Boston Art Commission records

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.bostart
Creators:
Boston Art Commission
Boston Public Library
Dates:
1890-1959
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
9 Microfilm reels
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Commission charter, "Act to Create an Art Commission for the City of Boston," 1890; handwritten minutes of staff meetings, 1890-1959; annual reports and related correspondence, 1899-1953; minutes of a joint meeting of the Boston Art Commission, the Park and Recreation Commission, and the City Planning Board, 1914; 3 files maintained by the Boston Art Commission: monument files, 1890-1957, regarding the signing, erecting, and restoring of monuments, including estimates, proposals, contracts, sketches, printed materials, and photographs; operating and general files, 1890-1957, on statues, tablets, busts, paintings, monuments, and memorials in Boston public schools, Faneuil Hall and others locales; correspondence files, 1895-1953, for Boston Public Art Under the Curatorship of the Boston Public Library; 3 clippings, 1934-1947; and 2 brochures, "Some Statues of Boston," 1946, and "Other Statues of Boston," 1947, by Allan Forbes and Ralph M. Eastman.
Scope and Contents
Correspondents included among the monument, general, correspondence files include members of the Boston Art Commission, mayors of Boston, sculptors, and architects. Among the correspondents are Herbert Adams, Thomas Allen, Paul Bartlett, Robert Bellows, Patrick Collins (mayor), John Templeman Coolidge, James M. Curley (mayor), George Harold Edgell, Daniel Chester French, Henry Hudson Kitson, Alexander W. Longfellow, Charles D. Maginnis, J. Harleston Parker, Josiah Quincy (mayor), Arthur Shurtleff, C. Howard Walker, Samuel D. Warren, and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The Boston Art Commission was founded in 1890.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
35mm microfilm reels 3134 through 3144 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.
Author
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Lent for microfilming by the City of Boston, Boston Art Commission, 1984.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.
Citation
Boston Art Commission records, 1890-1959. Owned by the City of Boston, Boston Art Commission. Filmed by the Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art.

Other Finding Aids
Other Finding Aids
Lists of Monument, General, and Correspondence files are available in all Archives of American Art offices.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Monuments -- Massachusetts -- Boston Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
statues -- Massachusetts -- Boston Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Busts -- Massachusetts -- Boston Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fountains -- Massachusetts -- Boston Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art commissions -- Massachusetts Function Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Adams, Herbert, 1858-1945 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Allen, Thomas, 1849-1924 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bartlett, Paul, 1881-1965 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bellows, Robert Peabody, 1877-1957 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Collins, Patrick Andrew, 1844-1905 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Coolidge, J. Templeman (John Templeman), 1888-1945 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Curley, James Michael, 1874-1958 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Edgell, George Harold, b. 1887 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
French, Daniel Chester, 1850-1931 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kitson, Henry Hudson, 1863?-1947 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Longfellow, Alexander W., 1854-1934 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Maginnis, Charles Donagh, 1867-1955 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Parker, J. Harleston, 1873-1930 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Quincy, Josiah, 1802-1882 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Shurcliff, Arthur A. (Arthur Asahel), 1870-1957 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Walker, C. Howard (Charles Howard), 1857-1936 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Warren, Samuel Dennis, 1852-1910 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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