Philip C. Beam papers, circa 1946-circa 1993

Beam, Philip C. (Philip Conway), b. 1910 d. 2005
Educator, Art historian
Active in Brunswick, Me.

Collection size: 11.0 linear feet

Collection Summary: 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 Note: 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."

Donated 1998 by Philip C. Beam.

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