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Max Bohm papers, 1873-1970, bulk 1880-1959

Max Bohm papers, 1873-1970, bulk 1880-1959

Bohm, Max, 1868-1923


Collection Information

Size: 5.6 linear feet

Summary: The papers of painter Max Bohm measure 5.6 linear feet and date from 1873-1970, with the bulk of the material dating from 1880-1959. Biographical material includes a file concerning the Provincetown artist's club The Beachcombers. Also found within the papers is detailed family correspondence, as well as general correspondence that includes exchanges with patron Mary Beecher Longyear and dealer William Macbeth. Also found are scattered business records; five diaries written by Bohm's wife Zella; other notes and writings; art work including sketchbooks, loose drawings, and oil paintings; printed material; and photographs of Bohm, his family, and colleagues including artists attending a Salmagundi dinner. There is also a motion picture film, "Six Foot Art, in Which Max Bohm, Member of the National Academy Tells How He Does It."

Biographical/Historical Note

Max Bohm (1868-1923) was a painter in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Max Bohm was born on January 21, 1868, in Cleveland, Ohio. He began his study of art in 1887 and studied in artist communities in Brittany and in Paris at the Academie Julian with Boulanger, Lefebvre, and Benjamin Constant. He and his family spent the next several decades moving between France, England, and various places in the U.S. Eventually, they settled in Bronxville, New York and had a cottage in Provincetown, Massachussets, where Bohm died on September 19, 1923.


The Max Bohm papers were donated in two installments in 1972 by Esther Locke and Elizabeth Schwarz, the artist's daughters.

Related Materials

Separated materials: Biographical material, scattered letters, notes and writings, drawings, clippings, exhibition catalogs, booklets, a scrapbook, and photographs of Bohm, his family, colleagues, and residences were loaned for microfilming in 1972 and returned to the lender. Loaned materials are available on microfilm reels 420-421 and for interlibrary loan, but are not described in the container listing of the finding aid. The "Six Foot Art" film was also transferred from the original in the 1970s to to 16mm and 35mm film reels, but the original is not in the collection.


Funding for the digitization of this collection was provided by The Walton Family Foundation and the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Location of Originals

  • Reels 420-421: Originals returned to Kathryn Locke after microfilming.

Additional Forms Available

The bulk of the collection was digitized in 2017 and is available on the Archives of American Art's website. Materials which have not been scanned include blank pages, blank versos of photographs, and duplicates. In some cases, exhibition catalogs and other publications have had their covers, title pages, and relevant pages scanned.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center.

How to Cite This Collection

Max Bohm papers, 1873-1970, bulk 1880-1959. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Digitization Note

This site provides access to the papers of Max Bohm in the Archives of American Art that were digitized in 2017, and total 9,650 images.