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Martha Codman Karolik Manuscript Collection, 1856-1964

Date

1856-1964, undated

Location Note

HGO-O2-105-A-I-103

GUSN

GUSN-333187

Browse Collection

Description

This collection was gathered by Martha Codman Karolik and contains several objects related to herself and her family. It is comprised of notebooks containing newspaper clippings gathered by her mother; manuscript material such as correspondence, empty envelopes, an autograph book, her great-great-grandmother's diary, and other objects. The collection also includes books on the extensive collection of American art that she and her husband donated to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, and the transcript of the judgment of her father's will.

Details

Descriptive Terms

art museums (buildings)
clippings (information artifacts)
philanthropy
legal files
signatures (names)
hardcover books
textbooks
autograph albums
signatures (names)
letters (correspondence)
pamphlets
clippings (information artifacts)
diaries
tickets
poster stamps
envelopes
postcards
booklets
auction catalogs
transcripts

Physical Description

2.17 linear feet (2 boxes)

Finding Aid Info

An electronic finding aid is available through Historic New England's Collections Access Portal. A paper finding aid is available in the Library & Archives.

Custodial History

This collection was donated by an anonymous donor.

Collection Code

MS060

Collection Name

Martha Codman Karolik Manuscript Collection, 1856-1964

Reference Code

MS060

Abstract

This collection comprises a series of objects related to Martha Codman Karolik's family comprised by herself.

Places

Manhattan (New York City, New York state) [borough]
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Newport county (Rhode Island) [county]
Washington (DC)

Record Details

Originator

Karolik, Martha Catherine Codman

Material Type

hardcover books
textbooks
autograph albums
signatures (names)
letters (correspondence)
pamphlets
clippings (information artifacts)
diaries
tickets
poster stamps
envelopes
postcards
booklets
auction catalogs
transcripts

Other People

Karolik, Martha Catherine Codman
Karolik, Maxim
Codman, John Amory, 1824-1886
Amory, John, Mrs.
Otis, Harrison Gray, Mrs.

Other Organizations

Museum of Fine Arts
The Parrish Art Museum
American Committee for Armenian and Syrian Relief
Parke-Bernet Galleries Inc.

Subjects

American Art
Museum
Newspaper clippings
Philanthropy
Legal material
Autographs
American Committee for Armenian and Syrian Relief

Restrictions

This collection is available for research.

Restrictions

The larger notebook containing newspaper clippings requires handling with an archivist supervision.
There are no technical restrictions on this collection.

Description Level

Collection

Location Note

HGO-O2-105-A-I-103

Accruals Note

Acruals are not expected.

Language Note

Materials are in English and Italian.

Preferred Citation

Item identification. Box #, folder #. Martha Codman Karolik Manuscript Collection (MS060). Historic New England, Library & Archives.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Diana Beltrao de Macedo, November/2018

Rules and Conventions

This finding aid is Second Edition DACS-compliant

Related Items

John Codman (1898-1989) family papers
Codman family papers

Historical/Biographical Note

Historical/Biographical Note

Martha Catherine Codman Karolik was born in 1858 in Boston, MA. Daughter of John Amory Codman and Martha Codman, she was a member of a prestigious Massachusetts family. She was a philanthropist and a collector of American art. Her involvement with art began shortly after the turn of the 20th century when she began to gather her family's papers and objects.
In 1927, she met her future husband, Maxim Karolik, when he performed at a dinner party at her Washington DC home. He was a Russian immigrant who came to America to study music. Martha was 72 and he was 35 years old when they married. Together, they expanded her collection of 18th and 19th century American art. They donated most of the collection to the Museum of Fine Arts of Boston in 1938, a collection so big that the MFA had to build a new wing to accomodate the objects.
Martha Karolik died in 1948 in Newport, RI at the Bellevue House which was designed for her by her cousin Ogden Codman, Jr.

Sources


Troyen, C. (1993). The Incomparable Max: Maxim Karolik and the Taste for American Art. American Art, 7(3),64-87.
Baretski, C. A. (1953). The Karolik Collection of American Paintings. College Art Journals, 12(3), 261-269.
(1948, April 22). Ms. Karolik, 92, Art Patron, Dies. The New York Times.
O'Gorman, J. F. (Ed.). (2010). Drawing Toward Home: Designs for Domestic Architecture from Historic New England. Boston, MA: Historic New England.

Material in Other Collections

Material in Other Collections

Karolik-Codman family papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in 5 series, which are arranged into subseries as follows:
Series I. Newspaper clippings, circa 1860-1874
Subseries I. Loose materials, circa 1860-1882
Series II. Ephemera, circa 1856-1964
Series III. Manuscript material, 1923
Series IV. Published books on American art, circa 1941-1961
Series V. John A. Codman's will court records, 1887