Guide to the Collection
|Physical Description:||32 boxes,
34 volumes, 3 oversize boxes, 2 XT boxes, and 10 offsite storage
|Call Number:||Ms. N-2164
|Call Number:||OFFSITE STRORAGE (reel-to-reel tape recordings only)
|Repository:||Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215
This collection consists of the papers of the
interrelated Amory and Codman families of Boston, Massachusetts specifically
those of John Amory, Henry Codman, and John Amory Codman. Papers of Martha
Catherine Codman and Maxim Karolik also make up a large part of this
collection. Included are family correspondence, financial material,
genealogical information, and historical documents.
Arranged by generation
John Amory (1759-1832)
The eldest son of John
and Catherine (Greene) Amory, John Amory, Jr. was born in 1759 in Boston, Mass.
A store keeper by trade, he was a partner with his brother Thomas in the
merchant firm John and Thomas Amory at 41 Marlboro Street before investing
heavily in real estate. He married Catherine Willard in 1792 and had one child.
He was referred to as “Newbury-Street John.” He died in Boston in 1832.
Stephen Codman (1758-1844)
Stephen Codman was born in Charlestown, Mass. on 4 December 1758, the son of
John Codman and Abigail Soley Asbury Codman. He was a shipping merchant by
trade with ships sailing to Bombay, China, and Europe. For a short time he
conducted business from Portland, Maine where he met Hannah Robison, daughter
of ship captain Thomas Robison and Elizabeth Robison. He married Hannah Robison
(1768-1819) on 20 November 1788, and returned to Boston shortly thereafter. He
died in 1844.
Henry Codman (1789-1853)
Henry Codman was
born in Portland, Maine on 1 October 1789, the son of Stephen Codman and Hannah
Robison Codman. He graduated from Harvard College in 1808 and was admitted to
the Suffolk Bar in 1811. He managed the family real estate business that he
inherited from his father-in-law. He married Catherine Willard Amory, daughter
of John Amory and Catherine Willard Amory on 21 October 1821. He died in
Roxbury in 1853.
John Amory Codman (1824-1886)
Codman was born in Boston, Mass. on 30 June 1824, the son of Henry Codman and
Catherine Willard Amory Codman. He managed the family’s business and real
estate affairs, though not to the same extent as his father. He was a painter
of portraits and landscapes including beaches, harbors, and marine scenes. Some
of his paintings are included in the Martha and Maxim Karolik collections at
the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. He married Martha Pickman Rogers (1829-1905),
the daughter of John Whittingham Rogers and Anstiss Derby Pickman, on 1 June
Martha Pickman Rogers Codman
Martha Pickman Rogers was born on 17 November 1829, the
daughter of John W. Rogers and Anstiss Derby Pickman. She married John Amory
Codman in 1850. She gathered genealogical materials which form part of this
collection. She and her daughter, Martha Catherine Codman, traveled throughout
Europe gathering family records, both original documents and copies. The extent
of her wealth is reflected in vast property holdings in Boston and Newport,
Rhode Island and in stocks in various mining and railroad companies. She and
her daughter were well known in Boston, Newport, and Washington D.C. social
Martha Catherine Codman Karolik
Martha Catherine Codman Karolik (MCCK) was born on 24
July 1858, the only surviving child of John Amory Codman and Martha Pickman
Rogers Codman. In addition to the collection of genealogical materials begun by
her mother, MCCK was known for her philanthropic deeds and for her lively
social life in Washington, D.C., Newport, New York, and Boston. This included
hosting musicales, including one in Washington D.C. in 1927 featuring tenor
Maxim Karolik who had recently arrived from Europe. The following year, she
married Maxim Karolik in France. Her Aunt Mary (Mrs. Arthur Codman), who lived
in Europe was MCCK’s only relative in whom she confided the news of her
marriage. MCCK’s genealogical interests led her to collect early American
furniture and portraits of her own family, and to publish the journal of her
ancestor, Mrs. John Amory, as Journal of Mrs. John
Amoryin 1923. She distributed copies of the journal nationwide to
historical societies, museums, and libraries including the Library of Congress
and the Massachusetts Historical Society. This interest in her ancestors led to
what would later constitute the three major collections of early American
furniture, paintings, and prints and drawings at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts
that bear hers and her husband’s names. She died in 1948.
Maxim Karolik (1893-1963)
Maxim Karolik, a
Russian émigré and tenor, married MCCK in 1928 and shared his wife’s interests
in early American art. Together they developed two of the three major
collections of American art which they gave to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
After the death of his wife, Karolik added a third Karolik collection of
American art to the MFA, gave lectures throughout New England on American art,
and pursued his singing career. As an art collector, author, and musician
Karolik was associated with many of the important figures in these fields,
including Nicholas Slonimsky, Serge Koussevitsky, Erich Leinsdorf, Ima Hogg,
Leopold Stokowski, Alexandre Tcherpnine, Henry P. Rossiter, Edward Weeks and a
host of art dealers museum curators and directors. He was honored on numerous
occasions for his role in bringing a neglected period of American art to the
attention of the art world, both nationally and internationally. He was also
asked to lend his name to the parent group of what is now the National
Endowment for the Arts. His singing career included performances in New York,
Washington D.C., and Boston and the making of the album, "The Russian Art
Song." He divided his residence between his estate in Newport, R.I. and the
Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Boston. He died in 1963 of a heart attack in New York
City while in New York to discuss instituting a series of chamber music
concerts at the New York Public Library.
The Karolik-Codman papers consist of the interrelated Amory and Codman
families of Salem and Boston, Massachusetts specifically those of merchants and
real estate investors John Amory, Henry Codman, and John Amory Codman. The
collection consists of family and business correspondence, financial material,
genealogical information, diaries, estate papers, account books, recipe books,
commonplace books, newspaper clippings, photographs, and printed material. The
remainder of the collection relates to Martha Catherine Codman and her husband
Maxim Karolik's career as a musician and art collector including
correspondence, business papers, sound recordings, slides, and newspaper
clippings documenting many of his activities. Also included are expense books
and account books of Boston merchant and goldsmith Rufus Greene, 1728-1777; a
copy of the diary of Catherine Green Amory, 1775-1776; photostatic copies of
correspondence of Salem merchant and loyalist Benjamin Pickman to his family
while he was living in England during the Revolution; historical materials
including the letterbook and account book of William Fisher, 1761-1770 and the
rent and account books of Benjamin Lamphear, 1803-1848; and genealogical
material relating to the Amory, Cartwright, Codman, Derby, Greene, Robison,
Rogers, and Willard families collected by Martha Pickman Rogers Codman and her
daughter Martha Catherine Codman Karolik.
Gift of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1974.
The collection is organized into the following series:
|I. John Amory family papers,
This series contains correspondence, financial papers, and legal papers of
Boston, Mass. merchant and real estate agent John Amory, Jr., his father, John
Amory (1728-1803), his mother Catherine Greene Amory (1731-1777), Rufus Greene
(1707-1777), niece Catherine M. Amory (1792-1827), brother Francis Amory
(1776-1845), sister Mary Amory Bethune, and other family members.
|Box 1||Folders 1-14||A. John Amory family correspondence,
This subseries contains family and business correspondence of John Amory,
Jr. including letters written to his wife Catherine Willard Amory, brothers
Rufus Greene Amory and Francis Amory, sisters Mary Amory Bethune and Catherine
M. Amory Codman, and cousin Mary Taylor regarding family affairs and daily
activities. John Amory, Jr.’s business correspondence relates to the shipment
of goods, rental and lease agreements, and the sale of lands. Also included
here is correspondence between John Amory, Sr. and John Nelson, Samuel
Waterhouse, and John Bowdoin regarding family, daily activities, business, and
real estate, and instructions for packing and shipping goods and materials
including tobacco and cotton.
|B. John Amory family financial papers,
Financial papers include receipts and invoices for the shipment of sundry
goods including indigo and cotton, accounts, tax receipts, property estimates,
and family estate papers including John Amory, Sr. and Caroline S. Amory. Also
included are shares of the Third Massachusetts Turnpike Corporation, 19 January
1799 in which John Amory was a shareholder.
|1. Loose financial papers,
|Box 1||Folder 15-23||Loose financial papers,
|Box 2||Loose financial papers,
|Box 3||Folders 1-6||Loose financial papers,
|Box 3||Folders 7-9||Shares of Third Massachusetts Turnpike Corporation,
19 Jan. 1799
|2. Bound financial papers,
Amory family bound financial volumes include trust papers, accounts, bank
books, cash books, and rental books. Included is a large account book kept by
John Amory, Jr., 1802-1827, detailing trust and estate accounts of Mary Amory
(Bethune), 1803-1810, Ann Amory McLean (Lee), 1804-1814, Lucy and Caroline
Amory, 1803-1814, and Caroline Amory, 1810-1827; a schedule of property owned
by John Amory, Sr. in account with his son, 1802-1803; securities and
mortgages; and rent paid by John and Jonathan Amory. Account books kept by John
Amory, Jr. include volumes recording rents in Boston, Mass., 1810-1816;
workers' wages and loans made, 1820, three bank account books with the
Massachusetts Bank, 1817-1832, a cash book recording debts paid and credit
received, 1817-1822, and an account book kept by Amory, 1823-1832 and continued
by his son-in-law Henry Codman, 1833-1841, recording workers hired, wages paid,
and rents collected. A cash book of Caroline S. Amory kept from 1813-1818
records purchases of gloves, shoes, lace, hats, and other household goods.
|Vol. 1||Amory family trust account book,
|Box 3||Folder 10||Loose materials removed from trust account book,
|Box 3||Folder 11||Rent account book,
|Box 3||Folder 12||Caroline S. Amory cash book,
|Box 3||Folder 13||Massachusetts Bank account books,
|Box 3||Folder 14||John Amory cash book,
|Box 3||Folder 15||Workers' wages and loans,
|Box 3||Folder 16||John Amory account book,
1823-1832; continued by Henry Codman,
|Box 3||Folder 17||Goods bought and sold, n.d.
|Box 4||Folders 1-10||C. John Amory legal papers,
John Amory legal papers consist of wills, deeds, house plans, contracts, and
powers of attorneys.
|D. John Amory family poetry and recipes,
Included here are Caroline S. Amory's poetry books, 1816-1817, containing
copies of verse and poems. Also included are family recipe books and loose
|Box 4||Folders 11-14||Caroline S. Amory poetry books,
|Box 4||Folders 15-17||Recipe books and recipes, n.d.
|E. Greene family papers,
The Greene family papers consist of account books, expense books, estate
papers, manuscript copies of Greene family correspondence, and printed and
manuscript copies of the diary of Catherine Greene Amory, 1775-1776. Rufus
Greene's expense books note purchases made by the Boston, Mass. goldsmith and
merchant for cords of wood, shoes, wheat, potatoes, butter, and cider, among
other sundry goods, and contributions to charities. His account book,
1761-1765, records debts and accounts and lists items left unsold. Also
included is the account of the estate and will of Rufus Greene among other
family deeds, wills, and estate papers. Correspondence, 1759-1777, was copied
from volume one of the letterbook of Rufus Greene by Martha Catherine Codman
Karolik in 1903. Correspondents include Jonathan Amory, Catherine Willard
Greene Amory, John Amory, Sr., Benjamin Greene, and William Greene.
|Box 4||Folder 18||Greene family estate papers,
|Box 5||Folder 1||Rufus Greene expense book,
On microfilm, P-477.
|Box 5||Folder 2||Rufus Greene expense book,
On microfilm, P-477.
|Box 5||Folder 3||Photocopy of Rufus Greene expense book,
|Box 5||Folder 4||Photocopy of Rufus Greene expense book,
|Box 5||Folder 5||Rufus Greene account book,
|Box 5||Folder 6||Manuscript copies of Rufus Greene letters,
|Box 5||Folder 7||Manuscript copy of Catherine Greene Amory diary,
|Box 5||Folder 8||Transcription copy of Catherine Greene Amory diary,
|II. Robison-Codman family papers,
This series contains family and business correspondence of the related
Robison and Codman families. Family correspondence includes letters written by
Thomas Robison to his son-in-law Stephen Codman and daughter Hannah Robison
Codman. Also included are letters written by Richard Cartwright, Robison’s
brother-in-law and executor of his estate to Stephen and Hannah. Subjects of
the letters include family matters, a dispute over the estate of Thomas
Robison, business matters relating to ship insurance, shipments and invoices of
goods including cotton, coffee, sugar, and brandy, the capture of Thomas
Robison and his ship the Eliza by the British
while en route to Holland and Robison's subsequent attempts to be reimbursed
for lost goods. Letters exchanged between Stephen Codman and his son Henry
Codman while Henry was a student at Phillips Academy and Harvard University;
from Stephen and Hannah Codman to their daughter Hannah R. Codman while she was
attending school at Mrs. Frances Brenton’s Academy in Harlem, N.Y.; and from
Elizabeth Anne Ellis Codman to her sister Hannah are also included. Subjects of
letters include studies, family news, and daily activities. Volumes include an
interleaved almanac kept by Stephen Codman, 1789, an account book kept by
Hannah Robison Codman, 1795 recording bills settled, and school bills of Mary
Ann Codman, 1805-1820.
See also oversize box 1.
|Box 6||Robison-Codman family papers,
|Box 7||Folders 1-9||Robison-Codman family papers,
|Box 7||Folder 10||Stephen Codman almanac,
|Box 7||Folders 11||Hannah Codman account book,
|Box 7||Folders 12-13||Mary Ann Codman school bills,
|III. Henry Codman family papers,
This series consists of family papers of Boston and Roxbury, Mass. lawyer
and real estate agent Henry Codman. It has been divided into six series:
diaries, correspondence, financial and legal records, Roxbury farm records,
records of St. Paul’s Church (Boston) records, and family writings. Henry
Codman was the trust and estate administrator for various family members and
many of the financial papers include receipts for bills paid on their behalf
and trust account disbursements. Also integrated into the financial papers are
receipts for building properties in Boston as well as rent and lease receipts.
Henry Codman also acted as guardian for his orphaned nephew, Joseph Bennett,
and paid his bills at Harvard College, among other things.
|A. Henry Codman diaries, 1827-1848
Three journals kept by Henry Codman include a weather journal kept at Boston
and Roxbury, in 1827, 1833, and 1841 recording wind direction, temperature, and
notes of the day; a house journal kept in diary form from March to April 1838
describe renovations made to his Roxbury house; and a diary kept from 1840-1848
noting weather, news, and daily activities.
|Vol. 2||Weather journal,
|Box 7||Folder 14||House journal,
|Box 7||Folder 15||Loose pages removed from Henry Codman diaries
|Box 7||Folder 16||Key to journal lock (volume 3)
|B. Henry Codman correspondence,
This subseries consists of Henry Codman's personal and business
correspondence including letters exchanged with Harvard College classmates
James N. Sheppard, Lucius Manlius Sargent, and Lloyd N. Rogers; uncle James
Cartwright; brothers Edward and Richard; sisters Elizabeth and Anne; cousin
Charles R. Codman; nephew Joseph Bennett; Boston merchants John Torrey, Abbott
Lawrence, and John Lowell; and Revs. Alonzo Potter, John S. Stone, and John
Codman. Subjects include family issues and news including births, deaths, and
marriages, business-related matters, daily activities, the Robison estate, and
requests from family members for advice regarding legal matters. Letterbook
contains outgoing correspondence written by Henry Codman, executor of the
estate of Caroline S. Amory, regarding the division of her property among
family members and charitable organizations.
|Box 7||Folder 17-24||Correspondence,
|C. Henry Codman financial and legal records,
Financial and legal records of Henry Codman include bills for purchased
goods, estate accounts, contracts, rental agreements and sales, life and fire
insurance company policies, invoices, medical bills, construction estimates,
tax receipts, and deeds. Henry Codman's bound financial papers include cash
books recording debits, bills paid, and trust payments; account books recording
trust fund accounts for Amory and Codman family members including Caroline S.
Amory, Francis Codman, and John Amory Codman; and expense books recording bills
paid, clothing bought, and payments for services, and work done at the Roxbury
mansion. Volumes of rent contracts record rental agreements for property owned
by Codman in the Boston area. Also found here are bills of Henry Codman’s
nephew Joseph Bennett including room rent, clothing, medical bills, and Harvard
See also oversize box 1.
|1. Loose financial papers,
|Box 11||Loose financial papers,
|Box 12||Loose financial papers,
|Box 13||Loose financial papers,
|2. Bound financial papers,
|Box 14||Folder 1||Henry Codman real estate account book,
|Vol. 5||Henry Codman cash book A,1825-1832
|Vol. 6||Henry Codman cash book B,
|Vol. 7||Henry Codman expense book,
|Box 14||Folder 2||Henry Codman cash book,
|Box 14||Folder 3||Henry Codman cash book,
Sept. 1837-Apr. 1838
|Box 14||Folder 4||Henry Codman cash book,
|Box 14||Folder 5||Henry Codman cash book,
|Box 14||Folder 6||Henry Codman cash book,
|Box 14||Folder 7||Henry Codman business journal,
|Vol. 8||Henry Codman general account book,
|Vol. 9||Henry Codman accounts with Amory, Codman, and Bennett families,
|Box 14||Folder 8||Henry Codman accounts with Caroline S. Amory,
|Box 14||Folder 9||Henry Codman accounts with George Codman and others, book B,
|Box 14||Folder 10||Henry Codman accounts with George Codman and others, book C,
|Box 14||Folder 11||Henry Codman accounts with Francis Codman and others, book D,
|Vol. 10||Henry Codman accounts with Francis Codman,
|Box 14||Folder 12||Henry Codman accounts for the children of Thomas Amory,
|Vol. 11||Account book of T.C. Smith (agent of Henry Codman),
|Vol. 12||Henry Codman accounts with John Amory Codman,
|3. Henry Codman legal papers,
|Box 14||Folders 13-18||Legal papers,
|Box 15||Folders 1-9||Legal papers,
|4. Henry Codman rent contracts,
|Vol. 13||Rent contracts,
|Vol. 14||Rent contracts,
|Vol. 15||Rent contracts,
|Vol. 16||Rent contracts,
|5. Joseph Bennett bills,
|Box 15||Folders 10-22||Joseph Bennett bills,
|Box 16||Folders 1-5||Joseph Bennett bills,
|D. Roxbury farm records,
Henry Codman’s Roxbury, Mass. farm book kept 1837-1839 contains lists of
crops planted and harvested including pears, apples, plums, peaches, apricots,
cherries, and roses. Included in this volume are a description and diagram for
tree grafting. Also included here is a crop variety notebook kept by Codman in
Jan. 1847 recording crops and their numerous varieties. Three account books
kept by Roxbury farm foremen Moses Hemmenway and Ebenezer Hubbard, 1844-1852,
detail expenditures and daily activities including planting seeds, harvesting
crops, weeding garden beds, and building walls and fences. Also included is a
farm journal kept by Henry Codman, 1837, 1841-1852.
|Vol. 17||Roxbury farm book,
|Box 16||Folder 6||Loose papers removed from agricultural book,
|Box 16||Folder 7||Roxbury farm crop variety notebook,
|Vol. 18||Moses Hemmenway Roxbury farm account book,
|Box 16||Folder 8||Moses Hemmenway Roxbury farm account book,
|Box 16||Folder 9||Ebenezer Hubbard Roxbury farm account book,
|Vol. 19||Henry Codman Roxbury farm journal, 1837, 1841-1852
|E. St. Paul’s Church (Boston, Mass.) records,
St. Paul’s Church records include a list of proprietors pews, 1842-1843, and
communion money collected, 1825-1842. Henry Codman was a member of the church
and its building committee.
|Box 16||Folder 10||Communion money collected,
|Box 16||Folder 11||List of proprietors' pews,
|Box 16||Folder 12||Loose papers removed from communion book, n.d.
|F. Bound Codman family writings,
|1. Catherine Willard Amory Codman volumes,
Catherine W.A. Codman volumes include a notebook of copied sermons and
poetry, 1796-1850, a diary, 1821-1831, numeration book, and undated volumes of
poetry and poems. A diary kept from 1821-1831 describes a trip through
Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the loss of her adopted daughter Caroline S.
Amory, family news and events including births and marriages, and daily
activities at home in Boston and Roxbury, Mass.
|Box 16||Folder 13||Catherine Willard Amory Codman copied sermons and poetry,
|Box 16||Folder 14||Catherine Willard Amory Codman diary,
|Box 16||Folder 15||Catherine Willard Amory Codman numeration book, n.d.
|Box 16||Folder 16||Catherine Willard Amory Codman copies of poems for children,
|Box 16||Folder 17||Catherine Willard Amory Codman commonplace book, n.d.
|Box 17||Folders 1-2||2. Elizabeth A.E. Codman commonplace books,
Two commonplace books kept by Henry Codman’s sister Elizabeth A.E. Codman,
1846, include written extracts of plays, poems, and copied verse.
|3. Catherine E. Codman poetry book,
Poetry book kept in 1869 by Catherine E. Codman containing newspaper
clippings of poetry pasted in by Codman.
|Vol. 20||Catherine E. Codman poetry book,
|Box 17||Folder 3||Clippings removed from Catherine E. Codman's poetry book,
|4. Mary Elizabeth Codman notebook and recipe book, ca.
Included here are a notebook and a recipe book kept by Mary Elizabeth
Codman. She lived in Germany and was the wife of Arthur Codman and the aunt of
Martha Codman Karolik.
|Box 17||Folder 4||Mary Elizabeth Codman recipe book,
|Box 17||Folder 5||Mary Elizabeth Codman notebook, n.d.
|Box 17||Folders 6-7||5. Writings, n.d.
Unidentified manuscript writing on the Life of Tadeuz Kosciuszko and notes
|IV. John Amory Codman family papers,
This series includes the papers of Henry Codman’s son, John Amory Codman,
(1824-1886), and his family including correspondence, bills, accounts, estate
papers, insurance papers, and contracts. John Amory Codman divided his time
between the family real estate business inherited from his father after his
death, and his career as an accomplished painter.
|A. John Amory Codman papers,
|1. Loose papers,
Loose papers of John Amory Codman include personal and business
correspondence, bills, accounts, estate papers, and rental contracts relating
to the family real estate business.
|Box 17||Folders 8-20||John Amory Codman loose papers,
|Box 18||John Amory Codman loose papers,
|2. Financial records,
Financial records of John Amory Codman consists of an appointment calendar
and notebook, 1853; bank account deposit books at the Boylston National Bank,
1854-1888; checkbooks, 1852-1883; two account books for the heirs of Catherine
Willard Amory Codman, 1853; a list of leases, 1870-1886; and cancelled checks,
|Box 19||Folder 1||Bank deposit account books,
|Box 19||Folder 2|| Checkbook,
|Box 19||Folder 3|| Checkbook,
|Vol. 21|| Checkbook,
|Vol. 22|| Checkbook,
|Vol. 23|| Checkbook,
|Box 19||Folders 4-15||Cancelled checks,
|Box 20||Folders 1-7||Cancelled checks,
|Box 20||Folder 8||Appointment calendar and notebook,
|Vols. 24-25|| Account books for the heirs of Catherine Willard Amory Codman,
|Vol. 26||List of leases,
|B. Martha Pickman Rogers Codman papers,
Letters from attorneys John H.P. Hodge and Andrew Blume concern Martha
Codman's Boston rental and lease properties, insurance policies, contracts, and
construction, maintenance, and repair work on her Newport, Rhode Island
mansion. Also included is correspondence with Lillie B. Titus, director of the
local Daughters of the American Revolution regarding the Old Fairbanks House in
Dedham, Mass, which Martha and her daughter purchased along with much of its
contents for public benefit. Subjects of the correspondence include the
discussion about the house contents, its general condition, and repairs.
|Box 20||Folders 9-17||Correspondence,
|Box 21||Folders 1-13||Correspondence,
|2. Bound volumes,
Recipe books and loose recipes kept by Martha Pickman Rogers Codman. Two
scrapbooks of newspaper clippings probably kept by Martha Pickman Rogers Codman
contain information relating to important and notable events during her
|Vol. 27||Martha Pickman Rogers Codman recipe book, n.d.
|Box 21||Folders 14-16||Loose recipes removed from recipe book, n.d.
|Box 21||Folder 17||Scrapbook,
|Box 21||Folder 18||Loose papers removed from scrapbooks,
|3. Financial papers,
Martha Pickman Rogers Codman financial papers include insurance company
contracts for her vast real estate holdings, investment shares and stocks, and
bills and receipts for items purchased. Included are bank deposit account books
kept by Codman for deposits made to the National Union Bank, Boylston National
Bank, and State Bank. Also included are checkbooks, cancelled checks, and
|Box 22||Folder 1||Bank deposit account books,
|Box 22||Folders 2-16||Financial papers,
|Box 23||Folder 1||Cancelled checks,
|Box 23||Folder 2||Cancelled checks,
|Box 23||Folder 3||Cancelled checks,
|Box 23||Folder 4||Cancelled checks,
|Box 23||Folder 5||Cancelled checks,
|Box 23||Folders 6-7||Receipts,
|4. Pickman-Derby-Rogers family papers,
Located here are the family papers of the interrelated Pickman, Derby, and
Rogers families of Massachusetts including family correspondence; Elizabeth H.
Rogers' sketchbook and estate inventory, 1866; Anstiss Derby Pickman Rogers'
recipe book; and newspaper clippings. Photostatic copies of correspondence of
Salem merchant and loyalist Benjamin Pickman while he was living abroad in
England during the Revolutionary War include letters written primarily to his
wife, Polly, but also letters written to his children, mother, and sister
regarding dinner companions and engagements with acquaintances, thoughts on the
Revolution and his hope for a reconcilliation with England, the English
countryside in contrast to London, family news, business matters, and daily
|Oversize box 2||Benjamin Pickman correspondence (photostats),
|Box 23||Folder 8||Pickman-Derby-Rogers family correspondence,
|Vol. 31||Anstiss Derby Pickman Rogers recipe book, ca.
|Box 23||Folder 9||Loose recipes removed from recipe book
|Vol. 32||Elizabeth H. Rogers estate inventory,
|Vol. 33||Elizabeth H. Rogers sketch book, n.d.
|Box 23||Folder 10||Loose items removed from sketch book, n.d.
|Box 23||Folder 11||Newspaper clippings, n.d.
|V. Maxim Karolik and Martha Codman Karolik papers,
This series contains the papers of Martha Catherine Codman Karolik and her
husband Maxim Karolik including correspondence, financial materials, writings,
newspaper clippings, and printed material. Also included here are sound
recordings of Maxim Karolik's performances.
See also oversize box 1.
|A. Martha Codman Karolik papers,
Papers of Martha Catherine Codman Karolik contain family correspondence with
her cousins Derby Rogers and Boston architect Ogden Codman, Jr. and her aunt
Mary Elizabeth Codman. The correspondence relates to the division of family
portraits, genealogical information, current family news and events, a visit to
her aunt Mary while honeymooning in Germany and Switzerland, and daily
activities. Other correspondence includes acknowledgment letters received from
libraries and cultural institutions for her donation of The Journal of Mrs. John Amory and other gifts, thank
you notes for her charitable generosity during World War I, the division of her
Aunt Mary’s estate, and repairs to her Newport, Rhode Island home. Also
included is a list of the books in her library, 1914.
|Box 24||Folders 1-14||Martha Catherine Codman Karolik loose papers,
|Box 24||Folder 15||Martha Catherine Codman Karolik address and account book,
|Box 24||Folder 16||Martha Catherine Codman Karolik bank deposit account books,
|Box 24||Folder 17-18||Catalogue of Martha Catherine Codman Karolik's library,
|B. Maxim Karolik papers, 1902-1964
This subseries contains correspondence between Maxim Karolik and private art
dealers and art historians such as Victor D. Sparks, Burton Cummins, Thurston
H. Thacher, and Duncan A. Harzard and cultural institutions and museums such as
the American Federation of the Arts, the Currier Museum, Museum of Fine Arts,
Boston, Brooklyn Museum, Worcester Art Museum, and the Smithsonian. Subjects of
letters include collecting and purchasing art works, furniture, and paintings,
acknowledgments of gifts, biographies of sitters of paintings, and possible
exhibitions of Karolik’s art collections. Also included is correspondence with
Harvard University Press regarding a foreward Karolik wrote for Architectural
Heritage of Newport, and the release of Russian Art
Songs, contract work at his house in Newport, Rhode Island.
|Box 25||Maxim Karolik correspondence,
|Box 26||Folders 1-11||Maxim Karolik correspondence,
Karolik's writings include papers written for lectures given at Bowdoin
College, articles for the Atlantic Monthly, on
topics such as John Singleton Copley, money, and values. Also included here are
writings about Maxim Karolik and the Martha and Maxim Karolik collection of
|Box 26||Folders 12-23||Writings,
|Box 27||Folders 1-9||Writings, n.d.
|Box 27||Folders 10-23||3. Financial papers,
Financial papers include bills and receipts for artwork purchased from
private dealers, gift acknowledgments for artwork purchased, donated, and
exhibited, and bills and receipts for studio rentals and recording
|Box 28||Folders 1-6||4. Concert programs and announcements,
Included here are concert programs, art announcements, and invitations
collected by or sent to Maxim Karolik, 1908-1963.
|Box 28||Folders 7-14||5. Newspaper clippings,
Newspaper clippings relate to both Maxim Karolik and his wife Martha Codman
Karolik and include extensive coverage of their marriage, social activities,
and various openings of the MFA collections. The clippings provide a good
chronology of their activities.
|6. Sound recordings,
Sound recording include LP's and reel-to-reel tapes made by Maxim Karolik
from 1904-1963. Included are his performances at Boston's Symphony Hall (1957),
talks given at Bowdoin College, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, WGBH radio,
and his album, “Russian Art Songs” released on Unicorn Label in 1958 with notes
by Nicholas Slonimsky. Also included are recordings of Verdi's Otello by
various artists and songs and operas by Pucini. Also included are commercial
recordings of Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,
Modest Mussorgsky, Alexander Borodin, and Alexander Gretchaninoff. There are
master copies and secondary copies for many of the reel to reel sound
recording. The material on the LP records are the copies of the reel-to-reel
The reel-to-reel sound recordings are stored in cold storage offsite. Many
of the tapes are unidentified. Consult the Reference Librarian for a partial
list of titles. Offsite boxes must be requested two days in advance.
|Offsite Box 1||SH17SID
|Offsite Box 2||SH17SJE
|Offsite Box 3||SH17SKF
|Offsite Box 4||SH17UEB
|Offsite Box 5||SH17UFC
|Offsite Box 6||SH17UGD
|Offsite Box 7||SH17UHE
|Offsite Box 8||SH17UIF
|Offsite Box 9||SH17UJG
|Offsite Box 10||SH17UKH
|(XT) Box 1||Included are LP recordings of talks given by Maxim Karolik at the
Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Bowdoin College, and Richmond, Virginia regarding
American furniture and collecting paintings and artifiacts given. Also included
are LP's of operas and symphonys including Verdi's Otello from
|(XT) Box 2||Included are LP recordings of Otello and concerts by Pyotr
Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Modest Mussorgsky,
and Alexander Borodin from 1955-1958.
|VI. Genealogical material
Family history materials relating the Codman, Derby, Greene, Pickman,
Rogers, Willard, Robison, and Cartwright families include newspaper clippings,
family trees, obituaries, and miscellaneous and undated material. Much of the
material was gathered by Martha Pickman Rogers Codman and her daughter Martha
Catherine Codman Karolik.
See also oversize box 1 and oversize box 3.
|Box 29||Genealogical material
|Box 30||Folders 1-2||Genealogical material
|Vol. 34||Codman family ancestral tablet
|VII. Historical material,
|Box 30||Folder 3||William Fisher letterbook and account book,
The letterbook, with accounts recorded at the rear, 1761-1770, kept by
Boston merchant William Fisher contains copies of outgoing correspondence from
1761-1770 relating to bills, accounts, the shipment of goods, arrival and
departure of ships, and the economic impact of the Stamp Act and
non-importation agreements. Correspondents include London merchants Champion
& Hayley, Champion & Dickason, and George Hayley, among others.
|Box 30||Folder 4-5|| Benjamin Lamphear rent and account books,
Rent and account books, 1803-1848, kept by Benjamin Lamphear record rents
charged to tenants and lessees.
|Box 30||Folder 6||Cyril H. Atkins address book, n.d.
An undated address book kept at an unknown date by Cyril H. Atkins of
|Box 30||Folder 7||Copies of verse, n.d.
Undated small notebook with copies of verse and poetry kept by an unknown
|Box 30||Folder 8||Autographs
A small autograph collection containing signatures of individuals in the
|Boxes 31-32||VIII. Ruth M. Baylor research materials
Research material collected by Dr. Ruth M. Baylor on Maxim Karolik and
Martha Catherine Codman Karolik.
Karolik-Codman family papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in
the online catalog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Researchers
desiring materials about related persons, organizations, or subjects should
search the catalog using these headings.
|Amory, Francis, 1766-1845.
|Amory, John, 1728-1803.
|Amory, John, 1759-1832.
|Baylor, Ruth M.
|Codman, Henry, 1789-1853.
|Codman, John Amory, 1824-1886.
|Codman, Martha Pickman Rogers,
|Codman, Ogden, 1863-1951.
|Codman, Stephen, 1758-1844.
|Greene, Rufus, 1707-1777.
|Karolik, Martha Catherine Codman,
|Karolik, Maxim, 1893-1963.
|Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
|Art--Collectors and collecting.
|Germany--Description and travel.
|Newport (R.I.)--Social life and
|Switzerland--Description and travel.