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MS Thr 1049

Bouchard, Thomas. Thomas Bouchard photographs and papers, circa 1932-2014: PRELIMINARY BOX LIST.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Thr 1049
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Bouchard, Thomas.
Title: Thomas Bouchard photographs and papers,
Date(s): 1932-2014.
Quantity: 36.5 linear feet (62 boxes, 1 oversize photograph)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Preliminary box list only for papers and photographs of American photographer and filmmaker, Thomas Bouchard.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2014MT-19. Gift of Estate of Thomas Bouchard; received: 2014 October. Purchased with funds from the Beatrice, Benjamin, and D. Richard Bader Fund; received: 2015 June 19; 2016 June 3.

Processing Information:

Accessioned by: Melanie Wisner

Conditions Governing Access:

Most of this collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Conditions Governing Use:

Special equipment or surrogate required; consult Houghton staff (boxes 38, 50-51).

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Bouchard (1895-1984) was a photographer and filmmaker. Born in Jerusalem (Palestine), he became an American citizen in 1942. Bouchard made studies of dancers and artists including Marcel Duchamp, Martha Graham, Hanya Holm, Doris Humphrey, Chaim Soutine, Edgard Varèse, and Charles Weidman. His film work, largely documentary, included producing and/or directing The Underground Printer (1934), The Shakers (1938), The Golden Fleece (1941), Fernand Léger in America (1942), Jean Hélion (1946), Joan Miró Makes a Color Print (1948), The Birth of Painting (1950), Around and About Joan Miró (1955), and Queen of the Gypsy Dancers (about Carmen Amaya).
Diane Bouchard (1923-2013) was born in California; she graduated from New York University in 1944 as an English major and Shakespeare enthusiast, having written her "book" (thesis) on King Lear. After the death of her mother, she lived with and assisted her father, photographer Thomas Bouchard, first at his studio on 40th Street in New York City and later at the Chelsea Hotel. She was involved with his photo shoots and the making of his movies but also enjoyed friendship and correspondence with the many notable artists and scholars with whom they worked. In 1974, she and her father moved permanently to Brewster (Mass.) on Cape Cod. After her father's death in 1984, she worked to organize and preserve his large body of work.

Arrangement

Materials are not fully cataloged. Readers should note that when fully processed, the order of materials may change. Readers are advised to use keyword searching within this box list. See also listing of boxes by content series at the end of this document.

General

Most of this collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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