The collection contains drafts,
correspondence, notes, course materials, research aids, CVs, and audiovisual materials
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.
64.8 Linear Feet
(151 boxes, 3 oversize flat boxes, 2 shoe boxes, and 1 carton)
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