Philip C. Beam papers

Collection ID:
Beam, Philip C.
circa 1946-circa 1993
Physical Description:
11 Linear feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Mounted photographs of Winslow Homer, his family, his studio at Prout's Neck, Me., and his work; photographic negatives; correspondence files regarding research, exhibitions and publications on Homer, including Philip C. Beam "Personal Recollections of the Museum of Art and the Department of Art at Bowdoin College" (1991); 3 videotapes: "Winslow Homer in Maine" c. WCBB-TV, Lewiston, ME; "Winslow Homer: The Nature of the Artist" c. NGA; "Winslow Homer's Images of Blacks 1861-1878" c. Menil Foundation.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Art historian, educator; Brunswick, Maine. Born 1910. Shortly after arriving at Bowdoin College in 1936, Beam befriended Homer's nephew Charles, his family, and acquaintances and neighbors of the artist, and was given complete access to surviving family papers and memorabilia (given to Bowdoin College in the 1960s and now comprising the Winslow Homer Collection). Beam attended Harvard College (AB 1933, MA 1943, and PhD 1944) and was certified at the Courtauld Institute (1936). His PhD dissertation was "Winslow Homer, 1936-1910, A Biography."

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 1998 by Philip C. Beam.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Video recordings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Homer, Winslow, 1836-1910 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bowdoin College -- Faculty Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bowdoin College, Museum of Art Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
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