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Mathilde Q. Beckmann diaries, 1941-1974

Beckmann, Mathilde Q., 1904-1986



Collection Information

Size: 5 Microfilm reels, 42 volumes on 5 microfilm reels

Summary: The microfilmed Mathilde Q. Beckmann diaries contain information about Mathilde Beckmann's husband, Max Beckmann, some sketches, and photographs.

Biographical/Historical Note

Mathilde Q. Beckmann (1904-1986) was a German singer and the second wife of painter Max Beckmann. Beckmann was portrayed in many of her husband's works and she administered his estate after his death.


Lent 1977 by Mathilde Beckmann.

Related Materials

The Archives of American Art also holds the Legal records relating to the estate of Mathilde Beckmann, circa 1959-1997 and the Max Beckmann papers, 1917-1954.

Language Note

Some diaries are in German.

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to lender, Mathilde Q. Beckmann, after microfilming.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reels 1250-1254 availablein all Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

How to Cite This Collection

Mathilde Q. Beckmann diaries, 1941-1974. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.