as honorary curator of the collection. He was the author of many books on art history including Winslow Homer at Prout's Neck and Winslow Homer's magazine engravings. In 1976, a lecture room in Bowdoin's Visual Arts Center was dedicated to Beam and he received the Bowdoin Alumni Council's Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff. Beam was married on August 8, 1939, to Frances Merriman. They had a son, Christopher, and a daughter, Rebecca. Beam died on December 25, 2005.

Papers of Philip C. Beam including writings, photographs, news clippings, correspondence, diplomas and certificates, and ephemera, principally from late in his career. The bulk of the collection relates to Beam's authorship of Winslow Homer at Prout's Neck and Winslow Homer's Magazine Engravings; other materials reflect his Bowdoin College activities and his involvement with the Brunswick, Maine,Town and College Club; also includes family history materials.

Organized into three series: Winslow Homer's Magazine Engravings; Winslow Homer at Prout's Neck; Miscellaneous, 1929-2001

Related Collections: The Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. has a collection titled "Philip C. Beam Papers, c. 1946- c. 1993," which includes Beam's research files regarding Winslow Homer

Series Description:

Typescript draft with corrections, illustrations, and other materials relating to Beam's publication, Winslow Homer's Magazine Engravings (N.Y.: Harper & Row, 1979).

Typescript with manuscript corrections

Volume-folio 1

Typescript with manuscript corrections

Volume-folio 2

Illustrations

Volume 3

Dust Jacket

Box 1 Folder 1

Notes

Box 1 Folder 2

Notes

Box 1 Folder 3

Notes

Box 1 Folder 4

Notes

Box 1 Folder 5

Notes

Box 1 Folder 6

Notes

Box 1 Folder 7

Notes

Box 1 Folder 8

Notes

Box 1 Folder 9

Notes

Box 1 Folder 10

Notes

Box 1 Folder 11

Notes

Box 1 Folder 12

Notes: Checklist, Style, Technique, Themes, & Subjects

Box 1 Folder 13

Notes: Chronology

Box 1 Folder 14

Notes: Design, Compositions and Aesthetic Content

Box 1 Folder 15

Notes: Engravers of W.H. Designs

Box 1 Folder 16

Notes: Homer Engravings

Box 1 Folder 17

Notes: Introduction

Box 1 Folder 18

Notes: Magazine Chronology

Box 1 Folder 19

Notes: Names of Magazines w/W.H. Engravings

Box 1 Folder 20

Notes: Selected Bibliography

Box 1 Folder 21

Photographs

Box 1 Folder 22

Review in Smithsonian, January 1980

Box 1 Folder 23

Series Description:

Typescript drafts with corrections, illustrations, correspondence, and other materials relating to Beam's 1966 publication, Winslow Homer at Prout's Neck (Brunswick, Me.: Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 1966).

Typescript with manuscript corrections

Volume 1

"Illustrations" 1st draft

Volume 2

"Illustrations: figures 1 through 92"

Volume 3

"W.H. pp. 505 to 586, Bibl." (Chapter VIII)

Volume 4

Credits

Volume 5

Typescript with manuscript corrections, 1965

Volume 6

Index, TS w/ MS corrections

Box 1 Folder 24

Series Description:

Miscellaneous materials including diplomas, photographs, correspondence, and clippings. Includes a Bowdoin College Reunion talk from 1993, "The Offer of Bowdoin College," and materials concerning the Town and College Club.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Alumni Service Award, Fall 1976

Box 1 Folder 25

Articles and Book Reviews about Beam

Box 1 Folder 26

Birth, Death, Financial Records Correspondence

Box 1 Folder 27

Correspondence

Box 1 Folder 28

Diploma, University City Senior High School, 1929

Box 1 Folder 29

Harvard Correspondence and 1933 Commencement Program

Box 1 Folder 30

Marriage and 50th Anniversary of Philip and Francis Beam

Box 1 Folder 31

"The Offer of Bowdoin College," talk given in Chapel 5 Jun 1993, at 50th Reunion of class of 1943

Box 1 Folder 32

Photographs

Box 1 Folder 34

Town and College Club Materials, 2000-2001

Box 1 Folder 35

B.A. Harvard, 1933 M.A. Harvard, 1943 Ph.D. Harvard, 1944

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