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Carl Bohnen papers, 1888-1977

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 8 series. Each series is arranged chronologically, with the exception of Series 8: Photographs. Glass plate negatives are housed separately and closed to researchers.

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Series 1: Biographical Material , 1898-1952
2 Folders
Box 1

Biographical material includes miscellaneous Bohnen family histories and chronologies, Bohnen's marriage certificate, school transcripts, and a copy of his burial certificate.
Description Container Select
Bohnen Family Histories and Chronologies, undated
1
1
Calling Card, Marriage Certificate, School Transcripts, and Burial Certificate, 1898-1952, undated
1
2

Series 2: Correspondence , 1892-1977
0.5 Linear feet
Box 1

Family correspondence consists of letters exchanged between Bohnen, his wife, siblings, and children. Also included are condolence letters received by the family following Bohnen's death. General correspondence is with colleagues including Carl Von Marr, and portrait clients including Constance Collier, John Erskine, Edna Ferber, and Frank B. Kellogg.
Family correspondence is filed chronologically before General correspondence, which is also chronological. Undated letters are filed by surname.
Description Container Select
Family Correspondence, undated
1
3
Family Correspondence, 1892
1
4
Family Correspondence, 1893
(2 folders)
1
5-6
Family Correspondence, 1894-1897
1
7
Family Correspondence, 1899
1
8
Family Correspondence, 1902-1919
1
9
Family Correspondence, 1923-1924
1
10
Family Correspondence, 1928
(2 folders)
1
11-12
Family Correspondence, 1930
1
13
Family Correspondence, 1931
(2 folders)
1
14-15
Family Correspondence, 1932
1
16
Family Correspondence, 1934
(2 folders)
1
17-18
Family Correspondence, 1935
1
19
Family Correspondence, 1936
(2 folders)
1
20-21
Family Correspondence, 1937
(2 folders)
1
22-23
Family Correspondence, 1938
(2 folders)
1
24-25
Family Correspondence, 1939
(2 folders)
1
26-27
Family Correspondence, 1940
1
28
Family Correspondence, 1941
1
29
Family Correspondence, 1944
1
30
Family Correspondence, 1945
1
31
Family Correspondence, 1947-1948
1
32
Family Correspondence, 1951
1
33
Undated General Correspondence from Individuals with Unknown Surnames, undated
1
34
Undated General Correspondence from Individuals with Surnames "A"-"C,", undated
1
35
Undated General Correspondence from Individuals with Surnames "D"-"Z,", undated
1
36
General Correspondence, 1892-1898
1
37
General Correspondence, 1910-1911
1
38
General Correspondence, 1912-1919
1
39
General Correspondence, 1922-1923
1
40
General Correspondence, 1924
1
41
General Correspondence, 1925-1926
1
42
General Correspondence, 1927
1
43
General Correspondence, 1928
1
44
General Correspondence, 1929
1
45
General Correspondence, 1930
1
46
General Correspondence, 1931
(2 folders)
1
47-48
General Correspondence, 1932
(3 folders)
1
49-51
General Correspondence, 1933
1
52
General Correspondence, 1934
1
53
General Correspondence, 1935
(3 folders)
1
54-56
General Correspondence, 1936
1
57
General Correspondence, 1937
1
58
General Correspondence, 1938-1939
1
59
General Correspondence, 1940-1951
1
60
General Correspondence, 1952
(3 folders)
1
61-63
General Correspondence, 1970
1
64
General Correspondence, 1971-1977
1
65

Series 3: Business Records , 1914-1952
10 Folders
Box 1

Business records include a contract for financing backing of artistic activities, insurance records, miscellaneous receipts, and a file concerning Bohnen's injuries on an American Airlines flight.
Description Container Select
Contract for Financing Artistic Activities, 1935
1
66
Insurance Records, 1933-1939
(4 folders)
1
67-70
File Concerning Bohnen's Accident on American Airlines, 1951-1952
(2 folders)
1
71-72
Miscellaneous Medical Records, 1951-1952
(2 folders)
1
73-74
Miscellaneous Receipts, 1914-1935
1
75

Series 4: Artwork , 1900-1935
8 Folders
Box 1

Artwork consists of a sketchbook, miscellaneous sketches, hand-lettered signs for Bohnen's portrait business, etchings by Bohnen and others, a bronze plaque displaying a self-portrait of Bohnen, and etching plates.
Description Container Select
Sketchbook, circa 1900
1
76
Miscellaneous Sketches, undated
1
77
Hand-Lettered Signs, 1927, undated
1
78
Etchings by Bohnen and Others, 1935, undated
1
79
Bronze Plaque Portrait of Bohnen, 1916
1
80
Zinc Etching Plate, undated
1
81
Copper Etching Plates, undated
(2 folders)
1
82-83

Series 5: Notes and Writings , 1917-1974
8 Folders
Box 1

This series includes miscellaneous notes, typescripts of speeches, plays, and poems, and miscellaneous writings.
Description Container Select
Miscellaneous Notes, 1928-1974
(2 folders)
1
84-85
Typescript of Speech about Dr. Ridlon, undated
1
86
Typescript of Speech "The Statesmen of Europe Will Be Forced to Make Peace,", 1917
1
87
Typescripts of Plays, circa 1935
1
88
Miscellaneous Poems, undated
1
89
Copy of Chapter 13 of Book The Last Round Up by Harry Johnston, undated
1
90
Miscellaneous Writings by Others, undated
1
91

Series 6: Scrapbooks , 1904-1962
15 Folders
Boxes 1-2, OV 5

Three dismantled scrapbooks of clippings document events in Bohnen's career as a portrait painter.
Description Container Select
Scrapbook 1, 1904-1962
(11 folders)
1
92-102
Scrapbook 2, 1913-1928
(2 folders; see also OV 5)
2
1-2
Scrapbook 3, 1914-1952
2
3
Oversized Pages of Scrapbook 2, 1913-1928
OV 5

Series 7: Printed Material , 1907-1977
19 Folders
Boxes 2, 4

Printed material consists of clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, reproductions of artwork, and miscellaneous printed material.
Description Container Select
Clippings, undated
2
4
Clippings, 1907-1917
2
5
Clippings, 1920-1921
2
6
Clippings, 1925-1926
2
7
Clippings, 1927-1929
2
8
Clippings, 1930-1931
2
9
Clippings, 1933-1939
2
10
Clippings, 1940-1947
2
11
Clippings, 1952-1977
2
12
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1921-1928, undated
2
13
Reproductions of Artwork by Bohnen, undated
(3 folders; see also Box 4)
2
14-16
Reproductions of Artwork by Others, 1932, undated
2
17
Programs, 1936, undated
2
18
Booklets, 1942, undated
2
19
Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1943, undated
2
20
Oversized Reproductions of Portraits by Bohnen, undated
(2 folders)
4 (sol)

Series 8: Photographs , 1888-1951
1.5 Linear feet
Boxes 2-4, 6

Photo Album 1 contains photographs of Bohnen, family members, colleagues, and scattered printed material. Photo Album 2 contains photographs of artwork. Other photographs are of Bohnen at his easel, family members, colleagues including sculptor Paul Dubois in his studio, artist Grace Neal, and views of Paris including street scenes, café scenes, and the funeral procession of General Foch. There are also photographs of Native American models in ceremonial headdresses, photographs of clients including Sarah Bernhardt, William Jennings Bryan, Enrico Caruso, Fritz Feld, Mary Garden, and Helen Hayes, and photographs of artwork. Glass plate negatives are housed separately and closed to researchers.
Photographs of Clients and the Photographs of Portraits of Clients, are arranged alphabetically.
Glass plate negatives have been digitized.
Description Container Select
Photograph Album 1, 1888-1951
(5 folders)
2
21-25
Photograph Album 2, undated
(3 folders)
2
26-28
Photographs of Carl, Bohnen, 1940, undated
(3 folders)
2
29-31
Photographs of Family Members, Colleagues, and Unidentified Individuals, 1925-1936, undated
2
32
Photographs of Miscellaneous Views of Paris, 1929-1933, undated
(4 folders)
2
33-36
Photographs of Native American Models, undated
(see also Box 3, F21)
2
37
Photographs of Unidentified Female Clients, 1936, undated
(3 folders)
2
38-40
Photographs of Unidentified Male Clients, undated
(3 folders)
2
41-43
Photographs of Clients Miss Alexander and Mrs. Alfring, undated
2
44
Photographs of Clients Vicki Baum and John Golden, 1933
2
45
Photograph of Client Sarah Bernhardt, undated
2
46
Photographs of Client William Jennings Bryan, undated
2
47
Photograph of Client Pierce Butler, undated
2
48
Photographs of Client Enrico Caruso, 1921, undated
2
49
Photographs of Clients Mrs. Clark, Dr. Cook, and William Cosgrave, undated
2
50
Photographs of Clients Mrs. Cunningham and Her Daughter, undated
2
51
Photographs of Client Fritz Feld, 1926, undated
2
52
Photographs of Clients Miner Gallup and Mary Garden, 1912-1924
(see also Box 4)
2
53
Photographs of Client Helen Hayes, undated
2
54
Photographs of Client Miss Hope, 1937
2
55
Photographs of Clients Ferdinand Inetz, Isabel Irving, and Edward Johnson, 1913, undated
2
56
Photographs of Client Frank B. Kellogg, undated
2
57
Photographs of Client Mrs. Kenney, undated
2
58
Photographs of Clients the S. F. King Family, 1937, undated
(4 folders)
2
59-62
Photographs of Clients Andrews Lang and Anton Lang, 1922, undated
2
63
Photographs of Clients Mr. and Mrs. Little, undated
2
64
Photographs of Clients Mr. Miranda, Miss Marlow, Riccardo Martin, Mr. Mather, John McCutcheon, Frank McNally, and Cardinal Mundelein, 1911, undated
2
65
Photographs of Client Governor Floyd Olson, 1930-1933
2
66
Photographs of Clients Mrs. Mulroony Olson and L. P. Ordway, undated
2
67
Photographs of Clients Mildred Potter, Francis Reitz, and Mr. and Miss Shimoneck, undated
2
68
Photographs of Client Ernestine Schumann-Heink, undated
2
69
Photographs of Clients Dr. Wieland, Benno Ziegler, and L. Ziegler, 1923, undated
2
70
Photographs of Miscellaneous Portraits, undated
2
71
Photographs of Portraits of Unidentified Women, undated
(5 folders; see also Box 3, F22)
2
72-76
Photographs of Portraits of Unidentified Men, undated
(5 folders; see also Box 3, F23)
2
77-81
Photographs of Portraits with Client Surnames "A,", undated
2
82
Photographs of Portraits with Client Surnames "B,", undated
2
83
Photographs of Portraits with Client Surnames "C,", undated
2
84
Photographs of Portraits with Client Surnames "D,", undated
2
85
Photographs of Portraits with Client Surnames "E,", undated
(see also Box 4
2
86
Photographs of Portraits with Client Surnames "F,", undated
2
87
Photographs of Portraits with Client Surnames "G,", 1912, undated
(2 folders)
2
88-89
Photographs of Portraits with Client Surnames "H,", 1942, undated
(2 folders)
2
90-91
Photographs of Portraits with Client Surnames "I"-"J,", undated
3 (hol)
1
Photographs of Portraits with Client Surnames "K,", 1937, undated
(2 folders)
3 (hol)
2-3
Photographs of Portraits with Client Surnames "L,", undated
(2 folders)
3 (hol)
4-5
Photographs of Portraits with Client Surnames "M,", undated
(2 folders)
3 (hol)
6-7
Photographs of Portraits with Client Surnames "N,", undated
3 (hol)
8
Photographs of Portraits with Client Surnames "O,", undated
3 (hol)
9
Photographs of Portraits with Client Surnames "P,", undated
3 (hol)
10
Photographs of Portraits with Client Surnames "R,", undated
3 (hol)
11
Photographs of Portraits with Client Surnames "S,", undated
(2 folders)
3 (hol)
12-13
Photographs of Portraits with Client Surnames "T,", undated
3 (hol)
14
Photographs of Portraits with Client Surnames "W,", undated
3 (hol)
15
Photographs of Miscellaneous Artwork, undated
(5 folders; see also Box 3, F24)
3 (hol)
16-20
Glass Plate Negatives , undated
27 glass negatives
Includes Native American models, portraits of unidentified men and women, and artwork.
6
Oversized Photographs of Mary Garden and of Edward, Prince of Wales, 1924, undated
4 (sol)

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  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
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