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Winslow Homer and Homer family papers from the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 1846-1954

Winslow Homer and Homer family papers from the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 1846-1954

Homer, Winslow, 1836-1910

Painter, Etcher, Illustrator

Collection Information

Size: 2 microfilm reels.

Summary: Biographical documents; correspondence; notebooks; artworks; scrapbooks; printed material; and photographs; ca. 600 items, total.

Awards and certificates; an address book kept by Homer's brother, Arthur; a biographical sketch of Homer by his nephew; correspondence, including letters, some illustrated, from Homer to his family and others, describing daily activities, his health, and his work; letters from Potter Palmer, Thomas B. Clarke, and John Beatty, and family correspondence which mentions Homer; 2 notebooks, containing notes and sketches; sketches and cartoons; 18 watercolors of plants, birds, and insects by Homer's mother; scrapbooks, containing photos of Homer, his studio, reproductions, clippings, a script and related material comparing Whistler and Homer for a radio program; catalogs; an album containing 60 annotated reproductions of artwork; printed material; Homer's Civil War pass; a contract between C. Klackner and Homer regarding the sale of etchings; receipts for sales; an inventory of the collection of Mrs. Charles S. Homer, Jr.; photos of Homer family members, Homer, his friends, and their surroundings in Prout's Neck, Me.; and miscellany.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter, illustrator; New York, N.Y. and Prouts Neck, Me. Illustrator for Harper's Weekly; artist-correspondent during Civil War; moved to Prouts Neck, Me., 1884.


Lent for microfilming 1983 by Bowdoin College Museum of Art. The Museum received the material from Homer's descendants in 1964.

Location of Originals

  • Originals in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Microfilm reels 2932-2933 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce requires written permission from: Director, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Me. 04011

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.