The collection contains drafts, correspondence, notes, course materials, and research aids pertaining to the academic career
of art historian and professor Albert Boime. Materials in the collection span Boime's graduate studies and lengthy career,
including seminal research on Vincent Van Gogh, Impressionism and the French Commune, and a 6-volume History of Modern Art
written from a social history perspective. Though best known for his work on 18th and 19th century European art, Boime's papers
cover a broad range of traditional and avant-garde Art History topics approached from a social history theoretical framework.
Albert Boime was born in St. Louis, Missouri on March 17, 1933 to Max and Dorothy Boime, both eastern European Jewish immigrants.
In 1955 Boime joined the U.S. Army, serving in Germany before his discharge in 1958. Upon returning to the states Boime began
his studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and received his B.A. in 1961. He went on to receive both his M.A.
(1963) and Doctorate (1968) from Columbia University. Through his brother Jerome (1934-1977), Boime met teacher and social
activist Myra Block, and they married in 1964.By examining the political forces that motivated the art makers and finders, and revealing the hidden mainsprings in visual
production, I truly believed that I was contributing to the emancipation of thought, at least in one small corner of the minds
of my students and readers. Thus art history became my raison d'ètre, a vehicle for enhancing the lives of my fellow citizens,
while at the same time bringing about a nano-change toward social justice in society.
149 boxes (73 linear ft.)
3 oversize boxes.
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