Louis Bouché papers, 1880-2007

Bouché, Louis George, b. 1896 d. 1969
Painter, Muralist, Educator, Interior designer
Active in New York, N.Y.; Old Chatham, N.Y.

Collection size: 5.9 linear feet

Collection Summary: The papers of painter and muralist Louis Bouché measure 5.7 linear feet and date from 1880 to 2007. Found within the papers are biographical material; personal correspondence, including correspondence from the extended Bouché family; writings; financial records; printed material; four scrapbooks; artwork; and photographs of Bouché, his family and friends, and his work.

Biographical material consists of family certificates and Bouché's curriculum vitae.

The bulk of the correspondence consists of letters from Bouché's father to his mother, and of letters addressed to his daughter, Jane. These include letters Louis and Marian wrote to Jane, along with letters from her first husband, William Pène du Bois, during the early days of their courtship and marriage. The handful of letters directly addressed to Louis and Marian include correspondence from Peggy Bacon and Katherine Schmidt.

Writings include drafts of Bouché's autobiography, eight journals kept by Marian Bouché detailing their travels in the United States and abroad, four reminiscences of Bouché written by others, and a poem written by Peggy Bacon.

Personal business records consist of two ledger books, lists, and receipts documenting inventory and records of sales.

Printed material consists of clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, and periodicals related to Bouché's work. There are also three books from Bouché's personal library and exhibition announcements and catalogs from Walt Kuhn's Penguin Club and Wanamaker's Gallery.

Two scrapbooks include clippings, photographs, and printed material related to Bouché's career. One scrapbook includes material related to the extended Bouché family, and one scrapbook consists of reproductions of works of art by modern French artists.

There are ten photograph albums. three are of Louis, Marian, and Jane; three are of Jane and her family; and four are of Louis' parents and sister's family. There are also loose prints and negatives of Bouché, his family and friends, and works of art.

Artwork consists of sketches and drawings by Louis, Jane, Henri, and Ernest Bouché. Additional sketches by Peggy Bacon, Alexander Brook, Jo Davidson, and Reginald Marsh are also included.

Biographical/Historical Note: Louis Bouché (1896-1969) was a painter, muralist, and educator who lived and worked in New York City.

A portion of the Louis Bouché papers were loaned for microfilming and subsequently donated by the artist and his wife in 1963 and 1972-1973. Additions were donated by Bouché's daughter, Jane Bouché Strong, in several accretions dating from 1978 to 1988. In 2011, Anne Strong, Jane B. Strong's executor, donated additional materials to the Archives of American Art.

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Also found in the Archives of American Art are two oral history interviews with Louis BouchÔe, one conducted by John Morse, August 7, 1959, and another by William Woolfenden on March 13, 1963.