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Karolik, Martha Catherine Codman

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role Collector
dates 1856-1948
city Newport
other citiesBoston, MA; Washington, DC; New York, NY; Long Island, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Bristol, RI; Hudson, NY;
gender F
historical notes Martha Catherine Codman Karolik was an art collector and philanthropist. She was a cousin of Ogden Codman, Jr., and a great granddaughter of Elias Haskett Derby of Salem, Massachusetts, who was considered the first American millionaire.

In 1928, at the age of 72, Martha married the performer Maxim Karolik who was 35 years her junior. The Karoliks were major collectors of American decorative and fine arts and donated much of their collections to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Included in Karolik's collection were paintings by Gilbert Stuart, Sully, Chester Garding, Morse, Asher B. Durand, Cole, Doughty, Kenset and furniture by John Goddard, a noted Newport cabinet maker.

Karolik belonged to the National Society of Colonial Dames, the Art Association of Newport, Garden Club, Improvement Association, Historical Society, and the Redwood Library.
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Columbia University Libraries
Butler Library, 6th Fl. East,
Ogden Codman architectural drawings and papers, circa 1793-1936, (bulk, circa 1890-1936) see details...
Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street

Codman Family Correspondence, 1781-1912. see details...
Archives of American Art
Victor Building, Suite 2200
Maxim Karolik papers, ca.1921-1973. see details...
Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street

Karolik-Codman family papers, 1714-1964 see details...
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Fiske Kimball Records, 1908-1955, n.d. (bulk 1925-1954) see details...

see also:
Karolik, Maxim