Boston Athenæum


(above: Boston Athenæum, photo, © 2004 John Hazeltine)

Boiston, MA



Collecting for the Boston Athenæum in the 21st Century: Paintings and Sculpture (8/21/13)

Chromo-Mania! The Art of Chromolithography in Boston, 1840-1910 (9/8/12)

George Deem: The Art of Art History (3/28/12)

Artists' Books: Books by Artists (2/26/12)

Acquired Tastes: 200 Years of Collecting for the Boston Athenaeum (3/15/07)

Leo Dee (1931-2004); essay by David B. Dearinger (4/11/05)

Seen But Not Heard: Images of Children from the Collection of the Boston Athenæum (9/13/04)

Founded in 1807, the Boston Athenæum is Boston's first cultural institution. It combines an art museum, with a public exhibition gallery and collections of paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, and decorative arts; a leading research and membership library; and a civic forum including lectures, readings, panel discussions, and other events. An innovator and catalyst for more than two centuries, the Athenæum was one of the three founders of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the inspiration for the Boston Public Library, the first municipally supported library in North America.

The Athenæum's Proprietors and Members have included some of America's greatest literary figures, among them Herman Melville, Henry David Thoreau, Amy Lowell, and Nathaniel Hawthorne, and such leading politicians as Presidents John Quincy Adams and John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Senator Edward M. Kennedy. The Athenæum houses collections of international importance, among them about a third of the library of President George Washington, the largest portion in any library, and portrait busts of American patriots that belonged to President Thomas Jefferson.

The Boston Athenæum is located at 10 1/2 Beacon Street, Boston, MA  02108. Athenæum membership is open to all. For hours and admission fees please see the Athenæum's website.

The WGBH/Boston Forum Network is an audio and video streaming web site dedicated to curating and serving live and on-demand lectures, including a number of videos on Art and Architecture. Partners include a number of Boston-area museums, colleges, universities and other cultural organizations.

Boston Athenaeum partnered with the Forum Network for a series of lectures on American art by David Dearinger, who is Susan Morse Hilles Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Boston Athenaeum. An art historian and curator, he received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, with a specialty in nineteenth-century American art. Titles include:

also from the Boston Athenaeum:

Google Book Searches conducted in 2008 and 2013 by Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) located the following brochures, catalogues and gallery guides published on paper in connection with the Museum and with a topic of American representational art. The list may not include all relevant publications. Titles are listed by date of publication, with most recent listed first. Information on publications may be in error or incomplete. Titles may be followed by links to related essays published by Resource Library. See Definitions for more information on finding brochures, catalogues and gallery guides using TFAO's website.

The following catalogues feature Google Books "snippet view":

The Athenæum Gallery, 1827-1873: The Boston Athenæum as an Early Patron of Art, By Mabel Munson Swan. Published 1940. The Boston Athenæum. Art. 312 pages. Original from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Digitized Sep 12, 2007

The following catalogues do not feature Google Books' "full view" or "limited preview":

Power Line: The Art of Leo Dee, by David Bernard Dearinger, Leo Dee, Hina Hirayama, Boston Athenaeum, 2005 Leo Dee (1931-2004); essay by David B. Dearinger (4/11/05)

Artists and the Athenæum in the Early 19th Century, by Boston Athenaeum - Art, American - 1992. "September 3 through December 31, 1992."

Boston Lithography, 1825-1880: The Boston Athenæum Collection, by Sally Pierce, Catharina Slautterback - 1991

The Work of J. Gregory Wiggins, Woodcarver; Catalogue of an Exhibition, Held ..., by Boston Athenaeum - 1951. "Printed by the Anthoensen press, Portland, Maine."

Hewins's Journal: A Boston Portrait-painter Visits Italy; the Journal of ..., by Amasa Hewins -1931 - 145 pages

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